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Washington Farmers: Combatting Food Insecurity

As Washington farmers embrace technologies and advances in research to improve food production, our residents benefit. About 14 percent of Washington residents experience food insecurity, below the national average. The number of food insecure 8th through 12th graders has...

Washington State’s Rankings in U.S. Agriculture

Washington State's Ranking's in U.S. Agriculture We all know Washington apples are the best in the nation, even the world. You may be pleasantly surprised to learn that Washington State is actually a number one producer of several agricultural products: Product % of U.S....

Wheat Win for Washington State

Wheat Win for Washington State The 2015 wheat harvest numbers are in, and Washington State stands out as the fourth highest producer of wheat in the United States. Farmers in Washington State grew an amazing 111.54 million bushels of wheat...

Washington State: National Leader in Wheat Production

National Leader in Wheat Production Some agriculture facts about Washington State: Washington’s Whitman County produces more wheat than any other county in the United States, and ranks number two nationally in barley production. Washington’s potato growers have the highest yields per acre...

Food Waste Facts

There is a growing awareness of America's food waste and its impact on our environment. The following information may encourage you to change some of your buying and eating habits. Did You Know... In the US, an average family of four...

Top 40 Commodities in Washington State

Washington is second only to California in the number of agricultural commodities produced; over 230. Top 40 Commodities in Washington State, 2011 Value of Production 1. Apples $1,831,165,000 2. Milk $1,276,983,000 3. Wheat $1,138,226,000 4. Potatoes $771,040,000 5. Hay $713,568,000 6. Cattle & Calves $592,296,000 7. Cherries $533,507,000 8. Nursery/Greenhouse $306,422,000 9. Grapes $189,396,000 10. Pears $186,269,000 11. Corn for Grain $171,563,000 12. Sweet Corn $163,686,000 13....

A Growing Number of Immigrant Farmers

A Growing Number of Immigrant Farmers According to the Washington State University Extension Fact Sheet: "Profile of Small Farms in Washington State Agriculture," between 1997 and 2007, the proportion of U.S. farms reporting “Spanish, Hispanic or Latino” principal operators grew...

Did you know?

Did You Know? Herbicides can aid soil conservation. The use of herbicides reduces the need for tilling, preventing soil erosion and water loss.

Did You Know? Yakima County has the most organic farms of any county in Washington?

Fact or Fiction?

Fiction: Organic farming means grown without pesticides.

Fact: The USDA approves a lengthy list of pesticides for organic farming. Take a look here.


Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich with Prosciutto, Arugula and Tapenade

This is a great any-season sandwich. In the summer, you could also add heirloom tomatoes. In the winter, you could add any roasted vegetables....

Alternatives to Pesticides

Nutrition Survey 2001–2010