CWU Marks National Week Of the Farmworkers

National Week of the Farmworkers wrapped up March 31st. And to celebrate the occasion intended to bring attention to farmworkers and honor their contributions, Central Washington University held a forum in which students who come from farm working backgrounds could share some of their stories. Ramiro Casas, a freshman from Prosser, WA, said he’s worked […]

Mercer: Honorary Grower An Award For the Entire Organization

While coronavirus has changed many things about the Washington Wine sector and how consumers can celebrate, one thing that has remained the same is the commitment to the industry displayed in this year’s Honorary Grower for the 2020 Washington Wines event. Earlier this spring Rob Mercer of Mercer Estates in the Prosser area was named […]

Bleyhl: We’re Here To Help Meet Cherry Grower Needs

Cherry harvest is underway across the Inland Northwest, but it’s not without a few challenges. Last weekend’s thunderstorms dumped rain on groves at a very bad time, and on-top of that, some locations in the lower Yakima Valley have reported frost over the past two weeks. Because of that, many growers are using more propane […]

Roza Irrigation Crews Use Busy Off Season To Prepare For 2020

For many irrigation districts across the region, water will turn on for another season in the next couple of weeks. One district that’s been trying the make the most of a mild and dry winter is the Roza Irrigation District. Executive Director Scott Revell said one of their main projects this winter was piping 13 […]

Wine HOF Nominations Being Accepted

The Clore Center accepting nominations for the 2020 Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame.  Established in 2004, the Legends Gala honors the legacy Dr. Clore and his impact on the Washington wine industry.  The event has been the platform to celebrate individuals who have contributed significantly to the success and longevity of Washington’s wine […]

Newhouse: Water Act Will Benefit Yakima Efforts

Late last week, Representative Dan Newhouse was in Prosser to introduce the Water Supply Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Utilization Act.  While much of the focus of the legislation is on improving old irrigation infrastructure across the west, some of which is roughly 100 years old, he said the legislation will also help with newer irrigation efforts.  […]

Newhouse Introduces Water Supply Infrastructure Rehabilitation & Utilization Act

Last week, Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse introduced the Water Supply Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Utilization Act.  Newhouse said the legislation will help local water operators and managers across the west in three different ways.   “Help with the operation, the maintenance and repair of a lot of the existing infrastructure that the Bureau of Reclamation has.  […]

Prosser IAREC To Mark 100 Years This Weekend

Washington State University will celebrate a century of research in the lower Yakima Valley this weekend.  The school will mark the occasion Saturday at the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, better known as the Prosser Center.   Naidu Rayapati, Director of the IAREC, said when it started in 1919, researchers focused on forage crops […]

Zirkle Closing Prosser Facility

According to company officials, Zirkle Fruit Co. will close its apple packing operation in Prosser this fall.  The company said they will consolidate Prosser operations with their Selah location.  The move means roughly 300 workers in the lower Yakima Valley will lose their job, starting in October.   The Prosser facility will not close, but […]