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Posted by | April 14, 2008

Kim Patten and Steve Shepherd are among those quoted in a Friday Seattle Times front-page story about how declining bee populations in the state because of a new pathogen could jeopardize crops.

The Tri-City Herald reported on Wednesday that the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation awarded a $250,000 grant toward development of the regional science, technology, engineering and math high school in Tri-Cities in which WSU is a partner.

Wednesday’s Vancouver Columbian reported on completion of the transfer of ownership of the WSU Vancouver Research and Extension Unit property to Clark County, with an agreement for WSU to continue to use the property.

Wednesday’s Bonney Lake Courier-Herald reported the WSU will remove two abandoned buildings from the WSU Demonstration Forest.

Extension forage specialist John Kugler is quoted in a Monday Wenatchee World article about a National Agricultural Statistics Service survey indicating that growers are planting more spring wheat to take advantage of current prices.

The Wednesday Port Orchard Independent reported that the South Kitsap School District is poised to approve an agreement that may allow an in-park farm at Howe Farm County Park in a partnership with the WSU Kitsap Co. Master Gardeners.

The Ellensburg Daily Record on Friday profiled Helen Bacharach, the 2007 WSU Master Gardener of the Year.

A story in Friday’s Puyallup Herald on the formation of a group called Women in Farming reports that the group grew out of a farming class at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center.

John Reganold’s 2001 research with organic apples is cited in an opinion piece in support of organic agriculture in today’s The Daily Greater Kashmir published in Srinagar, Kashmir.

Wednesday’s Whidbey News-Times announced a whale-watching cruise for the public being held as a fundraiser for the WSU Beach Watchers program.

Last Monday’s Aberdeen Daily World reported on the release of and increased interest in the 2008 “Farm Fresh Guide to Gray’s Harbor County.” Don Tapio is quoted in the article.

A news release from the firm TerraLife Inc. announcing a new organic gardening product that stimulates plant growth cites WSU as one of the research organizations that has conducted tests on the product.

In this week’s Capital Press: An editorial in support of the Gates Foundation grant for the School for Global Animal Health and encouraging additional funding to make the school a reality; an editorial calling for changes in the federal Honeybee Act to help researchers like WSU’s Steve Shepherd address colony collapse disorder; and a story on Seattle considering adoption of a local food policy that credits King County Extension for being one of the organizations involved in the initiative.

News releases: “British Expert to Discuss Alternative Livestock Feed for Western Washington,” “Workshop to Focus on Equipment That Works for Today’s Small Farms,” “Wine Grape Growers Must Face Reality,” “WSU to Honor 3 Alumnae April 16,” “Historic WSU Center Changes Ownership, Mission; Focuses on Sustainability,” and “Growing Better Biofuel Feedstock Focus of $840,000 USDA Grant to WSU.”