Agricultural-related bills signed into law

Two agricultural bills introduced by Sen. Jim Honeyford were signed into law Thursday, March 15, by Gov. Jay Inslee. Senate Bill 6125 gives the state Department of Ecology six more years to enter voluntary water agreements for out-of-stream use in the Columbia Basin. Senate Bill 6319 allows the state Department of Agriculture to implement the new federal Produce Safety Rule.

March 16, 2018 10:43 a.m. read more..

Roza turns on water

The Roza Irrigation district began Yakima River diversions into the 95 mile long main canal yesterday, Thursday, March 15.

March 16, 2018 9:43 a.m. read more..

Roza begins filling main canal

The Roza Irrigation district begam Yakima River diversions into the 95 mile long main canal today, Thursday, March 15. The reservoir allows the canal to be primed at a point 55 miles down the system.

March 15, 2018 2:46 p.m. read more..

WSU countersues over Cosmic Crisp apple

Washington State University is countersuing Phytelligence, an agricultural biotechnology company, for breach of contract and patent and trademark infringement in state and federal court. The litigation, which relates to the Cosmic Crisp apple, was filed to protect WSU’s intellectual property rights, university officials said Wednesday, March 14.

March 14, 2018 5:43 p.m. read more..

Bill to outlaw Atlantic salmon net pen farming before governor

The fate of the state’s fish farming industry is in jeopardy following the Legislature’s passage of a bill that would prohibit new, renewed or extended leases on marine net pen farms that raise “nonnative” fish. The legislation passed the Senate on March 2 and is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk, where it awaits his signature before becoming law.

March 8, 2018 noon read more..

Soil pathogen test available

Soil pathogen testing – critical to farming, but painstakingly slow and expensive – will soon be done accurately, quickly, inexpensively and onsite, thanks to research that Washington State University scientists plant pathologists are sharing. As the name implies, these tests detect disease-causing soil pathogens that can severely devastate crops.

March 7, 2018 2:08 p.m. read more..

Ground beef, pork being recalled

Clackamas-based Interstate Meat Distributors, Inc. is recalling approximately 14,806 pounds of ground beef and pork products that may be contaminated with E. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the recall Friday.

March 5, 2018 9:18 a.m. read more..

Federal grazing fees lowered

The Federal grazing fee for 2018 will be $1.41 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.41 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.

February 1, 2018 noon read more..