In a year of centennials, the Washington Department of Agriculture is marking its 100th year of existence Thursday at the Capitol. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – overlapping “beef day” which features an outdoor barbecue sponsored by cattlemen interests.
The agricultural agency, which has a new director, Bud Hover, began operating on June 10, 1913. That was after the Legislature of that day laid out its “nine areas of responsibility related to agriculture covering animal health, food and dairies, feed and fertilizer, oil, bakeries, horticulture and fairs. Today, WSDA has 26 programs supporting a state …