Dan Wheat

Central Washington field reporter

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Agricultural groups are reviewing U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rule changes for the H-2A-visa foreign agricultural guestworker program including new ways to calculate minimum wages.

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A wildfire, apparently ignited by an off-road motorcycle, burned 7,800 acres of grass and sagebrush northeast of Mattawa, Wash., on July 14. It scorched a few rows of a vineyard.

Yodit Teklemarian, Seattle, picks Rainier cherries at R&J Cherries, East Wenatchee, Wash., on June 20. She said they were beautiful.

Rick Gifford, owner of R&J Cherries in East Wenatchee, Wash., looks at his Rainier cherries on June 20. After 10 days of U-pick he opened …

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An irrigation district serving farmland and residents in Kennewick and Richland, Wash., says the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is threatening its water supply. The bureau says it is working with the district to resolve issues.

The Yakima River flows through Prosser, Wash., to the top of Prosser Dam, where diversion for Kennewick Irrigation District starts.

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