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Surplus state-held water rights targeted for irrigation, local uses

Local communities could have more access to water if legislators succeed in implementing a new system of leasing surplus state-owned water rights.

Dairies approve actions toward remedying lawsuit

The clock starts ticking next Monday for three local dairy owners who last week agreed to a series of stipulations related to a lawsuit filed against them two years ago.

Irrigation water outlook very dismal

Again, rain and warm temperatures dominated the region over the oh-so desired snowfall in January.

Quarantine lifted on poultry

The Washington State Department of Agriculture lifted a quarantine yesterday that restricted the movement of eggs, poultry or poultry products in Benton and Franklin counties.

Leasing public lands’ surplus water rights could be beneficial to farmers, communities

Farmers, private businesses and neighboring communities could have more access to water if legislators succeed in requiring state agencies to lease surplus water rights on public land. In prior sessions, some lawmakers have tried to push through legislation allowing local communities to tap into state-held water rights.

Newhouse to be keynote speaker

The Center for Latino Farmers will be hosting a small farms conference, featuring U.S. Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-Sunnyside) as the keynote speaker.

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SVID replaces Snipes Lateral liner

There is no winter break for Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID) crews in the midst of a host of projects to prep and improve the district’s irrigation system for a new watering season this spring.

Water update

Poultry quarantine in Tri-Cities area enacted

In response to the discovery of avian flu in two Benton County poultry flocks near Richland last week, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) this week adopted an emergency rule to establish a quarantine zone for avian influenza that includes parts of Benton and Franklin counties.

USDA provides protection for specialty crop growers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that greater protection is now available from the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance.

Beef class to be provided at Jan. 8 expo

YAKIMA - Yakima Ag-Expo, which will take place Thursday, Jan. 8, will feature several opportunities for agricultural producers throughout the region.

Bull Trout recovery won’t impact irrigators

A proposal by the U.S. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife for restoring Bull Trout populations should have little or no impact on Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District operations.

Women’s ag confab Feb. 21

YAKIMA – Women working in the agricultural industry are urged to take part in the Women in Agriculture Conference to be held on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Yakima.

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