• The Washington State Department of Agriculture is reporting that an unvaccinated horse in Franklin County is the first in our state to contract West Nile virus this year.

    The horse is showing progressive neurological signs, including rear end paralysis. It was not immediately known if the horse had traveled outside of the state recently.

    West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds. WNV is fatal to horses in about a third of the cases.

  • USDA continues to seek input on the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

    Released once every five years, the census provides detailed data covering agriculture down to the county level.

    USDA officials say they are still seeking comments for any suggestions or changes asked to be made to the census questionnaire. Any individual or organization may ask to add or delete items on the questionnaire, as well as send any other ideas about the census.

    National Ag Statistics Service Associate Administrator Renee Picanso stated there are research fields some “people think are no longer relevant with changing trends in agriculture." And that this is the time to express those ideas and concerns.