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WSDA report puts the heat on apple maggots
Compostable material is piled up at Royal City Organics in Royal City, Wash. A study commissioned by
WSDA report puts the heat on apple maggots

Compost companies should heat municipal yard waste to kill apple maggots before trucking the material into Washington’s apple-growing regions for final processing, according to a study released May 2 by the Washington State Department of...

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Cherry expansion faces uphill road
Cherry expansion faces uphill road

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Plans to develop more cherry orchard high in Stemilt Basin near Wenatchee continue to face strong opposition and are straining a community conservation group known as the Stemilt Partnership.

West Mathison, president of...

Washington wolf managers present ideas for lethal-control policy
Washington wolf managers present ideas for lethal-control policy

Washington wildlife managers Wednesday suggested ways to motivate ranchers to use state-approved tactics to prevent wolf depredations.

Cooperative ranchers could be rewarded with higher compensation for livestock losses. Also, the state could...

Mexico may revisit apple tariffs
Mexico may revisit apple tariffs

YAKIMA, Wash. — Mexico may decide the future of its temporary tariffs on Washington apples in early June.

The nation could end the tariffs or extend them for five years, said Fred Scarlett, manager of Northwest Fruit Exporters, a...

Washington FFA members gear up for annual convention
Washington FFA members gear up for annual convention

ROSALIA, Wash. — Rosalia High School sophomore Collin Pittmann’s hard work all comes down to this.

Pittmann will compete against other students from across the state in the prepared public speaking career development event at the...

Washington, Oregon pass halfway mark in war on gypsy moths
Washington, Oregon pass halfway mark in war on gypsy moths

The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s spring offensive against gypsy moths passed the halfway point Tuesday, with a second pesticide application over a densely populated Seattle neighborhood.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Department of...

New AVA created for Northwestern Idaho and Eastern Washington

BOISE — Wineries and grape growers in Northwestern Idaho and part of Eastern Washington now have their own American Viticultural Area, which is a specific grape-growing region that is federally recognized as unique.

The Alcohol and...

Judge: Anti-GMO activists illegally concealed donors’ names
Judge: Anti-GMO activists illegally concealed donors’ names

OLYMPIA — An anti-GMO organization violated Washington’s public disclosure law by concealing the names of more than 7,000 donors who contributed in 2013 to an initiative that would have required food makers to label products with...

Farmer, researchers release plant guide
Farmer, researchers release plant guide

Idaho farmers have published a guide to native plants, agricultural crops and weeds in their region.

Thorn Creek Native Seed Farms and Thorn Creek Ranch Inc. have produced 600 copies of the “Palouse Prairie Field Guide,” designed...

Growers urged to scout fields for black leg
Growers urged to scout fields for black leg

Pacific Northwest farmers should scout their winter canola, brassica and crucifer crops for black leg fungus.

“Industry concern is still at a heightened level,” said Victor Shaul, seed program manager with the Washington State...

Washington Capitol buzzing with ag’s littlest lobbyists
Washington Capitol buzzing with ag’s littlest lobbyists

OLYMPIA — Honeybees, agriculture’s tiniest ambassadors, are so popular on the Capitol Campus that 25,000 of them were welcomed Wednesday to the governor’s mansion.

The Olympia Beekeepers Association placed the bees —...

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