Several Ag Related Projects Included In Washington Capital Budget

Over the weekend, Washington lawmakers approved a two-year state capital budget, House Bill 1080. Several farm focused projects across the state will get funding in the upcoming biennium, including: $4.2 million for Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District $300,000 for the Selah-Moxee Irrigation District $235,000 for the Yakima Valley Fair in Grandview $5 Million in Funding for […]

Bill Extending Washington Invasive Species Council Heads To Governor’s Desk

By a unanimous vote last week, the Washington House approved legislation extending the life of the state’s Invasive Species Council. Senate Bill 5063, put forward by state Senator Jim Honeyford, also extends the Council’s mission to protect the state’s environment and economy from harmful non-native plants, inspects and animal. The Sunnyside area Republican said the […]

Seto: Electronics Innovation Will Remain Priority Into New Year, Beyond

When it comes to the latest technology for farm equipment into 2021, Doug Seto with Central Machinery Sales in Pasco, said electronics development and expansion will remain a priority. He said for Case IH, new electronics on implements in the coming year will turn many heads. “What they call field command, which allows the tractor […]

Washington Ag Businesses Fined For Violations

The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries has fined nearly two dozen agricultural businesses for safety and health violations this year. L&I has conducted 384 Ag workplace safety and health inspections this year. Of those 130 violations of various concerns were reported, including noncompliance when it comes to recent COVID-19 rules. Inspections are still […]

Washington Dairies And EPA Square Off In Court

After last months’ ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, denying an EPA motion to dismiss the case, the Washington state Dairy Federation and EPA are bound for federal court over a 2012-13 study regarding groundwater contamination in the lower Yakima Valley. The EPA report said dairies near Sunnyside and Granger polluted the area […]

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 […]

Bleyhl: New Fertilizer Plant Is A Game Changer In Central Washington

Last week, Blehyl Co-Op Agronomy opened up a new state of the art 6,400-ton fertilizer plant in Grandview. Agronomist Sean Cairns said their new facility is much larger their old location that topped off at 1,500 tons. He add the plant gives them the ability to stock and plan well into the future. “So, where […]

Sunnyside Sprayer Clinic To Focus on Tree Fruit Pests

RDO will host an Orchard Sprayer Clinic in Sunnyside Wednesday.  This Spanish speaking event will allow those who need Washington credits for the upcoming season to earn them.  Erin Hightower with RDO said Wednesday’s Clinic starts at 1 p.m. with a guest speaker addressing some of the most aggressive problems found in Washington orchards.   […]

RDO Hosting Hay & Forage Clinic

RDO will host a Hay and Forage Clinic Wednesday January 29th at their Sunnyside location on Midvale Rd.  Erin Hightower said the three hour clinic will be unique, as each hour will focus on one specific topic.   Hour 1 will focus on swathers, the latest technology as well as proper maintenance. Hour 2 will […]

Minick Resignation Creates Opening On Roza Irrigation Board

After 22 years as the Division 4 director of the Roza Irrigation district, David Minik has resigned, leading to an opening on the board.  The current term expires in January next year.  The person selected by the Yakima County Commissioners to fill the position must run for election later this year to serve out the […]