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Posted by | February 11, 2008

A New York Times article on Friday reports on two studies that found that the biofuels used today cause more greenhouse-gas emissions than conventional fuels when all factors are taken into account.

Thursday’s Yakima Herald-Republic and Tri-City Herald both reported the announcement of the WSU partnership with the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center to be built in Prosser with quotes from Dan Bernardo.

The business section of Tuesday’s Seattle Post Intelligencer featured a story on Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery CEO Ted Baseler and the success of the Washington wine industry.

Today’s Vancouver Columbian reports on the efforts of Stephen Bollens, director of sciences at WSU Vancouver, to promote development of an environmental sciences center in the community of Ridgefield.

Reports by Associated Press and TV Washington on a first-of-its-kind patient safety agreement between the nurses’ unions and the state Hospital Association credit the WSU/UW Ruckelshaus Center with helping put together the pact. A news release from Gov. Gregoire’s office also thanks the Ruckelshaus Center for its role in the agreement.

An editorial column in Friday’s Seattle Times reported on the visit of David Dicks, director of the Puget Sound Partnership, to the WSU Beach Watchers’ annual Sound Waters University educational event in Coupeville.

A guest article in the Wednesday Whidbey News-Times also reported on Dicks attendance at Sound Waters University. Dicks referred to the program a model for the rest of Puget Sound.

An Associated Press story on the career of Seattle attorney Bill Marler, “the undisputed king of food poisoning litigation,” appeared in several newspapers.

John Reganold is quoted in a brief item in the latest Mother Earth News on differences in topsoil quality at two nearly identical farms, one using conventional practices and the other farmed organically.

Don McMoran is quoted discussing the role of local farmers in helping increase the population of trumpeter swans appearing in Snohomish County.

Last Sunday’s Tri-City Herald reported on the success of trials in which extension’s Tim Waters was involved in growing high-quality peanuts in the Columbia Basin.

The publication SeedQuest on Tuesday published on its web site our news release about the threat of snow mold in winter wheat.

A Tuesday story in the Las Cruces Sun-News on research at New Mexico State University on growing poplar trees in the state mentions that the university’s Agricultural Science Center will be working with WSU’s Jon Johnson and GreenWood Resources on using poplar to produce cellulosic ethanol.

In this week’s Capital Press: An Associated Press story reporting on a new study showing that the state’s grape growing industry contributed $3 billion to the state’s economy in 2006; a feature on Hector Saez joining the faculty at NWREC; a story on the upcoming Oregon Cranberry Growers’ annual Cranberry School mentions that Kim Patten will be one of the featured speakers; and the announcement that Tonie Fitzgerald is the new Master Gardeners program leader.