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Dave’s Diary:Healthy Options in the Produce Isle

 

Two weeks into the New Year…how’s that diet going?  Make that…lifestyle adjustment to healthier eating?  If you want to try something other than the classic offerings, check out what the Environmental Working Group found in the produce isle.

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Cherry Growers Gather for the 70th Annual Cherry Institute

Cherry growers from throughout the Northwest will gather at the Yakima Convention Center on Friday for the 70th annual Cherry Institute. James Michael, with Northwest Cherry Growers, says it is a day of education for growers

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Stage 2 Burn Ban in Issued for The Yakima Valley

The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency has issued a stage 2 burn ban for both the Upper and Lower Yakima Valley.

Officials said they called for the ban because of poor ventilation, dispersion and a low level inversion for the valley

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Blankets of Snow Helpful to Grape Growers

After several tough years, local wineries are back on their feet and expecting big success in 2013. Gail Puryear, owner of Bonair Winery says an increased amount of snow has helped, which is something that does not happen every year

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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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