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Shellfish producers say Willapa Bay spraying effective
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Shellfish producers say Willapa Bay spraying effective
Willapa Bay clam growers say the initial spraying of the herbicide imazamox was effective against Japanese eeelgrass. Environmentalists will seek to stop a second spraying.challenge to the spraying.

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WSDA asks to enforce federal food law
The Washington Department of Agriculture is willing to take on enforcing new federal food safey law if Congress funds it. A Washington state lawmaker says he doesn't want to go to the trouble of setting up a state enforcement program unless federal...
Washington apple harvest in full swing
Washington apple harvest in full swing
Washington growers are nearing the half-way point of harvesting their largest apple crop in history. So far good weather has helped but most everyone could use more pickers.
Add puffin, drop sea lion from protection list, state says
Add puffin, drop sea lion from protection list, state says
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends the tufted puffin be put on the state's endangered species list and the Steller sea lion be dropped.
Wildlife managers seek help with elk disease
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking for the public's help in tracking the spead of disease that's deforming elk hooves and closely resembles a contagious bacteria that makes sheep lame.
New wolf pack moves into Washington state
New wolf pack moves into Washington state
A Washington rancher says wolves in the new Profanity Peak pack have been preying on their livestock.
$1.5M grant to help communities hurt by Oso slide
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing the money.
Hops growers in Yakima Valley face worker shortage
Hop growers have raised wages and offered bonuses for those workers who stay throughout the harvest.
Third Washington horse diagnosed with West Nile
A horse in Yakima County, Wash., has been diagnosed with West Nile virus. It's the third equine case of the virus in the state this summer.
New herbicide resistant wheat varieties spark interest
New herbicide resistant wheat varieties spark interest
Washington State University wheat researchers are working on two-gene herbicide resistance in wheat varieties to help farmers combat grassy weeds.
Farmers, researchers testing microbials
Farmers, researchers testing microbials
Monsanto and biotech company Novozymes see a big future in microbials, the use of bacteria and fungi to protect crops from diseases and pests. Farmers are more inclined to use the products as they're proven, said Waterville, Wash., wheat farmer Kellen...