Ag Innovation Challenge Deadline Approaching

Farm businesses interested in apply for the American Farm Bureau Federations’ 2022 Ag Innovation Challenge, your deadline is August 20th. “The Ag innovation Challenge provides entrepreneurs across the nation the exposure at a national level for our convention in January, the ability to network with agribusinesses, the rural business investment community within the USDA,” said […]

Walla Walla Valley Wine Hosting Dinner Series Next Month

Walla Walla Valley Wine will host their Summer Winemaker Dinner Series next month. WWVW’s Shelby Pryor, said this year, coming out of the pandemic, the organization wanted to focus on intimate events that could be conducted safely rather than Walla Walla Valley Wine’s usual large scale tasting events. “It’s a really great opportunity for different […]

Application Period Opens for 2022 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge

The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, has opened online applications for the 2022 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. The national business competition showcases U.S. startup companies that are providing solutions to challenges faced by America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Farm Bureau will award $165,000 in startup funds provided by sponsors […]

Dozier: Fuel, Transportation Proposals Concerning For Ag

The virtual legislative session in Washington has seen a variety of bills that have concerned many in the farming community. Perry Dozier, state senator from the Walla Walla area, said he’s very concerned about the additional taxes that will placed on the backs of Washington farmers. Whether that’s Cap and Trade or carbon tax proposal, […]

Klicker: HB 1050 Would Put Additional Costs On Farm, Food Processing Industries

There are a host of bills the Washington Ag community is watching very closely during this virtual legislative session. One is House Bill 1050, which would require the reduction, and eventual elimination of hydrochlorofluorocarbon refrigerant. Representative Mark Klicker of Walla Walla said the legislation would require the removal of refrigerants currently deemed safe and the […]

Natural Gas Proposal Worries Washington Ag Community

Many in the agriculture community are concerned the long-term impacts legislation currently making its way through the state House could have on farm country across Washington. House Bill 1084 looks to prohibit any new construction in the state from including natural gas or propane as a form of electricity or heat, as well as require […]

Eastern Washington Company Honored By AFBF

Congratulations to Walla Walla, WA-based Harvust. The program, which company officials say help farm employers handle Human Resources needs, was recognized as the 2021 Entrepreneur of the Year at this year’s virtual AFBF Convention. Harvust co-founder Riley Clubb said winning was not only a great feeling, but it came as a complete surprise. “When we […]

Tyson Donates To Those Impacted by COVID-19 in Walla Walla

Last month, Tyson Foods made a pair of donations to help those in the Walla Walla community impacted by the pandemic. Tyson Public Relations Manager Derek Burleson said they handed out $15,000 in grants to the Walla Walla Senior Citizens Center Incorporated and the United Way of Walla Walla County. “This was a very strategic […]

Lohmann: First Frost Of The Season Later Than Average

The first frost of the 2020 growing season is behind scheduled, a fact about which many won’t complain. Marilyn Lohmann with the National Weather Service said in a typical year, areas such as Yakima and Pullman would have already recorded overnight lows below 32 degrees. For the Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, NE Oregon, temperatures below freezing […]

Central Idaho, Walla Walla Companies Named Ag Innovation Challenge Semi-Finalists

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2021 Ag Innovation Challenge semi-finals list is out and it includes a Grangeville, ID-based company. TerraClear Inc., focuses on rock clearing and according to company officials, improves farmers’ productivity through end-to-end automation. The Central Idaho crew, led by Trevor Thompson, will compete against nine other startups for the possibility of […]