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Agriculture Made Billions for Washington in 2013

The state's top farm crops, including apples, milk and wheat, were worth $4.5 billion to farmers in 2013.

That's according to information recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Tri-City Herald reports that at least six of the state's 10 most valuable crops saw gains in 2013

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Record Crop Might Not Get to Central America Due to Labor Woes

Growers say labor woes at major West Coast sea ports have slowed the export of a record crop of Washington apples and endangered big Christmas season shipments of the fruit to Central America.

Delays have also hit shipments of autos, smartphones and numerous other products as longshoremen and shippers try to hammer out a new contract involving work at 29 West Coast ports

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Growing Population Placing Demands on Farms, USDA Says No GMO in Commerce

  • Analysts forecast that the world's population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050.

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Weather Will Determine Number of Apple Pickers

Leaving fruit on trees because of a lack of labor has happened in the past in the Yakima Valley.

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EPA Fights Back Over Water Rules, Agricultural Stats for 113th Congress

  • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy feels her efforts to meet with farmers and ranchers and policymakers on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule has been worth it.

    Agriculture owners believe the proposal means the EPA wants to regulate all ditches and the American Farm Bureau Federation has been calling on EPA to ditch the rule.

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Biosolid Fertilizers Concerning to Toppenish Group

It is called biosolid or sludge; treated sewage that is used as fertilizer in many areas of Eastern and Central Washington.

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Dairy Provides Big Boost to Yakima Valley

Dairy is big business in Washington and according to a WSU economic study, Yakima County's 69 dairy farms likely average $10 million per farm, employ 20-30 people and generate approximately $500 million to the valley's local economy.

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U-Pick Farms Bring in Tourists

Ag tourism is a big draw for visitors from around the state and that is good news to Jim Blonde who, along with his wife, own West Valley U-Pick on Zier Road.

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Death Tax Repeal Act Moving Forward, Migrant Workers Battling Farms

  • Texas Congressman Kevin Brady’s Death Tax Repeal Act has 218 co-sponsors. The proposed legislation would repeal estate taxes.

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Farm Conference Discussing Cow Future

A few hundred ranchers are in Yakima this weekend to talk about beef.

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