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Aug. 25 – Sept. 2

Posted by | September 2, 2008

On Tuesday KING-TV, Seattle aired a story about how the WSU Snohomish County Extension Farmer-to-Farmer workshops are sharing the expertise of long time farmers with those entering the business.

The weekly Whidbey Examiner (Coupeville) reported on Don Meehan stepping down as director of Island County Extension and on his legacy of service.

An investigative report on KIRO-TV (Seattle) on Thursday regarding homes suffering rot due to moisture in the walls featured the Extension Energy Program’s Gary Nordeen discussing possible causes.

A story in the Thursday Holmen Courier (Wisconsin) relied on WSU Extension family life specialist Kenn Barber for expertise on using guidance and discipline rather than punishment to teach kids appropriate behavior.

Seattle wine and food writer Ronald Holden wrote about “A Taste of WSU at Benaroya Hall” on Saturday on his web site,

Thursday’s SeedQuest included the story of Steve Jones being named the new director of the Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center at Mount Vernon.

A recent Tacoma News Tribune story about the Auburn School District’s Kids Summer Food Academy quotes King County Extension’s Carey Thornton commenting on the value of kids growing and harvest their own vegetables.

Monday’s Wenatchee World included a brief item about the merger of the WSU and University of Idaho food science departments.

On Tuesday the organization Citizens Against Government Waste issued its analysis of the 2009 Agriculture Appropriations Bill for pork barrel spending, including an appropriation by senators Murray and Cantwell for the Wine Grape Foundation Block at WSU on its list of “pork.”

Saturday’s Tri-City Herald carried a guest article by Extension’s Marianne Ophardt on lawn fertilization and describing one of her “fantasy pranks.”

The Yakima Herald-Republic on Tuesday included a guest article by Yakima County Extension’s Sheila Ryan on safe methods to preserve homemade salsa.

Wednesday’s Seattle Times included a mention of the “A Taste of WSU at Benaroya Hall” event.

The Snoqualmie Valley Record on Wednesday published a story about King County Extension’s annual Harvest Celebration plans.

In this week’s Capital Press: A story on the merging of the WSU and U of I food science departments, a story on the WSU Livestock Advisors Program featuring the experience of one if its graduates, U of I crop specialist Stephen Guy who is moving to WSU is quoted in an article on the prospects for growing camelina in dryland areas, and a story on grape research being done by the Northwest Grape Foundation at the WSU IAREC in Prosser.

Coming Up

KUOW Radio, the NPR affiliate in Seattle, will air a series of reports on agriculture titled “Sweet Earth: Lessons from the Land” during the week of Sept. 15. Dan Bernardo and David Granatstein were interviewed for the series. It also will be posted at