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, […]

How Did The Pandemic Impact Food Accessibility In Washington?

The Washington State Department of Agriculture recently commissioned two studies to look at the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on food accessibility and production. The WSDA’s Hector Castro, said the two studies, one conducted by Washington State University, the other by the University of Washington, found while the pandemic created significant challenges for both food access and production, the […]

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 […]

New WSDA Program Offers Business Consulting, GAP, More

Washington State Department of Agriculture is offering a new bilingual program as an avenue for specialty crop farmers to receive one-on-one business consultation. Education coordinator, Karen Ullmann, said “Profiting From Your Pivot” is for small and direct marketing farms to help them adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Staff recognized the need to adapt and shift their […]

WSDA Looking At Establishing A Quarantine Around Grandview

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is looking for local input as a quarantine is developed to fight the spread of the Japanese beetle in the Grandview area. In 2020, three Japanese beetles [Popillia japonica] were caught in south central Washington. Between May and October of 2021, WSDA trappers caught over 24,000 beetles. Each beetle […]

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 […]

WSDA On The Lookout For Potentially Destructive Pest

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is asking the farming and non-farming community to keep an eye out for a potentially destructive pest. The Department said the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) may have been observed in the Omak region recently, but entomologists could not confirm that report. Spotted lanternfly (SLF), a native to Asia, attacks […]

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 […]