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Why the "Dirty Dozen" doesn't mean what you think it means

Posted on April 27, 2018 at 12:30 PM Comments comments ()

The bottom line is that our health benefits from eating adequate fruits and vegetables are most important — don’t let uncertainty about whether to buy organic or conventional scare you away from the produce department. Read more.

What you think about pesticides depends on your farm literacy

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 6:05 PM Comments comments ()

Have questions about pesticides? Ask a farmer! Read more.

Photo by Matt M. McKnight/Crosscut

When Twenty-Six Thousand Stinkbugs Invade Your Home

Posted on March 7, 2018 at 1:30 PM Comments comments ()

These uniquely versatile bugs are decimating crops and infiltrating houses all across the country. Will we ever be able to get rid of them? Read more.

Image: David Plunkert

Senate panel strips down pesticide-alert bill

Posted on February 7, 2018 at 6:35 PM Comments comments ()

Heather Hansen, executive director of the Washington Friends of Farmers and Forests, criticized the labor committee’s bill for assuming pesticide applicators regularly break the law and that the agriculture department can’t stop it.

“We support a work group, but let’s start with an open-minded, even-handed work group that can look at ways to prevent drift from happening in the first place,” she said.

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On the hunt for nematodes

Posted on February 7, 2018 at 5:10 PM Comments comments ()

Parasitic nematodes are a big concern for Washington grape growers because it takes a long time for decline symptoms to show up. If damage is suspected, there’s little recourse beyond ripping up the vines, fumigating and replanting while hoping for the best. A 10-year WSU research project aims to figure out both the risks of and solutions for this under-the-radar, under-the-soil pest. Read more.

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Scientists battle cherry pests, diseases

Posted on February 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM Comments comments ()

Little Cherry Disease, Spotted Wing Drospholia and other pests and diseases are top concerns for scientists and growers alike. Little Cherry Disease necessitated removal of more than 1,000 acres of cherry orchards in the Wenatchee area in the past several years. Read more.

Washington farmers turn out to protest pesticide bill

Posted on January 27, 2018 at 3:25 AM Comments comments ()

Asked by a senator to rate the bill’s threat to agriculture on a scale from one to 10, Eastern Washington wheat farmer Nicole Berg answered “10.” Read more.

EPA Concludes Glyphosate is Not Likely to be Carcinogenic to Humans

Posted on January 5, 2018 at 4:45 PM Comments comments ()

EPA concluded in draft risk assessments that a widely used herbicide in the United States that controls weeds and grasses— glyphosate—is “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” Read more.

WSDA to expand its apple maggot rule

Posted on December 20, 2017 at 4:25 PM Comments comments ()

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is working to expand its apple maggot quarantine rule to include the potted soil of host plants. Read more.

(Washington State University)

Spring treatment proposed to protect Washington trees from gypsy moth

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 3:15 AM Comments comments ()

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is proposing to treat two areas in Western Washington in the spring of 2018 to eradicate introductions of gypsy moth, a non-native, invasive pest that decimates trees. Read more.