WSDA Regional Markets Look To Help Producers Succeed

Farming can be challenging. Add to that, the responsibility of marketing and moving those products, it’s enough to make any producer’s head swim. In an effort to help the over 39,000 small farms across the state, the Washington state Department of Agriculture has a Regional Markets team to help navigate some of the complexities. Laura […]

WSDA Works To Keep Washington Ag Industry Safe, Disease Free

For a state so dependent on agricultural products and Ag trade, the number of people tasked with preventing the introduction of harmful pests and plant diseases may surprise you. The Washington state Department of Agriculture’s WSDA Plant Services Program consists of 11 inspectors statewide. Their responsibilities vary from export inspections for ag products like lumber, […]

WSDA Looking To Study Soil Health Statewide

The Washington Natural Resources Assessment Section is looking for your input to better understand soil health statewide. In Spring of 2020, state lawmakers created the Washington Soil Health Initiative, provided up to $200,000 for soil health and research. Those funds were combined with a $500,000 USDA specialty crop block grant. Now, researchers are adding soil […]

Washington Lab Construction Project Expected To Improve Efficiency

Last month, the Washington state Department of Agriculture, along with the department of Labor & Industries, held a groundbreaking ceremony on the construction of a new state laboratory and training center in Tumwater. The project, funded through a $53.2 million capital budget appropriation, will provide a new 53,000 square foot facility with room for several […]

WSDA Helps Expand Food & Farm Finder Website

In an effort to help connect consumers with locally grown food, the Washington state Department of Agriculture recently expanded the Food & Farm Finder. The online tool was launched last year in response to the challenges the state’s food system was experiencing because of the pandemic. Users can enter a ZIP code to get a […]

PNW Awarded $8.75M in Specialty Crop Block Grant Funding

USDA announced Thursday it is investing $169.9 million through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The goal of the program is to support farmers growing specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and nursery crops. Of the nearly $170 million distributed nationally, the Pacific Northwest was awarded roughly $8.75 million. The Idaho state Department of Agriculture […]

NIFA Announces $25M Investment in Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network

On Wednesday, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture [NIFA] announced $25 million for 50 grants supporting Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network State Department of Agriculture projects. The USDA said long before the pandemic caused an increase in stress around the world, stress-related mental health was already a rising concern across farm communities coast […]

WSDA Now Accepting Specialty Crop Block Grant Proposals

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant funds. The program, which uses a competitive process, is funded by the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and works to enhance the competitiveness of Washington’s specialty crops. Though the proposals are due in January, it is recommended to turn […]

Few Leave WSDA, DNR Over Vaccination Requirement

Twenty of the Washington state Department of Agriculture’s 764 workers did not meet the October 18th deadline to get vaccinated against COVID-19. According to Capital Press, the WSDA’s vaccination rate was 93%, and 49 employees were granted exemptions, while eight workers are partially vaccinated as of this week, and two workers retired. No word at […]