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10:20 am
Thu June 12, 2014

No Bees No Fruit: Why Bees Are Essential To Farmers

Ann Sharkey inspects her hive on WMUK correspondent Joan Donaldson's organic fruit farm
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Despite the media’s out-pouring of articles about “colony collapse disorder” and about how pesticides are killing off bees, visitors to my organic blueberry farm often have not connected the dots between bees and fruit. 

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June 12, 2014
8:36 am
Thu June 12, 2014

WestSouthwest June 12, 2014

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WestSouthwest for June 12, 2014

    

On WestSouthwest, two candidates seeking office in the state Legislature. 

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Election 2014
8:25 am
Thu June 12, 2014

WSW: State House Democratic Candidate Jon Hoadley

Jon Hoadley
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WestSouthwest with Jon Hoadley

Jon Hoadley has managed campaigns in the past, but this is the first time his name has been on the ballot. 

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Election 2014
8:15 am
Thu June 12, 2014

WSW: Republican state Senate Candidate Margaret O'Brien

Margaret O'Brien
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WestSouthwest with Margaret O'Brien

    

State Representative Margaret O'Brien says she would bring a record of results and leadership to the state Senate. 

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WMUK News
12:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Local Fruit Crops Mostly in Good Shape

Raspberry plants at a farm in Van Buren County in early spring.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Southwest Michigan’s fruit season generally gets underway in April. By July most growers have their hands full managing their crops. But in between, many attend weekly meetings held by the MSU Extension.

Their discussions cover every factor that could affect the harvest, from pests to weather. This year the harsh winter took a bite out of several crops, including grapes, peaches and cherries. But much of the news this season is positive.

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