Through acquisition, product expansion and increased capacity, the Tukwila-based company has quietly become a major player in the industry

Seattle agriculture startup Phytelligence sharply cuts the time it takes to grow trees, but what's happening with the next big apple is complicated.

Why haste is not a bad thing at this Seattle agriculture startup. 

It's unlikely Charles Carpenter imagined that the Yakima Valley would be one of the most productive hop-growing areas on Earth. But it is. In 2015 and 2016, the valley produced more hops than any other agricultural region in the world.


Washington state farmers are moving upstream in the retail chain to develop and sell food and drink products and also capture customer appetites for farm-to-table meals.

For sheer economic impact, few comestibles can top the humblest of vegetables and possibly the most popular mass-market product made from it: the potato and the french fry. Accordingly, Lamb Weston, part of packaged-foods giant ConAgra Foods, is adding a second french-fry production line to its existing plant in Richland.