Agriculture

Beer Marketing From Those Who Know
 
A big part of  John Cooper’s job as Yakima Valley Tourism President & CEO is come up with ways to attract tourists and tourist dollars to the valley.  Since we grow the hops that flavor much of America and the world’s beer, I guess it makes good sense to attend and speak at the first annual Bee…
Stage 1 Burn Ban In Effect In Yakima County This Weekend
A Stage 1 burn ban throughout all of Yakima County will be in effect beginning today as of 4 p.m.
The ban will be reevaluated on Sunday.
The use of fireplaces, fireplace inserts and wood stoves is prohibited unless it is a certified heating device or the only source of heat for the occupant...
Farmers Could Feel Congressional Plans to Overhaul Tax Code
An overhaul of the tax code could have significant implications for farmers. It’s part of a House GOP proposal to raise the cost of fuel, but wipe out the federal estate tax and lower income tax rates while allowing farmers and ranchers to immediately write off expenses...
Recent Cold Snap Didn’t Harm Wine Grapes
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The recent cold weather doesn't appear to have damaged Eastern Washington's 48,000 acres of wine grapes.
Temperatures fell to near zero for several recent nights. That compares to the historical low average for this time of year of 24 degrees...
Trump’s EPA Pick Causes Ripples Among Ethanol Interests
Some ethanol interests are understandably concerned about President-elect Trump's selection of Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA, considering his previous opposition to the Renewable Fuel Standard.
But Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Trump's ambassador to China, got his assurances about…
Hop Growers Report Another Strong Year
MOXEE — With the popularity of craft beers continuing to soar, U.S. hop growers -- more than 75 percent of whom are in the Yakima Valley -- are reporting another strong year.
This year's harvest was 87.1 million pounds, an 8.3 million-pound increase from last year, according to a USDA…
Feds Close Investigation of Genetically Engineered Wheat
The USDA Plant and Animal Health Inspection Service closed its investigation into genetically engineered wheat showing up in a Washington state farm field. Back on July 29, the U.S. Ag Department confirmed that a Washington farmer had found genetically engineered wheat in an unplanted field...
Wapato Company Fined for Clean Air Act Violations
YAKIMA (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with Pace International for Clean Air Act violations that occurred within the Yakama Indian Reservation.
Pace, based in Wapato, makes food coatings such as vegetable waxes which are used to protect fruit and vegetab…

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