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Nov. 23 – 30

Posted by | November 30, 2009

A news release from the National Institute of General Medicine Sciences announcing 14 “Grand Opportunities” grants includes a $2.8 million grant to Norman Lewis and Rod Croteau to research medicinal plants.

The news web site, Publicola.com, reported Monday on the pending King County Council vote that would cut county funding for King County Extension and how it could jeopardize a $1.2 million Kellogg Family Foundation grant.

Tuesday’s Seattle Times reported on the King County Council’s decision to zero out county funding for Extension, and the outgoing county Executive’s effort to restore enough funding to preserve the 4-H program.

Seattle Times editorial writer Lance Dickie in a column about a local musician alluded to King County’s failure to fund Extension as a “false economy.”

Tuesday’s Everett Herald reported on Snohomish County commissioners voting to restore Extension funding, as did the Seattle Times.

On Thursday the Aberdeen Daily World reported that the Grays Harbor county budget included funding for 4-H and Master Gardener programs.

The Wenatchee World reported on Tuesday on the county budget situations facing Okanogan and Chelan County Extension offices.

Saturday’s Okanogan Chronicle reported on an outpouring of public support for maintaining county funding for Okanogan County Extension.

Friday’s Whidbey News-Times also featured a story on the effort of Island County Extension volunteers to preserve county funding for Extension.

On Wednesday Bill Marler’s FoodSafetyNews.com web site posted a story by Cookson Beecher, reporting on the WSU Good Agricultural Practices food safety workshop held recently in Bellingham.

A story in Sunday’s East Oregonian about an upcoming local entomology workshop mentions that Diana Roberts will discuss wheat head army worm.

A story on Tuesday posted on the news web site NationalJournal.com about various state incentives to encourage customers to move to renewable energy sources quotes Mike Nelson on solar incentives in Washington State.

Last week’s Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal included the story about the latest WSU and Seattle Executives Association economic survey.

In this week’s Capital Press

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