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Local farmers, ranchers to receive disaster relief

A recent disaster designation due to drought in Benton and Franklin counties has prompted federal disaster relief for farmers and ranchers.

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Farmers market kick-off

Sunnyside’s Betty Brown (above) examines the apples and asparagus on sale at the opening of the Sunnyside farmers market this past Saturday.

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Farmers market to open May 17 downtown

After a year of hosting the Sunnyside Farmers Market, Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley, the local sponsor, and its farmers market board of directors decided to call in help to evaluate the past season’s successes and failures.

Yakima Basin water supply looking good

YAKIMA –The Bureau of Reclamation’s May 2014 “Total Water Supply Available” forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates there will be a full water supply for both senior and junior water rights this coming irrigation season.

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Field of dreams

Community residents, youngsters urged to get their hands dirty

For the second year Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley has started its community garden and youth ranch outreach program.

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Groundwater committee discusses consequences of nitrate problem

GRANGER – Some drinking water in the Lower Valley may contain a higher concentration of nitrates than is allowed by the EPA. The Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee learned at its Thursday night meeting about the consequences of such contamination.

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Making connections

Samuel Olmedo and Chelsea Durfey of Lighthouse Farms (photo above) speak with potential employees at Wednesday’s Ag Connection event in Granger.

Farmers market returns May 17

The Sunnyside Farmers Market makes its return on Saturday, May 17.

Flower sale underway in Sunnyside

Now is the time to start placing orders for the geraniums and petunias that the Lower Valley Soroptimist International Club sells each spring.

Advisory committee created to build partnership with agricultural community

Invitations have been sent to a broad array of agricultural interests to participate on the Washington Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) new agriculture and water quality advisory committee.

Water storage funding on minds of irrigators

With California’s winter drought currently in the headlines, federal and state lawmakers are mulling ways to help increase water storage.

Farm wages on the rise

Despite working on average a little less than half the year, the number of ag workers in Washington state is up, as is their average salary.

Grandview FFA Christmas tree lot opens this coming Friday

The FFA chapter at Grandview High School will open its annual tree and wreath sale this Friday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 p.m. at the Country Park fairgrounds on Wallace Way, Grandview.

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If it relates to grapes, YVCC grant director is there

GRANDVIEW - Catherine Jones keeps busy as an adjunct instructor and grant director for the Yakima Valley Community College viticulture and enology program in Grandview.

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Lower Valley Boy Scouts plan punkin’ chunkin’

Woody’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is closed for the season, but the farm will this coming Saturday host a punkin’ chunkin’ for local Boy Scouts.