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, […]

WSDA Continues To Work To Help Washingtonians Facing Food Insecurity

While the Washington State Department of Agriculture has long provided food assistance programs, once the pandemic hit, WSDA had to take new and sometimes innovative steps to meet a rapid increase in food insecurity. Hector Castro said an estimated 2.2 million people in Washington are currently food insecure. Part of WSDA’s efforts include not only […]

WSDA Accepting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

The Washington State Department of Agriculture received $4.65 million in federal Specialty Crop Block Grant funds in 2020. Project Manager Leisa Schumaker said the funds are made available as part of the Farm Bill to increase the competitiveness and demand of Washington’s specialty crops. “So there’s a lot of ways that they do this such […]

Time Running Out For Those That Need Pesticide Credits

The global pandemic has already brought with it a long list challenges for the Washington Ag community, and as the year begins to close another challenge has started to develop. Obtaining pesticide recertification credits has become a challenging issue for many growers across the Evergreen State. WSU Small Grains Extension Scientist Drew Lyon said there […]

Joint Effort Between USDA/WSDA Helped Locate Asian Giant Hornets

A collaborative effort between the USDA and the Washington state Department of Agriculture lead to the recent breakthrough regarding the threat of Asian Giant Hornets, also known as the Murder Hornets, in the northwest corner of the state. Anne LeBrun of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said they were more than happy to […]

Asian Giant Nest By The Numbers

The Washington state Department of Agriculture is learning more and more about the Asian Giant hornet nest discovered near Blaine. The nest was just over eight feet high in the tree and, once opened, was found to be about 14″ long and 8″-9″ wide. Inside, WSDA crews found roughly 500 live specimens, including 76 hatched […]