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Posted by | November 9, 2009

On Friday,, the e-newsletter and international news service for the food industry, featured a story on Jude Capper’s paper presented at a conference at Cornell on the environmental impacts of livestock production.

The livestock industry publications Midwest AgNet, and Dairy Herd Management also reported on the presentation of Jude Capper’s paper on livestock environmental impacts.

The American Society for Horticulture Science issued a news release Wednesday announcing the development of the Trellis Tension Monitor by the USDA-ARS, WSU and U of I for monitoring grape vine plant growth and predicting yields.

The Packer on Thursday reported on a consortium working to reduce orchardists’ costs, with comments from Gwen Hoheisel about the effort.

San Juan County reported in election results on Wednesday that the county’s Proposition 1 property tax issue has passed, which assures a base level of county funding through 2015 for San Juan County Extension.

In a Tuesday editorial, the Tri-City Herald supported the efforts of the Port of Benton and the WSU for their efforts to establish the WSU Wine Center.

Another Tri-City Herald editorial on Friday advocated a broader community discussion of pursuing a clean energy economy for the region, citing the energy expertise available through the WSU Bioproducts Science and Engineering Laboratory and PNNL as community assets.

Sunday’s Tri-City Herald reported on potato growers using mustard green manure to help control fungi and nematodes, with comments from Andy McGuire and Ekaterina Riga. The story also appeared in the Spokesman Review and Tacoma News Tribune.

The state Department of Natural Resources on Monday issued a news release announcing a public comment period and hearing on a proposed land exchange to benefit the state Agricultural State Land Trust that generates revenue for building construction at WSU.

Tuesday’s Skagit Valley Herald reported that the Northwest’s last pea processing plant will close down in 2010, with comments from Don McMoran about the impact on growers.

A story posted Sunday on the news Web site Voice of San on UC San Diego research on honeybees includes comments from WSU research associate Tim Lawrence and entomologist Steve Sheppard.

Wednesday’s Western Farmer-Stockman reported on the WSU Extension Western Center for Risk Management Education receiving a $5 million USDA grant.

Monday’s Everett Herald included a feature on the Small Farms Program’s Cultivating Success course currently being taught in Bothell.

The British Web site reported Monday on USDA awarding $19 million in organic research grants with WSU being among the top three recipients with $1.45 million.

On Monday, the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal reported on Washington’s leadership in green energy development, mentioning WSU’s increasing role.

A column in Sunday’s Spokesman Review calling for designating more “East-friendly” state symbols as part of the state anniversary celebration included suggestions from Rich Zack for a new state insect.

In this week’s Capital Press

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News Releases

  • “Raikes Foundation Award Expands WSU Extension Program to King County”
  • “Where’s The Beef? Carbon Footprint of Dairy, Beef Cattle Shrinks with Increased Productivity, Says WSU Researcher”
  • “WSU Small Farms Program Wins Grants to Support Disadvantaged Farmers”
  • “Live Web Series, Archive, Continue to Provide Resources to Address ‘Ag in Uncertain Times’”
  • “WSU to Team with University of Florida to Develop Water Management Simulator”