GWATA to host Innovator Awards Luncheon

WENATCHEE — The Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance will host its 18th annual Innovator Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Wenatchee Convention Center. During the luncheon, GWATA will present several awards showcasing entrepreneurship and innovation including Entrepreneur of the Year, Innovative Tech Business of the Year, STEM Educator of the Year, Problem...
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CCC lending rates announced for September

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation has announced interest rates for September. The CCC borrowing rate-based charge for September is 2.375 percent, the same as in August. The interest rate for crop year commodity loans less than one year disbursed during September is 3.375 percent, the same as in August. Interest rates for Farm Storage Facility...
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Mansfield farmers finish harvest

Wheat harvest has ended for farmers in Douglas County and while the hard part may be over, there is still more work to do. Wheat farming goes back several generations for some Mansfield area families.
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National Water Quality Month highlights need for farm bill conservation programs

August is National Water Quality Month and, as we celebrate, lawmakers are negotiating the 2018 farm bill.
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Markets

Provided by USDA Market News   Apples YAKIMA VALLEY AND WENATCHEE DISTRICT WASHINGTON 2017 SEASON (Aug. 23) — Demand moderate. Market about steady. Cartons tray pack Washington Extra Fancy Red Delicious 72-88s mostly $17-19; 100-113s mostly $16-18; 125s mostly $15-17. Golden Delicious 72s $21-26, mostly $22-24; 80s $20-26, mostly $22-24; 88s $20-24, mostly $21-23; 100s $18-22, mostly...
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Rural farmers markets harvest demand for healthy food

Large, hand-painted signs lean against a tent, the buzz of friendly conversation cuts through the humid air, and the smell of fresh produce drifts in the breeze — you’ve found yourself at a farmers market.
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Apple harvest predicted to be 131 million boxes

YAKIMA — The Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA) earlier this month released its forecast for this year’s Washington state fresh apple crop. The 2018 forecast is for a fresh pack crop of 131 million standard 40-pound boxes of fresh apples. This is down 2 percent from 2017’s 134 million box crop. “The 2018 Washington state apple crop looks to be slightly smaller than...
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Labor market takes a step up in July

OLYMPIA — Washington’s economy added 12,400 jobs in July and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for July was 4.6 percent, according to the Employment Security Department. The July unemployment rate decreased slightly from the June 2018 unemployment rate of 4.7 percent, matching a historical low. “The state continues to feel the positive impact its economy is having...
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Northwest 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 $69.7 million, a 27.6 percent increase, compared to $54.7 million for the same quarter last year. Earnings for the six months ending June 30, were $144.5 million, a 20.4 percent increase, compared to $120.0 million for the same period of the prior...
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Markets

Provided by USDA Market News   Apples YAKIMA VALLEY AND WENATCHEE DISTRICT WASHINGTON 2017 SEASON (Aug. 16) — Demand moderate. Market about steady. Cartons tray pack Washington Extra Fancy Red Delicious 72-88s $16-18; 100-113s $15-18, mostly $16-18; 125s $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;...
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