Agriculture



Farm workers remember laborer who died on the job

Saturday is Workers' Memorial Day, a commemoration of people who've lost their lives on the job. In Washington state, the farm community is remembering Ernesto Silva Ibarra, a 28-year-old farmworker who became ill last summer while picking berries during wildfires and later died.

April 27, 2018 10:07 a.m. read more..
  

New burn ban zones designated

New outdoor burn ban zones have been created to provide for mitigation of the wildland fire hazard conditions that exist across the approximately 100-mile length of Klickitat County

April 12, 2018 3:13 p.m. read more..


Asparagus growers face labor shortage

A new challenge is brewing for asparagus growers, and this one could cause growers like Kinsey Farms to cut back or get out. Speaking about the start of the asparagus season on Tuesday, April 10, Mark Kinsey said there may not be enough cutters to meet harvest demand.

April 12, 2018 noon read more..
    

Stemilt to pay $95,000 to settle sexual harassment case

Stemilt Growers and Stemilt Ag Services have agreed to pay a female tractor driver $95,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit. Heidi Corona Arizaga will be paid $2,342.73 in lost wages, $5,500 in attorney fees, and $87,157.27 in compensatory damages.

April 3, 2018 11:23 a.m. read more..
 

John Deere celebrates 100

The John Deere company is celebrating its 100-year anniversary of entering into the tractor business with a 100 days of celebrations.

March 23, 2018 10:46 a.m. read more..
  

Agricultural-related bills signed into law

Two agricultural bills introduced by Sen. Jim Honeyford were signed into law Thursday, March 15, by Gov. Jay Inslee. Senate Bill 6125 gives the state Department of Ecology six more years to enter voluntary water agreements for out-of-stream use in the Columbia Basin. Senate Bill 6319 allows the state Department of Agriculture to implement the new federal Produce Safety Rule.

March 16, 2018 10:43 a.m. read more..