New weeds to watch for in Douglas County: Scotch Thistle

This is the fifth in a series of articles that introduces readers to new weed invaders in Douglas County.
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Master Gardeners to host Tomato Gala

WENATCHEE — If you love tomatoes, this event is for you. Washington State University Chelan-Douglas Master Gardeners will hold their eighth annual Tomato Gala on Aug. 18. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Education Garden at the northwest corner of Springwater and Western avenues in Wenatchee. A wide variety of heirlooms, hybrids, cherry and paste tomatoes will be...
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Deadline approaches for continuous Conservation Reserve Program enrollment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency reminds agricultural producers that the deadline to sign up for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is Aug. 17. “Any agricultural producer that has eligible land should review the benefits of this program,” said Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce in a news release. “It...
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Revenue offers free tax workshop Aug. 21

EAST WENATCHEE — Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them, the Washington State Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 21 in East Wenatchee. The workshop will be held at the Douglas County Fire District station, 377 Eastmont Ave. Participants will learn about Washington...
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USDA announces CCC lending rates for August

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation has announced interest rates for August. The CCC borrowing rate-based charge for August is 2.375 percent, up from 2.250 percent in July. The interest rate for crop year commodity loans less than one year disbursed during August is 3.375 percent, up from 3.250 percent in July. Interest rates for Farm...
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Markets

Provided by USDA Market News   Apples YAKIMA VALLEY AND WENATCHEE DISTRICT WASHINGTON 2017 SEASON (Aug. 9) — Demand moderate. Market about steady. Cartons tray pack Washington Extra Fancy Red Delicious 72-88s $16-18; 100s $15-18; 113s $15-17; Golden Delicious 72s $21-26, mostly $22-24; 80s $20-26, mostly $22-24; 88s $19-22, mostly $20-22; 100s $16-20, mostly $18-20; 113s $16-19, mostly...
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More agreements needed to open markets and strengthen trade relationships

Recently, I sat down with President Trump and members of Congress at the White House to discuss the impact of trade on agriculture in Central Washington.
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On Main Street | Providing local automotive repair and maintenance since 1994

This occasional column highlights business news in Waterville and in other Douglas County communities.
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Harvest begins for plateau farmers

The Mittelstaedt family of Waterville began their harvest July 20 with a field of about 80 acres of dried peas.
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New weeds to watch for in Douglas County: Rush Skeletonweed

By Aaron Rosenblum Foster Creek Conservation District   This is the fourth in a series of articles that introduces readers to new weed invaders in Douglas County. The weed species featured are known from only a few locations in the county, but have the potential to become wide-spread and problematic. The goal of these articles is to inform and educate Douglas County residents, so that you...
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