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Washington Ecology seeks advisers on farm practices

- Washngton Ecology puts out roadmap to developing how-to-farm guidelines

WSDA picks projects for USDA money

- Washington picks speciality crop projects for USDA funding

Agencies watch for first Western Washington wolfpack

- Wildlife officials watching to see whether Western Washington has its first wolfpack

WDFW pins calf kill on Sherman pack, not Profanity Peak

- WDFW has blamed calf's death on the Sherman Pack, rather than the Profanity Peak pack

With contract signed, Sakuma CEO sees labor strife over

- Union and Sakuma Brothers Farms moving forward with contract signed

Washington on alert for Japanese beetles after Oregon outbreak

- WSDA steps up search for Japanese beetles, while ODA wraps up year one of eradication campaign

Senate presses McLerran on What’s Upstream

- Dennis McLerran hearing

Ranchers say wolf attacks resume in Washington state

- Cattlemen report wolf attacks on livestock restarting in northeast Washington

Washington berry farm reaches deal with union

- Union and Washington berry farm agree on contract

WSDA clears one dairy in Yakima County flood

- One Yakima County dairy cleared in berm breach that released manure-tainted water

Western Innovator: Reviving the National Farmers Union in NW

- Kent Wright, president of the Northwest division of the National Farmers Union

Washington irrigator fined for harming orchard

- Central Washington irrigation district fined for causing heavy damage to a pear orchard

Farm groups object to ex-EPA head’s appointment

- Rare confirmation hearing set for Dennis McLerran

Moses Lake farm first in Washington to plant hemp

- Moses Lake farmer becomes the first farmer to plan hemp

As summer grazing begins, Washington puts wolfpacks on shorter leash

- Washington wildlife manager write down wolf-control policy

Inslee tours farmland under flood threat

- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee predicts climate change adds urgency to prevent flooding southwest Washington farmland

Washington farm hopes to plant hemp soon

- Washington expected to issue first hemp license soon

Washington fruit company defends piece-rate pay

- Washington fruit company argues why dismantling piece-rate pay would be bad for farmers and workers

USDA recalls beef broth made in Washington

- USDA recalls organic beef broth from Bellingham, Wash., company

Freeze damage shows up in Washington, Oregon blackberries

- Oregon and Washington blackberry crops expected to be reduced by cold damage

Puget Sound tribe’s proposal alarms farmers

- North Puget Sound tribe that led What's Upstream alarms farmers with proposal to redefine its territory

Mexican trip reassures WSDA director about trade ties

- Trip to Mexico reassures Washington Agriculture Director Derek Sandison that trade relation is on an even keel

NAFTA talks could be good for ag, Inslee says

- Gov. Jay Inslee says he talks potatoes with Mexican president.

Evergreen state first to certify ‘organic’ pot

- Washington Department of Agriculture to certify organic marijuana

Inslee nixes rural rail development bill

- Gov. Inslee vetos bill to open more land in rural Eastern Washington to rail-dependent industries

What’s Upstream followed EPA’s counsel on lobbying

- What's Upstream deliberately didn't advocate for specific legislation, in keeping with legal counsel from EPA

Washington Ecology moves to increase air-monitoring fees

- Washington Ecology to raise air-quality fees

Farm Bureau, allies drop suit against minimum wage

- Washington Farm Bureau and others drop effort to overturn minimum wage, paid sick leave law

WSDA to revamp Eastern Washington herbicide rules

- Washington State Department of Agriculture plans to revamp rules for spraying certain pesticides in Eastern Washington.

Washington CAFO law attacked from all sides

- Washington dairies and environmental groups combined have presented 19 legal challenges to Department of Ecology's new manure-containment rules

Washington court to decide piece-rate pay issue

- Washington Supreme Court to answer piece-rate pay question

Washington bill seeks to head off unlicensed hemp

- Bill may give WSDA power to fine unlicensed hemp growers

Trump scores high on regs, cabinet picks, but trade, labor worries remain

- President Donald Trump's first 100 days gives agriculture reasons to cheer and fret

Washington judge nixes Farm Bureau suit against pay initiative

- Washington judge tosses out lawsuit brought by Farm Bureau against new minimum wage and paid sick leave law

Washington fairs nervously watch budget talks

- Washington fairs are waiting to see whether they will be in new state budget; it could be a matter of survival for some

Dairy groups deplore animal cruelty case

- Whatcom County dairy farmer charged with first-degree animal cruelty

Wash. Ecology holds coal company responsible for carbon in Asia

- Washington Department of Ecology holds U.S. coal company responsible for greenhouse gases released in Asia