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Apple Commission sets its annual budget
The Washington Apple Commission adopts a budget similar to last year's and based on estimating the fall crop at 135 million, 40-pound boxes.

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Apple Commission to update export plan
Apple Commission to update export plan
Saying it wants to stay competitive globally, the Washington Apple Commission will look at industry production, export and sales data to update its strategic plan for export promotions.
Hoping to increase demand, commission turns to domestic market for western white wheat
Hoping to increase demand, commission turns to domestic market for western white wheat

SPOKANE — Washington state farmers export most of the western white wheat they produce.

Now, however, members of the Washington Grain Commission hope to market the blend of soft white wheat and club wheat to domestic customers,...

Lower prices mean cuts for grain commission budget
Lower prices mean cuts for grain commission budget

SPOKANE — Low wheat prices have prompted the Washington Grain Commission to reduce its annual budget by more than half a million dollars.

Commissioners on May 19 approved a $5.28 million budget for the fiscal year that starts in July.

Tribe: EPA helped guide What’s Upstream campaign
Tribe: EPA helped guide What’s Upstream campaign

The Environmental Protection Agency was “intimately involved” in developing the What’s Upstream campaign, according to the Swinomish Indian tribe’s chairman, Brian Cladoosby.

The tribe undertook the campaign...

WSDA set to banish six weeds from state
WSDA set to banish six weeds from state

The Washington Department of Agriculture plans to add six noxious weeds to the list of plants prohibited from being sold or transported in the state.

All of the plants are non-native and if not quarantined could get a foothold and harm the...

New buildings top WSU ag priorities for state funding
New buildings top WSU ag priorities for state funding

SPOKANE — Washington State University’s agriculture school considers two new buildings its top funding priorities when the state legislature goes into session next January, a top official says.

The university expects “fiscal...

Wildlife officials kill aggressive coyote in Washington city

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — Wildlife officials have killed a coyote that Kirkland residents say killed their pets and terrorized their neighborhood.

KCPQ-TV reports that Kirkland officials say the animal stopped being afraid of people and was...

ISDA mussel program catches tainted boat
ISDA mussel program catches tainted boat

BOISE — Officials with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture said May 17 they detected and impounded an out-of-state boat harboring live invasive mussels.

The boat, which was purchased in Nevada, had been in Lake Mead, which is...

Owners investigating contamination at Freeman grain facility
Owners investigating contamination at Freeman grain facility

The owners of a grain-handling facility that was named an EPA Superfund site last year for chemical contamination are working to find the source of the problem, a state official says.

Carbon tetrachloride and chloroform were found in soil...

Prominent vineyard wraps up planting
Prominent vineyard wraps up planting

ROCK ISLAND, Wash. — One of the most visible new vineyards in Northcentral Washington has reached a milestone.

On May 16 crews finished planting the last 100 acres of Spanish Castle Vineyard, between Rock Island and Quincy. They began the...

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