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Aug. 11 – 18

Posted by | August 18, 2008

Today’s Everett Herald included a story on the value of farm tourism based on the WSU Snohomish County Extension workshop last Monday on how to develop a corn maze.

Seattle’s KOMO-TV also covered the corn maze workshop.

Thursday’s Spokane Journal of Business quotes Dan Bernardo in an article on the efforts of WSU and University of Idaho to recruit students to their agriculture schools.

A feature in the Sunday Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine on a pig sanctuary in Arlington quotes animal scientist Ruth Newberry.

Another Sunday Pacific Northwest Magazine article about River Valley Cheese near Snoqualmie mentions that the business got a boost from participating in last year’s CAHNRS/Extension event at Benaroya Hall.

An Associated Press story on the challenges to startup farmers includes comments from the WSU Small Farms Program’s Clayton Burrows.

Wednesday’s Seattle Times was among the media reporting on the merger of the WSU and University of Idaho food science departments.

Tuesday’s SeedQuest published the story on Steve Jones’ participation in a multi-nation $9 million grant to improve production efficiency for wheat.

Wednesday’s Bellingham Herald included a brief story on WSU Beach Watchers giving out crab pot escape cords to help cut the loss of crabs in lost crab pots.

On Tuesday the Wood Products Council issued a news release announcing a partnership with Cal Poly that mentions that WSU will be one of the participating universities in developing educational courses on uses of wood in nonresidential design.

A story on the Web site Villagesoup.com about the Organic Seed Alliance recounts some of the history of William Jasper Spillman founding WSU’s wheat breeding program and quotes Steve Jones.

Snohomish County Extension’s Dave Pehling is among those quoted in a Monday Everett Herald article on keeping raccoons out of homes and gardens.

Last Sunday’s Baltimore Sun was the latest newspaper to publish the Associated Press story with Ann Kennedy on the importance of retaining crop residues for soil health.

Whitman County Extension’s Steve Van Vleet and Garfield Extension’s Dave Bragg are among those quoted in an Associated Press article from Aug. 9 on the grasshopper infestation in parts of eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

This week in the Capital Press: A story on Matt Whiting’s research at IAREC on mechanical sweet cherry harvesting; a related story on orchardists’ efforts to boost production in which Whiting also is quoted; the Associated Press story about the grasshopper infestation in which Steve Van Vleet and Dave Bragg are quoted; and the AP story on the merging of the WSU and UI food science departments.

News releases: “WSU Wheat Breeder Will Partner in $9 Million EU Grant,” “Shitake Mushroom Cultivation to be Featured at Forest Field Day, August 23,” “Sustainable Small Farming & Ranching Courses this Fall in Washington and Idaho,” and “University of Idaho, Washington State University Merging Food Science Departments to Create New School.”