EPA Settle With Eight Central Washington Cold Storage Facilities

Late last week, the EPA announced it had reached settlements with several Yakima Valley cold storage facilities. The settlements come from alleged civil chemical accident prevention and preparedness violations with three separate companies operating eight cold storage facilities. Under the agreement, Stadelman Fruit LLC has agreed to pay $238,875 for violations at: 1st Avenue, Zillah Cheyne Road, Zillah […]

Lohmann Already Confident 2021 Will Be A Year For The Record Books

It’s dry across the Northwest, but just how dry is making many take note. Marilyn Lohman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said when it comes to precipitation deficits: Wenatchee: 1 ½”-2” Yakima: 2”-2 ½” Pullman: 2”-3” Tri-Cities: 3” Central Oregon [Bend/Redmond]: 3” Spokane: 5” “But there is an area stretching from central Oregon through […]

WSU: Thermal Sensors Could Prevent Apple Sunburns

Researchers at Washington State University have started a project to develop thermal sensors to prevent apple sunburn. WSU Associate professor, Lav Khot said this research will focus not only on the burn, but the heat stress that can lead to disorders while the apple is in storage. “We’re installing the sensors in the canopies’. We’re […]

Washington Ecology Looking At Reissuing Biosolids General Permit

Washingtonians are encouraged to comment on the state Department of Ecology’s proposal to reissue a Statewide General Permit for Biosolids Management. Jean Mendoza, with Sierra Club in Yakima, says biosolids is non-liquid sewage sludge with toxins from medications, dishwater, wastewater that end up down the drain or toilet and then put on cropland. “This may not sound like a big deal, […]

Ag Community Not Thrilled With Legislation Addressing Overtime Issues

Legislation that would address several overtime questions in Washington is not sitting well in the farming community for a variety of reasons. Senate Bill 5172 is currently in the state House. The legislation looks to initiate a stair stepped approach to overtime pay for farm workers that cross 40 hours in a week. If approved, […]

WSDA Hosting Yakima Area Tree Fruit Workshop

The Washington state Department of agriculture will host their 2nd annual IPM Practices of Tree Fruit workshop on Monday March 29th. The workshop will focus on the tree fruit industry in the Yakima-area, with topics including little cherry disease, X-disease, pests in apples and much more. WSDA will take an in-depth look at new strategies […]

YVC Awarded Over $300K To Help Undocumented Students

Yakima Valley College was recently awarded $321,850 in grant money to provide financial aid to undocumented students who are residents of Washington during the Spring 2021 Quarter. The funding, provided through the state’s Emergency Relief Grant program signed into law last month, will support resident undocumented individuals who demonstrate financial need but do not qualify […]

Washington Senate Approves 40 Hour Week For Ag Workers

Washington is positioned to be the first state to bring the 40-hour work week to agricultural workers, under a bill approved by the state Senate Tuesday. Under the modified Senate Bill 5172, which was originally proposed by Yakima’s Republican Senator Curtis King, Washington would establish a three-year phase-in period of the new requirement that employers […]

YVC Wine Program Receives $25K From NWFCS

On Tuesday, Yakima Valley College announced their Vineyard and Winery Technology Program had received a $25,000 gift from Northwest Farm Credit Services. “We are proud to offer students hands-on experience across the entire wine making process, from grape to glass, at our award-winning teaching winery,” said Vineyard and Winery Technology Instructor Trent Ball. “Washington has […]

Evans Fruit Fined $150K For COVID Violations

The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries has once again fined Yakima area Evans Fruit Company for COVID-19 workplace violations. The company was fined $150,000 for two “willful serious violations” for no following workplace mask and social distancing requirements. This is the third time that Evans Fruit Company has been cited for coronavirus safety […]