Agriculture



WSU countersues over Cosmic Crisp apple

Washington State University is countersuing Phytelligence, an agricultural biotechnology company, for breach of contract and patent and trademark infringement in state and federal court. The litigation, which relates to the Cosmic Crisp apple, was filed to protect WSU’s intellectual property rights, university officials said Wednesday, March 14.

March 14, 2018 5:43 p.m. read more..
   

Bill to outlaw Atlantic salmon net pen farming before governor

The fate of the state’s fish farming industry is in jeopardy following the Legislature’s passage of a bill that would prohibit new, renewed or extended leases on marine net pen farms that raise “nonnative” fish. The legislation passed the Senate on March 2 and is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk, where it awaits his signature before becoming law.

March 8, 2018 noon read more..


Soil pathogen test available

Soil pathogen testing – critical to farming, but painstakingly slow and expensive – will soon be done accurately, quickly, inexpensively and onsite, thanks to research that Washington State University scientists plant pathologists are sharing. As the name implies, these tests detect disease-causing soil pathogens that can severely devastate crops.

March 7, 2018 2:08 p.m. read more..


Ground beef, pork being recalled

Clackamas-based Interstate Meat Distributors, Inc. is recalling approximately 14,806 pounds of ground beef and pork products that may be contaminated with E. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the recall Friday.

March 5, 2018 9:18 a.m. read more..
  

Federal grazing fees lowered

The Federal grazing fee for 2018 will be $1.41 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.41 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.

February 1, 2018 noon read more..