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Washington governor eases restrictions on agritourism outlets

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced Aug. 28 updated guidance for agritourism and the agricultural industry as part of Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan. Rather than banning the activities, the revised rules give farms instructions on... more »

Website helps Washington growers log agriculture water testing data

A growing number of fruit and vegetable growers in the Columbia Basin are working with researchers in Washington State University Extension to find an easier way to track and share data on water quality used... more »

Decline in plant breeding has a direct impact on food security

Public plant breeding programs are declining across the United States. A team of scientists led by Kate Evans, a Washington State University horticulture professor who leads WSU’s pome fruit (apples and pears) breeding program, found... more »

Hand-washing techniques stressed by Oregon State University

More than a decade ago, Oregon State University Extension Family and Community Health faculty and staff in Deschutes County developed a technique to enable elementary school students to model good food safety behavior before sampling... more »

WSU Ag Technology, Production Management Program adds Wheeler

Teacher and scientist Tadd Wheeler is joining Washington State University's Agricultural Technology and Production Management Program, helping prepare students for promising careers that blend technological know-how with modern agriculture. Starting on July 15, Wheeler will... more »

WSU food safety outreach led by interim director Girish Ganjyal

As interim director of the School of Food Science, Girish Ganjyal leads Washington State University education, research, and outreach in food safety, dairy science, and healthier, more valuable products. An associate professor and Extension food... more »

WSU Puyallup Research Center to be led by Todd Murray

Todd Murray, entomologist and Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources program director, will become the next director of the Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center (REC) on July 1, 2020. A WSU alumnus bringing more than... more »

Washington agriculture has new COVID-19 requirements

On May 28, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee released Proclamation 20-57, “Concerning the Health of Agricultural Workers” which provides required protections that must be in place by June 4. Full details of requirements can be found... more »

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