Washington Industry

WA pot industry easier to enter under new licensing rules

After blocking dozens of people with criminal records from entering the legal marijuana industry, Washington state officials managing the 9-year-old industry are preparing to chill out a bit. Right now, a past felony conviction can be enough to prevent people from getting a license they need to grow, process or...
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Prepare Now to Use Central Heating Systems Safely During the Winter

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office recommends taking some time now to prepare your central heating systems for colder weather. It is recommended that furnaces be inspected, cleaned, and serviced every year by a qualified, licensed professional to ensure safe and reliable operation. Here are a few tips to keep your heating system running safely and efficiently:
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Fast Company

The hops in this new craft beer were grown in an indoor farm

Most of the U.S. farms that grow hops, a key ingredient in beer, are in the state of Washington. And as climate change continues—with more heat waves like one that hit the Pacific Northwest last June, and extreme droughts like the region is currently experiencing, and more wildfires—it’s likely going to get more difficult to grow the crop. Farmers are working to adapt by shifting to varieties that can better tolerate heat and drought. But it also might eventually become more common to grow some hops indoors.
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The Daily Score

The History of Northwest Refineries

The authors of this series, two white people born and raised in Washington State, are direct beneficiaries of the United States’ enduring colonial legacy. The Coast Salish peoples and their land were colonized starting in the mid-1800’s. The history of the Pacific Northwest’s refining industry is inextricably linked to the broader history of stealing land through colonization. We have tried, throughout the research and writing process of this and the other chapters in this series, to consider environmental justice concerns and to foreground the perspectives of Coast Salish peoples. Thank you to the reviewers for their feedback and perspective.

WSU Extension announces pear study circles to improve profitability and sustainability

Washington State University Extension announced a series of study circles for pear producers, beginning Oct. 19 and running through Feb. 22, 2022. The series was created to provide learning opportunities for growers, consultants, researchers and industry professionals to learn from one another and to improve pear profitability and sustainability, according to a news release.
Vancouver Business Journal

Tourism & hospitality industry continues to face issues with labor, supplies

As almost every industry continues to be affected by issues caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism & hospitality industry in Washington state is no different. In fact, there have been more jobs lost in tourism & hospitality than any other industry, said David Blandford, executive director of the Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA).

Crab cards must be submitted by October 1st

OLYMPIA, Wash. – If you’re a crabber in Washington State, your crab catch cards are coming due. The Department of Fish and Wildlife says crab fishers are required to report what they caught during the season that ended September 6th. Catch record cards are due by October 1st even for...

Washington Genetics Out With Four Varieties With Growers Needs In Mind

As wheat growers across the Pacific Northwest look ahead to a 2022, Washington Genetics is out with four varieties that they say will help growers weather the adversity typically associated with growing here. Marci Miller with Washington Genetics said their four new varieties for this season, Devote, Scorpio, Sockeye CL+ and Piranha CL+ all have excellent disease resistance packages.

Adding more regulations further burdens Washington farmers

There is an old humorous saying that goes something like, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” The expression certainly still applies to urban policymakers and commentators who seek to set agricultural policy in Washington state.

Lentil Farming in Washington

The Palouse region of Eastern Washington and Idaho is famous for for its rolling hills of wheat. Until the early 2000s, it also was famous as the lentil capital of the United States, producing nearly 100 percent of nation's lentil crop. Lentils, which are commonly used as a rotation crop for wheat -- reducing diseases, requiring less fertilizer, and helping control grassy weeds -- are well suited to the Palouse's fertile soils and growing conditions. In 1937, Palouse growers harvested the first commercial crop, worth $30,000. The majority of the commercial crop has always been exported, although domestic consumption has increased. The industry peaked in 1980, when 163,000 acres were harvested, yielding 163 million pounds of lentils, worth about $43 million. Since then, due to the introduction of additional rotation crops and increasing lentil acreage in other states, Washington's lentil production has steadily decreased. By 2021 it made up only 12.7 percent of the nation's total production. In 2019, Washington farmers harvested 68 million pounds of lentils on 62,000 acres, worth nearly $14 million.
Seattle Times


Read the latest news about Washington state's top crops: apples and pears; wheat and hay; milk and dairy; potatoes and vegetables; cherries, grapes and hops. Topics also include Washington state wines and viticulture, beef cattle and other livestock; aquaculture; international trade in farm commodities; organic foods, pesticides, herbicides and the debate over genetically modified crops (GMO).
US News and World Report

Crews Work to Restore Power After Weekend Storms

SEATTLE (AP) — Utility crews worked Sunday to restore power to thousands of customers in northwest Washington state after weekend storms downed trees and left large areas with no electricity. Puget Sound Energy said it hoped to restore power in several counties in the Seattle area by Sunday evening. At...

Restaurant News: When ‘buy local’ takes on a whole new meaning

The cottage food industry in Washington state grows entrepreneurs of all sorts. Some are content to stay small and are satisfied to remain in their home kitchens; others see this as a stepping stone to a full launch at a commercial/ retail location. Here’s the skinny:. Home/cottage industry locations have...

Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington

Welcome to Friday’s Overnight Energy & Environment, your source for the latest news focused on energy, the environment and beyond. Subscribe here: Today we’re looking at the return of the Bureau of Land Management to Washington, the U.N. raising some concerns about countries’ climate pledges and the EPA’s rescission...

CERB invests more than $10 million in rural, broadband projects

The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) yesterday approved $8,272,040 million in grants and $1,975,000 in low-interest loans for planning, economic development and rural broadband infrastructure construction projects. Five rural broadband projects were approved for nearly $8 million in funding from the CERB coronavirus capital projects fund, enabling an...