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Dec. 17 – 21

Posted by | December 17, 2007

A news conference was held in Pasco Tuesday to announce a $967,000 grant from the Gates Foundation to WSU Extension for the Pathways project to increase literacy among Latino childcare workers. The Tri-City Herald was among the local media to cover the announcement.

Wednesday’s Tri-City Herald reported that the Tri-Cities area economy is the fastest growing in the state, and that increased employment at the WSU Tri-Cities campus contributed to local nonfarm job growth.

On Tuesday KHQ-TV (Spokane) reported that Sen. Patty Murray had included federal funding for a number of eastern Washington priorities, including WSU and agricultural research projects, in the spending bill approved by Congress.

Tuesday’s Yakima Herald-Republic included an editorial on the state of the economy based on the presentation at the WSU Economic Outlook and Issues Conference by Chang Mook Sohn of the state Revenue Forecast Council.

Economist Tom Marsh is quoted in an article in Thursday’s Spokane Journal of Business on whether wheat prices will remain strong into next year.

On Tuesday Seattle NPR station KUOW’s talk show, The Conversation, interviewed Tom Marsh about the reasons behind record high wheat prices and what they mean for Washington wheat farmers. (No link available).

Research by WSU pharmaceutical sciences associate professor Neal Davies has found that organic lemonade and other citrus and fruit juices are significantly higher in anti-oxidants than conventionally grown fruit. The findings were reported by the Environmental News Network, among other media.

David Granatstein is among those quoted in a Thursday Associated Press story on how the high demand for organic milk is forcing dairies to import questionable organic feed from China.

Sunnyside dairy farm manager Jon Wheeler penned an opinion piece that appeared in Thursday’s Seattle Post Intelligencer contending that organic milk production is less environmentally friendly than conventional production.

In this week’s Capital Press: A story on the paper written by Steve Fransen and Ned Zaugg on the potential for and ways to test for potential spontaneous combustion in flood-dampened hay; and a story on a group of Skagit, Snohomish and King County 4-H club members who traveled to Lewis County to help with clean up on the Dykstra dairy farm.