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Jan. 7 – 14

Posted by | January 14, 2008

The tornado that touched down in Clark County on Thursday afternoon hit the WSU Vancouver Research and Extension Unit in Hazel Dell. No one was injured but the building and some vehicles sustained damage.

Thursday’s Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that legislation will be introduced this session aimed at getting more locally produced food into schools and providing $4 million to expedite the effort.

Economist Dave Holland’s 2006 research was cited in a Sunday Tri-City Herald article on the impacts of the recent increase in the state’s minimum wage.

Gov. Chris Gregoire announced on Wednesday that she was betting Cougar Gold cheese against Wisconsin’s governor on the Seahawks in Saturday’s playoff game against Green Bay. The story was carried by several media outlets in Washington and in Wisconsin, including the Capital Times in Madison.

A Wall Street Journal article on Wednesday about an Michigan Technological University professor researching bear bones discusses his teaming up with WSU’s bear research program to further his research.

An Associated Press story that appeared in Wednesday’s USA Today and other media on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considering declaring the pygmy rabbit an endangered species referenced WSU’s role in trying to reintroduce the rabbits to their native habitat.

Wednesday’s East Oregonian (Pendleton) included a brief story on Don Nelson’s receipt of an Ag Pilot grant to explore using Conservation Reserve Program land for a vertically integrated grass-fed beef program.

Tuesday’s Yakima Herald-Republic reports that Benton County Commissioners have agreed to make ventilation repairs to the Kennewick annex vacated because of air quality problems. Some Extension offices are located in the annex.

Bill Gillis is quoted in a Monday Columbia Basin Herald article about the kickoff meeting of the Adams County Development Council. Gillis was one of the speakers at the gathering that drew some 90 people.

In this week’s Capital Press: A report on agricultural issues before this session of the state Legislature (article below); a profile of NWREC’s Debra Inglis; and a story on Don Nelson’s Ag Pilot grant to research using land in the state Conservation Reserve Program for a vertically integrated grass-fed beef program.

News releases: “WSU Receives $81,000 Ag Pilots Grant,” “Business Planning Course Available for Westside Farmers and Growers,” “WSU Snohomish County Extension Offers Opportunity for Climate Change Discussion,” and “WSU Snohomish County 4-H Youth Restoring Mouse Creek for Salmon Habitat.”