Pacific Northwest

Harvest automation for produce industry accelerated by Western Growers

Western Growers is spearheading a Global Harvest Automation Initiative to accelerate harvest automation across the fresh produce industry, with a goal of automating 50% of harvest within 10 years. “For well over a decade, our... more »

Oregon State University releases new, antioxidant-rich purple tomato

The new Oregon State University-developed tomato Midnight Roma follows in the steps of 10-year-old Indigo Rose, the first antioxidant-rich purple tomato available on the market. Indigo Rose was bred by Jim Myers, vegetable breeder and... more »

Officials: ‘All-hands-on-deck’ to address worsening Western drought conditions

In response to worsening drought conditions in the West, including in areas like the Klamath River Basin, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack released the following statement on April... more »

Award will help study and fight soil compaction

While soil compaction happens below the surface, it has many above-ground impacts on crops. Compacted soil doesn’t absorb water very well, makes it hard for plants to send out roots, inhibits plant nutrient absorption and... more »

Destructive, invasive Japanese beetle subject of Washington state plea for help

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is asking the public to report any sightings of Japanese beetle, an invasive and highly destructive pest, and will be hosting an educational webinar about the beetles in April.... more »

Oregon women chosen for first NASDA Women’s Farm2Food Accelerator

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Foundation, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Agriculture, has launched the first Women's Farm2Food Accelerator. The Women’s Farm2Food Accelerator will help... more »

$2M to support WSU research, students given by Northwest Farm Credit Services

Students, bees, wine and multiple agricultural research and outreach programs will benefit from a recent $2 million donation by Northwest Farm Credit Services to Washington State University. “From its very founding, WSU has stood side-by-side... more »

Potato, fruit growers benefit from expansion of WSU decision system

For more than a decade, entomologist David Crowder has helped Pacific Northwest farmers sustainably defend against insect pests and invaders. This winter, Crowder expanded his role as interim director of Washington State University’s Decision Aid System... more »

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