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The EPA, Nitrates, Dairy Farms and More Discussed on KIT’s Mike Bastinelli Show [AUDIO]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released a report  that assessed likely sources of nitrate pollution - including dairy farms and crop fields - in lower Yakima Valley groundwater and some drinking water wells

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Dave’s Dietary Diary: Tomatoes Can Prevent Depression

 

 I love a fresh, ripe cold tomato…sliced with a little salt and pepper.  Not one of those little cherry imposters but the big red beefsteak kind. Which then begs the question -- Is a tomato a vegetable or a fruit?  Better still, is a tomato a cure for depression?

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Hundreds Attending State Horticultural Convention

It's the kind of show that you'd love if you were a local grower. The 108th annual convention of the Washington State Horticultural Association. Hundreds of growers are attending the show at the Yakima convention center where they're attending seminars and learning about the latest techniques

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WSU Prosser Extension Giving Growers More Valuable Information

A more than half million dollar study is starting at Washington State University extension offices in Prosser to give growers more current information so they can decide when to use heaters and wind machines to protect crops during the frost season

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Public Interest Groups Threating to Sue For Massive Groundwater Contamination

(AP press)..Three public interest groups are threatening to sue some big Yakima Valley farms over massive groundwater contamination in that agricultural region.

The three groups say they will sue the farms unless in the next 90 days the farms stop contaminating local drinking water supplies with runoff from their operations

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Yakima County Studying Water Drawing for Agriculture Irrigation

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Yakima County is set to study the possibility of drawing water from the
Columbia River to assure adequate water supplies for agricultural irrigation.
The county commissioners will commit $750,000 to a study next year

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Labor Shortage a Big Concern for Yakima Apple Growers

All those apples on the trees in the Yakima Valley are expected to add up to a record crop this year but like years past there's talk about a major labor shortage. The Washington growers clearing house in Wenatchee estimates the crop at 145 million boxes for both the fresh and processed markets

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Alert…Imported Cheese Linked to Illnesses in 11 States

AP-Federal health officials say ricotta cheese tainted with listeria bacteria is linked to 14 illnesses
including at least one death.The imported Italian ricotta salata cheese distributed by Forever Cheese Inc

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Orchardists Expecting an Apple Bumper Crop

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Apple growers are expecting a bumper crop this year as workers begin harvesting the fruit from trees around Washington.

Hail in July tempered initial expectations for a record-setting 120 million bushels of fresh apples

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Lower Valley Farm Worker Killed by Tractor/Sprayer Rollover

A fatal accident in a lower valley orchard occurred on Wednesday morning. Yakima County Sheriff's Deputies say a 44-year-old man was changing a tire on an orchard sprayer that was attached to a tractor when the s

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