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Sept. 8 – 15

Posted by | September 15, 2008

Friday’s issue of Science magazine published s a paper by WSU entomologists William Snyder and Deborah Finke (now with the University of Missouri) on how the roles played by species are more important to biodiversity than the number of species in the system.

On Tuesday the Tri-City Herald reported on efforts to reinvigorate development of the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser, saying that WSU’s involvement is a key to the effort.

The Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles) wrote about the recent WSU and Tilth Producers sponsored farm walk at Nash’s Organic Produce and his experiments with growing wheat in the Sequim area. Both the Seattle Times and Seattle Post Intelligencer published the story in Tuesday’s editions.

The Web site Freshplaza.com (Netherlands), which targets the fresh fruit and vegetable business sector, posted a condensed version of last week’s Puget Sound Business Journal article on Amit Dhingra’s apple genome research.

The Northwest Agriculture Information Network also recently produced a story with Amit Dhingra on his apple genome research.

An article published in several McClatchy newspapers on using red worms to produce garden compost recommends a paper on the subject written by master composter Joyce Jimerson that is available on the Whatcom Extension Web site.

On Friday, Ag Weekly posted our news release to its Web site announcing that Stephen Guy is joining WSU as an extension agronomist.

On Wednesday the Web site worldchanging.com posted a story about two WSU King County Extension’s Food $ense projects: Cultivating Health and Nutrition through Gardening Education and the King County Food and Fitness Initiative.

Extension’s Tim Waters is quoted in a Wednesday Yakima Herald-Republic story about onion farming and this year’s crop in Washington state. The story was also published in Thursday’s Seattle Times.

A Washington Post story on beer sales remaining high despite the economic downturn in which WSU’s Jill McCluskey is quoted has been published in several other publications, most recently the Los Angeles Times.

In this week’s Capital Press: Coverage of Steve Jones’ introductory meeting with northwestern Washington growers as new director of the NWREC; an Associated Press story about the WSU/Tilth Producers farm walk at Nash’s Organic Produce near Sequim; coverage of an Oregon legislative hearing on cougar hunting at which WSU wildlife biologist Robert Wielgus was a key witness; and the announcement of Snohomish County Extension’s workshops on forest security.

News releases: “Idaho Crop Specialist Named WSU Extension Agronomist” and “Cougar Gold Honored by American Cheese Society.”

Misc.

This week KUOW Radio, the NPR affiliate in Seattle, is airing a series of reports on agriculture titled “Sweet Earth: Lessons from the Land.” Dan Bernardo and David Granatstein were interviewed for the series. The series will be posted at www.kuow.org.