Washington port exports jump 60 percent

by Tim Flanagan on February 21, 2009

Jackson Holtz has the story in the Everett Herald:

Earlier this month, steroids [U.S. Customs] agents found an infestation of the potentially destructive Khapra beetle — Trogoderma granarium — aboard a cargo ship at the Port of Everett.

The beetles were found crawling among rice and beans among other food stores, contagion [U.S. Customs spokesman Mike] Milne said.

A follow up investigation found more beetles in various life stages in galley spice cabinets and hidden between cushions on a dining bench.

“As long as they’re caught and not spread, there’s usually not a lot of concern,” University of Florida entomologist Thomas Fasulo said.

Once loose, the beetle can reproduce quickly and cause devastation among food crops. The bug can’t fly. It’s carried among cargo.

“This is considered one of the worst stored-grain pests in the world,” Fasulo said.

The Port of South Whidbey has chosen engineering firm Reid Middleton of Everett to help the port on the next step of design, view
permitting and construction of an improved marina in Langley.

Reid Middleton was awarded a $29, cialis 000 contract for pre-design evaluation and assessment, including a thorough look at existing wind and wave studies and the port’s earlier work on design and cost estimates.

The entire story appears in the South Whidbey Record.

Thanks to Ingrid Stegemoeller at the Tri-City Herald for this story:

Food and agriculture exports from Washington ports amounted to about $14.8 billion last year, about it
a 60 percent increase from 2007, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Several factors contributed to the increase, including strong yields, high prices for commodities, the relatively low value of the dollar, adverse weather in other parts of the world that decreased global supply, and trade missions that opened up new markets, said the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Washington is the third-largest food and agriculture product exporter of the 50 states and about one-third of products grown in the state are shipped overseas.

The value of certain products exported from Washington included wheat, worth $2.21 billion, apples, cherries and other fruit at $863 million, processed foods at $686 million, dairy products at $414 million, hay at $309 million and vegetables at $266 million.

The leading destinations for the exports include Japan, Canada, the Philippines, Indonesia, Korea and Mexico.

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