After A Year Of Work Darigold Looks To Move Into Pasco Industrial Center

After a year of work, it appears the Port of Pasco will be the destination for Darigold’s new large scale milk protein facility. Earlier this month, the Port announced the approval of the sale of approximately 150 acres of the Reimann Industrial Center to the dairy coop for construction of an over $500 million facility. […]

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 […]

Goose Gap Named Washington’s Newest AVA

Washington now has 19 American Viticultural Areas. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau made the announcement last week. The Goose Gap AVA is made up of 8,129 acres, wholly located within the Yakima Valley AVA and the larger Columbia Valley AVA. There are currently 1,800 acres of wine grapes split between two commercial […]

Darigold Announces Plans To Build $550M Facility In South Central Washington

Darigold plans to build a new state of the art facility near the Tri-Cities. The Port of Pasco announced Thursday the sale of approximately 150 acres of the Reimann Industrial Center to Darigold. Darigold said this purchase will allow them to construct the most sophisticated, large scale milk protein facility in North America, with more […]

Washington Nears 20 AVAs With Recent Announcements

Earlier this year, the state of Washington was awarded two additional AVAs, or American Vinicultural Areas. White Bluffs and The Burn of Columbia Valley are now officially defined as designated wine grape-growing regions. To qualify for this designation, a region must be unique and distinguishable by features like climate, soil, elevation and physical features to […]

Washington’s Snowpack In “Very Good Shape” To Start April

“Pretty Incredible” That’s how Scott Pattee with the Washington NRCS describes the statewide snowpack, which sits at 131% of average for this time of year, the highest statewide average across the west. Pattee noted the snow year started very slowly and didn’t catch up normal until February. He added that temperatures, as of recent, have […]

Easterday Admits To Cattle Scam

A Tri-Cities area rancher pleaded guilty this week to a single count of wire fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison for managing cows he never owned. Investigators say the scam started in 2016, when Cody Easterday contacted with Tyson Foods, to purchase and maintain cattle for the packing giant. However, the cows […]

Tyson Offers COVID Vaccinations To Workers

Tyson Foods held a free, onsite COVID-19 vaccination event Thursday, encouraging workers at their Pasco beef plant to get immunized. Prior to Thursday’s event, only 100 of the 1,400 employees at the plant had been vaccinated, and company officials were hoping to use the day to encourage hundreds more to get the shot. Company officials […]

Washington Ag Community Warns No Action By Lawmakers Could Destroy Farm Economy

When the Washington Supreme court ruled in November that farm workers should receive time-and-a-half pay for work over 40 hours per week, it opened a bit of a Pandora’s Box. In their ruling, the High Court did not indicate if farm workers could seek retroactive pay for the previous three years, which has already triggered […]

Washington Farm Economy Showing Signs Of Improvement

It appears that the Washington farm economy may be in a better place many anticipated, or feared, when the pandemic broke out back in March. Doug Seto with Central Machinery Sales in Pasco said the last couple of months have been very encouraging. “A lot better than what we anticipated back in March at the […]