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Nov. 29 – Dec. 5

Posted by | December 6, 2010

Thursday’s announcement of the $26 million gift from Paul Allen as part of the launch of the Campaign for Washington State University received extensive national and local coverage, including this front page Seattle Times story.

Friday’s Skagit Valley Herald reported on the role that Skagit County’s agricultural community will likely play in supporting the fundraising campaign.

A story in Tuesday’s New York Times on the challenges faced by organic producers in controlling pests and weeds discusses the Nature paper by David Crowder finding that conventional farming can make pest problems worse.

On Saturday the Salinas Californian published a story on that state’s consideration of methyl iodide as an alternative to methyl bromide as a fumigant in strawberries that cites the research of John Reganold comparing organically and conventionally grown strawberries.

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that Ken Casavant and the WSU Freight, Policy and Transportation Institute plans to study the impacts of the closure of navigation locks on the Columbia and Snake rivers this winter.

Monday’s Everett Herald reported on the closure of a major Snohomish County dairy with comments from Ned Zaugg about the impact on the county’s agricultural sector.

A recent Everett Herald story about the ImagineU@WSU program visiting Arlington High School featured a photo of Extension’s Kevin Zobrist talking with the students.

In this week’s Capital Press:

“Layoffs are ‘inevitable’ Bernardo says”

“WSU approves hiring of weed scientist”–120310-Rich-Koenig-mug

“Commission chief: Apple genetics trumps marketing”

“Winegrape growers meeting scheduled”

“Paul Allen to give $26M to WSU”

“WSU to study Columbia, Snake river closures”

Aired last week by the N.W. Ag Information Network:

“Ag producers urged to keep on top of state budget situation”

“Grazing retired CRP; Stockland Livestock report”

“County Committee ballot deadline; ‘Cowculator'”

News Releases:

“Future Directions for Snake River, Dams, and Regional Transportation Envisioned by WSU, UI Grad Students”

“U.S. Energy Secretary recognizes Link of WSU Extension Energy Program”

“Keeping Your Christmas Tree Fresh and Safe Throughout the Season”