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April 14 – 21

Posted by | April 21, 2008

Separate articles in the Saturday and Sunday Seattle Times about the growing interest in and value of solar energy installations both included quotes from the Extension Energy Program’s Mike Nelson.

On Thursday KOMO-TV in Seattle reported on the mysterious disease that is killing bees and noted that WSDA is in the process of requesting emergency funds from Gov. Gregoire to fund emergency research at WSU.

An article in Wednesday’s San Francisco Chronicle on the increase in imports of live Chinese plants for gardens quotes Richard Mack on how such plants may become invasive species.

Wednesday’s Seattle Post Intelligencer reported on a discussion at the Washington State Technology Summit on how a lack of venture capital and university research funding is hampering the state’s clean technology industry.

The latest edition of Good Fruit Grower quotes Extension tree fruit educator Tim Smith in three separate articles covering the topics of site preparation, causes of bitter pit, and a new herbicide option for cherries.

Western Farmer Stockman reported on the $840,000 USDA grant for developing better biofuel feedstock with quotes from Dan Bernardo and Norm Lewis.

Thursday’s Peninsula Daily News (Pt. Angeles) reported on the success in growing specific wine grape varieties on the Olympic Peninsula and promoted the WSU Extension “Vine to Wine” course being offered in Sequim.

Sharon Collman is quoted in a story in Friday’s Herald of Everett providing plant advice for gardeners in light of unseasonable cold and predicted snowfall.

Friday’s Daily Olympian repoted on a ceremony honoring volunteers whose work has saved Thurston County more than $2 million noting that 800 of the one thousand volunteers were through WSU Thurston County Extension.

In this week’s Capital Press: A story on Jim Hazen stepping down as director of the state Horticultural Association references WSU’s managing of the pest management transition project the association helped launch; a story on WSU partnering with the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center to highlight Washington agriculture; and announcements of Snohomish County Extension’s workshops on traditional forage crops and effective tools for small-scale producers, and of the Small Farms Program’s first farm walk of the year.

News releases: “WSU Extension Video Crew Earns National Award for Webcast,” “CAHNRS, Extension Employees Honored,” “WSU CAHNRS Students Honored at 49th Annual College Awards Banquet,” “April 28 Farm Walk Sweet Grass Beef Farm, Lopez Island,” “WSU Animal Sciences Alumni Honored,” and “WSU Scientist Receives $510,000 Bioenergy Grant.”