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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

 

Board to re-advertise farm lease

OTHELLO – The Adams County Commission expected to open bids for the lease of 34 acres adjacent to the County Fairgrounds in Othello during its Nov. 15 meeting. But no bids were received. The property was granted to the county,... — Updated 12/1/2021

 

Businesses seek new liquor licenses

PASCO — Several businesses have applied to the state for new liquor licenses. Businesses applying for new licenses include: Mesa • Comedor Mari, 6850 Road 170, beer and wine license for restaurant. Applied Sept. 28. Pasco ... — Updated 10/21/2021

 

$14 million in ag relief awarded

OLYMPIA — More than $14 million in COVID-19 relief grants from the state Department of Agriculture were awarded to 839 businesses. The four main sectors include agritourism farms, farmers’ market organizations, craft beverage... — Updated 7/13/2021

 

Darigold to build protein and butter plant in Pasco

PASCO – Darigold Inc. announced today that it will be a new, state-of-the-art premium protein and butter plant here. The 400,000-square-foot, $500 million plant is being designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25%,... — Updated 7/2/2021

 

Martinez to highlight chamber luncheon

PASCO — Mayor Saul Martinez will be the keynote speaker today, June 14, at the Chamber of Commerce meeting. The meeting begins at 11:45 a.m.; Red Lion Hotel is hosting. Martinez was selected mayor in January 2020 by his peers on... — Updated 6/14/2021

 

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