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July 26 – Aug. 1

Posted by | August 2, 2010

Sunday’s Bellingham Herald reported on severe crop losses to several local organic farmers and gardeners due to the use of compost contaminated with the herbicide aminopyralid.

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2010/08/01/1551497/agriculture-herbicide-tainted.html

Saturday’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported on Matt Carroll‘s research on developing community-level strategies for becoming more self-sufficient and adaptive in dealing with potential wildfires.

http://www.dnews.com/story/local/53929/

The environmental industry publication Environmental Protection is the latest to publish a story on Jude Capper’s study finding that productivity advances have reduced the carbon footprint of U.S. beef production.

http://eponline.com/articles/2010/07/26/beef-production-more-sustainable-now-wsu-expert-says.aspx

An article appearing in the journal Nature on Thursday on plant breeders’ use of roots references Kim Kidwell‘s research on developing root rot resistance.

http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100728/full/466552a.html?s=news_rss

The July edition of the industry magazine Ag Equipment Power reported the announcement of Qin Zhang as director of the WSU Center for Precision Agricultural Systems based in Prosser.

http://www.agpowermag.com/articles/articles.php?articleid=3218&utm_source=RSSarticles&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=3218&utm_campaign=online&rss=true

On Tuesday the Tri-City Herald reported on the 34th annual International Carrot Conference in Kennewick, with comments and information from the event co-organizer, Lindsey duToit.

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2010/07/27/1107907/carrot-conference-draws-people.html

Wednesday’s Spokesman Review carried a story first reported by the Moscow-Pullman Daily News about plans to create a new unit for environmental studies at WSU.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2010/jul/28/wsu-merger-would-add-to-environmental-studies/

A story in Wednesday’s Northeast Washington Statesman-Examiner (Colville) on how spring rains may have affected hay crops cites WSU information on how high moisture content in bails may cause spontaneous combustion.

http://www.statesmanexaminer.com/content/view/33066/1/

Wednesday’s Everett Herald featured a profile of WSU Island County Shore Stewards coordinator Scott Chase and the creation of the Shore Stewards program.

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20100728/NEWS01/707289858/-1/COLUMN03%3Ehttp://www.heraldnet.com/article/20100728/NEWS01/707289858/-1/COLUMN03

Thursday’s Everett Herald reported that Herald features reporter Sarah Jackson is the recipient of the Master Gardeners Foundation 2010 Media Award.

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20100729/NEWS01/707299781/-1/news01

In this week’s Capital Press:

“Gates awards $1.6 million for wheat research”

http://www.capitalpress.com/results/mw-Kulvinder-Gates-award-073010-art

“New wheat variety topples longtime Oregon favorite”

http://www.capitalpress.com/results/mw-Wheat-varieties-2010-073010-art-w-sidebar

“Biodiesel plant running ‘intermittently'”

http://www.capitalpress.com/results/mw-Inland-Empire-Oilseed-suspension-072310-art-w-sidebar

“Open house reveals experiments”

http://www.capitalpress.com/results/AW-Hood-River-073010

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

“Pruning and grafting workshop”

http://www.aginfo.com/index.cfm/event/report/id/Fruit-Grower-Report-16998

News Releases:

“Grant to Extend Poverty-reduction Efforts in 40 Rural Washington Communities”

“Using Woody Biomass Focus of August Webinar”

“Is Your Forest Healthy? Learn How to Find Out”