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.

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.