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Feb. 28 – Mar. 6

Posted by | March 7, 2011

On Thursday the online edition of the Puget Sound Business Journal reported on WSU’s application for federal grants to establish regional research centers for the study of tree- and plant-based aviation fuels.

This week’s Western Farmer-Stockman reported on the USDA grant awarded to University of Idaho, WSU and OSU to study climate change impacts on grain production.

A guest op/ed piece in Saturday’s Seattle Times by WSU’s Jeffrey Sanders traces the state’s small farms/local food trend to its beginnings in eastern Washington, leading to WSU establishing the first organic agriculture degree program.

Wednesday’s Tacoma News Tribune reported on efforts to make Tacoma an international center for clean water technology, citing the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center as one of the community resources contributing to the effort.

Wednesday’s Everett Herald featured a story on WSU Beach Watcher Barbara Brock being named Island County Coastal Volunteer of the Year.

On Tuesday the Everett Herald announced the “Explore Puget Sound in Depth” lecture series being presented by WSU Snohomish County Beach Watchers.

Saturday’s Everett Herald included a story promoting the annual Growing Groceries learning fair cosponsored by WSU Snohomish County Extension.

On Thursday the Spokesman Review reported on volunteer efforts led by Diana Roberts by reduce noxious weeds and maintain public lands adjacent to Spokane’s High Drive.

Lynn Carpenter-Boggs is among those quoted in a Thursday San Francisco Chronicle article on using composted manures in gardening.

The Dairy Herd Network web site on Wednesday announced a California conservation cropping conference with Andy McGuire as one of the featured speakers.–117283913.html

An Associated Press story appearing in several publications advising gardeners on using close cropping to gain garden space includes advice from Linda Chalker-Scott.

Tuesday’s Port Townsend Leader included an announcement of a presentation by Katherine Baril on food security and land use to the Jefferson County Planning Commission.

In this week’s Capital Press:

“FDA approves new processing system”

“Black stem rust woes loom”

“Procedure disinfects organic produce”

Study finds that pigmented potatoes promote nutrition”

“Study: Railcar fleet in jeopardy”

“Cover crops thirst for more study”

“Research weighs soil amendments”

“Workshop to explore westside wine options”

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

“WSU economist finds nation’s railcar fleet in jeopardy”

“Cherry Website Launched”

“Sweet Cherry Research Website Part 2”

“Campaign for Tree Fruit”

“Campaign for Tree Fruit Part 2”

“Rural Washington Conference 2011”

“Utilizing Biochar”

News Releases:

“Webinar Focuses on Turf Grass Fertilization”

“Free Pesticide Licensing Classes Offered in Rochester”