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Jan. 14 – 21

Posted by | January 21, 2008

A news release issued on Wednesday announced that Pace International has acquired FruitGard LLC. The release says that WSU will continue to receive royalties for the products Raynox and RainGard that are patented by the WSU Research Foundation and exclusively licensed to FruitGard.

The Washington Technology Center announced awards of eight research grants, including one in which IAREC’s Kerry Ringer will collaborate with the firm Columbia PhytoTechnology on food ingredient dehydration technology. The Vancouver (Wash.) Business Journal was among media carrying the story.

Sunday’s Tri-City Herald reports on sightings of what may be wild pygmy rabbits in the vicinity of the Hanford reservation. The article mentions WSU’s role in reintroducing them to their natural habitat.

Friday’s Tri-City Herald included coverage of the state Hay Growers Association annual conference at which WSU extension economist Shannon Neibergs spoke about the current strong hay and alfalfa markets.

Saturday’s Daily Olympian included an article about nine months of local gardening classes being offered by the WSU Mason County Master Gardeners because of local demand.

Don Tapio is quoted in a Saturday Aberdeen Daily World article on the presence of silver-spotted tiger moth larvae in local fir trees despite cold temperatures.

Wednesday’s Western Farmer-Stockman published the story about Don Nelson winning a state Ag Pilot grant to explore using Conservation Reserve Program land to pasture grass-fed beef cattle.

An article in Saturday’s Ellensburg Daily Record invited the public to a reception for the three candidates for the Kittitas County 4-H educator position, and included their biographical summaries.

An article in the Snohomish County edition of the Seattle Times on a series of county meetings on the future of farming also promoted the Country Living Expo held Saturday sponsored by Extension and the WSU Livestock Master Foundation.

IAREC agronomist Stephen Kenny is quoted in Tuesday’s Daily Tarheel, the newspaper of the University of North Carolina, in an article on how a worldwide hops shortage is driving up beer prices.

An article in California Farmer about the upcoming California Garlic and Onion Symposium to be held in Tulare, CA will include WSU plant pathologist Hanu Pappu as one of the featured speakers.

In this week’s Capital Press: An article on WSU’s “wish list” for the current legislative session (below); Chris Feise is quoted in a story on Gov. Gregoire’s climate change legislative proposals; and Chad Kruger is the source for a story on the unintended consequences of crop shifts driven by “biofuel-mania.”

News releases: “Does Your Forestland Qualify for a Tax Break?” and “Especialista en la Agricultura al Valor Agregado Trabaja en el Centro de Investigación y Extensión del Noroeste de Washington (NWREC), de la Universidad del Estado de Washington (WSU), campus Mount Vernon” (Spanish version of the news release announcing Hector Saez starting as BIOAg value-added specialist at NWREC).