WSDA Launches Grant Program To Help Ag Businesses

Last week, the Washington state Department of Agriculture announced it was offering grants to small agriculture-related businesses that have suffered economically due to the pandemic, and have been left out of earlier relief programs. The WSDA’s Laura Raymond said the Relief and Recovery grants are a joint effort with the state Department of Commerce, are […]

Western Washington Campylobacter Infections Linked To Raw Milk

According to the Washington state Department of Health, multiple campylobacter infections have been connected to raw milk distributed by a western Washington dairy. Five lab-positive cases have been identified in individuals who consumed Dungeness Valley Creamery raw milk purchased in Clallam, Skagit, Kitsap, and Clark Counties. Dungeness Valley Creamery has issued a voluntary recall of […]

WSDA: Think Twice Before Giving Bunnies, Chicks As Gifts

With Easter this weekend, the Washington state Department of Agriculture is out with a warning. Although it may be tempting to gift a small child with a fuzzy baby rabbit or chick, the WSDA says giving such animals as gifts should only be done after careful consideration for the health of the children and the […]

WSDA Hosting Yakima Area Tree Fruit Workshop

The Washington state Department of agriculture will host their 2nd annual IPM Practices of Tree Fruit workshop on Monday March 29th. The workshop will focus on the tree fruit industry in the Yakima-area, with topics including little cherry disease, X-disease, pests in apples and much more. WSDA will take an in-depth look at new strategies […]

Documentary Highlighting WSDAs Hunt For Asian Giant Out On Discovery+

When looking back on 2020, certain things will jump to your mind: coronavirus, toilet paper shortages and the murder hornets. Well, that last one, the Asian Giant hornet is the focus of a documentary that was released on Discovery+ last month. The 90 minute film, “Attack of the Murder Hornets” takes a behind the scenes […]

CBDL Conference Set For Early March

The Columbia Basin Development League’s annual conference will a virtual affair this year, titled “With Once Voice”. CBDL Deputy Director Sara Higgins said the forum is for stakeholders, like land owners, local, state and federal officials as well as residents to discuss the latest information pertaining to the Columbia Basin and irrigation.  She noted several […]

WSDA Warning Poultry Owners To Watch For Avian Influenza

Poultry owners across Washington have been told to watch for a return of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The USDA has warned Washington and other states that conditions are similar to 2014-15, when bird flu moved across the country, resulting in the deaths of thousands of birds across Washington and millions across the county. Karla Salp […]

WSU To Kick Off SoilCon Monday February 8th

February 8th-12th, Washington State University will host SoilCon, which coincides with Washington Soil Week. WSU’s Chris Benedict said SoilCon will bring together soil experts from around the Pacific Northwest and the world. “It’s part of a state [program] called the Soil Health Initiative which involves Washington State University, Washington State Department of Agriculture, and the […]

How Did USDA Work With WSDA To Find The Asian Giant?

When the Washington state Department of Agriculture worked to find the Asian Giant Hornet in early 2020, they turned to USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. So, how did ARS help local officials? With a trap. “That trap helped lead us to the nest, the first nest of this invasive insect. And so because of that, we […]

WSDA Looks To Updated Grape Quarantine Rules

In an effort to protect the state’s grape industry from harmful pests, the Washington State Department of Agriculture has proposed an update to quarantine rules involving the movement of all grape panting stock within the state. This proposed move come after several years of meetings between Department of Ag leaders in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, […]