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April 5 – 11

The Lewiston Tribune reported Wednesday on President Floyd‘s visit to Asotin County where he reaffirmed his commitment to the university’s land grant core mission of agriculture and Extension.

http://www.lmtribune.com/story/northwest/507191/

Science Daily reported on Thursday about the development of five new potato-breeding lines being tested by the ARS and WSU at Prosser for resistance to powdery scab and black dot diseases.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100303113954.htm

On Friday the Bismark Farm & Ranch Guide published a story on research at Montana State University on controlling wheat stem rust strain Ug99 that cited the contributions of Xainming Chen at WSU to the genetic analysis.

http://www.farmandranchguide.com/articles/2010/04/09/ag_news/production_news/prod3.txt

The Sunday Tri-City Herald included a story on the WSU sheep-shearing school, one of only three in the country.

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2010/04/11/971990/wsu-extension-offers-weeklong.html

The News Tribune (Tacoma) reported Wednesday that adjustments in the Pierce County budget will reduce the cut in county funding of Pierce County Extension and limit the reductions that can be made to the 4-H program.

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/04/07/1138192/county-cuts-cut-theyll-still-hurt.html

The textile industry website fibre2fashion.com on Thursday posted the story about WSU research on developing biodegradable mulches.

http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=84469

Tuesday’s Issaquah Press reported that construction is underway on a zero-energy townhouse complex in the Issaquah Highlands in which the WSU Extension Energy Program is a partner.

http://www.issaquahpress.com/2010/04/06/construction-starts-on-zero-energy-homes/

An article in Friday’s Skagit Valley Herald about landscaping with native plants references resources and classes available through WSU Master Gardeners.

http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/going_native_native_landscaping_offers_minimum_maintenance_maximum_enjoymen/

In this week’s Capital Press:

“A peach of a genetic puzzle”

http://www.capitalpress.com/results/West-djw-peach-genome-040910

“Seed debaters plow common ground”

http://www.capitalpress.com/results/SB-seed-debate-040210-info-box-w-sig

News Releases:

“State USDA Official Tells Rural Leaders, ‘I’m from the Government and I’m Here to Help'”

“Parenting Practices Influence Childhood Obesity”

WSU Extension 4-H Adventure Education Director Wins Prestigious Innovative Learning Award”

“Electrospinning Yields Holds Promise for Safer Medical Garments”

” Pesticide Licensing Classes in Spanish Offered at Rochester High School”

” King County 4-H Teen Receives National Honor for Information Technology”

” Biodegradable Mulch Project Applies Textile Science to Agriculture”

“Release of Peach Genome Provides Key Data for Breeders, Furthers Research”