University of Arizona Agriculture

Lou Gum / KAWC

Federal officials say the e-coli outbreak that led to the deaths of five people and sickened hundreds more is over.  But the U.S. Food and Drug administration now says bacteria that contaminated romaine lettuce grown near Yuma, Arizona has been found in local irrigation canals.

Federal Drug Administration

197 people in 35 states have become sick due to contaminated romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma region.  Of those, five people have died and 89 have been hospitalized.  The Federal Drug Administration is investigating the E. coli outbreak, but as KAWC’s Maya Springhawk Robnett reports, the source of the contamination is still unknown…

Arizona Edition - Growing onion seeds is a year-long process but it is one of the few local crops harvested in the hot summer months of June and July, and the months between planting and harvest can be treacherous for growers.  Turns out, for the most part onion seeds do very well in Yuma’s summer heat.  Dr.