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Sept. 22 – 29

Posted by | September 29, 2008

Thursday’s Tri-City Herald reported on the national award from the Joint Council of Extension Professionals to the Spanish literacy project administered by Franklin County Extension.

Monday’s Tri-City Herald included an editorial in support of current efforts to reinvigorate development of the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center.

A Wednesday Yakima Herald-Republic story about the financial and community benefits of county fairs includes quotes from agricultural economist Ken Duft.

On Wednesday economist Kate Painter with the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources participated in an hour-long panel discussion on KUOW radio, Seattle’s NPR affiliate, on the status of commodity farming.

The Ferdinand’s 60th anniversary celebration received good advance coverage with a story in the Spokesman Review and Russ Salvadalena being interviewed live on Spokane’s KHQ-TV in the morning news. Among the media covering the ceremonies were KQQQ radio, the Daily News and Lewiston’s KLEW-TV.

Friday’s Spokesman Review reported on the efforts of a WSU alumnus to launch a new sports drink developed while he was a food sciences graduate student.

Friday’s Vancouver Columbian reported on disputes over the future use of the farmland at the former WSU Vancouver Research and Extension Unit.

WSU NW Solar Energy Center Director Mike Nelson is among those quoted in a Wednesday Seattle Post-Intelligencer article about congressional action on legislation to renew energy tax credits.

King County Extension’s Tricia Sexton was interviewed recently about this year’s Harvest Celebration for a segment on Comcast Cable’s “Newsmakers” series. The video is posted on the Small Farms Team Web site.

The environmental web site,, cited the research of John Reganold on profitability of organic farming in an article on changes in food production.

A story in yesterday’s Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine on the availability of locally produced food and other goods cites the cider-making classes at the NWREC as contributing to the growing cider industry.

A feature in last Sunday’s Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine on developments in the cider industry mentions the availability of the cider-making classes at the Mount Vernon NWREC.

In this week’s Capital Press: Coverage of Dan Bernardo’s and Rich Koenig’s conversation with the Washington Wheat and Barley Commissions about filling breeder vacancies; and a story on new Snohomish County Extension agriculture educator Andrew Corbin.

News releases: “WSU Extension Literacy Project for Latino Childcare Providers Wins National Award,” “Grant Will Increase Knowledge of Water Buffalo Genome,” “Multi-state Small Acreage Stewardship Curriculum Wins National Award,” and “When the Birds Head South It’s Time to Learn About the Bees.”