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2013 WSDA Centennial
The Next 100 Years of Agriculture in Washington
This year marks the 100th birthday of the Washington State Department of Agriculture! This represents a century of supporting agriculture, serving the public and protecting the environment. Farming and agriculture has changed quite a bit over the past 100 years, and also much of it remains the same.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture became an official state agency on June 10, 1913, when state legislators pulled together nine areas of responsibility under one roof, giving to WSDA a wide range of responsibilities related to the state’s agriculture industry. This included programs covering animal health, dairies and food, horticulture, oil, bakeries, fairs, feed, fertilizer and stallions and jacks. By August 1913, the agency had published its first pamphlet detailing the rules for the state’s agriculture industry.
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Attached are several items to prepare you and your fair for the celebration: