July 23, 2014
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Conservation planning

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Orchard conservation planning with the Benton Conservation District staff who can visit an agricultural property to help address concerns and make a conservation plan of Best Management Practices.

Education needs of state grape growers and wineries identified

The Washington grape and wine industry continues to grow at a rapid rate, as vineyard acreage and number of wineries increase. Acreage has increased annually by nearly 5.5 percent and the number of new wineries has increased by more than 12 percent annually from 1999-2013.
A new study, "Washington Wine Grape and Winery Employment Needs Assessment," estimates the potential future employment needs based on industry growth. The study estimates the number of new jobs that will be created from 2013-2019, measured in fulltime equivalents (FTE).
State unemployment rate falls
to 5.8 percent, lowest in 6 years

Olympia Washington's job growth accelerated in June and the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in six years, according to preliminary, seasonally adjusted estimates by economists with the state's Employment Security Department.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, nonfarm employment jumped 9,100, following a small gain of 1,000 new jobs (downwardly revised from 4,000) in May. At the same time, the state's unemployment rate dropped from 6.1 percent in May to 5.8 percent. The nation's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent.
June temperatures above normal despite mid-month cool period

Prosser - June was warm and dry in Washington, despite a few cool days and isolated wet weather mid-month. The Tri-Cities reached 90 degrees on June 2 and Orondo topped out at 95 degrees on June 23.
"June was the fourth consecutive month of above average temperatures for Washington," said AgWeatherNet meteorologist Nic Loyd.
Public asked to nominate a company that gives back to the community

Olympia - We all know of a corporation or business that steps up and does good things in your community, whether it's donating money or supplies, or providing volunteer help. Here is your chance to help give that company some much-deserved recognition and praise. Nominate that business for Washington's highest civics award.
The Office of Secretary of State is accepting nominations for a 2014 Corporations for Communities Award, and the deadline to nominate a company is Aug. 31.