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Sept. 28 – Oct. 5

Posted by | October 5, 2009

The announcement on Wednesday that CAHNRS was awarded $15 million in USDA specialty crop grants received extensive coverage. The Associated Press story about the announcement appeared in the San Francisco Examiner, the Puget Sound Business Journal, and in several other Washington media.

KLEW-TV and the Lewiston Tribune also covered the announcement.

Thursday’s Seattle Times reported on the awarding of federal stimulus funding for health research projects with nearly $3 million to WSU, including a grant to Norman Lewis for a project to classify medicinal plants.

Sunday’s Seattle Times also mentioned the $2.75 million dollar grant and quoted Norman Lewis discussing the project in a story about the state receiving nearly $300 million in stimulus research funding.

Tuesday’s Western Farmer-Stockman reported on the million-dollar USDA grant to WSU for research on dryland organic grain crops.

Sunday’s Aberdeen Daily World reported on budget cuts being considered by Grays Harbor County Commissioners, including eliminating county funding for Extension, but quoted a commissioner as saying Extension personnel are making “a compelling case” for continued funding.

An Associated Press story on Wednesday announced a new Purdue University study to determine how much greenhouse gases are produced by dairy cattle, mentioning that WSU is a participant in the research.

Friday’s Tri-City Herald reported on the addition of three new faculty members at the Center for Bioproducts and Bioenergy at WSU Tri-cities.

In a weeklong series comparing U.S. and European energy and environmental policies, NPR affiliate KPLU-FM on Tuesday aired a story on the adoption of solar energy that included an interview with WSU Extension Energy Program solar energy specialist Mike Nelson.

A story in Friday’s Bainbridge Island Review about community efforts to develop alternative energy sources discusses a community proposal for energy stimulus funds submitted to the WSU Extension Energy Program.

A report in the latest Science News magazine on research into the origins of newly discovered amber droplets includes comments from the Institute for Biological Chemistry’s David Gang.

The Othello Outlook on Tuesday publicized an effort by Othello’s sister city committee and the WSU International Agriculture Research and Development Department to raise funds to ship a farm equipment donation to Wulensi, Ghana, Othello’s sister city.

Tuesday’s Whidbey News-Times reported on the selection of Island County resident Don Lee as WSU Master Gardener of the Year.

On Tuesday the Western Washington University student paper, Western Front, reported on the “Meat-free Mondays” campaign being launched as a project originating with the Whatcom County Extension Carbon Masters program.

This weekend’s Walla Walla Farmers Market featured an exhibit about WSU Extension 4-H programs, according to Thursday’s Tri-City Herald.

In this week’s Capital Press

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

News Releases

  • “WSU President to Announce Major Grant Award” (Media advisory)
  • “WSU Extension Wins CSREES Partnership Award”
  • “WSU Researchers Win $15 Million in USDA Specialty Crop Research Grants”
  • “National 4-H Week Launches Oct. 4 with ‘Biofuel Blast’”