Jon Newkirk

Program to Help Farm Families Weather Tough Economy Gets $5 Million Boost

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University’s ability to help agricultural producers and their families weather tough economic times just received a dramatic boost, thanks to a nearly $4.9 million award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture. WSU’s Western Center for Risk Management Education Team received the award after successfully […]

WSU Scientist Named New Director of WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center

PUYALLUP, Wash. – Washington State University entomologist and eco-toxicologist John Stark has been named the new director of the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center. Stark succeeds Jon Newkirk who has been director of the center for the past four years. Newkirk recently resigned as director at the historic Puyallup facility but will continue his […]

WSU Puyallup to Get “Green” Stormwater Control Retrofit

PUYALLUP, Wash. – The City of Puyallup in partnership with Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center has been awarded a $1 million grant to retrofit the WSU Puyallup campus to significantly reduce stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff is a major source of pollutants in salmon-bearing waterways and ultimately in Puget Sound. The project will […]

New Farm Insurance Plan Available

SPOKANE, Wash. — Income protection with streamlined record keeping for most farm-raised crops, animals and animal products is available under newly approved insurance called Adjusted Gross Revenue Lite (AGR-Lite). AGR-Lite provides whole-farm revenue protection against low returns due to unavoidable natural disasters and market fluctuations that affect income from commodities produced during the insurance year, […]

Risk Management Education Workshops Slated for Orchardists

PULLMAN, Wash. — Helping Washington orchardists survive today’s highly stressful financial environment is the goal of a series of workshops that will be offered January – March by educators and federal agencies. Two-day workshops will be held in Yakima, Okanogan and Chelan to train families how to develop a plan for future success. “The goal […]