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Extension Specialist Karen Lewis named director of WSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program

As ANR Program Unit director, Karen Lewis will support a broad range of Washington industries and endeavors.
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Washington State Small Fruit Conference and Lynden Agriculture Show Celebrates 10 Years

The annual Washington Small Fruit Conference and Lynden Ag Show is being held online this year from Dec. 1-4.
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Virtual Kitsap Salmon Tours on tap this month

Find self-guided viewing sites, salmon webinars, story times, bingo, and much more in this month's virtual Kitsap Salmon Tours.
Trio examines potato plants in the field.

WSU seeks first Endowed Chair in Soil Health for Potato Cropping Systems

WSU launches search for scientist to study healthier, more sustainable and productive soils for potatoes.
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WSU scientists discover new, simple way to classify marine biomes

Approach shines light on how marine biomes are defined and changed by nature and humans
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ACA results in fewer low-income uninsured, but non-urgent ER visits haven’t changed

There's been a large reduction in uninsured low-income, rural residents in the last 10 years, but the likelihood of repeated visits to ERs for non-urgent reasons hasn't decreased.
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New leadership for prestigious WSU protein biotech training program

A unique partnership between WSU and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will have new leadership, starting in January. John Peters, director of WSU’s Institute of Biological Chemistry (IBC), will take the reins of WSU’s…
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Southwest WA forest owners can protect land’s health, value with online WSU Coached Planning Course

Foresters will help SW Washington owners protect, gain value from their lands
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Discrimination increases against Asian and Asian American population, affecting health

New WSU research finds increase of racial discrimination against Asians and Asian-Americans since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., coinciding with an increase in negative health symptoms.
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WSU’s E3 collaboration pairs students with community-changing projects

Students help Washington communities improve wellbeing through WSU's new Extension, Engagement, and Education (E3) collaboration
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WSU nutrition education classes go online to keep families healthy

COVID-19 has made it harder for people to meet and learn in person, including Washington parents and caregivers who need help ensuring their families have food to eat.
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WSU research helps turn pennycress from a weed to bioenergy seed crop

Team takes a close look at genetics, physiology to develop improved, alternative crop.
Rows of leafy green grapevines shrouded in mist.

WSU to study Washington wine grapes exposed to wildfires

RICHLAND, Wash. - Hazy, smoke-filled skies across the West this fall made grape growers nervous, but Washington State University grape and wine chemistry researcher Tom Collins is working to minimize the effects of smoke exposure…
Corn stalks and waste, lying in the field.

Pilot project turns corn husks, stalks, leaves into jet fuel

WSU scientist joins national research team turning corn waste to sustainable fuel.
Young, small trees growing side-by-side attached to a trellis system.

Planting trees at the new WSU Horticulture Center

New trees have finally been planted at WSU's new Horticulture Center, replacing the old Tukey Orchard, that will serve as a hands-on, outdoor classroom.
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WSU Extension joins partnership to make digital skills training accessible

WSU Extension partners with Wenatchee-based tech organization to give rural job seekers new skills.
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Longtime alumni bestow Distinguished Professorship gift

Alex and Beth Swantz established a distinguished professorship that will be used to improve teaching and learning for current WSU students.

Scientists study babies’ emotions to understand origins of risky behavior, depression

Washington State University researchers are launching a four-year study of babies’ emotional reactions and responses, seeking a greater understanding of how humans develop safe and unsafe behaviors. Funded by $602,043 grant from the National Science…
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Northwest Center for Small Fruits Research funds new WSU wine research

Viticulture researchers at Washington State University will tackle vineyard and winery challenges, including red blotch virus, heat stress, and wine faults, with support from the Northwest Center for Small Fruits Research (NCSFR). The Center will…
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Schedule time for U-pick pumpkins at WSU organic farm

Schedule a time to pick your own pumpkins at the WSU Eggert Family Orgnanic Farm.
Half empty grocery store shelves.

Men less likely to see food as national security issue amid pandemic, study finds

A Washington State University researcher has found that, on average, men not only showed less empathy toward temporary agricultural laborers, also known as H-2A guest workers, but were also less likely to see food supply…
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Steam cleaning the Port of Tacoma to eradicate invasive snail

WSU Extension is working with the Port of Tacoma and the WSDA to eradicate the invasive Mediterranean vineyard snail using steam.
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Cross-college partnership to help rural Washington families prevent opioid addiction

Researchers at Washington State University will help rural families and communities prevent opioid addiction through training and education, in a new project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The two-year project is led by…
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New $7M USDA grant expands WSU farmer suicide prevention program

WSU Extension will lead a 13-state farmer suicide prevention program thanks to a $7 million USDA-NIFA grant.
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Concerned about Climate Change? Become a WSU Sustainable Community Steward

WSU Snohomish County Extension hosts their Sustainable Community Steward (SCS) fall training series starting Oct. 2.
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WSU’s drive-in Wi-Fi team earns inaugural FCC digital access award

WSU-initiated partnership helped create drive-up broadband access at hundreds of locations
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Digital AgAthon encourages students to bridge areas of expertise

New event has WSU students competing in multi-disciplinary teams to work on major agriculture issues using large data sets.
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Scientists predict potential spread, habitat of invasive Asian giant hornet

WSU researchers have predicted how and where the Asian giant hornet could spread and find ideal habitat, in the U.S. and globally.
3 kids in masks stand at a table with paint brushes in their hands.

Sneeze art displayed on hospital walls

The WSU Children’s Center is working with Pullman Regional Hospital on a series of art projects that talk and teach about healthy actions.
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Major grant helps grape growers better manage nutrients

New grant will allow study of hard-to-detect nutrient surpluses or deficiencies quickly, so that grape growers can make faster and better management decisions.
Murray stands in a wheat field holding a black and white wedding photo of his grandparents.

WSU receives $3 million for endowment to bolster food security

WSU announces $3 million gift to establish the Rosalie & Harold Rea Brown Distinguished Endowed Chair in Plant Pathology.
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Revealing the diversity of genes behind better alfalfa hay

Completing new research, WSU scientists identified genetic markers and parent varieties that could boost the quality of alfalfa hay.
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Privatized prisons lead to more inmates, longer sentences, study finds

When states turn to private prisons, the number of criminals incarcerated rises and the length of sentences increases.
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WSU Snohomish County Extension holds Oil Spill Awareness and Response Support Training

WSU Snohomish County Extension launches a new program to train volunteers in best practices for oil spill response and cleanup.
A mister sprays water into a green vineyard canopy with blue sky and clouds overhead.

WSU resources help grape growers combat extreme heat

Extreme heat, and too much water in response, affects a delicate balance in wine grape quality. WSU researchers are studying the effects of heat, and developing an electronic, open-source cooling system to protect plants and…
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Sept. 11: Ruckelshaus Center to host former EPA administrators at virtual Circle Luncheon

Former EPA Administrators, celebration of late founder featured at 10th annual Circle Luncheon
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‘Biggest holes in the system’: Very rural elders receive fewest services

WSU researcher finds older adults living in very rural settings are less likely than those living closer to urban centers to receive available services in health, nutrition and transportation.
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Research award: Styrofoam-eating mealworms could be safe for dinner

Master's student Brenden Campbell earns award for research into larvae's waste-eating ability.
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Grafting watermelon prevents disease, WSU study shows

A new study from Washington State University’s Department of Horticulture found that splice grafting helps watermelons resist disease. For more than 10 years, watermelon growers in Washington’s Columbia Basin have been struggling with a disease…
Tree branches bearing large numbers of small, red as well as pale cherries.

Task force seeks new defenses against resurgent, cherry-devastating disease

Cherry trees infected with Little Cherry Disease bear small, bitter or bland fruits that often lack attractive coloring. The disease is a significant concern for growers, reducing yields and eventually causing fruit to fail entirely.…
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Decline in plant breeding programs could impact food security

A team of scientists led by WSU has found that public plant breeding programs are seeing decreases in funding and personnel across the U.S.
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WSU Master Gardeners urge caution, awareness of unsolicited seeds

Extension experts urge gardeners to be aware of and report unsolicited seeds mailed from overseas.
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Lauzier Foundation supports new Life Sciences Teaching Lab at WSU’s Wine Science Center

Significant grant will delivering much-needed space and equipment for hands-on student learning at WSU's Wine
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Les Dames organization debuts new scholarship for WSU women in agriculture

The Seattle Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a nonprofit invitational organization of women leaders in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries, has endowed a new scholarship at Washington State University for organic and sustainable agriculture. WSU student Harmony Stephens, who is…
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Finding insects: Meet entomology doctoral student Megan Asche

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WSU grad students receive national honor

Two WSU graduate students named Borlaug Scholars, a prestigious program run by the National Association of Plant Breeders.
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New chair encourages personal, team discoveries in WSU’s Biological Systems Engineering department

Manuel Garcia-Pérez will lead faculty and students as they make discoveries for a healthy environment, renewable energy, productive and sustainable agriculture, and safe and nutritious foods.
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Adolescence researcher, Extension partner Elizabeth Weybright leads WSU’s Youth and Families unit

Elizabeth Weybright is the new leader of WSU Extension's Youth and Families Program Unit.
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‘Bear butter’: In Glacier National Park, scientists study tiny moths as rich food source for grizzlies

A grizzly bear and cub forage for army cutworm moths in Glacier Park. Grizzlies eat up to 90 pounds of food every day to bulk up for winter, and the moths offer a rich source…
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Laura Hill, Qin Zhang elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Laura Hill and Qin Zhang will join the Washington State Academy of Sciences.
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Webinar: Restoring the narrative on wildfires of Eastern Washington

Learn the history, management, and role of wildfires in Eastern Washington.
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Animal physiologist Gordon Murdoch is next WSU Department of Animal Sciences chair

Award-winning teacher and scientist leads education and research benefiting animals, people, agriculture.
4 people with masks covering their noses and mouths stand next to several cardboard boxes filled with fish.

WSU Extension, UW program, and local business come together to feed people during pandemic

Multiple groups working together to bring healthy, locally-sourced fish to food banks around the Olympic Peninsula during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 agriculture regulations present challenges to Washington growers

WSU Extension faculty and staff are working to provide training and resources to Washington’s agriculture industry as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Washington state. “COVID-19 is affecting the food supply chain,” said Girish Ganjyal,…
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Next teaching leader, Tadd Wheeler, joins WSU’s Agricultural Technology and Production Management program

Tadd Wheeler prepare students for careers that blend technological know-how with modern agriculture
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WSU researchers join $9.8M project to study low-moisture food safety

Low-moisture foods, like cereals and flour, dried fruit and nuts, have been recalled repeatedly in the last few years, posing health risks to consumers and economic threats to businesses. Juming Tang Juming Tang, Regents Professor…

New degree in place for wine students

Students can now earn a bachelor’s degree in Viticulture and Enology from WSU.
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Congratulations to Shane Giese, CAHNRS senior development director, on retirement

Shane Giese, senior director of Alumni and Development in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, will retire June 30, 2020, after leading fundraising efforts in important areas of discovery and education. Originally…
A young man pours wine from a bottle into a wine glass.

WSU’s Viticulture & Enology program to sell student-made wines online

Blended Learning wines made by Washington State University students in the Viticulture & Enology (V&E) program are now available to order online for delivery in Washington state. The Blended Learning label emerged in 2012 during…
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CAHNRS welcomes new lead fundraiser

Nicholas Dolce takes over as Senior Director of Development for the College of Agricultural Human, and Natural Resource Sciences starting July 1. Nick comes to WSU from UC Davis, where he has served as Director…
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Robotic crop pollination goal of new $1 million grant

A team led by WSU scientists received grant to develop robotic technology for crop pollination.
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Highlighting rural broadband access gap, WSU-supported Broadband Action Team draws interest from FCC chairman

Collaborative effort to reveal gaps in broadband availability draws interest of Federal Communications Commission
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Ganjyal directs advances in food safety, health, value as School of Food Science interim director

Interim director Girish Ganjyal leads education, research, and outreach in food safety, dairy science, and healthier products.
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Vulnerable populations hardest hit in pandemic labor market

New WSU research shows the economic impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic has significantly affected vulnerable and underrepresented groups when it comes to being able to work.
Young Hispanic children in traditional Latin American clothing.

4-H program preserves Latin American culture

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Hispanic youth in Whatcom County are learning about traditional Latin American dances, folklore, and crafts in a new Washington State University Extension-led 4-H program, Para Familias Latinas. “Para Familias is similar to…
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Alumni donation will keep hands virus-free

Winery owners donate hand sanitizer to WSU Tri-Cities campus to help keep students, faculty, and staff safe.
Illustration with quote from CAHNRS Dean: "Regardless of our race, color, or ethnicity, we all have a role to play in ending racism and guaranteeing an inclusive and equitable community. I encourage you to be agents of change, to speak out against these injustices, and demand long overdue change. That change starts now." —André-Denis Wright, CAHNRS Dean. #BlackLivesMatter

Statement from the Dean: Reaffirming support and justice for our peers of color

Regardless of our race, color, or ethnicity, we all have a role to play in ending racism.
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Extension leader Todd Murray to direct WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center

WSU alumnus leads team integrating watershed science, agriculture, urban landscape management, human health.
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Chad Kruger to oversee WSU’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center

Chad Kruger, current director of WSU’s Northwestern Washington Research & Extension Center (NWREC) in Mount Vernon, the Puyallup Research & Extension Center, and the Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources (CSANR), will become the…
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Horticulturist Carol Miles to direct WSU’s Mount Vernon NW WA Research & Extension Center

New director brings international perspective to the future of food Starting July 1, 2020, Carol Miles is the new interim director of Washington State University’s Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (NWREC) at Mount Vernon.…
A red building with the name of the farm on a sign on the side.

Weekly organic produce sales return at WSU farm

WSU's Eggert Family Organic Farm hosts weekly public produce sales every Friday afternoon from 3-6 p.m. through October.
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Play Home, Play Healthy service learning project helps parents educating at home

Graduate students at Washington State University are promoting simple activities that help families with children build life skills through a new program called Play Home, Play Healthy. “We don’t need fancy technology for development to…
Raspberries growing on canes.

WSU offers exclusive license to new raspberry, Cascade Premier

Business partner sought to commercially propagate new red raspberry cultivar
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New Horticulture chair to focus on service and industry partnership

Amit Dhingra takes over as Horticulture chair on July 1.
Grizzly bears outside the th entrance of a man-made cave on a grassy hill.

New cave installed for bears

The WSU Bear Center has a new man-made cave, giving the bears something novel to explore in their exercise yard.
Navarro, seated on outdoors bench, with dog.

Animal Sciences grad Willy Navarro: Let nothing come between you and your dreams

First-gen grad overcomes challenges, doubts to earn Animal Sciences degree

New model gives wineries better data from existing tests

A WSU research team has made it easier for winemakers to test the chemical makeup of red wine to get the vino they’re looking for.
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Scientists uncover plant protein’s role in cellular architecture, drought survival

Little-understood protein guides development to regulate flow from roots to shoots
Gerow pours wine from a bottle into a large glass test tube.

Cross-country journey kick started award-winning wine student’s career

WSU senior named the Wine Spectator Wine Science Student of the Year.
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New chair prepares future of textile and apparel industry

Prof. Ting Chi takes over as chair of the WSU Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles.
Habiyareme, in foreground, and another lab member in background, harvesting seeds from quinoa plants in greenhouse.

WSU International Quinoa Research Symposium goes virtual for second year

Learn about the newest advances surrounding this valuable superfood crop
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New doctoral grad researching ‘black box of soil’

Grad explores personal growth, carbon's role deep in soil
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WSU Extension food safety experts share ways to protect your family, community during COVID-19

Extension team offers free guides to shop, plan meals, feed families safely
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Extension, DNR offer free online classes to enhance forested property

The COVID-19 emergency is not slowing down the Washington State University Extension Forestry and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ Forest Stewardship education program. As in nature, the program is simply adapting, partnering with experts…
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Aggie of the Year and Top 10 Student: Graduating senior racks up honors

New WSU alumna Katie Doonan finishes her undergraduate career with two top honors.

Land-grant mission steers WSU’s drive-in Wi-Fi partnership

WSU Extension helps launch high-speed wireless connections statewide
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Ending one chapter, with more to come

New WSU graduate will transition to graduate school in Canada after four years acclimating to, and thriving in, Washington.
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From struggle to success, WSU doctoral candidate brings global perspective to economics, food

WSU doctoral candidate Modhurima Dey Amin has worked hard and traveled far for her college education.

Triple-hitter: WSU student packs multiple degrees and majors into four-year track

Amelia VanMeter will be graduating in 2020 with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Human Development, with a third (non-degree) major in Spanish for the Professions. Upon completion, VanMeter will have earned two undergraduate degrees, and…
Trio of researchers stand in meeting room with WSU Plant Pathology banner in background.

What lies beneath: WSU team studies soil-borne potato disease with help from NSF, USDA

Scientists take on a destructive, emerging complex of diseases facing potato growers.
A gloved hand holds tweezers up against the bark of a tree.

Finding the genes to build a better cancer treatment

Scientists are one step closer to understanding how the cancer-fighting drug Taxol is produced by trees.
A mom and dad sit on a sofa, both holding their heads in their hands, with two children running around them.

Everything is not fine: Kids can tell when parents suppress their stress

New research finds that parents suppressing feelings of stress around their kids can actually transmit those feelings to the children.
Doonan wears an EMT uniform, facemask, and plastic face shield while sitting in the back of an ambulance.

On the front line

Senior Katie Doonan is working several shifts each week as a volunteer first-responder in her hometown while also finishing her degree online with a full load of classes.
Young 4-H Tech Changemakers at a meeting assisting two women with how to use their phones.

4-H Tech Changemaker teens working to bridge the digital divide in rural Washington

4-H teens in Quincy, Wash., are working to bridge the online divide in their community by leading digital skills trainings for adults. The teens have been eager and excited to help their community, said Jeannie…
Apple tree with spring flowers on a natural background.

New technologies could help breed more disease-resistant, high quality apples

Plant scientists at Washington State University are exploring how advanced technologies could help breed delicious apple cultivars that can also resist many devastating diseases, such as blue mold and fire blight, which cost millions in…
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Junior livestock competition goes online

The 85th annual Junior Livestock Show of Spokane, originally scheduled for May 5-9, is being done online instead of having an in-person competition.
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AMDT students to share fashion show portfolios online

This year's show has been canceled due to the need for social distancing to stop COVID-19, but students in the department are finding new ways to share their fashion and apparel designs with the world.
A little girl lays on her stomach with her head propped on her hands. A boy lays flat on his stomach. Both look very bored.

COVID-19 boredom boom brings new parenting challenges

The COVID-19 crisis is causing a boom in boredom for kids and adults alike as many states issue shelter-in-place orders. A WSU researcher has tips on how to help.
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WSU scientists enlist citizens in hunt for giant, bee-killing hornet

Bracing for the Asian giant hornet's emergence this spring, WSU researchers help roll back its spread.
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Discovery of a mechanism plants use to toggle on photosynthesis chosen by top journal

Research team led by WSU has developed a new tool to study how lipids interact with proteins in plants to help understand how photosynthesis happens, earning an editor's choice honor from Science.

CAHNRS’ finest: 2020 Faculty and Staff Award Winners named

64th annual awards recognize CAHNRS' best teachers, researchers, team players and leaders
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Washington 4-H shares free, online resources for youth stuck at home

Washington 4-H clubs shift online to build youth potential
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India partnership spurs global development of new WSU microwave technologies for safer meals

WSU's innovative microwave food safety tech rolls into action in India.
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In-person to online: instructors prepare to switch courses mid-semester

Online education has been around for almost two decades. Switching a course from in-person to online mid-semester, however, is a new experience.
A man stands in a greenhouse with his back to the camera, surrounded by green, leafy plants.

WSU program helps tri-county farmers grow their operations

WSU Extension researchers established the Regional Small Farms Program to help small farm owners come up with personalized solutions to tough questions.
Researcher posing outside in front of trees.

Simulated heat waves to help vineyard owners mitigate heat stress

Studying the effects of heat on grapes.
About a dozen people stand behind a big red ribbon as a woman in her 80s holds enormous scissors and cuts the ribbon. They're all standing in front of a wall made of wooden boxes that bees use for colonies.

Honey bee and pollinator facility officially opened

WSU's new Honey Bee & Pollinator Research, Extension, and Education Facility officially opens, allowing for huge expansion in the amount of research scientists can do to help save the bees.
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Depressed, rural moms face greater health challenges—and so do their kids

WSU scientists link chronic depression with more health problems for moms and children in poor rural communities, revealing need for treatment based on trust
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New technology helps reduce salt, keep flavor

WSU technology could make it possible to reduce sodium while maintaining safety and tastiness in prepared foods.
Shults, gesturing at an in-forest event.

March 27: WSU Extension offers succession planning course for farm and forest owners

WSU Extension Forestry offers a Ties to the Land workshop focussing on ways to maintain family ties to the land from generation to generation.
A football player is running with the ball and being tackled by another player.

WSU students named finalists in NFL data competition

Two WSU graduate students are finalists in an NFL data competition that looked at over 23,000 football plays over two seasons.
Bees landing at a row of sunlit hives.

Learn Beekeeping this Spring; Harvest More Next Summer

To help maintain local pollinators, Snohomish County Extension sponsors the Beginning Hobbyist Beekeeper course.
Dean Wright stands in an apple orchard looking at the camera. A tree laden with red apples is out of focus in the background.

CAHNRS dean invited to national council

Dean Wright named to the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research’s (FFAR) Advisory Council for Advanced Animal Systems.
Woman with headphones in tasting lab holds chocolate.

Food science panel looks at how music affects our perception of chocolate

Does milk chocolate taste creamier when you’re listening to Beethoven?
Heidi Bissell feeds a carrot through a fence to a rhino.

Feb. 18: Zoo nutritionist shares how big data helps exotic animals stay healthy

Heidi Bissell will share insights from her work with data that helps improve zoo animal health at the 2020 Halver Lecture in Animal Nutrition. Exotic animal nutritionist Heidi Bissell will give the annual Halver Lecture…
A creek runs through a snowy thicket.

Forestry Winter School helps woodland owners care for their forests

Western Washington forest owners can learn skills to care for their land at the next Winter School, Feb. 29 in Auburn. Auburn, Wash. – With an alarming increase in the number of dead trees throughout…
DeVetter, crouching and holding blueberry plants at a field of berry plants.

WSU scientists team up for $12.8 million effort to improve blueberries, cranberries

Scientists team up for $12 million search for genes, valuable traits for new and tastier blueberries and cranberries.
Studio head shot of WSU professor Michelle Moyer.

WSU professor wins award for distinction in Extension

On learning that she had won the 2020 Extension Distinction Award from ASEV—the American Society for Enology & Viticulture—WSU associate  professor and Extension specialist, Michelle Moyer was shocked. WSU professor Michelle Moyer wins prestigious award…
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Organic farm advantages in biodiversity and profits depend on location

A large-scale analysis led by a WSU graduate student journal club found that overall organic agriculture sites had higher biodiversity and profits, but these advantages changed depending on farm location.
Hands typing on laptop keyboard.

WSU V&E certificate programs boon for working professionals

WSU V&E certificate program boon for working professionals As Washington’s wine industry continues to grow, the need for a skilled, knowledgeable workforce grows along with it. Although some are able to take the time to…
2 purple starfish lay in the sand, wrapped around rocks that are covered in green sea anemones.

Beach Watchers training available to protect Puget Sound

WSU Extension hosts training program for beach lovers who want to help protect Puget Sound’s waters, wildlife and landscape in Snohomish County.
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Apparel merchandising students use social media to connect local businesses with customers, community

Students in Washington State University's apparel merchandising program are putting their studies to work this spring to connect local businesses with social media-savvy consumers. Jihyeong Son, Assistant Professor in the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design…
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Microscopic partners could help plants survive stressful environments

Tiny, symbiotic fungi play an outsized role in helping plants survive stress
Colorful winter landscape with coniferous forest at sunset

Feb. 1: Winter School helps NE Wash landowners keep forests healthy, safe

Learn to keep woodlands productive, wildlife-friendly, and safe at the Forest Owners Winter School.
Close up of roots growing in soil. Dozens of white strings wind up from the bottom in the dirt, while green shoots head toward the top and out of the soil.

Nitrogen-fixing genes could help grow more food using fewer resources

Scientists have transferred a collection of genes into plant-colonizing bacteria that let them draw nitrogen from the air and turn it into ammonia, a natural fertilizer.
3D rendering virus closeup.

Disabling viruses with CRISPR scissors

In scientific first, WSU team delivers a one-two punch to knock out crop-destroying viruses.
Woman farmer standing on farmland with crossed arms and tractors in background

2020 Women in Ag Conference cultivates healthy farms, careers

Learn how to run resilient farms and businesses while preserving your health at 2020 conference.
A person with an orange smock walks away from the camera through a thick forest.

Response to fire impacts water levels 40 years into future

New research shows salvage logging and re-seeding after a wildfire helps reduce flooding and returns water levels to normal faster.
Cattle graze at the WSU Beef Center. (Photo by Jennifer Michal/WSU)

Jan. 25: Country Living Expo & Cattlemen’s Winterschool returns for 13th year

Registration is open for the annual Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool at Stanwood High School in Burlington.
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WSU researcher awarded Honorary Professorship in Australia

WSU's Hanu Pappu received an honorary appointment as professor at the University of Queensland.
Close-up of pink peonies

WSU scientists find a slate of unexpected diseases in peony

WSU scientists are on the hunt for unidentified diseases that harm ornamental favorite.
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Bolivar-Medina joins Tree Fruit team as Information Tech Transfer specialist

Jenny Bolivar-Medina Jenny Bolivar-Medina joined Washington State University's tree fruit research and Extension team Nov. 15, 2019, as a Tree Fruit Extension Information Technology Transfer Specialist (ITT). As an integral member of the Tree Fruit…
A family bikes through a conifer forest

Jan. 24: Extension experts share Family Forester knowledge at annual workshop

Family-owned forests are vital to the economy and quality of life in the Inland Northwest.
Formal portrait photo of Cleveland looking at the camera w/a leafy green background outside.

Addiction prevention scholar takes over as department chair

Michael Cleveland will be the new chair of the Department of Human Development starting Jan. 1.
A lynx prowls through a snowy field.

Living at the edges

The prevalence of protected wildlife areas in borderlands makes international relations key to the survival of lynx, bears and other large migratory animals, according to new WSU research.
Meddens holds pine cones in woods.

New professor uses high-tech sensors to study forest threats, resilience

Forest ecologist lifts his vantage point to discover how forests can survive devastating changes

Bee efficiency boosts diversified farming

New WSU research finds the more diverse a farm’s plant population, the more beneficial it is for bee pollinators, and the more efficiently those pollinators work.
Chastagner stands in front of a table covered in fir tree branches, which are standing vertical in pots.

Lifetime award honors industry impact of WSU’s ‘Dr. Christmas Tree’

WSU's Gary Chastagner has a passion for Christmas trees and science. That passion has led to a rewarding career and lifetime achievement award from the National Christmas Tree Association.
Satellite in space with image of Earth reflected in its solar panels.

Satellites show promise as tool for monitoring crop development

Images from space could be the next leap ahead for farmers seeking to monitor their crops over large or scattered plots.
Wheat field with a snowcapped mountain in the distance

Jan 17-18: Cascadia Grains Conference helps revitalize local grain economy

Two-day event helps grow a regional grain economy west of the Cascades.

Research shows boredom is on the rise for adolescents, especially girls

New research finds boredom is rising year after year for U.S. teens.
Sunlight breaking through misty forest

Extension Foresters expand stewardship education to save Washington forests

Washington's family-owned forests provide scenic beauty, clean water, wildlife habitat, and natural resources that support schools, hospitals, roads, and libraries across the state. But Washington's 5 million acres of family forests are at risk from…
Portrait of McCracken outdoors in a woodsy setting.

New Extension director brings broad leadership background to new position

Economics professor and AMDT chair Vicki McCracken has been named CAHNRS Associate Dean and Director of Extension.
Bee visiting flower

Learn beekeeping this fall; Harvest more next summer

Beginner beekeeping course helps Washington residents raise important pollinators
Photo of man in woods with young child.

Nov. 12: Succession planning workshop helps southeast Washington landowners pass on their farms, forests

Extension experts can help forest-owning families pass on their land to the next generation. Family forest and farm owners in southeastern Washington can learn how to steward and pass their lands to the next generation,…
Maple leaves lit by sunlight

Bigleaf maple syrup workshop teaches woodland owners to create local treat

The Pacific Northwest’s native bigleaf maple trees harbor one of the region’s best-kept secrets.
Four people in formal wear at gala.

Dean Wright invited to Wine Spectator gala in NYC

Building our partnership with Wine Spectator, Dean André-Denis Wright attended the publication’s exclusive New York Wine Experience gala.
Formal portrait photo of Diversi

Book wins award for talking about spaces between ‘Us,’ ‘Them’

HD professor Marcelo Diversi will receive the 2019 Ethnography Division Best Book Award from the National Communication Association.
Photo taken from ground looking up at a tall tree with thin to bare upper branches and limbs.

Nov. 14: Free forest health seminar for forest owners in Stevenson

WSU Extension Forestry offers a free seminar in Stevenson on the impacts recent droughts have had on trees and what that means for privately owned forests.
Three men pose together in a dark room.

CAHNRS professors honored for research

Two CAHNRS faculty members, a CAHNRS-led interdisciplinary team of scientists, and a staff member received Office of Research awards as part of WSU’s Research Week 2019.

Putting his heart into it: First-gen college student, Noel Perez (’20), named Wine Spectator Student of the Year

Gratitude and humility: Those traits don’t often define a 4.0 GPA student who has created his own blockbuster wine, and who holds the honorific of Wine Spectator Student of the Year. But those are precisely…
A tree has fallen over in a forest, sheared away from its root system.

Nov. 5: Free forest health seminar for forest owners in Morton

WSU Extension Forestry offers a free seminar on the impacts recent droughts have had on trees and what that means for privately owned forests.
Brian Brandt standing in a forest

Program helping youths in criminal justice system wins award

Program in Pierce County helps disadvantaged youth turn their lives around using social emotional learning.
Extreme close-up of pills being poured from a prescription bottle into an open hand.

CAHNRS, College of Medicine secure $1.1 million grant to combat rural opioid abuse

WSU team receives $1.1 million grant focused on providing training and technical assistance to rural Washington communities combating the opioid epidemic.
WSU Cougar-themed hat atop bright orange pumpkin

Growing a Halloween favorite more sustainably

They come in all shapes and sizes, in hues of golden orange, pale white, and green. Painted, carved, or baked in a pie, pumpkins are cheerful symbols of autumn that are grown in every county…
Group photo inside barn under construction.

Alumni, partners explore new Perennial Grass Breeding and Ecology Farm

Scientists, industry partners view future center for hardier, sustainable grasses
Murray stands in a field swinging a net back and forth.

New professor joins WSU with national recognition

WSU's newest entomology professor will arrive shortly after winning a national award from the Entomological Society of America.
A gloved hand holds tweezers up against the bark of a tree.

Grant to search for more efficient way to make cancer-fighting drugs

WSU scientist is part of a $4 million effort to develop a better way to produce taxol, a chemotherapy drug that was discovered in the bark of Pacific Yew trees.
Youth in costume act on stage in a production of Johnny Appleseed.

Cosmic Crisp® apple brings Johnny Appleseed to kids, stages across US

Cosmic Crisp® helps bring “Johnny Appleseed” to US audiences

New facility for WSU bee program

WSU's Honey Bee & Pollinator Research & Education program has a new permanent home with pending purchase of facility near Othello, Wash.
Smart phone online shopping in woman's hand.

Exploring motivations behind mobile shopping

WSU researchers study the motivations that fuel our mobile shopping.
Graphic that says WSU Wheat Academy, with a cougar in a wheat field

Dec. 10 -11: WSU Wheat Academy registration opens

Registration for WSU's annual Wheat Academy opens on October 8.

Scientists study how wasps learn for better trap

Entomologists aim to take the sting out of stressful encounters
Several families mill about a pumpkin patch, with pumpkins all over the ground. Some people carry pumpkins, some are looking them over.

Oct. 12: WSU organic farm hosts annual Fall Harvest Festival

WSU's Eggert Family Organic Farm hosts its annual Fall Harvest Festival, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12.

Getting mac and cheese to Mars

WSU scientists have developed a way to triple the shelf life of ready-to-eat mac & cheese, which could have benefits for everything from space travel to military use.

Students’ savory food creation boosts nutrition, health for developing world

Five students started with an idea: A simple food that could save lives.
Studio portrait of researcher.

WSU researcher wins prestigious NIFA Fellowship

Horticulture doctoral student, Margaret McCoy, conducts most of her research at the WSU IAREC Center in Prosser, Wash. Margaret McCoy (‘20) has been awarded a predoctoral fellowship from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and…
A few people stand outside a white tent on an astroturf football field.

Football fans enjoy showcase of WSU wine science

The WSU Wine Science Program gave out samples of student-made wine as part of a Taste of Washington event before a recent WSU football game.
View of the IAREC main building.

Celebrate 100 years of research at WSU’s Prosser station at upcoming events

Events honor 100 years of WSU innovation and discovery in south-central Washington.
Group photo with Lisa Calvert, Gordon Davis, President Schulz, Dean André-Denis Wright

WSU’s first endowed deanship commemorates a Northwest pioneer

Family's gift will support academic and research endeavors that reflect James "Cashup" Davis's innovative, entrepreneurial spirit.
Mt Rainier looms in the background, over an old barn in a field.

WSU, Puyallup teaming up for Appreciation Week

WSU's Puyallup Research and Extension Center is being celebrated by the City of Puyallup as part of the city’s Higher Education Appreciation Week.
Contezac poses in front of a weather station, that includes a wind speed indicator and other electronic equipment.

AgWeatherNet expands presence in Northwest Washington

AgWeatherNet has placed a meteorologist at the WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research & Extension Center for the first time.
close up of a glass of red wine being filled from a bottle.

Searching for the characteristics of award-winning wine

A new paper from WSU wine scientists finds award winning wines tend to be more complex, with the highest awarded wines having high ethanol and sugar levels.
4 people stand in a forest, with 2 of them holding each end of a tape measure.

Stewardship course for small forest landowners

WSU Extension Forestry offers classes to help landowners through the process of writing a simple forest management plan.
Scene of canola fields

Soil science alumnus Isaac Madsen chosen to lead WSU oilseed research

Alumnus and soil scientist Isaac Madsen is WSU's new extension agronomist for the Washington Oilseed Cropping Systems program.
Wide shot of the organic farm, with cherry trees from the orchard in the foreground.

Sept. 19: Eggert farm tour views latest in organic vegetable production

Learn about organic farming, the history of the WSU organic farm, and take a walking tour of the 10-acre farm.
row of wooden wine barrels

Turning up the heat on ‘Brett’

If you’ve ever had a red wine that smelled “off,” like gym socks, Band-Aids, or farmyards, then you’ve likely encountered a wine affected by Brettanomyces bruxellensis(“Brett” for short)—a barrel-dwelling spoilage yeast that can taint the…
Family riding bikes in a forest

Forest-owning families can plan for the future at Ties to the Land workshop

WSU Extension experts can help families pass on their forest-land legacies.
2 chickens in a backyard with a coop in the background

Oct. 1: WSU Extension hosts poultry education class

WSU Extension will host “Breeding, Incubating and Hatching Your Own Flock” for anyone raising egg-laying chickens.
Water flows past trees along a rocky salmon stream

WSU scientists help balance water needs for rural growth, threatened salmon with new guidelines

New guidelines developed by WSU scientists will help benefit habitat for endangered species like salmon, as well as Washingtonians' increasing need for high-quality water. New guidelines developed by scientists with Washington State University's State of…
Bill Ruckleshaus, speaking in a conference room setting,

NPR’s Robert Siegel, founder Bill Ruckleshaus to be featured at Ruckleshaus Center luncheon

Former NPR host Robert Siegel and center founder Bill Ruckleshaus will highlight the William D. Ruckelshaus Center's annual Chairman’s Circle Luncheon, Sept. 13.
Vineyard worker crouches near grapevine with plastic cup.

The road less traveled: Former Marine and first-gen college student sets sights on wine world

Bernadette Gagnier was at a crossroads after leaving the Marines Corps. Now she's a first generation college student studying Viticulture & Enology at WSU.
Felsot sits on a stool in his lab, his desk strewn with his computer screen, papers, binders, and folders all over.

National teaching award for lifelong science advocate

WSU entomology professor Allan Felsot receives the Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching from the Entomological Society of America.

Saving sage-grouse by relocation

WSU scientists followed relocated sage-grouse to show they survived, providing a viable and productive step towards helping their population recover in Washington.
Elephants play in a river in Thailand

Animal Sciences student cares for rescued elephants in Thailand visit

Learning first-hand what it takes to be a veterinarian, Isabel Mocca spent part of her summer helping rescued elephants.
A student sits at a desk looking at 2 big monitors on the wall. 1 monitor shows a classroom in another city.

Credit classes offered at the WSU Extension Island County office

WSU Everett students are now taking classes remotely from the WSU Extension Island County office in Coupeville.
Valencia, standing with controls in a field, as a drone flies near him.

New global fellowship program grows discoveries, partnerships in ag research

In novel exchange, visiting scientists help make discoveries that boost crop yields, protect against disease
Alex Batson in lab greenhouse

Fellowship helps student scientist defend spinach seed crops from harmful wilt

Doctoral student Alex Batson is one of 17 new recipients of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) Fellowship.
A photo showing grain, flour, flattened dough, raw noodles, and a bowl of cooked udon.

Meet Ryan, WSU’s elite new wheat for the noodle market

Ryan, WSU's newest spring wheat variety, is winning over farmers thanks to its ability to create an outstanding fresh noodle.
Student using a dipping instrument in lab setting

WSU expands Protein Biotechnology Program through new $2.3 million NIH grant

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded WSU's NIH Protein Biotechnology Training Program $2.3 million to support training of Ph.D. graduate students.

Life-cycle could be key in managing pervasive vineyard nematode

Although the northern root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne hapla) is the most prevalent plant-parasitic roundworm species in Washington vineyards, not much is known about how to effectively manage the pest. But Katherine East, a WSU post-doctoral researcher…
Girl kneeling in garden

Award winning SNAP-Ed garden program helps Island County schoolchildren grow in health, stewardship

Fifth grader Dani McConnell smiles as she picks a leaf from a bushy plant in the garden at Oak Harbor’s Crescent Harbor elementary school. “Eat it,” she says. “You’ll love it.”
Group photo of researchers with robots, computer in workshop

Aug. 22: WSU’s Ag Tech Day explores automation in specialty crops

Students and faculty at WSU's Center for Precision and Automated Agriculture will take part in Ag Tech Day. PROSSER, Wash. – Washington State University’s Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems will host Agricultural Technology…
A tree has fallen over in a forest, sheared away from its root system.

Sept. 4: Forest health seminar to help landowners understand tree mortality

SHELTON, WA - Washington State University Extension Forestry offers a seminar on the impacts recent droughts have had on trees and what that means for privately- owned forests in the region. An example of root…

New irrigation system can cut vineyard water usage by 35 percent

WSU professor to help wine-grape growers save water
Main standing outdoors on campus near trees.

Bioinformatics scientist Dorrie Main to lead WSU Department of Horticulture as interim chair

Bioinformatics scientist Dorrie Main to lead WSU Department of Horticulture as interim chair Supporting Washington State University discoveries that improve and protect valuable plants and crops, from apples, grapes, and potatoes to berries and spinach,…
Red and pink DNA helixes float around on a blue background with a bright light in the middle.

Light could be key to protecting crops from costly virus

In a scientific first, Washington State University researchers have found a plant virus that could respond to a growth hormone and light. “I was very surprised,” said Hanu Pappu, Samuel H. Smith Distinguished Professor and…

Rich Koenig named permanent chair of WSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences

Rich Koenig, chair of WSU Crop and Soil Sciences. Leading Washington State University's efforts to improve understanding of the agricultural crops and soil that feed the world and fuel our economy, Professor Rich Koenig has…
Raspberries growing on canes.

WSU debuts flavorful, easy-to-harvest new raspberry, Cascade Premier

Early fruiting with good yield and flavor, firm fruit, good root rot tolerance, and machine harvestable, WSU's newest raspberry cultivar is named Cascade Premier.Bright, flavorful, and bred for easy automated harvest, Washington State University's new…
3 people stand in front of posters.

Growing plant science relationship across the Atlantic

The best relationships take time to come together, work on many different levels, and can accomplish great things. WSU’s growing collaboration with Germany’s interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS) is adding a global…
Flying quadrocopter in an outdoor setting

Protecting vineyards with drones

Two farmers have a conversation in a wheat field with a combine in the background.

Skagit County launches campaign to prevent farmer suicides

KING5 News looks at a new WSU Extension program to help farmers.
About a dozen people sit in folding chairs under a white tent in the woods and listen to a male talking.

Aug. 24: Annual WSU Family Forest Field Day to be held in McCleary

WSU Extension & Washington DNR host an all-day outdoor educational field day for small forest landowners.
Boy, left, and adult helper, right, unfurl a ribbon above a craft table.

Youth camp bridges new ideas with traditional Native American culture

Students in Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles help youth prepare clothing for feast
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CAHNRS faculty elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

John Stark, left, and Juming Tang, center, are the newest CAHNRS faculty named to the Washington State Academy of Sciences. Current member Ron Mittelhammer, right, joins the WSAS board of directors Two distinguished faculty members…

Study demonstrates stress reduction benefits from petting dogs, cats

WSU scientists have shown that Pet Your Stress Away programs have stress-relieving physiological benefits.

USDA Fellowships help students defend Northwest crops, people from pests, pathogens

Helping explore challenges facing agriculture, USDA-NIFA Pre-Doctoral Fellows Ben Lee, left, and Abigail Cohen, right, with WSU Entomology Assistant Professor Dave Crowder. Helping sustainably protect important Northwest crops like potatoes, peas, and vegetables from pests…
Stock photo of a lush green woods, with a worn walking path between old trees.

Aug. 10: Forestry field day helps woodland owners care for trees

The Puget Sound Forest Owners Field Day offers owners of wooded property the chance to build skills for caring for their land and trees.
Group photo in hallway

Award: Precision pruning can help machines safely, efficiently harvest apples

Team of WSU scientists help put labor-saving machines to work at harvest.
A student wears a netting of white circles and cords on her head while sitting at a computer. Her hand rests on a button. A monitor in the foreground shows spiky brain wave readouts from the cap.

So boring: looking at how the brain reacts to boredom could help people cope

The brains of people who are prone to boredom react differently, compared to those who don’t. Helping those prone to boredom could have significant health impacts.
Tanaka and Gleason in the greenhouse, with Gleason holding a potato plant.

Living defenses could protect potatoes from virus, nematode threats

Two WSU plant pathologists launching USDA-funded research into better plant protection
Tour participants visit a greenhouse.

New WSU USDA-ARS research facility on the horizon

WSU and USDA tour participants view greenhouse-based research at WSU's Plant Growth Facility. Collaborating on plans for a new U.S. Department of Agriculture research facility at Washington State University's Pullman campus, Dean André-Denis Wright and…
Wright gets a close look at potato traits with Ellis.

Partners for better spuds: WSU’s 2019 Othello Field Day

Annual day of shared knowledge helps Northwest potato industry
A tall tree with many dead or withered limbs.

July 10: Free forest health seminar for forest owners in Longview

WSU Forestry offers a free evening seminar on the impacts recent droughts have had on trees
Tour group listening to a speaker in a green field.

July 11: Families, farmers can see WSU research in action at 2019 Mount Vernon Field Day

Discover how WSU research helps the communities of Washington.
micro-irrigation system in grapevine vineyard

Taking the guesswork out of irrigating wine grapes

Until now, wine grape growers have essentially irrigated their crops based on the color of the wine they were making, watering one way for white wine grapes, and another for red grapes. Although manageable, the…
Min Du standing in laboratory

Scientist honored for discoveries battling obesity, improving animal health

Min Du is newest recipient of society's Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award
Group photo in front of Sock Bar title screen.

Students’ ideas solve real-world challenges for Hot Topic, Cotton Incorporated

Teams draw on all of their skills, experience in AMDT's 2019 capstone competition
Burke, middle, holding plaque, with Wright and Bailey.

Ian Burke to lead WSU wheat conservation research as newest Cook Endowed Chair

Burke will lead conservation research helping Washington’s $800 million wheat industry.
CAHNRS Dean in red shirt examining field of triticale

Sharing improved crops, practices for Washington’s drylands: 103rd Lind Field Day

Popular field day is a chance for growers to see research into better plants and practices, face to face with scientists.
Visitors check out rows of potato crops at the WSU Othello research farm.

June 27: Scientists share latest research for better spuds at Potato Field Day

Tour fields and see the latest in disease defense, production advances and new varieties.
Two people face an fence with a bear on the other side. The male is on his knees holding a plastic bottle in one hand. The woman touches a leg of the bear, which is sticking out of a hole in the fence.

Teaching old bears new tricks

WSU bears respond positively to new training aimed at reducing their stress.
Hanu Pappu stands in his laboratory, surrounded by plants, lab equipment, and bottles of chemicals used for testing.

Using Artificial Intelligence to fight viral diseases in plants

WSU scientist used AI to predict likely proteins a virus could attack, which could help plants build a defense to interrupt the viral attack
A suited Dr. Zack, standing, near WSU's victory bell.

Associate Dean Rich Zack leads education for future leaders in human sciences, agriculture, environment

Expert scientist and passionate leader leads academics in CAHNRS
Group photo of LLI graduates, mentors and dignitaries, some holding flags.

‘You are our future’: Dean celebrates 2019 Latino Leadership grads

Ceremony honors young leaders making a difference for Washington's Latino community.
Robert Orpet in an orchard with a cardboard earwig trap

WSU scientists unmask the humble earwig as an apple-protecting predator

Student entomologist Robert Orpet used cardboard to catch and count earwigs in central Washington apple orchards, revealing that the insects could be important predators (WSU photo). Helping Northwest apple growers protect their crops, WSU scientists…
A greenish plastic water bottle floats in shallow water, just over several rocks.

Plastic water bottles may one day fly people cross-country

WSU scientists have found a way to turn household plastic waste products into jet fuel.
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Jill McCluskey named first female director of WSU’s School of Economic Sciences

World class scholar will direct WSU’s School of Economic Sciences.
Burcalow, surrounded by friends and family, accepts a personalized birdhouse gift in an awards ceremony.

Washington 4-H honors Harry Burcalow’s three decades of distinguished service

For more than 30 years, Harry Burcalow has helped 4-H youth of Washington thrive
Wide shot of the organic farm, with cherry trees from the orchard in the foreground.

Organic produce sales at WSU farm

The WSU Eggert Family Organic Farm will host weekly public produce sales every Friday afternoon from 3-6 p.m.
Teen in alley walking away from kids holding beer bottles.

Rethinking the ‘peer’ in peer pressure

Graduation season brings both celebration and concerns about adolescent drinking.
View of bronze plaque amid a stone memorial, with roses placed on the monument.

Remembering our students, faculty and alumni who gave all—WWII, Korea, Vietnam

Inscribed in a campus memorial, 40 men and women from CAHNRS ancestor colleges lost their lives in service to country.
A man points at a board covered in clothing designs as 2 other people look at what he's pointing to.

Apparel tour gives AMDT students industry edge

Dean Wright and AMDT faculty tour 4 apparel and retail companies in Seattle to get the latest on what it takes for WSU students to succeed.
Illustration of a communications satellite orbiting the earth

Images from space could help farmers grow better wheat varieties

Helping feed a growing world, WSU scientists are putting satellites and drones to work for better wheat varieties.
Bees visit cherries at WSU campus

WSU’s first Fulbright-Nat Geo Storyteller award takes bee researcher to Spain

Group photo with trio holding opened award.

Distinguished economist Ken Casavant honored with WSU Alumni Achievement Award

Economist recognized for five decades of outstanding teaching, research, and involvement.
Profile standing photo of Viebrock

Award-winning Extension leader helps rural families, women and communities thrive

Margaret Viebrock, award-winning director of WSU Chelan and Douglas County Extension. Serving farm families, women in agriculture, food-service workers, and dozens of Northwest communities for nearly 50 years, Washington State University Extension leader and educator…
Goldberg stands near a brown wetland.

Scientist sleuths seek DNA clues in the environment to help rare, threatened amphibians

E-DNA holds secrets that can help threatened, beneficial wildlife co-exist with people.
Hwang, with small mounted mockups of dresses made from digital prints. Behind her is a wall of color schematics.

Save the date: WSU-hosted conference explores the digital transformation of fashion, design

WSU fashion researcher Jihyeong Son. (Photo by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services) Exploring how the fast-evolving digital world is changing our clothing and fashions, Washington State University's Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles (AMDT)…
Wright, at podium, facing left.

Dean, students welcome 89th Washington FFA Convention to WSU

CAHNRS Dean André-Denis Wright speaks at the state FFA convention's Friday session at Beasley Coliseum, welcoming future leaders in science and agriculture.   Welcoming more than 2,000 Washington FFA members to Washington State University, students…
A little girl squats down next to a plant loaded down with peppers in front of a basket full of veggies. She's holding a tomato and looks very cute.

Lentils will help you run faster: communicating food benefits gets kids to eat healthier

Using affirming statements could help parents get children interested in eating healthier at a key stage in their development.
A can of Crimson Fire cheese propped up next to a clear bag of orange-tinted ghost pepper cheese.

An electric tongue can handle more spicy foods than you can

Food Science researchers have found that the e-tongue can differentiate between levels of spiciness much better than people, without having to deal with tired taste buds.
Wright, right, smiles and holds diploma with new grads in regalia.

Photo Gallery: CAHNRS Class of 2019 celebrates commencement

Group photo of Dairy Challenge Winners.

Students’ dairy health knowledge brings first-place win at Intercollegiate Challenge

Competing to show and spread knowledge, students take first at Georgia.
Morris, arms crossed, standing in front of flowering trees.

Economics student’s research helps get plastic out of our food, water

Kevin Morris is helping reveal how we can change the way we use plastic in farming
Adekunle displaying a tray of leaf samples.

Grad seeks earth-friendly defense against voracious, nearly invisible pest

New PhD grad seeks green defense for spider mites
Scenic view of entrance to IAREC campus with sign, which states facility name, partners, established 1919.

100 years of WSU discovery at Prosser

Milk sits in a jug below a plastic bucket that has pink powder in the bottom. A yellow plastic filter is between the milk and the plastic bucket.

Sensor can detect spoiled milk before opening

WSU researchers have developed a sensor that can ‘smell’ if milk is still good or has gone bad without opening the packaging.

Students thanked at new greenhouse dedication

New greenhouse officially opens at WSU Eggert Family Organic Farm.
Formal portrait photo of Cleveland looking at the camera w/a leafy green background outside.

College-age males at bars, parties more likely to be sexually aggressive

WSU researchers have found that college men who frequently attend parties or go to bars are more likely to be sexually aggressive compared to those who don’t.
Abebaw sits in a suit and tie, smiling at someone off camera.

Big plans in future after long journey leads to graduation

Endalkachew Abebaw graduates in May after a very successful college career that includes many awards and an internship in the Washington State Legislature.
Scot Hulbert stands with arms crossed with greenhouse and trees in background.

Named Associate Dean, Scot Hulbert leads CAHNRS research for safe, sustainable world

Leading new discoveries at WSU, plant pathologist Scot Hulbert has been named Associate Dean for Research in CAHNRS.
Koenig, Wright, Kirk Schulz flank Sen. Murray as they look at designs on a table.

Senator learns about close WSU-USDA partnership during tour

Sen. Patty Murray toured WSU’s Plant Growth Facility to learn about research projects and WSU's innovative partnership with USDA-ARS.
Medranao and Dean Wright pose together holding an award certificate as Milena Wright and others in the background look on.

Latest fashions emerge from AMDT students

The 36th Annual WSU Mom’s Weekend Fashion Show featured creativity & innovation, including Dean's Choice award winner Berenice Diaz Medrano
Higgins standing in front of glass wall and brick.

From struggling writer to award-winning wine maker: Graduating V&E student named Wine Spectator Student of the Year

When Madeleine Higgins was trying to pay the rent in New York as a struggling fashion writer, she never dreamed that one day she would be interning in a custom-crush facility in Walla Walla, Wash.,…
A flooded Kolkata street, wth a bus, cars and pedestrians.

Scientists seek causes, better predictions for South Asia’s changing monsoon

For billions, the rains of the South Asian summer monsoon are a matter of life and death.
Cooper, Bumpus, Hill, stand together with campus buildings in background.

Real talk with parents helps students avoid freshman-year risks

WSU Human Development researchers Brittany Cooper, Matt Bumpus and Laura Hill lead an effort to understand how parent involvement can help their college-age children avoid risky behaviors during their transition to university life. Moms and…
A close-up of the hands of a chef as he or she pinches and spreads salt over prepared food.

Keeping the taste, reducing the salt

Food Science professor combining salts to improve health outcomes without affecting how tasty the food is.
Hopkins leans over a wooden box bee colony, placing vials on top of each box.

WSU to use new refrigerators in study to help save honey bees

WSU’s honey bee research team will advance their study of refrigeration to fight varroa mites that harm honey bees with help from two new grants. Brandon Hopkins working bees in the California almond groves. First,…
Group photo on stage

Award honors Ron Mittelhammer’s lifetime of service to Cougs, WSU economics

Very few educators have touched as many minds and hearts at Washington State University as Ron Mittelhammer.
The 4 people pose in front of a big banner for WSU's V&E program.

CAHNRS represents at Taste of Washington Wine

CAHNRS Dean André-Denis Wright attended the event to talk about the impact WSU's wine science program has on the wine industry and taste some amazing Washington wine.
2 images shown side-by-side, the image on the left looking healthy and the image on the right looking withered.

Some bacteria make a big difference in dryland wheat farming

New research from USDA-ARS, a proud WSU partner in ag research, shows even a single species of bacteria can positively affect soils and plants.
Adams Progar handles a dairy cow at a feeding barn, as other cows walk and feed in the background.

Network of knowledge means safer dairies

Amber Adams Progar has partnered with dairy farmers and researchers to master safer farm practices and cow-handling techniques
Female food science student holding glass of wine

Fixing faults in the science of wine

A bottle of wine that smells “off” has long been the aficionado’s dread and the industry’s curse
From left, Ken, Sue and Andre, holding a piece of bee art, in front of black curtain

Come home to CAHNRS: Gala thanks outstanding supporters, students

Thanked for the many ways they help students succeed, hundreds of alumni, partners, and friends came home for 2019 CAHNRS Honors.

May 20-23: Urban Extension Conference explores ‘Innovation in the City’

Extension professionals are invited to share research and ideas to help urban communities thrive at the upcoming National Urban Extension Conference. Set for May 20-23, 2019, in Seattle, the event, titled "Innovation in the City:…
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Exhibit shares historic trends, new ideas in women’s apparel

Junior design student Sierra Van de Bogart, center, with associate professor Carol Salusso, shows off her hand-painted silk wedding dress, part of an WSU exhibit "Facets of Fashion," on display through the month of March.…
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Burundi teachers, kids plant school gardens with help from Extension, video lessons

For school children in Burundi, classroom gardens are living laboratories for horticulture, entomology, and nutrition,
Two students adjust the metal arm holding a sensor in a greenhouse.

March 22: Plant Science Symposium shares new ag technology

Learn about new agricultural technologies at the third annual WSU Plant Science Symposium, Friday, March 22, at the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center at WSU Pullman. WSU students, faculty and community members are invited to…
Patten holds a piece of paper with a bee and his name on it with another man, who presented the award.

Lifetime achievement award caps Extension scientist’s career

Kim Patten has a Ph.D. from WSU in horticulture, and has spent 30 years helping cranberry farmers. He just received a lifetime achievement award for his work on pollinators.
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WSU tops USDA research and development list for second year in a row

WSU ranked first for the second year in a row in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research and development expenditures.
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Researcher’s 5-year dedication helps children, community recover from traumatic mudslide

Natalie Turner helped children, teachers and families of a mudslide-ravaged community understand and recover from trauma.
Jill McCluskey and Scot Hulbert pose in front of a WSU shield.

Two CAHNRS professors attain highest faculty rank

Renowned WSU scientists Jill McCluskey and Scot Hulbert have been promoted to Regents Professors.
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WSU alum’s career distinguished by promotion to Regents Professor

Scot Hulbert joins the ranks of Regents Professor, the highest rank a faculty member can achieve at WSU
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Pioneering economist Jill McCluskey named WSU Regents Professor

Jill McCluskey, Distinguished Professor of Sustainability, has been named a WSU Regents Professor.
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March 5: Visiting scientist explores ‘Why ants rule the world’

Learn about the global impact of a tiny insect at "Why Ants Rule the World," Tuesday, March 5, at WSU Pullman. Hosted by WSU's Entomology Graduate Student Association, Alex Wild, Curator of Entomology at the…
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WSU scientists measuring how plants convert light to energy

WSU scientists have developed a way to monitor how plants adjust the structures involved in photosynthesis as light changes throughout the day.
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Ivar’s CEO gets close look at home of Cougar Gold

Dean Wright and the School of Food Science welcomed Ivar's CEO Bob Donegan to the student-centered WSU Creamery.
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Essential oils show promise in fight against foodborne illness

In the quest to eradicate foodborne illness in fresh produce, a scientist at Washington State University is experimenting with alternatives to the traditional chlorine-based postharvest wash
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WSU Cherry Fruit School shares better ideas from bud to bucket

Sharing research updates and recommended production practices with Northwest cherry growers, Extension specialists with WSU Tree Fruit Extension and Oregon State University lead the 2019  Cherry Fruit School, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12 and 13.…
A woman stands behind a desk looking down at plant cuttings brought in by a man standing on the other side of the desk.

County Master Gardener program diagnoses plant problems, wins award

Spokane County Master Gardener’s Plant Clinic and Resource Center has an award-winning program staffed by volunteers to help home gardeners with questions.
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WSU webinar will address the future of invasive insects

WSU Extension expert Todd Murray presents “What the Bug is That? New Invasive Insects on the Horizon” webinar Feb. 25 from noon-1 pm.
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Northwest scientists defend lentils from root-rotting disease

Protecting a prized Northwest crop from a costly disease, scientists at Washington State University are seeking defenses against root rot.
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Enjoy the sweet life: Become a beekeeper with WSU Snohomish Extension

From urban skyscrapers to backyards in Western Washington, there’s a movement afoot to raise honeybees.

National horse event coming to the Palouse

WSU’s Whitman County Extension will co-host the national American Youth Horse Council Symposium in March.
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WSU researchers investigating the science behind Cupid’s favorite gifts

Few gifts say Happy Valentine’s Day better than wine and chocolate.  
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International visit could help elevate farmers’ incomes

WSU researchers are working to help subsistence farmers in the Dominican Republic increase their harvest so they can sell their produce at market.
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Searching for the role of hemoglobin in female reproductive health

Animal Sciences professor wins $450,000 grant to study newly-discovered type of hemoglobin, which could lead to better in vitro fertilization methods and results.
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Healing grain: Scientists develop new wheat that fights celiac disease

WSU researchers helped create a new, genetically distinct variety of wheat that's safer for people with celiac disease.
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BIOAg Symposium shows off science of farming and human health

Scientists from around WSU came together to discuss their research projects, many looking at the intersection of agriculture and human health.
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Family forest owners can set goals, reduce risks with Extension Coached Planning Course

Is your forest healthy? Can you enhance wildlife habitat and protect your land from wildfire?
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Wine Science student partners with brewer to support veterans

A woman in a hat makes a kissy face at a sheep.

Hollywood action star’s sheep captures WSU expo prize

Christ Pratt, star of movies including Guardians of the Galaxy, had a sheep win a blue ribbon at WSU Extension's recent Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool.
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Sharing knowledge to improve safety in Northwest dairies

Amber Adams Progar, researcher in the Department of Animal Sciences, will share knowledge at Agriculture Safety Day. Helping ensure worker safety at Northwest dairies, Amber Adams Progar, dairy management specialist at Washington State University, joins…
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A wealth of genome data means improved crops for vast rose family

Building genomic understanding of the rose family, WSU researchers are part of a 15-year national effort behind the Genome Database for Rosaceae. Encompassing not only hundreds of rose varieties, but thousands of species of useful,…
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Generations reunite to celebrate life-changing student dairy co-op

Some of the more than 80 alumni, family members, students, and faculty of WSU's Cooperative University Dairy Students, or CUDS, reunite Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at Ensminger Pavilion (Seth Truscott-WSU Photo).   Three generations of…
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WSU scientist shares living chemistry of crops, watersheds at Science in Our Valley series

Sarah Roley explores the chemical, biological and geological processes that affect our streams, lakes and agricultural crops, in Science in Our Valley.
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Healthy Soils, Healthy Region Workshop helps protect the soil

Pipa Elias, soil health strategy manager for the Nature Conservancy, shares the keynote address at the Healthy Soils, Healthy Region Workshop Northwest farmers and agricultural professionals can learn how to develop healthy soils at the…
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New Extension tool helps food banks improve access, nutrition, safety

Northwest food banks and pantries can improve food accessibility, safety and variety for their communities and clients with help from a recently published tool created by Washington State University Extension researchers. An Extension team led…
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Feb 7: BIOAg Symposium, poster session explores link between farming, human health

Students and researchers exchange ideas at a poster session at a previous BIOAg Symposium at Washington State University. Exploring the link between health and agriculture, researchers at Washington State University's Center for Sustaining Agriculture and…
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Go to college to live longer? WSU economist receives grant to study health effects of higher learning

WSU economist will use a new grant to examine whether more education can actually contribute to better health later in life.
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Grower, science partnership fuels future of hay

CAHNRS Dean André-Denis Wright, center, with Washington State Haygrowers Association President Shawn Clausen, CAHNRS researchers, and Association members at the Northwest Hay Expo. Showcasing the fertile results of their partnership with growers, hay scientists and…
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Changing lives for better health: WSU Extension celebrates 50th anniversary of Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

Extension team marks 50th year of nutrition program that boosts health, fights obesity

Campus visit could lead to new partnerships

Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz visited the WSU Pullman campus to talk with SOE faculty, Dean Wright
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Blueprint for plant immune response found, unlocking potential for increased disease resistance in crops

WSU researchers have discovered how plants respond to disease-causing organisms, leading the way to potential breakthroughs in breeding resistance.
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Research review builds on CAHNRS wheat, barley partnerships

Members of the Washington Grain Commission join CAHNRS for a welcome session prior to the annual review.   CAHNRS Dean André-Denis Wright joined members of the Washington Grain Commission at their annual review of commission-endowed…
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Biological Systems Engineering scientist receives Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award

Yang, associate professor of biological systems engineering at WSU Tri-Cities, will conduct research and teach for six months at Aalto University in Finland through the Fulbright program. By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities Bin Yang, an…
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Temple Grandin, WSU experts to share knowledge at Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool

Temple Grandin, internationally famed professor of animal science, will give the keynote address at the Country Expo and cattle producers' winter school. Internationally famed animal scientist Temple Grandin will join Washington State University researchers and…
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For families impacted by foster care, new model is promising solution

New research lead by WSU Human Development scientist shows long-term mentoring model used by non-profit Friends of the Children is a promising solution for families impacted by foster care.
Farmer using tablet computer on harvest field.

Snohomish Extension class series helps grow profitable farms

Farming is more than a lifestyle or a job—it's a business venture that demands skills and knowledge for success. To help new and current farmers gain skills in business planning and direct marketing, Washington State…
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Pioneering WSU scientist recognized for innovation in AI, ‘Internet of Things’

Named a 2019 Pioneer by Connected World, WSU scientist Manoj Karkee develops machines and software that improve the way we grow our food. Discovering new ways for machines to boost productivity and conserve resources on…
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Northwest Farm Credit Services’ $250,000 donation supports postharvest advances for tree fruit industry

Northwest Farm Credit Services supports WSU Tree Fruit advances with a recent $250,000 contribution. The donation was presented in 2018 to CAHNRS and WSU. Helping Pacific Northwest growers deliver plentiful, sustainable fruit crops to consumers…
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WSU Extension brings forestry experts together at annual workshop, Spokane Foresters Roundtable

Washington Department of Natural Resources staff member Amy Ramsey discusses forest health at past Extension Forestry workshop. Northeast Washington and northern Idaho foresters can share ideas, learn best practices and network with experts and professionals at…
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Wishing you a happy holiday season from CAHNRS

The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences celebrated the season at its annual holiday gathering in historic Ensminger Pavilion.
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Award allows for research on crop spray residue

WSU’s Lav Khot will look to reduce reliance on broad spectrum pesticides that result in residues on food with an award from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research.
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Pioneering scientist’s legacy brings revolutionary wheat ideas to life

Created to spur basic and applied research into crop yields, the Vogel Wheat Research Fund has become an important nursery for new ideas.
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New Postharvest Endowed Chair Carolina Torres to help growers solve challenges, bloom to table

As new Endowed Chair in Tree Fruit Postharvest Systems, WSU alumna Carolina Torres will lead an internationally renowned research program in Washington apples, cherries, pears and stone fruit. Horticulturist and Washington State University alumna Carolina…
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WSU’s highest honor for famed plant pathologist R. James Cook

WSU President Kirk Schulz, emeritus professor R. James Cook, and CAHNRS Dean André-Denis Wright gather prior to a ceremony recognizing Cook with an honorary doctoral degree at 2018 Fall Commencement. Plant pathologist, emeritus professor and…
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With genome tools, scientists solving inbreeding barrier to more sustainable, nutritious hay

Using powerful computers and genome sequencers in their Washington State University lab, scientists Deven See and Zhiwu Zhang are part of a national team solving genetic hurdles to better alfalfa (Seth Truscott-WSU Photo). Helping provide…
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Dean, scientists share research and Extension supporting Northwest berry industry

André-Denis Wright, Dean of CAHNRS, joins Randy Honcoop, research chair with the Washington Red Raspberry Commission, Adam Enfield, raspberry farmer and commission member, and Chad Kruger, director of the WSU Northwestern Washington Research & Extension…
A line of growers and researchers take in a talk at an outdoor field day.

New mulch ideas could help curb our addiction to plastic

Growers and researchers gather in Ferndale, Wash., during the Technology Adoption Working Group's Biodegradable Mulch Field Day. WSU researcher Jessica Goldberger leads the group, which works to study the impacts and acceptance of degradable plastic…
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Soil scientist David Brown named new AgWeatherNet Director

Visiting an automated weather station at Prosser, Wash., David Brown, new director of WSU's AgWeatherNet, will lead efforts to enhance the weather station network for growers and scientists (WSU Photo-Karen Kniep Blanton). Helping growers and…
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Paid maternity leave makes happier moms

Paid maternity leave for working mothers improves the mental health of the mother, according to a recent paper from a WSU scientist.
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Emotional suppression has negative outcomes on children

New research from a WSU scientist shows it’s better to express negative emotions in a healthy way in front of your children than to tamp them down.
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Extension workshop to help Spokane-area families preserve, pass on their forests, farmlands

WSU Forester Andy Perleberg leads a land tour as part of an Extension workshop. Extension helps landowners preserve and pass on their forest lands at a Dec. 14 event in Spokane. Helping landowning families in…
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Beekeeper continues tradition of donations

Retired beekeeper Eric Olson made another donation to support the WSU honey bee research program to Dean Wright, Provost Bernardo, and others.
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WSU Bread Lab’s first culinary director connecting chefs, farmers through food

Crafting new foods and flavors that help Northwest grains and chefs thrive, Niels Brisbane is culinary director of the Bread Lab, Washington State University's center for research on bread and grains. (Photography by Suzi Pratt).…
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Shedding light on the world of fungi: Society Fellow Lori Carris

Lori Carris, professor and teacher in plant pathology, visits with undergraduate researcher Sylena Harper, in a project studying how fungus can help fight off devastating mites that harm honey bees. Carris is one of three…

New technology spins second life for ‘wasted’ textiles

Hang Liu, assistant professor in Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles, right, demonstrates use of a wet spinning machine in her lab, turning cotton waste into new fibers. She is assisted by student researchers Wangcheng Liu,…
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Dean, Animal Sciences faculty build student, research connections at convention

Scientists sharing CAHNRS research improving the cattle industry at the 93rd Cattlemen's Association meeting: From left, Scot Hulbert, Interim Associate Dean of Research, Animal Sciences Chair Kris Johnson, Dean André-Denis Wright, and Professor Holly Neibergs…

Students gain career skills at Agriculture Future of America Leader’s Conference

CAHNRS students attending the 2018 Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Leader’s Conference in Kansas City, Mo., are, from left, front row, Rebeca Velasquez, Emma Winker, Megan Gould, Andrew Gutierrez, Kayla Beechinor, Elea Van Weerdhuizen, Macy…
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Pruning tour offers hands-on lessons, shaping WA 38 trees for best growth

Stefano Musacchi, WSU Endowed Chair of Tree Fruit Physiology and Management, kicks off the Nov. 5 WA 38 pruning tour at Strand Orchards in Tieton, where he shared techniques for longterm orchard strengths (Seth Truscott-WSU…

Washington Red Raspberry Commission presents check for endowed chair

WSU alumni & raspberry farmers Adam and Julie Enfield joined WSU dignitaries like CAHNRS Dean Wright to present a $1.5 million check for the endowed chair.
Jaeckel, holding a shovel, and Finch, behind him, kneel along a bed of lettuce in a hoophouse.

WSU compost facility earns organic registration from Washington Dept. of Agriculture

Brad Jaeckel, manager of the WSU Eggert Family Organic Farm, and Rick Finch, manager of WSU Facilities Operations Waste Management, inspect young produce being grown for the first time with WSU organic compost this fall…
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Through art, Extension partnership helps rural kids, communities explore science, animal health

Children in Buena, Wash., create art that introduces them to concepts in science, medicine and health this fall, as part of WSU's Health-sciences Education through Arts-based Learning partnership, or HEAL (Photo by Kaitlyn Luedke).  …
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Animal Sciences seminar shares how dog genome insights fight cancer, protect human health

Dr. Elaine Ostrander Distinguished geneticist Elaine Ostrander shares how insights into the genome of dogs can help fight cancer and unravel complexities in human disease, at an upcoming seminar, 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at…
Amid a corridor of metal cases, Hayes holds a large, hairy spider in one hand, extending a finger to touch the spider's extended leg.

Season of the spider: WSU scientists ease fears over arachnids of autumn

Abigail Hayes, graduate student and curator of Washington State University's Richard S. Zack Living Arthropod Collection, gets a "high-five" from Arachne, a four-year-old, captive bred tarantula. Hayes shows Arachne at public events to help decrease…
Head and shoulders photo of Wright and McGrath, in sunny hallway.

Dean shares lessons with next generation of AgForestry leaders

CAHNRS Dean André-Denis Wright prepares to speak to members of the AgForestry Leadership course at Washington State University. Few things affect the lives of Northwest residents more than our food, environment, and economy. To keep…
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National tour shares up-close look at Cosmic Crisp®, WSU hops

WSU Tree Fruit Extension Specialist Karen Lewis shares characteristics of the new WA 38 apple with visitors from a national agriculture departments tour, Oct. 1 at Roza Research Orchard in Prosser, Wash. The tour took…
Glass mugs of apple cider sit on a table next two a couple of apples.

Grant supports improving cider industry — ‘Apple to Glass’

A grant from the USDA will allow researchers to work with orchardists and cider makers to develop the best apples and ciders.
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With farm boxes, Extension connects rural families, farms and retailers for better health

Erik Olson of Well Fed Farms in Skagit County fills a box of fresh produce. In WSU Extension’s Farm Fresh Food Box pilot project, local farms partner with small retailers to help families access better…

Save the date: WSU Wheat Academy shares science behind better grain production

Grain scientists at Washington State University will share some of the latest discoveries in wheat breeding, disease and pest management, and production innovations at the annual Wheat Academy, Dec. 11 and 12, 2018, in Pullman.…
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2018 WSU Women in Ag Conference to build financial fitness

Women across the Northwest can learn to be financially strong leaders in farming at the upcoming 2018 Women in Agriculture Conference, organized by Washington State University. The conference is Saturday, Oct. 27, at 34 locations…
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Extension course teaches forest owners to preserve their land for generations

Forest owners learn how to mark trees for thinning at an Extension Forestry planning workshop in Okanogan County (WSU Photo). Woodland owners in Central Washington can learn how to protect and pass their forests on…