Featured News

  • New Season Northwest Fresh Pear Crop Estimate

    PORTLAND, Ore. (June 8, 2017) – At the June 1st annual Pear Bureau Northwest meeting, Northwest pear growers compiled the first official 2017-18 fresh pear crop estimate for Washington and Oregon. Pear growers and producers from Washington’s Wenatchee and Yakima... Read More

  • 4th Annual Ag World Golf Classic Raises Over $73,000

    Hosted by Simplot, Lamb Weston, McCain Foods, Potato Growers of Washington, and Ag World Support Systems Area agriculture producers, processors and industry businesses rose to the challenge and set a new event record by raising over $73,000 to benefit the... Read More

  • 2017 Lind Combine Derby Results

    Best Decorated Combine 1st: Tyran Doyle - Lind, WA 2nd: Eric Labes - Lind, WA 3rd: Palmer Phillips - Lind, WA 4th: Jim Oswald - Spokane, WA Heat #1 Combines Tie: Caleb Hannas Palmer Phillips Ryan Kulm - Pasco Heat... Read More

  • Othello FFA Students Honored at Annual Awards Banquet

    FFA Officers from left are Vice President Mykiah Hollenbeck, Alyson Shade (interim vice president), Kobie Snyder (interim secretary), Sarah Wilson (interim treasurer), and Cody Carlson (interim reporter).[/caption]Future Farmers of America (FFA) was founded by a young group of FArmers in... Read More

  • Leo Garcia Named Apple Citizen of the Year

    Leo Garcia has been named 2017 Apple Citizen of the Year. The Apple Blossom Festival’s Queen Amy Sand and Festival Administrator Darci Christoferson surprised Leo with the award at The Certificate of Completion Graduation for Hispanic Orchard Employee Education Programs... Read More

  • I Hear the Train A Comin’

    It’s been nearly 15 years in the making and 20 years since rail service has operated on the tracks, but the Royal Slope Railroad is finally able to offer a weekly rail service to Othello. “We began work on the... Read More

Ag News


  • WSDA trappers start annual hunt for pests June 1, 2017
    Insect trappers for the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) are hitting the road once again. They will set traps throughout the state to monitor for invasive pests that threaten the environment or agricultural commodities.
  • Bill signing kicks off process for new marijuana certification program May 16, 2017
    The Washington State Department of Agriculture is preparing to create a voluntary certification program for marijuana production now that legislation has been approved authorizing the agency to develop such a program. ESSB 5131 provides for WSDA to establish standards for the production of marijuana that would be consistent with the requirements of the U.S. Department […]
  • Urgent call to vaccinate horses now for West Nile virus protection May 15, 2017
    The Washington State Department of Agriculture ) is urging horse owners to vaccinate their animals as soon as possible to protect against West Nile virus.
  • Season to treat invasive spartina starts in June May 5, 2017
    This year’s treatment season for spartina, an aggressive noxious weed, starts in June and will continue through November.
  • WSDA to dedicate new, state-of-the-art greenhouse May 11 May 2, 2017
    WSDA is dedicating its new greenhouse built to support the state`s fruit tree industry. A ribbon cutting ceremony is slated for noon to 1 p.m. May 11 in Prosser at WSU`s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center.