Harvest: Faith, family and farming

Farm families are putting in long hours to get their crops silo-secured. Many wheat farms on the Waterville Plateau have farmed for generations and they share the belief that this work is more than a career choice — it is a way of life.
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Retail sales hit $39.4 billion in first quarter

OLYMPIA — A steady increase in construction once again helped boost the state’s total taxable retail sales in the first quarter of 2019 by 4.9 percent over the same period in 2018, reaching $39.4 billion. Retail trade, a subset of all taxable retail sales in the state, also increased by 4.6 percent to a total of $16.5 billion. Taxable retail sales are transactions subject to the retail sales...
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Markets

Provided by USDA Fruit and Vegetable Market News Apples YAKIMA VALLEY AND WENATCHEE DISTRICT WASHINGTON 2018 SEASON (Aug. 15) — Demand moderate. Market steady. Wide range in prices. Cartons tray pack Washington Extra Fancy Red Delicious 64-80s $15-19, mostly $16-18; 88s $15-18; 100s $14-18, mostly $15-18; 113s $14-17, mostly $15-17; Fuji 64-80s $18-24, mostly $20-24; 88s $18-22, mostly $19-22;...
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Tomato Gala on tap Aug. 17

WENATCHEE — If you love tomatoes, this event is for you. Washington State University Chelan-Douglas Master Gardeners will hold their ninth annual Tomato Gala on Aug. 17. 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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Apple crop expected to be up 18% from last year

YAKIMA — Just over 137 million boxes of apples are expected to be packed this year, an 18 percent increase from last year’s crop.
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Innovator Awards nominees announced; program set for Sept. 25

WENATCHEE — GWATA, North Central Washington’s Technology Alliance, has announced the nominees for its annual Innovator Awards. The awards, which have been presented for 19 years, will be given out at a luncheon Sept. 25. More information can be found at gwata.org. Entrepreneur of the Year nominees are: Heath Frazier, Chief Fitness; Jordan Lindstrom and Scott Ptolemy, Web Guidz; Kelsey Guy...
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Farm Credit Services reports second quarter earnings

SPOKANE — Northwest Farm Credit Services, the Northwest’s leading agricultural lending cooperative, has announced its second quarter earnings of $67.2 million compared to $69.7 million for the same quarter last year. Earnings for the six months ended June 30 were $133.3 million, compared to $144.5 million for the same period of the prior year. The decreased earnings were primarily due to a...
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WSU Extension holds food preservation classes

WENATCHEE — Washington State University Extension will hold a series of food preservation classes in August and September. The classes are for people who are just learning how to preserve food and for veteran food preservers who need a refresher course to be sure the food items they are preserving are done safely, according to Margaret A. Viebrock, WSU Extension educator and class...
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Healing grain: Scientists develop wheat that fights celiac disease

PULLMAN — Researchers at Washington State University have created a new, genetically distinct variety of wheat that’s safer for people with celiac disease, opening the door for new treatments and healing potential for the staple grain.
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Markets

MOSES LAKE (May July 26) — Hay tonnage this week: 12,650; last week: 12,450; last year: 8150.
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