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National AI research institute for ag to be led by Washington State University

With a new $20 million federal grant, Washington State University will lead a multi-institutional research institute to develop artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to tackle some of agriculture’s biggest challenges related to labor, water, weather and... more »

More relief for farm operators urged by Western state lawmakers

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA, and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, WA-01, are leading a bipartisan, bicameral effort to secure more relief for farmers, ranchers, shellfish growers and other agricultural producers in the western United States affected... more »

Pollinator potential shown in bee-impersonating flies

A tiny bee imposter, the syrphid fly, may be a big help to some gardens and farms, new research from Washington State University shows. An observational study in Western Washington found that out of more... more »

Columbia Basin water availability topic of forecast

Changing climate, crop needs, and population growth are among key factors influencing when water will be available and where water will be needed in Washington’s Columbia River Basin. That’s according to a new report being prepared by the... more »

New WSU Crop and Soil Science chair known for helping others

Solving problems and helping people is what led Drew Lyon into his career. This Washington State University weed scientist also loves figuring out how plants work. “Every weed is different, and it’s fascinating to learn... more »

Ag groups react as Washington state repeals COVID-19 rules for workers

Following ongoing appeals by Washington state’s leading agricultural groups, state regulators announced May 28 that fully vaccinated farmworkers do not have to wear a mask or socially distance at work or in congregate housing facilities,... more »

Update to agriculture requirements announced in Washington state

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee issued updates May 28 to the agriculture workplace requirements to coincide with changes to the emergency rules for temporary worker housing released by the departments of Health and Labor & Industries.... more »

Oregon State’s Croptime helps growers plant veggies at the right time

Well-timed harvests enable growers to meet demand for consistent supplies of produce. Good timing also helps farmers schedule labor when they need it, and can help minimize pest damage at stages during the growing season... more »

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