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Hatton fertilizer firm seeking USDA grant

HATTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering a grant award to a local company to expand fertilizer production. Perfect Blend, LLC, manufactures organic plant food at its 771 Kulm Road location northwest of Hatton.... — Updated 1/27/2023


Bill on farm internship program passes

OLYMPIA - The state Senate has unanimously approved Sen. Nikki Torres' legislation to expand the state's farm internship program. Torres' legislation is the first Republican bill... — Updated 1/27/2023


Wheat producer meeting looming

RITZVILLE — Dryland wheat producers will meet Jan. 24 to hear presentations from a number of speakers. The producer meeting runs from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the American Legion hall, 106 W. Broadway Ave. The program includes... — Updated 1/26/2023


Rancher, feds settle Snake River case

CENTRAL FERRY — The U.S. government has reached an agreement with a rancher accused of allowing his cattle to trespass on federally managed lands along the Snake River. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of... — Updated 12/29/2022


Columbia Basin Project gains momentum

RITZVILLE – It all started a hundred years ago. Back then, government officials and others saw great potential in the high desert lands of Adams County and surrounding areas. Originally, the Columbia Basin Project — with Grand... — Updated 11/20/2022


USDA offers conservation help

PASCO – The deadline to apply for the 2023 USDA Conservation Stewardship Program is Oct. 13. The program is open to producers seeking technical and financial assistance with conservation efforts. Under the program, farmers can... — Updated 8/18/2022


Irrigation water shutoff date announced

BASIN CITY — With the end of the growing season looming, the South Columbia Irrigation District will be shutting off water Friday, Oct. 21. The announcement made Friday, Aug. 12, also came with the announcement that ditchrider... — Updated 8/12/2022


USDA offering conservation grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will award up to $12 million to increase the use of conservation practices on grazing lands. Ranchers and farmers can apply for the grants through Sept. 22. “Privately... — Updated 8/12/2022


Potholes Canal breach repaired

CONNELL – Farmers relying on the Potholes Canal for irrigation water can rest a little easier today after crews repaired a located and repaired a "significant" breach overnight... — Updated 7/8/2022


Proposed 'odor management' rule creates controversy farms

OLYMPIA – The state Board of Health is wading into manure management with a proposed “odor management” rule. But farmers are calling bull, noting its duplicative and unnecessary overregulation of animal waste by the state.... — Updated 6/22/2022


Heavy rains bring flooding, harvest delays

GARFIELD – Heavy rains over the last week brought more than just water, localized flooding and mudslides to the area. They also may have brought a delay in the harvest season for... — Updated 6/20/2022


Be counted in the 2022 Census of Agriculture

MESA – Rural residents are encouraged to sign up and be counted in the 2022 Ag Census. Agriculture producers who did not receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture and do not receive other USDA surveys or censuses have until June 30... — Updated 6/20/2022


UW employees visit Schoesler farm

RITZVILLE – University of Washington faculty visited Sen. Mark Schoesler's farm recently to learn about Eastern Washington agriculture. "I was more than happy to meet Wednesday... — Updated 6/20/2022


State allows axe-throwing at businesses with liquor licenses

State allows axe-throwing at businesses with liquor licenses The Center Square OLYMPIA — The state Liquor and Cannabis Board voted to allow axe-throwing inside liquor establishments as early as July 9. Previously, bars and... — Updated 6/9/2022


9th Circuit ruling against Washington state couple could mean more federal wealth taxes

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – A recent ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals against a Washington state couple challenging the Mandatory Repatriation Tax could open the door to all manner of wealth taxes, a lawyer representing... — Updated 6/9/2022


Most state residents can't afford a new home, building group says

TUMWATER — The majority of Washington residents are priced out of purchasing a new home, according to a report completed done by one of the largest home building organizations in America. The Tumwater-based Building Industry... — Updated 4/14/2022


Gimenez growing Back 40 BBQ

PASCO - For Back 40 BBQ owner James Gimenez cooking has always been a family tradition. "My aunts and my grandma were always cooking. We all had a passion for cooking, but catering... — Updated 4/6/2022


Senator: Fuel-price increase hitting farmers

RIZVILLE – “We’re north of a dollar more in diesel than where we were before the invasion,” Sen. Mark Schoesler began in a recent interview. Schoesler, a farmer himself, represents the 9th Legislative District, including... — Updated 4/6/2022


Schillinger honored on Senate floor

OLYMPIA – A Senate resolution honoring agronomist Bill Schillinger passed Feb. 21. Senate Resolution 8645 honors Schillinger for his service to farmers; it was introduced by Sen.... — Updated 3/3/2022


Start planting your spring garden today

That's right! Now is the time to start planting your spring garden, especially if you like playing in dirt! We know, it is still cold, with occasional snow, ice, and nasty weather.... — Updated 3/3/2022


Pasco Farmers Market opens March 11

PASCO – An incredible aroma flows out of the walk-up window at Brother's Cheese Steaks inside Pasco Specialty Kitchen, just across the street from the newly renovated Pasco... — Updated 2/27/2022


Columbia Grain International donates to communities

COLFAX – Columbia Grain International has donated to several areas. “Columbia Grain International cultivates growth across its broad footprint, which spans the northwestern tier of the U.S., including Washington, Idaho,... — Updated 1/20/2022


Urban Agriculture, Sentinel Lands and Watersmart program deadlines loom

SPOKANE VALLEY – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service has set the application deadline for the Urban Agriculture, Sentinel Lands, and... — Updated 1/5/2022


Conservation Incentive Contract deadlihne set

SPOKANE VALLEY – The deadline to apply for a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program-Conservation Incentive Contracts is Jan. 24. The USDA set the application deadline today, Dec. 20.... — Updated 12/21/2021


Airports to receive FAA improvement funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Several Eastern Washington airports will receive federal grant funds thanks to the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program. The funds can be used to improve airport safety, capacity and security, as well as... — Updated 12/17/2021


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