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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.

Grape Society meeting slated for Nov. 14-15 in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – The annual Washington State Grape Society meeting will take place Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14-15, at the Grandview Church of Nazarene, located at 500 N. Elm St. in Grandview.

Pasco-area horse euthanized after acquiring West Nile virus

A 10-year old mare from north Pasco is the second case of equine West Nile virus reported in Washington this year. The horse was euthanized.

Port approves alfalfa sales

In action taken this past Monday, Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved renewing a five-year contract with Jim’s Hay to harvest the port’s alfalfa fields.

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Autumn’s bounty

Farmers, ranchers urged to avoid electrical hazards

Harvesting is well underway in many rural communities Pacific Power serves. The busy fall harvest season is one of the most productive, but also one of the most dangerous times of the year for farmers, ranchers and their work crews.