Agriculture + Viticulture

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business’ full-color, glossy magazine Focus: Agriculture + Viticulture takes a closer look at how our region serves as the powerhouse that drives our state’s agriculture and viticulture industries. This magazine is published in the spring.


Tri-Cities’ population continues upward trajectory

We’ve all heard grumblings about delays from road construction projects and the dread of adding more traffic in areas where new construction is underway or planned. But let’s pause to…

Young potato plant field in the morning,organic farm.

Potato growers can’t keep upwith ‘red hot’ global demand

Washington potato farmers can’t keep pace with worldwide cravings for french fries, hash browns, tots, potato chips and other processed potato products. And not being able to supply the spuds…

crop of red ripe apples on an apple-tree in garden. harvesting fruits apples in  orchard,panorama. panoramic view

Growers remain hopeful for better harvests

When it comes to describing the story of Washington agriculture in 2022, a few words in particular seem to fit: Unusual. Challenging. Hopeful. Weather played a major role in that…

Two farmers talk on the field, then shake hands. Use a tablet

Challenges persist, but Washington agriculture remains resilient

Washington state’s agriculture industry is known for its diverse crop portfolio and innovative marketing strategies. At the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), we work to preserve and maintain the…

Shaw Estates on Red Mountain outside Benton City. (Courtesy Richard Duval Images)

‘Unique’ wine grape growing season makes for ‘exceptional’ vintage

The 2022 grape growing season got off to a slow start. But the “unique” year – which included a cold and wet spring, a later-than-usual bud break and bloom, brief…

Workers load wheat onto a barge on the Snake River. (Courtesy Washington Association of Wheat Growers)

Value of state’s ag exports continues to climb

Washington saw the value of its agriculture exports grow by nearly 4% in 2022. The $8 billion figure includes fish and seafood, frozen french fries, wheat, dairy, hay, apples and…