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Posted by | February 23, 2009

A University of California – Davis news release issued Thursday on the discovery of a gene that should protect wheat from stripe rust mentions that WSU/ARS scientist Xianming Chen was part of the international research team.

Tuesday’s Christian Science Monitor used the efforts to restore the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit to its natural habitat as an example in a story on how policy decisions affect public lands in the west.

Sunday’s Bellingham Herald reported that the Whatcom County Small Business Development Center is changing its name and dropping its affiliation with SBDC network administered by WSU.

The Longview Daily News on Sunday reported on efforts by Cowlitz County
Extension and 4-H
to help rescue horses being abandoned by owners because of the recession and high cost of feed.

On Friday, the N.W. Ag Information Network aired an interview with Whitman County Extension’s Steve VanVleet about the impact that state budget cuts could have on extension education and research programs.

Saturday’s Ellensburg Daily Record reported on how state budget cuts might affect local and statewide extension programs.

Thursday’s Spokesman Review included a story on the senior nutrition program of Spokane County Extension’s Food$ense program. (Subscription is required to view the entire article.)

Saturday’s Tri-city Herald included a story about the upcoming Spring Garden Days event being sponsored by Benton/Franklin Master Gardeners.

The Fruit Grower Report of the N.W. Ag Information Network aired an interview on Friday with Naidu Rayapati on grape leaf roll disease.

Last week’s Ag Weekly reported on the release of three new potato varieties developed by the Tri-state Potato Variety Program in which WSU is involved.

Ag Weekly also published our story about the upcoming WSU Learning Center/NWREC cider-making workshop in Mount Vernon.

Friday’s Vancouver Business Journal included a story about real estate developers’ concerns about Dept. of Ecology storm runoff regulations that cites data provided by Clark County Extension on runoff quantities.

Kitsap County Extension’s Gayle Alleman was quoted in a story in Thursday’s Central Kitsap Reporter (Silverdale) on the decline in the county’s farmland despite the increased demand for locally produced food.

Friday’s Peninsula Gateway (Gig Harbor) reported on plans for a Master Gardener demonstration garden in the new Sehmel Homestead Park that is scheduled to open this summer.

In her regular guest column in Tuesday’s Yakima Herald Republic, Extension’s Sheila Ryan wrote about how to eat a heart healthy diet.

In this week’s Capital Press

News Releases

  • “Soil Physicist to Present Campbell Lecture on March 2”
  • “Getting Serious about Cider-making”
  • “Blueberry Workshop Slated for Eastern Washington Growers”