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WAFLA says 2016 wage survey better than last year’s
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WAFLA says 2016 wage survey better than last year’s
A Washington farm labor association praises the state Department of Employment Security’s efforts on an upcoming wage survey but says issues remain.

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Rural Washington county wants to recruit food processors
An Eastern Washington county is conducting an industrial wastewater study to improve its ability to recruit food processing companies.
Washington records year’s first equine case of West Nile virus
Washington records year’s first equine case of West Nile virus
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has confirmed the year's first case of West Nile virus in a horse.
Stripe rust pressure ‘severe’ in Northwest wheat, expert says
Stripe rust pressure ‘severe’ in Northwest wheat, expert says
USDA researcher Xianming Chen says it's a severe year for stripe rust.
WDFW: Bald eagles soar, can come off state list
WDFW: Bald eagles soar, can come off state list
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that bald eagles are soaring and no longer need to be on the state-protected list.
Rain, temperatures increase falling number concerns
Rain, temperatures increase falling number concerns
Weather conditions have USDA Agricultural Research Service research plant molecular geneticist Camille Steber concerned about falling number potential across the Pacific Northwest.
Tax breaks for mint processors, tractor buyers under scrutiny
Tax breaks for mint processors, tractor buyers under scrutiny
Washington Lawmakers should end a tax break that benefits the mint oil industry and review one that lowers the cost of farm equipment, according to legislative auditors.
Washington slaughterhouse recalls hogs
Washington slaughterhouse recalls hogs
A Western Washington slaughterhouse has again recalled whole hogs because of salmonella.
Wheat industry expect average protein levels in this year’s crop
Wheat industry expect average protein levels in this year’s crop
As harvest continues, Pacific Northwest farmers are worried about price discounts for high protein soft white wheat.
Vandals use fireworks to hassle goats
An Edwall, Wash., sheep rancher says vandals let 240 of his goats out in Issaquah, Wash.
Washington tribe joins legal challenge over modified salmon
The tribe says it is worried the genetically modified salmon can escape and harm wild salmon runs.

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