Pacific Northwest

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 »

Plant protein’s role in cellular shape, drought survival pegged by scientists

A team of Washington State University scientists discovered how a little-understood plant protein guides development of tiny cellular structures that regulate the flow of sap from roots to shoots, revealing a potential way to help... more »

Washington state farmworker housing rules increase worker safety

New emergency rules adopted May 13 regarding temporary farmworker housing will help increase worker safety and reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The rules detail specific steps required at farms where temporary workers live in... more »

USDA destroying flowers to eradicate Ralstonia bacteria

Federal officials are working with greenhouses in 39 states to destroy infected pink geraniums and prevent an invasive bacterium from infecting vegetable crops. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently confirmed a Ralstonia... more »

Labor housing, farm operations in Oregon targeted in temporary rule

Oregon OSHA has adopted a temporary rule to increase protections for workers against the spread of coronavirus in employer-provided housing and in labor-intensive farm operations. The temporary rule, which takes effect May 11, 2020, addresses... more »

Washington state farmworker housing ’emergency rules’ pursued

Many Washington state farmers rely on foreign workers through the federal H-2A work visa program to harvest their crops. However, the Washington State Department of Health and the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) are... more »


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