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Posted by | May 19, 2008

Thursday’s Seattle Times reported that the University of Washington will merge six academic disciplines including its forestry school to form a College of the Environment, saying it will be the largest environmental college in the world.

Dan Bernardo is one of the primary sources quoted in a Seattle Post-Intelligencer business column last Monday about the state Dept. of Agriculture’s Future of Farming strategic planning process.

On Tuesday, Pierce County Extension’s Curtis Hinman participated in a Seattle Times-sponsored live online Q & A session on the topic “What can I do to help protect Puget Sound?” The chat session was held in conjunction with a nearly weeklong series of articles on environmental threats to Puget Sound.

Yesterday’s Everett Herald included a feature story on the farmer-to-farmer information sharing that occurs at the farm walks sponsored by the WSU Small Farms Program and Tilth Producers.

Two former U.S. secretaries of agriculture wrote an opinion column that appeared in Thursday’s Seattle Times on biofuels and high food prices.

The WSU TFREC’s Jay Brunner and Tim Smith are quoted in a Monday Wenatchee World news brief about an up to 20 percent increase in the use of pheromone to control codling moth in orchards.

Tip Hudson is quoted in Saturday’s Yakima Herald-Republic in a story about a conservation group expanding its lawsuit over cattle grazing in the Whisky Dick Wildlife area.

The Mail Tribune of Medford, OR on Thursday included a story on Steve Jones’ wheat breeding program and interest in preserving heirloom wheat varieties.

Marianne Ophardt is quoted in a Saturday Tri-City Herald article on whether planting a vegetable garden can reduce family food bills.

An article from last weekend’s Skagit Valley Herald quotes Skagit County Extension’s Don McMoran discussing how cool weather has delayed the planting schedules and is causing problems for local farmers.

The May issue of Wheat Life includes the following stories: “Von Wettstein receives NIH award to develop wheat free of harmful gluten proteins,” “WSU offers first on-line certificate in organic ag in U.S.,” and “Soilborne wheat mosaic disease not new.”

In this week’s Capital Press: A story about the annual FFA convention being held on campus in Pullman.

News releases: “WSU Snohomish County Extension Presents Farmer-to-Farmer Series,” “Public Dedication Set for New Memorial for Memorial Highway,” “WSU to Host 78th State FFA Convention May 14-17,” and “Bugs & Blights Series Tackles Apple Maggot, Carpenter Ants and Canada Thistle.”