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March 31 – April 7

Posted by | April 7, 2008

A front-page story in Wednesday’s Seattle Post Intelligencer reported that Bay Valley Foods, producers of Nalley, Farman’s and Steinfeld’s brand pickles, has canceled contracts to purchase cucumbers from Skagit Valley farmers.

Today’s Seattle Times includes an editorial in support of the establishment of the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory in Tri-Cities.

A number of media outlets, including the Environmental News Network, reported on the findings of a study by Richard Mack and four Chinese scientists on the rapid growth in China of non-native plants and insects and their economic impacts on the country. The findings were published in the April issue of BioScience.

Mike Bush is quoted in today’s Yakima Herald-Republic in a story about concerns about the reduced number of registered bee colonies in the state and the impact of Colony Collapse Disorder.

Thursday’s Daily Olympian reported that an agreement for a demonstration cleanup and protection effort in Olympia’s Budd Inlet is taking shape, with WSU Thurston County Extension serving as project coordinator/facilitator.

Roy Harrington with WSU’s Spokane Area Health Education Center is among those quoted in a story in Sunday’s Spokesman Review on a survey finding that area residents support public expenditures to prevent child abuse.

The Extension Energy Program’s Mike Nelson is quoted talking about the growth in solar energy in an article in Sunday’s Daily Olympian about a solar panel manufacturer’s expansion in Lewis County.

Thursday’s Tacoma News Tribune reported that the WSU Demonstration Forest at Bonney Lake is one of three potential sites for a new YMCA facility.

The East Oregonian reported on Wednesday on the partnership being formed between WSU and the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center announced by Dean Dan Bernardo at the recent Association of Wine Grape Growers meeting.

Monday’s Wenatchee World reported on tree fruit specialist Tim Smith’s predicition of later than normal blooming in fruit trees.

Tim Smith is quoted in another Wenatchee World article that appeared last Monday about the application of the clay-based product Surround on area pear orchards to help control the insect pear psylla.

Monday’s Aberdeen Daily World quotes Don Tapio in an article on how lower than normal spring temperatures are affecting local growers and gardeners.

The Associated Press distributed the recent Everett Herald story about Extension forest stewardship training classes and has appeared in other media including the Oregonian and KING-TV.

Metro News Source, a service providing news stories to subscribing commercial radio stations nationwide, interviewed Denny Fleenor Monday about WSU researchers’ efforts to develop processes for converting organic wastes into biofuels and fertilizers. A state Dept. of Ecology news release announcing five waste-to-resources grants to WSU listed Denny as a media contact.
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In this week’s Capital Press: The story of the Gates Foundation grant for the School of Global Animal Health; Arlington farmer Linda Neunzig talks about the value of joining organizations like WSU Livestock Advisors in a story about how she markets her farm products; Chad Kruger is quoted in an article about a report finding that the western U.S. climate is warming faster than the rest of the world; Steve Shepherd is quoted about his role in working with beekeepers to expand the genetic pool in their hives; and announcements of the availability of the Farmers Market Manual co-authored by the WSU Small Farms Program, the upcoming farm walk at Nicholson Orchards and an irrigation presentation based on a study by WSU’s Don McMoran to be given at NWREC

News releases: “WSU Researcher Partners with High School Science Teacher for Genomics Research and Education,” and “USDA To Announce Biofuels Research Grant at Pullman.”