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May 17 – 23

Posted by | May 24, 2010

In the news:

The Associated Press reported on Friday that WSU scientists, including entomologist Rich Zack, and the USDA are warning of the worst grasshopper outbreak in 30 years. The story was based on a WSU News Service release and was used by several media outlets.

Western Farmer-Stockman included the story of WSU leading a multi-state team to combat the pest spotted wing drosophila.

Sunday’s Bellingham Herald reported on the threat of spotted wing drosophila to Whatcom County berry crops, with Lynell Tanigoshi as the main source.

The news website posted the story of WSU receiving a National Science Foundation/Gates Foundation grant for Kulvinder Gill‘s research on identifying genes that will increase wheat yields under drought stress.

Friday’s Whidbey News Times included a profile of new Island County Extension director Tim Lawrence and his approach given current tight budgets.

Tuesday’s Skagit Valley Herald included a story by a local Master Gardener on raising a backyard chicken flock and safe manure management, and promoted a workshop on the topic at the WSU NWREC in Mount Vernon.

In this week’s Capital Press:

“Huge grasshopper outbreak projected”

“Insect mapping launched”

“Right formula turns waste into compost”

“Expert fleshes out water law”

Washington FFA gets heaping helping of ag”

“West offers top flight courses”

News Releases:

“Seattle Business Execs Uncertain about Health Care Reform, Federal Jobs Bill”

“Extension Nutrition Specialist Wins Washington State Dietetic Association”

“NSF, Gates Foundation to Support WSU Research on Developing ‘Desert Wheat’”

“Fox Named to Represent West on National Extension Policy Committee”