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Yakima’s Swede Hill Adds Taste To National Moonshine Mania

When it comes to adult beverages, the sun is rising on moonshine.  Moonshine is trending hot right now according to NBC News.  The un-aged corn whiskey is being marketed largely toward cocktail enthusiasts and younger consumers who want to drink something authentic and classically old school...

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Bye-Bye Beer Belly, Thanks Yakima Hops!

 

Yakima Valley hops are crucial to making some really great beer and while beer is known for a lot of things, making people healthier generally isn’t one of them...

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Washington’s New Apple Joining a Changing Industry

 

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Developed in a lab, trademarked and focus-group tested, apple growers in the nation's top producing state are preparing to introduce a brand new apple variety.

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Senate Passes Authorization for Industrial Hemp

 

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate has passed a bill that would allow people to grow industrial hemp as an agricultural product, but only as part of a research program.

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Wash. Shippers Cheer as India Reopens Ports to Apple Imports

 

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington apple shippers are cheering the news that India has reopened all of its ports to apple imports.

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India Policy May Affect Washington Apple Export Figures

 

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's apple exports are expected to take a hit this year following a recent order calling for the closure of all but one of India's ports to apples.

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Washington Drought Losses Estimated at $336 Million

 

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington farmers have lost at least $336 million due to the ongoing drought, a figure that is likely to climb as more information becomes available.

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Washington Growers Produce Record Crop

 

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Despite drought and a heat wave this summer, Washington growers produced a record 59.4 million pounds of hops this year.

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Business Group Swayed Survey on Farm Worker Pay, State Officials Charge

State officials say a survey on wage rates for farm workers appeared to be influenced by a business group's "recommended answers" in an apparent attempt to keep standard minimum wages low...

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State Drought Declaration Won’t be Extended into Next Year

 

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state officials have decided to let the statewide drought declaration expire at the end of this year.

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