Agriculture

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 scho…
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! But not so fast oh yea of big "beer belly" and little faith!
Scientists now say there's a compound i…
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.
But as the first "Cosmic Crisp" trees are planted next year, the new apple highlights a changing industry,…
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.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports India has been Washington's third-largest apple export market …
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.
The Capital Press reports that a state Department of Agriculture report estimated dollar losses for crops such as wheat, a…
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.
Much of the 6 percent boost in production came from an 11 percent increase in acreage. But...

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