Research team working to update decades-old vineyard nutrition guidelines, improve grape tissue sampling

Vineyard soils require adequate nutrients for growing healthy grapes, but testing plants for nutrients is a cumbersome, outdated process that takes considerable time and effort. A four-year, $4.75 million Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) USDA-NIFA grant will fund a national team of researchers and extension educators to improve plant testing and fertilizer recommendations for grape […]

A young man in a blue shirt checks grapevine leaves with a woman in a hat and glasses between bright green vineyard rows.

Trick-or-Treat Yourself: Pumpkin ice cream available at Ferdinand’s

It’s sweet, it’s orange, and it’s here while supplies last: pumpkin ice cream is now available at Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe. The first step in making pumpkin ice cream is mixing the ingredients together: raw milk, cream, sugar, dry milk, corn syrup solids, and a stabilizer. They’re mixed into the pasteurizer vat and the soon-to-be […]

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Master Gardener volunteers awarded for helping grow program opportunities

Two volunteers and one WSU faculty member were awarded for their service with WSU Extension’s Master Gardener Program on Friday, October 1 by the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington state. Island County resident C-J Nielsen was recognized as the 2021 Master Gardener of the year for her commitment and leadership to the program. Nielson served […]

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Power of the puff: food scientist wins association award

If you’ve ever had breakfast cereals or puffed snacks, chances are you’ve enjoyed a product made with extrusion processing. Extrusion uses high pressure and temperature to transform raw ingredients like cornmeal, wheat or pea flour into different shapes for snacking in seconds. “Pet food, snacks, and many of the foods in our daily lives are […]

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Freshman year switch to plant science leads to Wine Spectator Student of the Year honor

Megan Meharg came to Washington State University with plans to become a veterinarian. In a freshman class that explored both animal and plant science, she realized she wanted to switch sides. “I had planned a…

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Students explore modern agriculture tech with new WSU IAREC internship

PROSSER, Wash. – Six students from two Hispanic-serving institutions in Yakima Valley explored careers in agriculture research through a new summer internship program at Washington State University’s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC). Hispanic-serving institutions – or HSIs – are colleges and universities where Hispanic students comprise at least 25% of the student population. […]

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WSU students demonstrate how terrain affects wine taste with new Rieslings

PROSSER, Wash. – Small changes in vineyard location and geography can impact the flavor of wine. To test this, three Washington State University Viticulture & Enology students crafted two Riesling wines from grapes harvested on opposite sides of Lake Chelan. “We wanted to understand how climatic differences affected the growth of Riesling grapes and the […]

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New $1.7 million grant will support youth affected by trauma

A $1.7 million grant from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network will fund mental health services for children affected by trauma in six elementary schools in Washington state for five years. “The single greatest public health benefit for children exposed to trauma is to increase opportunities for youth to succeed in schools,” said Natalie Turner-Depue, […]

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Ruth Wylie cuts grand opening ribbon to new Headhouse

Washington State University faculty, Skagit Valley leaders, and local community members gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the Ruth Wylie Headhouse at the WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (NWREC) in Mount Vernon, Wa. Named for WSU alumna Ruth Wylie, who graduated from WSU in 1950 with a business degree, the new headhouse […]

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WSU students focused on grapes and wine awarded $41,000 in scholarships

Students from WSU’s Viticulture & Enology program, the Department of Horticulture, and the School of Food Science have been awarded $41,000 in scholarships for the 2021 – 22 school year. Annette Loring, Danielle Fox, Bailey Hallwachs, Heather Carbon, Bernadette Gagnier, and Alexa McDaniel all received scholarships from the Washington Wine Industry Foundation (WWIF), a nonprofit […]

A woman in a white shirt and jeans pulls a silver device from the ground as she stands near a line of green grapevines.