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Feb. 21 – 27

Posted by | February 28, 2011

A Seattle Times editorial on Tuesday offering suggestions on changes in state budgeting suggested that the revenue from a proposed elimination of a tax break on farms with gross receipts above $2 million be redirected to fund agricultural research at WSU.

The business web site on Thursday posted a story on how elimination of federal earmarks would affect spending for innovation research in Washington state, including research funds for WSU.

Wednesday’s Tri-City Herald reported on Richland City Council discussion on creating a public development authority to help WSU build a wine science center at the Tri-Cities campus.

On Monday Food Production Daily reported on a paper published in the journal Food Policy by researchers led by Trenton Smith that advocates the creation of an independent U.S. food standards agency.

The South Sound Business Examiner on Thursday reported on Ken Casavant‘s research on the state of the nation’s freight railway car fleet.

The trade web site on Friday also posted a story on the study by Ken Casavant and others on the freight railway car fleet.–25875

The website reported on the announcement of USDA grants to research the effects of climate change, including the $20 million award to University of Idaho, WSU and OSU to study climate change and grains.

The California Aggie, the UC Davis campus newspaper, published a guest commentary on Thursday in response to articles advocating meatless Mondays and vegetarianism that cites Jude Capper‘s research comparing the environmental impacts of grain-fed and grass-fed beef cattle.

The Columbia Basin Herald on Saturday included a story announcing the Rural Washington Conference cosponsored by the WSU Horizons Program.

A news release published Thursday on the web site announced that the Weed Science Society of America is hosting a seminar in Washington DC featuring Richard Mack as part of its Invasive Species Awareness Week.

Thursday’s Everett Herald reported on WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Growing Groceries educational event and the availability of scholarships through the local Master Gardener Foundation for community garden projects.

An article in Tuesday’s Waterville Morning Sentinel (Maine) on plans for the annual Maine Kneading Conference mentions that Steve Jones is organizing the first ever Kneading Conference West at Mount Vernon in September.

Sunday’s St. Louis Post Dispatch included an Associated Press story originally published in the Seattle Times about dealing with moles that includes comments by Dave Pehling.

In this week’s Capital Press:

“Universities worry about cuts in research funding”

“PNW climate change research funded

“Cherry website launched”

Aired last week by the N.W. Ag Information Network:

“Dean emphasizes connection between large federal grant and state funding of ag research”

“20-million dollars to study climate change and cereal production in the PNW”

“USDA research priorities”

“Stripe rust developing in PNW”

News Releases:

“Stemless Cherry Project Reaches Milestones, Launches New Web Site”

“Washington State Military Kids and Families Summit”

“WSU Economist Finds Nation’s Railcar Fleet in Jeopardy, Impacting Environment and Shipments of Goods”

“Statewide Rural Conference to Focus on Boosting Economic Development”