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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.

Free soil sampling on farms

The South Yakima Conservation District is again offering, free of charge, to conduct deep soil sampling on farms in the Lower Valley as part of an effort to determine the extent of nitrate contamination in groundwater.

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Irrigators drawing water from Yakima River tributaries definitely feeling the drought

Some of the earliest irrigation water rights in the territory of Washington have been shut off in tributaries of the Yakima River due to extreme drought conditions.

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Port commissioners conduct business in record time

The Sunnyside Port Commission needed just 45 minutes to conduct its business Monday night, which included the adoption of a short consent agenda.

Worst drought on record a one-two punch to landscape

$16 million relief funding available

Across the state of Washington wild fires rage, public water storage is a concern, farmers are cutting back on their crops and fishing rules have been dramatically changed.

Deadline extended for conservation funds

Federal assistance is available to farmers interested in agricultural conservation programs. Growers now will have more time to apply for those funds.

Roza water ordering system back in business

A server issue from last Wednesday with Roza’s water ordering system has been addressed and the system is back up and running today, Monday.

Streamlined regulations encourage reusing water

Proposed rule will help state prepare for future droughts

A rule that’s been drafted would help Washington deal with water shortages by encouraging local jurisdictions to reuse or reclaim water.

Local food bank needs new volunteer director

Wayne Connelly has found himself in a bind.

Roza officials adjusting water delivery schedule

With temperatures later this week and next expected to reach triple digits for several days, Roza Irrigation District officials will ramp up rates of delivery ahead of schedule.

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Farmers not the only ones affected by drought

Short water supply impacts local cemetery

It’s difficult to keep a park-like setting green when there is not enough water to go around.