How Agriculture Speaks Environmental

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The Washington Policy Center’s Agricultural Policy Research division spoke with farmers in Washington state about the importance of and tradition of being environmentally conscious. Farmers are environmentalists by nature. Through focus on water conservation, organic practices, and efficient technology, farmers … Read More

WSDA picks projects for USDA money

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CAPITAL PRESS –  DON JENKINS The Washington State Department of Agriculture has submitted 20 projects to the USDA receive a total of $4.1 million in federal specialty crop grants. The USDA is expected to announce grant recipients in the fall. The USDA … Read More

Washington Blueberry Crop To Exceed 130 Million pounds

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WASHINGTON AG NETWORK – GLENN VAAGEN The Washington Blueberry industry continues to grow.  The Washington blueberry crop is expected to top 130 million pounds this year, a year over year increase of roughly 10 million pounds.  Total value of the … Read More

Business and Production Classes for Island Farmers

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Three of the region’s farm education organizations have formed a partnership to support beginning farmers and ranchers in San Juan and Island counties. The Northwest Agriculture Business Center, the Organic Farm School, and WSU-Extension will host classroom and practicum workshops … Read More

Hirst Fix Highest Budget Priority

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – State lawmakers are nearing the end of their second special session. With no signs the Senate and House are any closer to agreement on education funding, a third overtime session seems all but inevitable. Democratic House … Read More

Governor signs two of Warnick’s bills into law

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COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD – RICHARD BYRD   OLYMPIA — Two laws sponsored by Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, were recently signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. The first piece of legislation, Senate Bill 5196, requires that air-quality rules apply to cattle … Read More

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