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Posted by | April 28, 2008

A news release issued by the governor’s office last Monday announced that WSDA director Valoria Loveland will retire May 5. Deputy director Robert Gore will serve as interim director until a permanent director is hired.

KXLY radio’s NewsScope program on Thursday interviewed Eric Olson of Olson’s Honey in Yakima for an hour about the threat of colony collapse disorder to Washington state crops and the importance of funding WSU emergency bee research to which Olson has contributed.
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The Associated Press carried our story on WSU’s emergency bee research into colony collapse disorder and it was used by several print and broadcast media, including the Seattle Times.

Wednesday’s Yakima Herald-Republic reported serious crop damage from the Yakima Valley’s worst spring freeze in two decades with comments from Yakima County Extension’s Mike Bush.

Mike Bush was also quoted in a Saturday Yakima Herald-Republic story on Gov. Gregoire’s concerns about crop damage from freezing.

Tree fruit specialist Tim Smith is among those quoted in a Monday Wenatchee World article about damage to orchards from freezing temperatures.

Roy Harrington with the WSU Spokane Area Health Education Center is quoted in the latest in a series of Spokesman-Review articles on attitudes about child abuse.

The Associated Press covered the story about WSU’s online Certificate in Organic Agriculture last Monday and it has appeared in several publications including the Seattle Times.

SeedQuest published our news releases about the Certificate in Organic Agriculture, the National Institutes for Health grant to Diter von Wettstein to develop gluten-free wheat varieties, and the announcement of WSU emergency bee research.

In this week’s Capital Press: A story on the Nicholson Orchard in Peshastin reports on how they’re working with WSU entomologist John Dunley to develop and adopt soft farming practices; a story on Ed’s Apples in Sultan mentions the help provided by WSU tree fruit researcher Bob Norton in their startup; Gary Moulton is quoted in an article on the growing western Washington wine industry; entomologist Vince Jones is quoted in an article on the use of pheromones; and Jones is also quoted in a separate article on advancements in insect trap technology.

News Releases: “WSU Offers First Online Certificate in Organic Ag in United States,” “Organic Pastured Poultry and Beef Farm Walk May 5, Stokesberrry Sustainable Farms, Olympia,” “Von Wettstein Receives NIH Award to Develop Wheat Free of Harmful Gluten Proteins,” “Pierce President-elect of American Society of Agronomy,” “”Washington State University Extension 4-H Seeks Hall of Fame Nominations,” and “WSU, Bee Industry Dedicate Funds to Study Colony Collapse Causes.”