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Posted by | September 22, 2008

On Monday, NPR affiliate KPLU radio in Tacoma aired an interview with Amit Dhingra about the apple genome project and its goals.

Last week KUOW radio, the NPR affiliate in Seattle, aired a series of reports on Washington agriculture titled “Sweet Earth: Lessons from the Land.” The reports included interviews with Dan Bernardo, Marcy Ostrom and David Granatstein. The series can be found at their web site.

WSU economist Jonathan Yoder is among those quoted in a Sunday Spokesman-Review article on the reasons behind slow progress in state biofuel production.

Saturday’s Yakima Herald-Republic reported on a state grant to Yakima Valley Community College’s Agriculture Science program that will include a partnership with WSU aimed at easing students into a four-year program.

The King County Harvest Celebration, cosponsored by King County Extension, was the cover story on the Seattle Times Saturday “Living” magazine.

The Peninsula Daily News (Pt. Angeles) recently covered the annual progress report to Jefferson County Commissioners of the economic development initiative Team Jefferson, which is administered by Jefferson County Extension.

John Reganold is quoted in a guest editorial posted Friday on the political Web site,, that advocates that the U.S. trade food commodities that are in short supply in Arab countries for oil.

A Tri-City Herald story on Tuesday about an infestation of black beetles in the Tri-Cities area quotes Extension’s Gwen Hoheisel on the likely species.

An Associated Press story about the celebration of Ferdinand’s 60th anniversary has appeared in several media, including the Seattle Times.

In this week’s Capital Press: A story on the growth of the “Cultivating Success” small farms courses with comments from Clayton Burrows and Pat Munts; coverage of Gary Chastagner’s comments to the Northwest Christmas Tree Association conference on the importance of removing all yellow jackets from trees being exported to areas with warmer climates; a brief item on Stephen Guy joining WSU as an agronomist; and a story on Ferdinand’s celebrating its 60th anniversary.

News releases: “Ferdinand’s to Celebrate 60 Years Sept. 24,” “Dairy Farm Walk in Chehalis, October 6.” “Sheep Farm and Wool Mill are Final Stop for Farmer-to-Farmer Series,” “When Frost is on the Pumpkin It’s Time to Look for Landscape Pests,” and “Fire Education Workshop for Landowners, Homeowners, Oct. 25.”