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Our local community food banks will be receiving more fruits and vegetables from right here in Nevada!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that their Agriculture Marketing Services division has “signed a cooperative agreement with Nevada” to begin a program whereby they purchase “locally grown, produced, and processed food from underserved producers.”

According to a recent USDA press release, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Jenny Lester Moffitt, said the “USDA is excited to partner with Nevada to promote economic opportunities for farmers and producers and to increase access to locally sourced, fresh, healthy, and nutritious food in underserved communities.”

Funds from the Local Food Purchase Cooperative Agreement will be utilized to help the Nevada Department of Agriculture expand the Home Feeds Nevada program through food purchases within Nevada. This locally sourced and purchased food will be “distributed to community partners both within and outside the food bank network.”

This should be good news for Nevada’s farmers and food producers. Hopefully, you’ll be enjoying more tasty and locally produced fruits, vegetables, and processed foods from the Silver State in the very near future. And we also hope it will cost less since there won’t be high shipping prices attached to these food items.

It is also good news for communities in need throughout Nevada. Nevada Department of Agriculture Director Jennifer Ott added “improving food security for Nevadans is one of the NDA’s top priorities.” She hopes this program, which will help purchase more locally grown fruits and vegetables, will increase economic stability for our state’s “food producers while increasing food access for our communities in need.”

Someone ring the dinner bell!


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.


7 Hydrating Foods For The Vegas Summer Heat

Did you know there are tons of hydrating foods you can eat to stay hydrated? Oh happy day! Experts do say that sticking with water is the best way to hydrate, but that’s not always going to happen. Sometimes we just get sick of drinking so much water. That’s why millions of dollars are made off of flavored waters. We’ve thrown cucumber in our water, and lemon, and mint, I think I saw an artichoke in there once. Even bacon-infused water exists…although that one is actually pretty genius. Carry on. And sometimes it’s not even the problem of being sick of the taste of regular water. Eight ounces is just a lot of water to work into our busy lives.

Oh summer…you high-maintenance diva…and she is just getting started. As hot as it has been in Las Vegas this month, locals know all too well that the worst is yet to come. It’s even more important than usual during this time of year to keep ourselves hydrated. And don’t forget that on a NORMAL, moderately-heated day, we’re supposed to be drinking 8 glasses of water. That’s not always easy to do. So how in slow-burning fiery hell are we supposed to stay hydrated in the triple digits of summer? Experts say that during these warmer months, we should each be drinking two and a half liters of water every day! And for the measurement-challenged (my hand is raised here) that’s eighty four and a half ounces, which equals closer to eleven glasses of water every day! So, short of jumping into a river with our mouth and throats open, we might have to get a little creative to stay hydrated.

To make hydrating easier, we’ve got a list of hydrating foods that have a high percentage of water in them. Keep these in your summer diet and you’ll help those hydration and hunger levels at the same time. Who doesn’t like efficiency? – Wendy

  • Cucumber - 96% Water

    Cucumber Slices

    Cucumber water is so popular, and at 96% water…it’s like we’re putting water in more water!

  • Tomatoes - 94% Water

    Tomatoes on a plate

    Just one medium tomato gives you about half a cup of water!

  • Watermelon - 92% Water


    Does that mean it’s only 8% melon?

  • Strawberries - 91% Water

    Strawberries in a bowl

    Strawberries have so many health benefits in addition to being high in water content. And they’re so good…it almost feels like cheating.

  • Cantaloupe - 90% Water


    And a ton of nutrients to boot!

  • Peaches - 89% Water

    Pile of peaches

    There are tons of antioxidants and fiber in peaches. Eat them with the skin on for even more benefit!

  • Skim Milk - 91% Water

    Milk being poured from jug into a clear glass sitting on a blue wooden table


    Not only does skim milk provide all those good-for-you nutrients of milk but it keeps you hydrated as well! Try it after a workout for a better benefit than sports drinks! And speaking of dairy, cottage cheese and plain yogurt are also high in water content, at 80 and 88% respectively.