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Dairy digesters get new life with renewable natural gas

Dairy‐based anaerobic digesters that produce biogas have been generating electricity for years, but this model has fallen on hard times as electricity rates plummeted with the arrival of hydraulic fracturing technology (“fracking”) several years ago that provides decades of cheap natural gas.

DOE considers on-farm ponds funding

The state’s first drought in a decade has officials with the Department of Ecology considering helping growers pay to install on-farm ponds.

Washington state Senate supports drought relief

OLYMPIA – Last Thursday the state Senate unanimously voted to allocate $18 million to the State Drought Preparedness Account

Roza Irrigation District garners water conservation grant

As it manages through the biggest drought in at least a decade, the Roza Irrigation District yesterday was named a recipient of a grant for water conservation.

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4-Her moves from pork to mutton

TOPPENISH – This is Jessica Scheenstra’s first year showing lambs at the Central Washington Junior Livestock Show.

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It’s a family tradition

TOPPENISH – For the past four years, 13-year-old Grace Van Belle of Sunnyside Lower Valley Livestock 4-H Club has been raising pigs for her 4-H project.

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Saying goodbye to her ‘Nightmare’

TOPPENISH – For the past several months Grandview High School FFA chapter president Lecie Owens has been learning how to handle her crossbreed Angus steer, “Nightmare.”

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SHS junior confident in ring

TOPPENISH – Mickayla Wert showed no signs of nervousness as she prepared to enter the ring at the Central Washington Junior Livestock Show this past Monday.

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Packed house weighs in on water shutdown

Roza canal going dry for two weeks

With farmers blanching at the thought of three weeks without water, Roza Irrigation District board members settled for a two-week shut-off starting next Monday, May 11.

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Port of Sunnyside to sell excess water to irrigation districts

Noting the Yakima Valley is experiencing a drought this year, the Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night authorized Port Director Jay Hester to sell the port’s excess water to the local irrigation districts.

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Sunnyside residents won’t feel water pinch that local farmers will

It’s business as usual at Sunnyside City Hall, with water service continuing right along during what promises to be a dry summer.

Roza seeks water purchases from SVID

The Yakima Basin’s worst drought in at least a decade has Roza Irrigation District officials looking to buy water.

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Sunnyside community turns out to ‘meet a farmer’

A steady stream of people showed up at the second annual Meet Your Farmer event held this past Sunday, at Heavenly Hills Harvest near Sunnyside.

Lamb shearing available this Saturday

TOPPENISH – FFA and 4-H youngsters raising lambs for the Central Washington Junior Livestock Show in Toppenish are invited to a lamb shearing this Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the livestock show fairgrounds, 509 S. Division St. in Toppenish.