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SUNNYSIDE — The cherries are ripening, and bins are being moved into the Valley orchards in preparation for the 2019 harvest.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A key victory for cherry growers hurt by the unjustified retaliatory tariffs by China was secured last Thursday as U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Congressman Dan Newhouse (WA-4), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, supported legislation to help growers.

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TOPPENISH — One week ago, youngsters in area 4H clubs and FFA chapters were saying good-bye to the animals they’ve spent countless hours raising.

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Amber Burnett’s enthusiastic passion for teaching agriculture to kids of all ages continues to inspire those she touched for bringing to life her meaningful farming lessons, which radiated into United Methodist’s preschool classroom last Friday.

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Rep. Congressman Dan Newhouse last Wednesday, April 24, toured Ostrom’s Mushroom Farms’ $38 million, 43-acre construction project, led by President and CEO David Knudsen, and learned about the high-tech facilities being currently installed at 1111 Midvale Road.

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According to the 2016 American Community Survey, there were 386,531 male and 51,865 female farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers 16 years and over working full-time, year-round in the U.S.

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A mushroom extract fed to honey bees greatly reduces virus levels, according to a new paper from Washington State University scientists,

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Hard-working Oscar Hernandez, 83, of Sunnyside was out with his tractor Saturday doing weed control in the area between the Arco gas station and the Grand Cinema.

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The federal Bureau of Reclamation’s June water supply available forecast for the Yakima basin indicates there is adequate water to satisfy senior and junior water rights this irrigation season.

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Tractor Supply Co. is opening a new store on Yakima Valley Highway. According to Grace Stewart, of the company, construction has begun on the retail store in Sunnyside.

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The city is a closer to 200 new year-around jobs with the announcement that Ostrom Mushroom Farms, LLC, has acquired the funding for its new state-of-the-art composting and operating platform at the Port of Sunnyside.

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Farmers can learn about the newest crop varieties and practices for drylands, and meet the new dean of Washington State University’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, at WSU’s Lind Field Day on June 14.

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Despite the lighted “Weed” sign at the entrance to the county seat of Prosser, Benton County commissioners on Tuesday decided to take a hard line against marijuana.

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The community of Toppenish put on the 69th annual Central Washington Junior Livestock Show April 29 through May 2, and it appeared to be as popular as ever.

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Saturday is Workers' Memorial Day, a commemoration of people who've lost their lives on the job. In Washington state, the farm community is remembering Ernesto Silva Ibarra, a 28-year-old farmworker who became ill last summer while picking berries during wildfires and later died.

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife sharpshooters killed two wolves near Halfway, Ore., on Wednesday, April 18, shooting both from a helicopter.

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Since mid-March, Washington State University researchers have been scrambling to keep up with a surge of inquiries from concerned property owners about brown marmorated stink bugs creeping across floors and clinging to curtains.

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New outdoor burn ban zones have been created to provide for mitigation of the wildland fire hazard conditions that exist across the approximately 100-mile length of Klickitat County

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A new challenge is brewing for asparagus growers, and this one could cause growers like Kinsey Farms to cut back or get out. Speaking about the start of the asparagus season on Tuesday, April 10, Mark Kinsey said there may not be enough cutters to meet harvest demand.

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An irrigation line break has prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to temporarily close an access road to Charbonneau Park.

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Stemilt Growers and Stemilt Ag Services have agreed to pay a female tractor driver $95,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit. Heidi Corona Arizaga will be paid $2,342.73 in lost wages, $5,500 in attorney fees, and $87,157.27 in compensatory damages.

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The John Deere company is celebrating its 100-year anniversary of entering into the tractor business with a 100 days of celebrations.

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Two agricultural bills introduced by Sen. Jim Honeyford were signed into law Thursday, March 15, by Gov. Jay Inslee. Senate Bill 6125 gives the state Department of Ecology six more years to enter voluntary water agreements for out-of-stream use in the Columbia Basin. Senate Bill 6319 allows the state Department of Agriculture to implement the new federal Produce Safety Rule.

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The Roza Irrigation district began Yakima River diversions into the 95 mile long main canal yesterday, Thursday, March 15.

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The Roza Irrigation district begam Yakima River diversions into the 95 mile long main canal today, Thursday, March 15. The reservoir allows the canal to be primed at a point 55 miles down the system.

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Washington State University is countersuing Phytelligence, an agricultural biotechnology company, for breach of contract and patent and trademark infringement in state and federal court. The litigation, which relates to the Cosmic Crisp apple, was filed to protect WSU’s intellectual property rights, university officials said Wednesday, March 14.

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The fate of the state’s fish farming industry is in jeopardy following the Legislature’s passage of a bill that would prohibit new, renewed or extended leases on marine net pen farms that raise “nonnative” fish. The legislation passed the Senate on March 2 and is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk, where it awaits his signature before becoming law.

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Soil pathogen testing – critical to farming, but painstakingly slow and expensive – will soon be done accurately, quickly, inexpensively and onsite, thanks to research that Washington State University scientists plant pathologists are sharing. As the name implies, these tests detect disease-causing soil pathogens that can severely devastate crops.

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Clackamas-based Interstate Meat Distributors, Inc. is recalling approximately 14,806 pounds of ground beef and pork products that may be contaminated with E. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the recall Friday.

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For those who rely upon lake-stored mountain water to supply them with much-needed water from April until the end of harvest, the outlook is good.

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