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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.

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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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