agriculture

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 gain…
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 shipper…
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.
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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