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Dec. 21 – 28

Posted by | December 28, 2009

Thursday’s Seattle Times included a guest opinion article by Howard Grimes on the importance of adapting to changing climates in order to provide food and fuel for the world.

On Wednesday the Othello Outlook reported that the WSU Center for Risk Management Education has received a USDA grant to develop and deliver a curriculum for beginning farmers in a six-state region.

On Christmas day the online news service,, published a story about Gary Chastagner and his Christmas tree research.

The Issaquah Press reported on Tuesday that the King County Council has approved funding to keep the King County 4-H program afloat in 2010.

On Wednesday the Tacoma News Tribune reported that the 30-year old Pierce County Extension Food Safety Advisor Program was among the programs eliminated due to county budget reductions.

Tuesday’s Colville Statesman-Examiner reported that, while the Stevens County budget hasn’t been finalized, commissioners have found funding for Stevens County Extension and the fairgrounds.

An article in Sunday’s Fredrick News Post (Maryland) about the problems facing local dairy farmers cited Jude Capper‘s research on reductions in the industry’s carbon footprint due to improved productivity.

The online newspaper, Food Safety News, on Wednesday published its annual food safety “naughty” list that included WSU for attempting to remove “Omnivore’s Dilemma” from its common reading program.

The Daily Score blog, on the Sightline Institute web site, reported Tuesday on the WSU Extension Energy Program‘s use of block grant funds to employ Resource Conservation Managers to teach energy efficiency.

A story in Wednesday’s Vancouver Columbian reported on plans for a community energy efficiency pilot project funded with a grant from the WSU Extension Energy Program.

An item in the Wednesday Columbian‘s “Your Neighborhood” column told of Clark College students assisting Clark County Extension’s Food Sense and 4-H coordinator Jodee Nickel and local Master Gardeners in working on a local community garden (third item).

Wednesday’s Kitsap Sun reported on the success of a community garden being managed by Kitsap County Extension and local Master Gardeners that has delivered 3,000 pounds of food to Kitsap Helpline.

Linda Chalker-Scott was the information source for an article in Saturday’s Nevada Appeal (Carson City) on why fertilizer injections into trees may be harmful to the trees.

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