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Nov. 5 – 12

Posted by | November 12, 2007

Botanist Richard Mack is prominently quoted in a Thursday Reuters article about how potential biofuel crops such as switchgrass could encroach on farmlands and ecosystems without careful management.

A commentary in the latest Mother Jones magazine on biodynamic farming cites research by and includes a quote from John Reganold.

Entomologist Terry Whitworth is quoted in a Yakima Herald-Republic story yesterday about the fact that West Nile Virus did not hit Washington state this summer as hard as predicted.

Ralph Cavalieri is quoted in a Sunday Vancouver Columbian story about how high commodity prices and the demand for biofuel stock are driving up food prices.

The Web site features a profile of and interview with Steve Jones about what is involved in developing new wheat varieties.

Thursday’s Orange County Register republished an earlier San Francisco Chronicle story on the increasing number of women in winemaking that includes information about Julie Kock, a WSU viticulture graduate who is now vineyard manager for the Klipsun winery. Related: watch a video interview with Kock.

In this week’s Capital Press: Coverage of the Beef 300 course including quotes from Jan Busboom; John Gardner is interviewed about the appointment of former North Dakota governor Ed Schafer as secretary of agriculture (below), and his comments are referenced in an editorial about the appointment; Barbara Rasco is quoted in a story about a new spectral analysis probe for rapid detection of food borne pathogens; and Rasco also is the information source for a story on problems with Chinese food exports.