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Posted by | October 19, 2009

On Thursday, the WSDA announced $2.6 million in federal grants to promote Washington agriculture, including seven awarded to WSU.

John Reganold is among those quoted in a Thursday Seattle Times article responding to Bill Gates’ keynote address to the World Food Prize symposium.

On Saturday the Tri-City Herald reported on how last week’s hard frost has impacted various vineyards and wineries.

A front-page story in last Monday’s Seattle Times on increased wine grape growing in the Puget Sound area included comments by Gary Moulton.

The Seattle Times story about Puget Sound wine grapes is being published by a number of other media, including the trade publication Beverage World:

Tuesday’s Western Farmer-Stockman reported on the contribution of the wine and grape industry to WSU to fund a research vineyard.

The Packer recently published a conversation with Amit Dhingra about his apple genome research on its Fresh Blog.

Barry Swanson is quoted in an article Wednesday in the Chicago Tribune and its affiliate papers about the trend toward simplified food labeling.

Monica Babine is among those quoted in a Friday Yakima Herald-Republic article on the Hispanic population’s need for better broadband access.

Thursday’s Los Angeles Times reported on the flap at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo over a planned appearance by author Michael Pollan. The article mentions controversies at University of Wisconsin and WSU over “Omnivore’s Dilemma.”

On Wednesday, the Web site of the San Juan Journal (Friday Harbor) published its election endorsements, including an endorsement of Proposition 1, the property tax levy that includes dedicated county funding for San Juan Extension.

Last week the Journal’s sister paper, Islands’Sounder (Orcas Island), also editorialized strongly in support of the Proposition 1 levy.

Wednesday’s Aberdeen Daily World reported on a Grays Harbor County Commissioners’ discussion of “worst case” budget scenarios that include eliminating the WSU Extension office in Elma.

A story in the Tuesday Peninsula Daily News (Pt. Angeles) on the potential impacts to Jefferson County should Initiative 1033 pass lists cutting the county budget for Jefferson County Extension as an option being considered.

The Wenatchee World reported Tuesday that WSU is dropping its lease of the Colockum Research Station in Chelan County for budgetary reasons.

Various papers, including the Vancouver Columbian, are reporting on local receipt of federal stimulus funds for energy conservation being distributed by the WSU Extension Energy Program.

Saturday’s (Tacoma) News Tribune included an article on using straw as garden mulch, with comments from Linda Chalker-Scott.

Friday’s Omak Chronicle included an article about an upcoming Extension workshop on canning meats and seafood.

Wednesday’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported on the loss of crops to freezing temperatures at the WSU organic farm.

In this week’s Capital Press

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

News Releases

  • “Grant Helps Northwest Potato Farmers Go Green”
  • “CANCELLED: Harvest Party at WSU Organic Farm”
  • “‘Fruitbots’ Could Save Growers Money, Create High-tech Jobs”
  • “Long-Time WSU Extension Educator Earns National Honor”
  • “Finding a Better Control for Fusarium Root Rot in Douglas Fir”