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Posted by | October 13, 2008

Bob Stevens at the IAREC was among those to comment in an extensive story in Sunday’s Yakima Herald-Republic on whether dairies are contributing to a groundwater quality problem in the lower Yakima Valley.

Sunday’s Longview Daily News reported on Wahkiakum County’s severe budget cuts to address a $1.25 million shortfall, including cuts to the county’s WSU Extension program, 4-H and the county fair.

A U.S. Dept. of Agriculture news release issued Wednesday announced more than $28 million in grants for specialty crop research, including $3.3 million in grants to WSU.

Sunday’s Omak Chronicle reported on WSU being awarded $3.3 million in USDA specialty crop research grants.

Sunday’s Aberdeen Daily World reported on the economic issues facing the logging truck industry based on a study done for the Legislature by the WSU School of Economic Sciences and UW College of Forest Resources.

The latest edition of Wine Spectator magazine reports on the opening of the WSU research winery in Prosser and the selection of Thomas Henick-Kling as director of the viticulture and enology program.

The Associated Press reported on the announcement of Thomas Heneck-Kling being named director of the Viticulture and Enology Program with the brief story appearing in several media including the Seattle Times.

Tuesday’s Centralia Chronicle reported on the WSU Small Farms Team’s farm walk at the Styger organic dairy farm near Chehalis.

A “nutrition quiz” published in Sunday’s Sacramento Bee cited the WSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition as the information source.

On Wednesday the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported on the possible closure of the Fischer Agriculture Science Library.

The Northwest news Web site,, on Wednesday included a story on a zero net energy housing development in which Mike Nelson, director of the WSU Extension N.W. Solar Center, is quoted.

The trade publication Cheese Reporter on Friday included an historical story on the WSU Creamery in a front-page story on university-made cheeses.
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A blog on the Web site College On the Record ( reported on the opening of the research winery at Prosser.

Last week’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer story on researching the use of algae as a biofuel stock in which Shulin Chen is prominently quoted has been published by a number of other newspapers including the Vancouver Columbian, Daily Olympian and the Oregonian in Portland.

In this week’s Capital Press: (Editor’s note: We are including links this week to Capital Press stories, however you may have difficulty accessing them without a subscriber zip code and password.)

USDA organizes task force on colony collapse

Researchers dig into caviar quality

WSU sets online course on calves

Tour shows off ag heritage

Investors pour dollars into algae fuel” (Associated Press)

News releases: “International Wine Expert to Lead WSU Viticulture, Enology Program,” “WSU Researchers Receive $3.3 Million in USDA Specialty Crop Grants,” “4-H Salmon Ambassadors to Head Up Wallace River Hatchery Tours,” and “Reinvigorating the Grange for a New Generation of Farmers.”