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June 28 – July 4

Posted by | July 6, 2010

On Thursday Gov. Chris Gregoire announced that she has asked the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to designate 29 counties as farm disaster areas.

Wednesday’s Seattle Times was among the media that reported on WSU research finding that the balanced mix of insects and fungi typical in organic cropping systems does a better job of keeping pests in check in potato production.

Scientific American was among several media internationally to carry the story on the benefits of biological systems for pest control in potato farming.

Extension’s Drew Corbin is among those quoted in a Saturday Everett Herald story about how the cool spring is affecting Snohomish County farms.

A story in Sunday’s Spokesman Review about the new Coulee Medical Center and rural healthcare issues included comments from Extension Area Health Education Center economist Gary Smith.

Tuesday’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported on the more than 400 young people attending the 2010 4-H Teen Conference in Pullman.

Tuesday’s Everett Herald reported on the increase in home gardening and donations of fresh produce to local food banks, and featured Sharon Collman and the WSU Snohomish County Extension Growing Groceries program.

In this week’s Capital Press:

“WSU undergrads get hands-on learning outside classroom”

“4-H, FFA prepare students”

“Opportunities for higher ag education at Spokane CC”

“Researchers urge action on blight”

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

“Replant disease”

“Weed tolerance to glyphosate”

“WSU researchers say perennial wheat within sight”

“Late blight shows up”

“The lack of veterinarians”

News Releases:

“WSU Beef Specialist Says Planned Grazing May Be Best Tool for Long-Term Sustainability of Former CRP Land”

“Agricultural Automation Scientist to Lead WSU Center for Precision Agricultural Systems”