Pacific Northwest

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 »

Survey of growers in Pacific Northwest to be conducted by NASS

During the next several weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. NASS will contact nearly 4,500 producers across... more »

Chemical-free method for eradicating honeybee-killing mites found

A new fungus strain could provide a chemical-free method for eradicating mites that kill honeybees, according to a study published this month in Scientific Reports. A team led by Washington State University entomologists bred a... more »

OK for vaccinated employees to return in Washington – except farm workers

Washington state’s leading agricultural groups say Gov. Jay Inslee has a double standard for farmers and their vaccinated workers following his announcement on Friday that fully vaccinated employees do not have to wear a mask or... more »

New worker safety team – Agriculture Compliance Unit – set in Washington state

As the growing season gets underway, the Washington state Department of Labor & Industries is taking a major step to help make sure farmworkers are safe on the job. The Washington state Department of Labor &... more »

WSU CAHNRS interim dean to be Rick Koenig

Rich Koenig has been named interim dean of the Washington State Univerity College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, effective July 1, following an open, internal search.  He will assume the position of acting... more »

COVID-19 farm rules repeal urged for Washington state farms, workers

Washington state’s leading agricultural groups are appealing to Gov. Jay Inslee to repeal recently renewed COVID-19 emergency rules for farm workers using temporary housing following his announcement that the state will loosen restrictions for fully... more »

Ag workers in Washington state would become eligible for overtime

Agricultural workers in Washington state would become eligible for overtime pay under a bill signed May 11 by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, drawing praise from President Joe Biden. According to media reports, Senate Bill 5172... more »

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