Lohmann Already Confident 2021 Will Be A Year For The Record Books

It’s dry across the Northwest, but just how dry is making many take note. Marilyn Lohman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said when it comes to precipitation deficits: Wenatchee: 1 ½”-2” Yakima: 2”-2 ½” Pullman: 2”-3” Tri-Cities: 3” Central Oregon [Bend/Redmond]: 3” Spokane: 5” “But there is an area stretching from central Oregon through […]

Claypool Sentenced For Grass Seed Fraud

A Spokane man has been sentenced for his role in a multimillion dollar fraud scheme that involved grass seed at facilities in western Oregon. Christopher Claypool, 52, was sentenced last week to three years in federal prison and three years of supervised release. According to the Albany Democrat-Herald, under the terms of his plea deal […]

Record Spring Hurts Idaho’s Snowpack

Much like states across the west, Idaho’s snowpack is very, if not extremely low for this time of year. In the Gem State, with the expectation of the Spokane, the Owyhee and the Clearwater basins, the state is dealing with snowpacks less than half of what they should be for this time of year. And […]

McMorris Rodgers Tells Inslee to Stop Killing Salmon in Puget Sound

Eastern Washington’s Cathy McMorris Rodgers is urging both Governor Jay Inslee and the Department of Ecology to protect Chinook stocks located in the Puget Sound. The Spokane area Republican said the state has proposed a new general pollution permit allowing 58 sewage treatment plants to discharge into Puget Sound. “As the Department of Ecology considers public […]

8th Annual Ag World Golf Classic Fast Approaching

With warmer weather, you may look to hit the links in the coming days or weeks. Why not play a round and help out local children and families in need? The 8th annual Ag World Golf Classic will take place June 8th at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick, WA and then June 10th at […]

Massman Starts Tenure As Darigold Board Member

Darigold has a new board member. Linda Massman started her roll on Thursday, April 1st. Massman will serve on the Darigold and Northwest Dairy Association board as well as on several committees. Darigold officials said her experience as an executive will assist her in chairing the compensation committee, and her diverse background in finance and […]

Spokane Area Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Fake Grass Seeds

A former manager of a Washington-based company that produced and sold grass seed and turfgrass to independent Oregon growers has admitted to deceiving growers statewide for more than $12 million. Christopher Claypool of Spokane pleaded guilty to charges in Federal Court of conspiring to commit wire fraud and money laundering. Investigators say he mislabeled bags […]

Spokane Ag Show Goes On-Line

One of the largest Ag and trade shows across the Northwest will be on-line this year. The Spokane Ag Show will launch their virtual show Tuesday through Thursday. Spokane Ag Show Director Melisa Paul said they will continue to host professional seminars related to agribusiness, helping everyone across the northwest, from large-scale operations to small […]

Seto: Electronics Innovation Will Remain Priority Into New Year, Beyond

When it comes to the latest technology for farm equipment into 2021, Doug Seto with Central Machinery Sales in Pasco, said electronics development and expansion will remain a priority. He said for Case IH, new electronics on implements in the coming year will turn many heads. “What they call field command, which allows the tractor […]

Washington Dairies And EPA Square Off In Court

After last months’ ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, denying an EPA motion to dismiss the case, the Washington state Dairy Federation and EPA are bound for federal court over a 2012-13 study regarding groundwater contamination in the lower Yakima Valley. The EPA report said dairies near Sunnyside and Granger polluted the area […]