Pacific Northwest

Since March, more than 20 farms in Washington cited for COVID-19 violations

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has conducted 384 agricultural workplace safety and health inspections so far this year to help make sure farmworkers are safe on the job. One hundred thirty of those... more »

WSU creates endowed chair in soil health to support potato agriculture

Launching new research in support of Washington potato growers, Washington State University is partnering with industry leaders to study healthier, more sustainable and productive soils. Backed by a more-than-$3 million fund created by potato growers,... more »

Washington State’s Lewis to direct Ag and Natural Resources Program

Tree Fruit Extension Specialist Karen Lewis is the new director of Washington State University (WSU) Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Program Unit. Hired as ANR director on Nov. 1, 2020, Lewis has served as... more »

COVID-19 protections for agricultural workers extended in Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Oct. 23 extended COVID-19 protections for agricultural workers in employer-provided housing through the off season. Executive Order 20-58 addresses requirements related to physical distancing, sanitation, and isolation in order to... more »

COVID-19 housing protections for ag workers extended by Oregon governor

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Oct. 23 extended COVID-19 protections for agricultural workers in employer-provided housing through the off season. Executive Order 20-58 addresses requirements related to physical distancing, sanitation, and isolation in order to... more »

Verisem acquires vegetable seed processing facility in Washington state

Verisem North America, a subsidiary of Verisem BV, the collection of leading global seed production operations and a portfolio company of Paine Schwartz Partners, announced Oct. 21 that it has acquired a new vegetable seed... more »

Strawberry harvest workers in Oregon detected with COVID-19

Nearly 60 incoming seasonal contract strawberry harvest workers for Planasa Oregon Operations LLC on Short Road in Klamath Falls tested positive for COVID-19 before they started work about two weeks ago, according to company officials.... more »

WSU farmer suicide prevention program gets $7 million USDA grant

Farming is a high-stress occupation. Land and equipment are expensive. Work hours are long and physically strenuous. Economic pressure from potential crop problems weigh heavily. Those stresses too often lead to thoughts of suicide for... more »

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