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  • Feb. 5 deadline for grant proposals to boost Washington specialty crops January 10, 2018
    The Washington State Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for innovative projects to support the state’s fruit, vegetable and nursery industry through the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Proposals for the grants to fund these projects are due to WSDA by 4 p.m. Feb. 5.
  • New rules would require RFID for cattle in some cases December 20, 2017
    OLYMPIA--The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) filed a notice of intent today to update rules concerning livestock identification, specifically requiring Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, in cases where cattle are currently required to be identified with metal tags.
  • WSDA adopts rules aligned with federal Worker Protection Standards December 13, 2017
    The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has adopted rules updating Worker Protection Standards to correspond to federal regulations. The new rules regarding pesticide use were signed by Director Derek Sandison and will take effect Jan. 13, 2018.
  • Spring treatment proposed to protect Washington trees from gypsy moth December 5, 2017
    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.
  • Gypsy moth catches at 20-year high in Washington November 2, 2017
    The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) trapped 117 male gypsy moths this year in its annual trapping program – the highest number caught in traps since 1995.