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YAKIMA – Washington’s 2019 apple crop is slightly larger than predicted in August, before harvest got into full swing.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bill aimed at providing a compromise solution for the H-2A agricultural guest worker program has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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SPOKANE – A market snapshot report for the state’s major agricultural commodities has been issued by Northwest Farm Credit Services.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-4th District, is asking U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to elevate Washington apple access in India by reducing tariff rates for U.S. apple growers.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bill to fund the federal government through Nov. 21 has passed the House and includes language to promote agricultural research for specialty crops, including apples.

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YAKIMA – Holders of junior water rights in the Okanogan, Similkameen and Methow watersheds are reminded to call the state Department of Ecology daily to see if they can irrigate.

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RENO, Nev. - Craig Vejraska, Omak, has been elected as a delegate to the 136th annual American Angus Association convention of delegates Nov. 4.

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WATERVILLE – A pair of rodeos, horse racing and plenty of entertainment are on tap this weekend at the North Central Washington Fair, which will kick off tomorrow at 601 N. Monroe St.

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YAKIMA - Washington’s fresh apple crop is expected to be 18 percent larger than last year’s crop, with Gala truly taking the lead for production and Cosmic Crisp making its debut on the commercial market.

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OKANOGAN – The Pioneer Project may or may not happen this year at the Okanogan County Fair.

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WENATCHEE – The United States, Canada and Mexico have reached an agreement resulting in the removal of steel and aluminum tariffs by the U.S. administration and removal of retaliatory tariffs on imported U.S. goods.

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EPHRATA - The Grant County Sheriff's Office is warning farmers to keep a close eye on their implements’ global positioning system equipment because of a recent uptick in thefts of those electronics.

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SAINT JOSEPH, Mo. – Kelsey Vejraska, Omak, has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s bronze and silver awards.

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OLYMPIA – Red Delicious, long the king of Washington apples, has been dethroned. Last fall, relative newcomer Gala outpaced the Red Delicious in harvest.

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OKANOGAN – The 84th Okanogan County Horticultural Association will meet from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the Agriplex at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail.

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Wolves from the Smackout pack in Stevens County and the Togo pack in Ferry County will have their numbers reduced after continued attacks on cattle forced Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind to authorize lethal removal of one or two members of both packs.

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Okanogan County Fair Advisory Committee members unanimously approved the theme for next year’s fair during a regular meeting Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff have been authorized to lethally remove wolves who have been preying on cattle grazing on federal lands in the Kettle River Range of Ferry County. The authorization, announced Sept. 12, comes from WDFW Director Kelly Susewind, following repeated attacks on cattle.

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Katie Keane will be crowned 2019 Okanogan County Fair Queen Sunday, Sept. 9 at the fairgrounds. She will take over the title from 2018 Queen Shelby White from Twisp.

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A USDA-certified mobile slaughtering unit may soon be located in Tonasket. City council members directed staff to work with the Planning Commission to review the zoning code and make a recommendation to council on if, where and under what conditions a slaugherhouse would be permitted.

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Hector and Victor Maldonado are hoping to salvage the summer yet, despite three blocks of pear trees and cherry trees water-logged under the past couple weeks of flooding.

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Okanogan Valley residents breathed a collective sigh of relief as Okanogan River water began receding Sunday, but they also began girding themselves for an even higher crest at the end of this week.

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Water levels in Osoyoos Lake are rising as the over-abundance of late- season snows begin to run off in Canada, causing flood warnings along the Okanogan and Similkameen rivers in the United States.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that poultry products produced by Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods, Inc., of Portland, Ore., may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.