Field Days Focus on Oilseed Crops throughout Pacific Northwest

PULLMAN, Wash. – Bright yellow flowering fields of winter canola are more prevalent in the Pacific Northwest this spring, and national statistics indicate that winter and spring canola acreage is expected to increase more than 50 percent in Idaho and Washington compared to last year. Several Washington State University and other university field days and […]

Better Biofuels, Desert Wheat

Grant Primes Research Engines for Better Biofuels Washington State University has received a five-year, $40 million grant to help develop alternatives to petroleum-based fuels and chemicals. The award was announced Sept. 28 by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Overcoming obstacles that prevent wood-based jet fuel and petrochemical substitutes from being economically viable is […]

Orchard-Insect Ecology, Biofuels

Entomologists Open New Frontiers to Aid Sustainable Future for Fruit Growers In response to a study that found seven years to be the average period from the finish of research to its implementation, WSU entomologist and behavioral ecologist Vince Jones shook his head. “We just don’t have that kind of time.” Jones’ urgency is based […]

Running on Camelina: Pressing Oil Seed to Meet Pressing Energy Needs

LA CROSSE, Wash. – La Crosse-area farmer Steve Camp is squeezing a lot out of the camelina he grew last summer – highly nutritious livestock feed, oil that can be used for cooking, and perhaps most importantly, biodiesel that provides growing energy independence and another step toward on-farm sustainability.

Using Woody Biomass Focus of August Webinar

PULLMAN, Wash.— Efficient utilization of timber and biomass residues for alternative fuels and other products will be the focus of the free webinar “Adding Value to Woody Biomass” at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 4, at The presentation is part of Washington State University Extension’s webinar series, “Research that Works for You.”

Biodegradable Mulch, Field to Fuel, Willingness to Pay

Biodegradable Mulch: Applying Textile Science for a Positive Impact on Agriculture New research in the WSU Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles department is proving there is a lot more to AMDT than sewing and pattern making. Scientists in AMDT are involved in a research project to develop a biodegradable mulch which would provide an alternative […]

Biofuels, Feed the World, Grapevine Wisdom

Department of Energy Funds Biofuels Research WSU scientists based in the Tri-Cities and Pullman are getting a combined $1.1 million for biofuels research from the U.S. Department of Energy. DOE announced $80 million for biofuels projects, split between three consortia. WSU is one of several groups involved in the consortia and will receive funding as […]

National 4-H Week Launches Oct. 4 with ‘Biofuel Blast’

PULLMAN, Wash. – Young people around the nation, including dozens in Washington state, will take a hands-on approach to addressing U.S. energy concerns as part of National 4-H Week, Oct. 4 -10. Several Washington counties will participate in the 4-H 2009 National Science Experiment, “Biofuel Blast,” on Oct. 7, according to Janet Edwards, WSU Spokane […]

WSU Ag Research Center Director Named ASABE Fellow

PULLMAN, Wash. – Ralph Cavalieri, associate dean for research and director of the Agricultural Research Center at Washington State University, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, an honor bestowed on just 2 percent of ASABE members worldwide. Cavalieri, who is also a professor of biological systems engineering […]