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Trade show attracts area growers

More than 19 vendors were on hand at last week’s Washington State Grape Society trade show.

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Grape growers face industry surplus, low prices, declining consumption

People need to drink more grape juice. That’s the considered opinion of Trent Ball, an agricultural program chair with Yakima Valley Community College.

Organization fights for science in state irrigation usage

Private sector funding is one way the state can improve its irrigation infrastructure, according to Darryll Olsen of the Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association.

State water laws encourage industry

Washington state law on water rights is focused on using water to improve the economy, according to Peter Mohr, an attorney at Jordan Ramis PC.

Payments issued for struggling farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced recently that nearly one half of the 1.7 million farms that signed up for either the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs will receive safety-net payments for the 2014 crop year.

Grape expectations

Prosser researcher garners funding for grapevine project

How do you make sure the new starts you’re planting in your vineyard are free of disease?

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Family-owned farm producing USDA certified organic crops

Just off Murray Road, near Sunnyside’s landmark Peanut Hill, is a thriving, family-owned operation, which has been quietly producing USDA certified organic food for the past 20 years.

Annual Grape Society meeting Nov. 12-13

The annual meeting and trade show of the Washington State Grape Society is fast approaching.

Cherry pickers file lawsuit against Outlook orchardists

Outlook orchardists are being accused of under paying their employees. A lawsuit against Upland Vineyards was filed in the U.S. District Court Eastern District yesterday.

Thanks ... but no thanks mulls offer from geologist

Groundwater group

A report that claims manure and fertilizer spreading in some areas is likely contaminating the Lower Valley’s groundwater is getting mixed reviews from the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee.

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Going it alone

Roza moves forward with Kachess plan after Kittitas group backs out

Undaunted by cost, and a prospective partner’s late withdrawal, the Roza Irrigation District board on Thursday approved constructing a floating emergency drought relief pumping plant in the Kachess Reservoir.

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Pay-off time

The pay-off has arrived early for most grape growers in the Lower Yakima Valley.

Grants available for manure program

The Washington Department of Agriculture is seeking experts to train farmers on best practices when applying manure to farmland, part of an effort funded by the Legislature to help the agriculture industry manage manure in a way that protects ground and surface water.

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Drought impacts

Yakima Valley farmers wondering about next year

The drought of 2015 hasn’t run out of steam yet, and the final tally of its costs remain. Still, the impacts can be seen and felt across Washington.

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Harvest off to one of earliest starts ever

It’s only the first week of September, yet grapes in the Lower Valley are already being harvested.