Thursday, February 22, 2024
Sunday, February 4, 2024
As Valentine's Day approaches, hearts are aflutter with love, and what better way to celebrate this special day than by exploring the romantic side of agriculture?
You might not consider the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) in the same sentence as romance. But hold on, because we're about to unveil the love-filled side of WSDA that ensures your Valentine's Day is as special as can be.
Beyond the fields of green and the rows of crops, there lies a love story between WSDA, farmers and producers, and the land they cultivate. From flowers to gift baskets, and even the journey to your romantic dinner, WSDA works year-round to make sure you feel loved every single day.
Flowers for that special someoneflower inspections, ensuring the quality and health of floral products within the state. As part of our regulatory efforts, we conduct inspections to monitor for pests, diseases, and compliance with agricultural standards in the cultivation and trade of flowers. In other words, we make sure there are no unexpected guests, like Japanese beetles, hiding in your roses. These inspections are crucial to maintaining the integrity of the floral industry, safeguarding against the spread of harmful pests, and ensuring that consumers receive high-quality, disease-free flowers.
Our commitment to rigorous flower inspections contributes to the overall health and sustainability of Washington's floral ecosystem, fostering a thriving environment for the cultivation and enjoyment of diverse and beautiful flowers. Nurseries are diligently inspected to ensure that your bouquet is pest-free, so your romantic gesture is as delightful as can be.
Getting you there
The WSDA Weights and Measures Program fosters fairness in commercial transactions by conducting tests and inspections on commercial devices, verifying prices, inspecting packages, educating the public, monitoring fuel quality, and investigating complaints.
Gift baskets and cottage food regulationscottage food operations are producing safe treats for your enjoyment.
A Cottage Food Permit enables Washington State residents to produce safe food items, including baked goods, candies, jams, jellies, preserves, fruit butters, dry spice blends, or dry tea blends in their home kitchen. We make sure that your Valentine's Day treats are not only delicious but also adhere to the highest safety standards. Additionally, we require all ingredients be included on the labels so you don’t get any unexpected surprises in your Valentine’s goodies.
So, this Valentine's Day as you exchange flowers, enjoy a romantic dinner out, and savor delicious treats from your gift basket, take a moment to appreciate the behind-the-scenes efforts of WSDA. We're your ally in ensuring that every aspect of your celebration, from the blossoms in your hand to the treats on your plate, is filled with love and safety.
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Cheers to a Valentine's Day made extra special.
Monday, January 8, 2024
Navigating climate challenges in Washington's agricultural landscape
These activities are critical to urban and rural communities alike, providing food security, nutrition, and thriving livelihoods in Washington and beyond.
Climate Resilience Plan
Take the survey
We want to hear from small and large producers from every crop and animal operation in every part of the state.
This information will help us communicate the nuances of climate change in agriculture to industry stakeholders and policymakers, and to build programs that are in direct response to your feedback. Your input is valued and appreciated.
Survey participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 VISA gift card.
The survey is available in English and Spanish.
Please take a few minutes to fill out this short, anonymous survey by February 23, 2024.
We thank you for your participation in this effort.
Friday, December 22, 2023
Dr. Amber Itle
Washington State Veterinarian
|Mother and daughter reindeer duo take a nap at the
Leavenworth Reindeer Farm in Leavenworth,
Ming Ming is also in charge of making sure all the reindeer health requirements are met before flying around the world. While planning for Santa’s stops in the United States, he checked InterstateLivestock.com to see what each State requires. All the reindeer that cross state lines must meet Washington State import requirements, including a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued by an accredited veterinarian and a permit number to move between States for toy delivery. A CVI is a special animal health document that certifies that the animals listed “are not showing signs of infectious, contagious and/or communicable diseases” and have met all the required vaccinations and testing requirements. Santa’s reindeer tested negative for tuberculosis, brucellosis, and meningeal worms and have maintained “free” status in the CWD Herd Certification Program.
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner,
Blitzen and Rudolph all received clearance to fly into Washington state.
Washington State Veterinarian Dr. Ben Smith met with Ming Ming to examine the reindeer, check his paperwork, and review his on farm and travel biosecurity plans. Ranger Rick stopped the movement as the package hauler crossed the Canadian border and determined that all pertinent documents were correct.Santa’s Top 10 Biosecurity Tips
- No visitors to the North Pole.
- Keep a closed reindeer
- Perform annual laboratory
testing for diseases of concern.
- Establish a relationship
with a veterinarian and perform annual exams and vaccinations.
- Bring your own reindeer
grain, hay, and water for the journey.
- When traveling, never land
on the ground; rooftops are cleaner.
- Avoid direct contact with
wildlife, domestic animals and humans. Steer clear of migrating waterfowl
that might be carrying avian influenza.
- Clean and disinfect your
sleigh and boots between rooftops, states, and countries and when
returning to the North Pole.
- Isolate all reindeer
returning from toy delivery for 30 days.
- Designate elves to care for reindeer who have traveled.
|The herd eats a snack at Leavenworth Reindeer
Farm in Leavenworth, Washington.
Remember, if you are moving animals across state lines this holiday season to check interstatelivestock.com to meet the interstate animal movement requirements.
Have a safe and happy holiday season from our end of the
barn to yours.
Tuesday, December 19, 2023
Ofelio Borges Receives Latino Leadership Award for Contributions to Washington's Tree Fruit Industry
Born in Hidalgo, Mexico, Ofelio Borges has dedicated 35 years to the Washington tree fruit industry, making him a highly respected figure. His extensive knowledge and experience have earned him the admiration and respect of his peers. As a program manager for technical services and education, Borges has been instrumental in developing and implementing pesticide training programs in Washington. One of his notable achievements includes the creation of the Worker Protection Standard Train the Trainer program, which has trained hundreds of trainers across the state.
In addition to his role at the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Borges also oversees the Farmworker Education Program, ensuring that farmworkers receive the necessary training and support for their safety and success. His commitment to the well-being of farmworkers and his extensive experience in safety issues related to agriculture have made him an invaluable asset to the industry.
The Latino Leadership Award acknowledges Ofelio Borges' remarkable contributions and serves as a testament to his unwavering dedication to the Hispanic community in Washington's tree fruit industry. His achievements and impact continue to inspire others, and his commitment to excellence sets a high standard for future leaders in the field.