US potato acres projected to be up from 2020, but still below pre-pandemic levels

Potato acreage in the U.S. is expected to be up in 2021 from last year’s total, but still below 2018 and 2019. In projections by North American P... READ MORE »

Washington budget includes $22 million for Columbia Basin irrigation projects

The State of Washington's $6 billion capital budget included several irrigation projects supporting the Columbia Basin Project. Funded projects inc... READ MORE »

Washington ag groups asking governor to repeal COVID rules

Washington state’s leading agricultural groups are appealing to Gov. Jay Inslee to repeal recently renewed COVID-19 emergency rules for farm workers... READ MORE »

Survey: COVID protocols cost Washington farms $2,500 per month, packers even more

In a recent survey by the IMPACT Center at Washington State University, Washington State farm family’s direct compliance outlays to manage COVID-19 ... READ MORE »

USDA suspends marketing order for Washington potatoes indefinitely

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is indefinitely suspending the reporting and assessment requirements for the marketing order regulating the ... READ MORE »

Washington State expanding Decision Aid System to potatoes

For more than a decade, entomologist David Crowder has helped Pacific Northwest farmers sustainably defend against insect pests and invaders. This ... READ MORE »

Washington agriculture groups suing state over COVID labor restrictions

Leading agriculture groups in Washington state announced Feb. 2 they are taking legal action against the sate of Washington over recently renewed emer... READ MORE »

Washington Potato Company dehy plant ravaged by fire

A large fire broke out at a dehydrated potato processing plant in Warden, Washington, on Jan. 21, which led to evacuations for residents who live near... READ MORE »

Gale Easterday of Easterday Farms dies in car crash

Gale Easterday, a prominent potato and onion grower in the Columbia Basin, died from injuries sustained in a car crash on Dec. 10. He was 79. A... READ MORE »

Washington State moves ahead with potato-focused endowed chair

Launching new research in support of Washington potato growers, Washington State University is partnering with industry leaders to study healthier, mo... READ MORE »

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