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Washington pay floor to rise to at least $9.53
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Washington pay floor to rise to at least $9.53
Washington's minimum wage will increase to at least $9.53 an hour Jan. 1, though it would rise to $11 if I-1433 passes.

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State ag directors laud WSDA’s public outreach on gypsy moths
State ag directors laud WSDA’s public outreach on gypsy moths
National group representing state agriculture directors honored a Washington official for spearheading campaign to inform the public about a campaign to rid parts of Seattle of gypsy moths.
Washington wolf activities go beyond Profanity Peak pack
Washington wolf activities go beyond Profanity Peak pack
While the hunt for the Profanity Peak continues, wolves have been active elsewhere in Washington this summer.
Greater Spokane leaders support ag priorities
Greater Spokane leaders support ag priorities
The leaders of Greater Spokane Inc. say their priorities include building awareness and combatting regulation.
First phase of large Washington winery nears completion
First phase of large Washington winery nears completion
A large new winery, located near the center of Central Washington, is nearing the end of its first $10 million in development to serve its own vineyards and those of others.
Walla Walla onion farmers plant crop for 2017
Walla Walla onion farmers plant crop for 2017
Walla Walla sweet onion officials say yields were average to above average. Harvest ended in mid-August, and the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee will ask the 20 farmers for the amount seeded in October.
WSDA fines man for spraying; orchard claims $5.4 million loss
Washington State Department of Agriculture penalizes pesticide applicator $2,200 for incident that apple grower says caused $5.4 million in damages.
Washington dairies slow to adopt online reporting system
A new way for Washington dairies to report cow sales has been slow to catch on, disappointing the state Department of Agriculture.
Washington watchdog asks What’s Upstream for explanation
Washington watchdog asks What’s Upstream for explanation
Washington Public Disclosure will look into whether What's Upstream organizers should have reported its lobbying efforts to the state.
National hay growers honor Eckenberg
National hay growers honor Eckenberg
The National Hay Growers Association paid tribute its president Bob Eckenberg last week by meeting in Pasco, Wash., and touring his hay press plant 60 miles to the north in Mattawa.
Ocean conditions portend uncertain winter weather across West
Weather forecasters are backing off their prediction of a La Nina, which would favor cooler storms aimed at the Pacific Northwest. Instead, neutral oceanic conditions portend uncertainty in terms of weather throughout the West in the months ahead.

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