July 29, 2015
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Rodeo cowboy riding a bronc at the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo.

By Victoria Walker
It is time once again for the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo, no kiddin!  Get yourself ready for four days packed full of fun in the sun.  The smell of hamburgers, French fries, corn dogs, cotton candy and corn on the cob wafting through the air, are all part of the fair season.
The Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo is four days with a parade, rodeo, and petting zoo with camels, car show, music, carnival, a diaper derby, vendors, exhibits, and livestock.
The grand parade will kick off the fair on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. starting at Grandview High School.  With floats from surrounding towns, music and animals.    Some of the fair events include; the Team pull which is a favorite at the fair beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7.

Be the voice of farming in Benton County
Benton County - The Benton County Farm Service Agency office is seeking candidates for an upcoming farmer and rancher elected County Committee election. They will accept nominations through Aug. 3 for the member representing the Tri-Cities, farmlands south of Kennewick and east of Plymouth Road. Elected County committee members receive an hourly wage for their attendance and representation at County committee meetings.

Ag association management hired as the Executive Secretary for the Washington State Grape Society

Washington - After almost twenty years of service Deb Heintz is retiring as the Executive Secretary of the Washington State Grape Society (WSGS). During this time Deb has spent many hours managing WSGS as the organization has grown and become more involved in the industry. WSGS has enjoyed their many years with Deb and wishes her well as she continues working as Executive Director of Prosser Economic Development Association.

Salmonella illness outbreak appears to be linked to pork

Olympia- State health officials are working with state and local partners to investigate several cases and clusters of Salmonella infections that appear to be linked to eating pork. The ongoing investigation of at least 56 cases in eight counties around the state includes food served at a variety of events.
Disease investigators continue to explore several sources from farm to table, and are focused on an apparent link to pork consumption or contamination from raw pork. Salmonellosis, the illness caused by infection with Salmonella, can cause severe and even bloody diarrhea, fever, chills, abdominal discomfort, and vomiting. Serious bloodstream infections may also occur.