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Forbidden fruit: apple maggot quarantine likely in valley

Posted on June 22, 2018 at 12:50 PM Comments comments ()

WSDA is taking public comment on the proposed quarantine through July 23 at wsdarulescomments@agr.wa.gov. There is a public hearing on July 19 at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ auditorium in Okanogan, plus one in Olympia and one in Yakima. Read more.

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WSDA rules prevent spread of maggots in compost

Posted on July 13, 2016 at 12:05 PM Comments comments ()

Apple maggots from western Washington backyard apple trees pose a threat to eastern orchards if they are shipped in compost. Read more.

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State Senate bill protects fruit crops

Posted on February 24, 2016 at 2:20 PM Comments comments ()

The State Senate passed a bill that would protect fruit trees from apple maggots and other pests. Read more.

Ag Skills and Safety Bill Gains Approval

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 3:55 AM Comments comments ()

from Daily Sun News, Sunnyside WA, Mar 9, 2015

OLYMPIA - The Washington State House of Representatives passed legislation last Friday that will help ensure farm workers have the necessary skills to keep the state’s agriculture industry thriving in the years to come.

Rep. Bruce Chandler, a member of the House Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee, sponsored the bill, saying it was a way to help move workers from a “…job to a career.

“The Washingt...

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GMO-label initiative promoters failed to disclose donors and could face a fine

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments ()

GMO-label initiative promoters failed to disclose donors and could face a fine

Jim Camden The Spokesman-Review

OLYMPIA – The Washington attorney general is being asked to take legal action against an Iowa group that spent nearly $300,000 to help last year’s food labeling initiative campaign but did not report its donors until after the election.

The state P...

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1/2/14 Senator Wants More Water Attention

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 4:15 PM Comments comments ()

Senator wants further attention paid to Lemire case

By Steve Brown

When the Washington state Legislature convenes on Jan. 13, water will again be a topic of discussion.

OLYMPIA — State Sen. Mark Schoesler said he expects that water issues will again come into play during the upcoming session of the Washington state Legislature.

“There’s a lot of interest in fallout from the Lemire case,” he said. “We can’t build or fence our way ou...

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11/26/13 Potato Potential in China

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 2:55 PM Comments comments ()

Trade mission to China opens door for potatoes

by Dan Wheat

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's recent trade mission to Japan and China brought movement toward access for Northwest fresh and chipping potatoes.

MOSES LAKE, Wash. — China may start importing Northwest fresh and chipping potatoes next fall as a result of Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent trade mission, a Washington State Potato Commission official says.

The commission has had a pest risk assessment on fresh ...

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11/15/13 GMO to head back to legislature

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 1:25 PM Comments comments ()

GMO labeling fight continues despite loss


Voters in Washington rejected a ballot initiative that would have required the labeling of many foods that contain GMOs. Now supporters say they'll take their campaign to the legislature.


Washington voters last week rejected I-522, a ballot initiative that would have required the labeling of some food containing genetically modified organisms, by some 60,000 votes.

The initiative would have req...

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11/4/13 Bud Hover's New Role

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 12:30 PM Comments comments ()

story and photos by Solveig Torvik

Click here to view the original posting and pictures.

Six months into his job as Washington State Director of Agriculture, alfalfa rancher Don R. “Bud” Hover of Winthrop says he’s learned an unexpected thing or two about government and the people who run it.

“I really like my job,” says a clea...

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10/22/13 The Spokesman-Review Rejects I-522

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 1:30 PM Comments comments ()

October 22, 2013 in Opinion Editorial: I-522 no help to consumers or producers

Supporters of Initiative 522 say it’s all about transparency, and we agree.

You can see right through it.

If I-522 was just about labeling genetically engineered foods, then it would be about foods and labeling. It is not.

In fact, the foods that might be required to carry a label may h...

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