USDA Fellowships help students defend Northwest crops, people from pests, pathogens

Helping sustainably protect important Northwest crops like potatoes, peas, and vegetables from pests and disease, while safeguarding consumers against foodborne illness, students at Washington State University’s Department of Entomology are putting new fellowships from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to work. Abigail Cohen, Benjamin Lee, and Olivia Smith are three of […]

DNA could solve puzzling cattle fertility decline

In cattle production, nothing is more important than fertility. Without it, herds can’t grow and milk doesn’t flow. For decades, fertility in U.S. dairy cattle has been on a drastic decline. Every failure to conceive throws off the herd’s delicate rhythm of production, making it harder for farmers to deliver milk and other foods we […]

Neibergs with her cattle on her Palouse farm, with view of clouds, rolling hills.

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 […]