Agencies seek comment on irrigation valve replacement

Environmental analysis under way

Agencies want to increase irrigation flow through valve in the Icicle and Peshastin districts

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Workshop focuses on ‘heartbeat of soil’

More than 20 dairy farmers, crop growers and government officials attended a workshop about how manure nutrients improve soil health.

Crop insurance deadline looms

Whole farm protection due by March 15

The final date to purchase or modify federal crop insurance coverage on most 2017 spring-planted crops is approaching.

State to ramp up pesticide testing for marijuana crops

Two agencies will collaborate on effort

Two state agencies are partnering together to accelerate pesticide testing for marijuana.

Group seeks penalties over anti-farm ad

EPA employee among those cited in letter

A new group organized to defend farming is calling for enforcement action against those responsible for the “What’s Upstream” ad campaign.

Researchers looking to stem powdery mildew on cherries

Powdery mildew on agricultural products can cause economic hardship for growers looking to export their products.

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Diseases concern vintners

Research finds less alcohol and color in wines from effected vines

Grapevine leaf roll disease has plagued vineyards for centuries, but little is known about how this virus impacts the fruit quality and actual wine produced from grapes of effected plants.

Irrigation water to flow March 20

Water will be flowing in Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District ditches at midnight on March 20, with the first deliveries starting April 1.

Groundwater group honors Trull

It was a night of farewells for the Groundwater Advisory Committee, as the group paid tribute to a member who passed away and said good-bye to another who is retiring.

Bill would give farmers ‘cushion’ on weight limits

A bill co-sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, would allow trucks carrying agriculture produce some leeway in load weight.

State tallying losses from 2015 drought

Initial agricultural estimates in Washington top $300 million

Initial estimates show growers in the Yakima Valley and around the state suffered losses estimated at more than $300 million during last year’s drought.

Legislation to benefit farmers

New legislation will help farmers in the Lower Valley and elsewhere by increasing the cap on small business deductions.

Hop crop shows gains over 2014

Lower Valley hop growers fared better than expected as yields are 11 percent more in 2015 compared to last year, according to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Roza abandons Kachess project

Roza directors halt plan to use floating pumps on Lake Kachess.

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Giving thanks in wine country

The annual Thanksgiving in Wine Country returned to Sunnyside, with Cote Bonneville, 1413 E. Edison Ave., opening its doors last weekend.