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Posted by | July 14, 2008

Wednesday’s Spokesman-Review reported that, in response to comments President Bush made about the quality of German asparagus, Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Doc Hastings sent a case of Washington asparagus to the White House.

A food column in Wednesday’s Spokesman-Review reported the availability of the WSU Extension “Food Safety in a Minute” podcasts.

KOMO radio, Seattle, on Wednesday aired an interview with King County Extension’s Susie Craig on food safety topics including the risks of turning refrigerator temperatures up to save on energy costs. The station also expressed interest in providing links on their web site to Susie’s “Food Safety in a Minute” podcasts. (No link available)

A Michigan Associate Press story that appeared Friday about the value of remote weather stations to farmers includes mention of AgWeatherNet and includes quotes from WSU’s Bob Krebs. The story appeared in several newspapers around the nation.

Agricultural economist Jeff LaFrance was interviewed by the Northwest News Network that provides stories to area NPR stations for a story on how continued high prices for wheat might affect consumer food prices. (No link available)

Thursday’s Ritzville Journal reported on a presentation to the Adams County Commissioners on next steps toward the creation of a Washington Wheat Interpretive Center, in which WSU is a partner.

Spokesman-Review columnist Doug Clark on July 5 published a follow-up to a previous column on his personal battle with an infestation of box elder bugs, again quoting Spokane County Extension Master Gardener coordinator Penny Simonson.

Yakima County Extension’s Sheila Ryan wrote an article for Wednesday’s Yakima Herald-Republic on how best to freeze strawberries.

A story in Wednesday’s Seattle Times encouraging consumers to visit and learn about Puget Sound area farms mentions the WSU King County Extension’s fall Harvest Festival as an opportunity for farm visits.

In addition to previous coverage, David Granatstein has been interviewed about the 2007 organic agriculture profile by Northwest Public Radio, the Northwest Ag News Network, KOHO radio in Leavenworth, and KUOW radio in Seattle.

In this week’s Capital Press: A profile of TFREC director Jay Brunner; Dong-Hyun Kang is quoted in a story on the WSU/UI research on the efficacy of FIT Fruit and Vegetable Wash; and Whatcom County Extension’s Colleen Burrows is quoted in a story on local efforts to preserve farmland.

News releases: “Bilingual Farm Walk, July 28, Alm Hill Gardens, Everson,” “Straw Residue Too Valuable to Harvest for Biofuels Production,” and “Families Invited to Explore the Wild Side of Snohomish County.”