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Wash Department of Ag turning 100 years of age; celebration is Thursday

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

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State Agriculture Dept. director Dan Newhouse is leaving; says Inslee wants new direction

When Rep. Dan Newhouse left the House four years ago to join then-Gov. Chris Gregoire’s cabinet as director of the Department of Agriculture, he added a new dimension: Newhouse  is a Republican with roots in Eastern Washington farming. His family grows hops, fruit, grapes and alfalfa.

But now he’s leaving, because he says that Gov. Jay Inslee wants to go in a new direction and is announcing a replacement hiring tomorrow morning.

Here’s Newhouse’s email to staff today:

I know the past several months have been difficult as we have seen several retirements, a new administration, a federal budget crisis

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