PULLMAN, Wash. — USDA’s Agricultural Research Service has a new building on the drawing boards that will provide researchers with much-needed updated facilities.
A horticulturalist and apple breeder at the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center has been appointed its new interim director.
CHEHALIS, Wash. — State Sen. Rebecca Saldana, who has introduced bills reviled by farm groups, toured Lewis County farms Wednesday and asked a dairyman what policymakers could do for him.
Agricultural companies from Washington and Oregon participated in a “Made in America” event at the White House.
MORO, Ore. — In Sherman County, Ore., every family gets a gift at Christmas time.
The Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs has asked the state attorney general for an opinion on whether legal aid lawyers can contact workers in farm housing without permission or a…
An adult male wolf in the OPT pack in northeastern Washington has been killed by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, which will now wait to see whether the pack’s eight surviving wolves…
A wildfire, apparently ignited by an off-road motorcycle, burned 7,800 acres of grass and sagebrush northeast of Mattawa, Wash., on July 14. It scorched a few rows of a vineyard.
The Environmental Protection Agency has not answered U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse’s request to review a study that fingered dairies as the likely cause of an unhealthy level of nitrate in drinking w…
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s incremental approach to thinning a wolfpack in the Kettle River Range leads to a cycle of conflict between wolves and livestock, a cattlemen’s …
Company was told by L&I more than once that it didn't need a state permit.
The Grouse Flats wolfpack in southeast Washington killed a calf in a 160-acre fenced pasture, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said today.
USDA investigators last week identified a second GMO wheat variety from samples found in a fallow farm field in Washington state.
Wheat harvest time has arrived, and farmers across much of the Pacific Northwest are beginning to get their equipment into the fields.
The Pacific Ocean along the equator cooled in June and is expected to be at normal temperatures in a month or two, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Thursday.
The number of licensed hemp farmers in Washington has more than doubled since May, according to the state Department of Agriculture.
People have been picking cherries at Rick and Janet Gifford’s cherry orchard on the edge of East Wenatchee, Wash., city limits for 20 years. He thinks the orchard is about 100 years old and th…
Washington Fish and Wildlife will cull one or two wolves from the OPT pack in the Colville National Forest, the department announced Wednesday, restarting a lethal-removal operation that was s…
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has authorized killing some members of a wolf pack that are preying on cattle in northeastern Washington state.
A Washington wolfpack with a history of attacking cattle in the Colville National Forest has been blamed for killing another cow, pushing Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind into having …
Easterday Farms, based in Pasco, Wash., has purchased the former Lost Valley Farm dairy and intends to reopen the facility with 28,300 total cattle.
State, county Land In Farms numbers show sizable drop long-term
An irrigation district serving farmland and residents in Kennewick and Richland, Wash., says the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is threatening its water supply. The bureau says it is working with …
A Central Washington farmer accused of illegally irrigating 530 acres will continue to challenge a six-figure fine levied against him by the Department of Ecology, his lawyer said Monday.
AUBURN, Wash. — Driving 30 miles north or south from the Mosby farm can take a couple of hours if the traffic gets jammed.
A congressman and Washington farm groups are asking Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to reconsider a groundwater-pollution study that has troubled the state’s dairy…
Call them crop dusters or aerial applicators. By any name, they help America's farmers grow bountiful crops.
Allocations for junior water right holders on the Yakima River dropped another 5% to 67% of full entitlement which will cause losses in apples and other crops.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state congressman says a federal study that blamed dairies for groundwater contamination was flawed and should not be used against them.
The Washington Supreme Court may again be asked to intervene in a federal lawsuit against agricultural employers.
U.S. hops are forecast to reach a new record high of 57,339 acres this season as slowed growth of craft breweries continues and larger brewers want greater certainty of hop supply.
Washington State University’s new barley breeder says that job has been his “dream position” ever since he got a Ph.D at the school in 2009.
More than 150 Washington wineries will pay new fees and presumably have higher operating costs because the state Department of Ecology says that while they have not polluted groundwater, they could.
OTHELLO, Wash. — Seed lot trials at Washington State University’s potato field day reveal some cautionary signs for farmers.
A Washington state audit criticizes a small Eastern Washington irrigation district for borrowing $40,000 at 6% interest from three of its commissioners to replace a pipe.
The timing of the rain helped the dryland wheat.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washing state court ruling will maintain the Spokane River at a level that will benefit recreational and business uses of the waterway.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state cherry growers have not seen significant weather damage during the harvest season that began earlier this month.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little told a salmon and steelhead recovery group Friday it should focus on achievable goals that can bolster the state's struggling fish populations.
The Washington Supreme Court, which has twice struck down agricultural pay practices in recent years, has agreed to decide whether farmworkers must be paid overtime wages.
SEATTLE (AP) — Officials in Washington state plan to buy or preserve areas of forest, farmland, trails and urban green space by the end of next year.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates are seeking a court order that would force U.S. officials to consider if grizzly bears should be restored to more Western states following the animals…
At a meeting in New York, apple growers from around the country issued the first prediction of this fall’s apple crop. They think it will be up 9%.
USDA has confirmed the presence of Monsanto’s MON 71800 variety in the genetically modified volunteer wheat plants recently discovered in Eastern Washington.
The extent of damage has not been fully assessed, but winds gusting to 35 and 40 mph, took some toll on Washington cherries for at least a week. Next growers faced forecasts of rain.
OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Labor and Industries may reject a federal policy exempting extended family members from some workplace rules on handling pesticides.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect te…
Always much smaller than the Pacific Northwest, California’s pear crop is forecast up 6.37% this year over last. Northwest competition can hurt California returns.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Washington State University of violating a contract with an agricultural technology company to propagate Cosmic Crisp apples.
BOTHEL, Wash. — Kayla VanWieringen, representing the Yakima Valley, has been chosen as the new 2019-2020 Washington state dairy ambassador.
Northwest farms and businesses are getting $324,060 in grants from USDA Rural Development to help lower their energy costs by becoming more efficient and installing renewable energy systems.
As Washington’s wine industry continues to grow, it decides to spend more on research to stay competitive and raise its global awareness.
The program is geared for smaller producers but does offer some benefit for larger producers.
The Washington Department of Ecology has appointed public employees to represent agriculture on committees that will chart the future allocation of water in seven river basins, upsetting the W…
Already the state most affected by drought, Washington has the highest chance in the continental U.S. for a warmer-than-average summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration pred…