NW Washington raspberry harvest down 30% due to heat wave

The late June record-breaking heat wave in the Pacific Northwest resulted in a significantly smaller raspberry harvest in northwest Washington. The Bellingham Herald reports the 2021 harvest numbers show Whatcom County farmers brought in almost 44.5 million pounds, according to the Washington Red Raspberry Commission. That’s down 30.2% compared to the 2020 harvest and down 40% compared to the peak year in 2018. The second-lowest total this century was 45.9 million pounds in 2004. The extreme heat turned many berries to mush just as harvest typically begins.

Oregon, tribes and feds unite to improve Columbia River conditions for salmon population

WASHINGTON — Backed by leaders from state, local, tribal and federal government, members of the Biden Administration have filed an agreement focused on improving operations along the Columbia River Basin. With differing methods, each group involved with the agreement hopes…

Salmonella outbreak reported in onions within 37 states

Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH via Wikimedia CommonsHAILEY,  Idaho.–If you have whole onions that came from ProSource Inc. in Idaho throw them out because they might have salmonella. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Oranienburg infections linked to whole, fresh onions. As of Wednesday, the…