Eyes in the sky help make streamside ecosystems more sustainable

WSU researchers are using satellites and drones to help local conservationists monitor areas near rivers and streams to help improve agricultural sustainability.

A drone flys low over a grassy field near a woman holding a small remote control.

Finding a Better Control for Fusarium Root Rot in Douglas Fir

PULLMAN, Wash. — For decades, the conifer seedling nursery industry has fumigated soils with the chemical methyl bromide between plantings in order to control a devastating pathogen, Fusarium root rot. Because of safety and environmental concerns, methyl bromide use is increasingly restricted and expensive, and ultimately its use will be phased out. Thanks to a […]

WSU BIOAg Symposium Features State of the State’s Organic Agriculture Sector

PULLMAN, Wash. – The State of Organic Agriculture in Washington will be the topic of the keynote presentation at the Washington State University symposium on its biologically intensive and organic agriculture program, or BIOAg. A program of WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, BIOAg is a comprehensive research and educational program focused on […]

Washington State University Hosts Sustainability Fair October 25 and 26

PULLMAN, Wash. – Beginning at 11 a.m., October 25, Washington State University hosts the first annual WSU Sustainability Fair. The fair is co-sponsored by numerous organizations, including the WSU Sustainability Club, the WSU Roots and Shoots Club, the WSU Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, and the WSU BIOAg Program. The fair continues through the […]

High Organic Grain Prices Not Attracting Palouse Farmers Yet

PULLMAN, Wash. – Grain Millers, Inc., in Eugene, Ore., can’t get enough organic grain and is currently offering about $9 per bushel for what it can find, including barley. That’s about double the prices paid for conventionally grown grain. Cargill’s Ferndale Growers, which formulates organic feed for the state’s organic and dairy meat industries, is […]

WSU to Share With, Listen to Growers at BIOAg Field Day

PUYALLUP, Wash. – Demonstrations of a device called a chicken tractor that enables farmers to raise pastured poultry while fertilizing their fields will highlight the Washington State University BIOAg field day and farmer listening session on Monday, July 10. The field day will begin at 10 a.m. at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center, […]

WSU BioAg Program Hires Coordinator, Receives Funding

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University soil scientist Lynne Carpenter-Boggs has been named to the position of coordinator of the university’s Biologically Intensive Agriculture and Organic Farming program, or BIOAg. The program was recently funded by the state Legislature. Carpenter-Boggs currently is an instructor and researcher in WSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. She […]