September 30, 2015
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Goose gourds

Photo by Victoria Walker
John J. Jeskey came into the office with two 'goose gourds'.  The gourds can be used for birdhouses and different types of art.  Gourds can be used as musical instruments and are on occasional itched on their surface to create a lovely vase. 

Benton PUD to build a community solar project in Prosser

  Kennewick - Benton PUD plans to break ground in Nov. on the first community solar project in Prosser.
The project will be approximately 24 kilowatts with approximately 485 units available for customers to purchase.
Benton PUD's first solar project generated 429 customer requests for 5,840 units exceeding the 1,500 units available. A random drawing of the interested customers was held and units were sold to 112 customers on the list in the order that they were drawn. The units for the Prosser community solar will be offered to customers remaining on the list in the order determined by the random drawing.
Washington's historic drought not over yet

Olympia Even though cooler temperatures and fall colors are returning, Washington's historic drought isn't over. Not by a long shot.
"The recent rains were nice, but we're not out of the woods yet," said Director Maia Bellon with the Washington Department of Ecology. "We're carrying a huge water deficit into this fall and winter."
In fact, the U.S. Drought Monitor says that the entire state remains in a drought, with the west side in severe drought and the east side in extreme drought.
New Disease Resistant Pea Now Available

By Jan SuszkiwU.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists in Pullman, Washington, developed Hampton, a new edible dry pea variety that resists multiple pathogens of this legume crop. Two pathogens of particular concern are the pea enation mosaic virus (PEMV) and bean leaf roll virus (BLRV). In severe cases, both of these aphid-borne pathogens can inflict crop losses of 80 to 90 percent, according to Rebecca McGee, a plant geneticist with USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

USDA commits $2.5 million to expand new farmer education

Philadelphia Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that $2.5 million in grants is now available for projects to educate new and underserved farmers about more than 20 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency programs that can provide financial, disaster or technical assistance to the agricultural community.
The grants will be awarded to nonprofits and public higher education institutions that develop proposals to improve farmer education on topics such as financial training, value-added production, recordkeeping, property inheritance, and crop production practices.