YF&R kicks off 2017 contests

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Washington Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers have announced their 2017 art and photo contests. See links below for full rules for each contest. 2017 YF&R Art Contest 2017 YF&R Photo Contest

WA lawmakers asked to fund manure-into-water technology

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An engineer tells Washington lawmakers that public funding will introduce new way for dairies to handle manure. Janicki Bioenergy CEO Peter Janicki and the company’s president, Sara VanTassel, stand in a hallway after a meeting with the House Agriculture and … Read More

Federal government OKs hemp seeds for Washington state

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture has received approval from federal authorities to import hemp seeds, paving the way for farmers to experiment with the cannabis crop. “It’s a real, real possibility we’ll have a spring planting of hemp,” WSDA … Read More

Water bill passes state Senate, goes to House

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DAILY RECORD – MATT SPAW OLYMPIA — A bill allowing local governments to approve development using state Department of Ecology water rules awaits action in the House of Representatives. It passed the state Senate Feb. 28 on a 28-21 vote. … Read More

AGRITOURISM BILL PASSES THROUGH SENATE

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COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD – REBECCA WHITE A bill to protect agriculture tourism businesses from liability in case of injury was approved by the Senate in a 42-6 vote. Senate Bill 5808, sponsored by Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, would require … Read More

SNOWPACK NEAR NORMAL FOR 2017

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COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD – CHERYL SCHWEIZER MOSES LAKE — Rain and warmer temperatures will mean some melting snow at lower elevations this weekend. That could translate to water – maybe a lot of it – making an appearance in creek-beds … Read More

Stemilt Named Role Model in Healthy Eating Campaign

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For the 9th consecutive year, Stemilt Growers has been named a Role Model for the Produce for Better Health Foundation’s (PBH) Fruits and Veggies—More Matters® consumer campaign. Stemilt was the first industry/non-retail business to be named a role model back … Read More

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