Laundry study to keep pesticide applicators clean and safe

Carol Black cares about work-place safety. That’s especially true in her job as a pesticide education specialist at Washington State University. To keep workers safe, she and several colleagues are evaluating laundering practices on the clothing worn by professional pesticide applicators. “We have over 24,000 licensed pesticide applicators in Washington, and the first line of […]

Portrait photos of Carol Black. She's wearing a dragonfly brooch on a red sweater.

Registration open for Viticulture Field Day

Join Washington State University and the Washington State Grape Society for the 2015 Washington State Viticulture Field Day on Friday, August 14, at the Roza Farm in Prosser. Commercial grape growers and anyone interested in learning about different aspects of grape production are welcome to learn about recent advances in juice- and wine-grape science and vineyard technology.

Pesticide Use Rises as Herbicide-resistant Weeds Undermine Performance of Major GE Crops, New WSU Study Shows

PULLMAN, Wash. — A study published this week by Washington State University research professor Charles Benbrook finds that the use of herbicides in the production of three genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops — cotton, soybeans and corn — has actually increased. This counterintuitive finding is based on an exhaustive analysis of publicly available data from the […]

Summary of Major Findings and Definitions of Important Terms

“Impacts of genetically engineered crops on pesticide use in the U.S. – the first sixteen years” by Charles M. Benbrook Published in Environmental Sciences Europe, Vol. 24:24 doi:10.1186/2190-4715-24-24, 28 September 2012. Available online at For more information, contact the study’s author: Charles Benbrook, research professor, WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, 541-828-7918, […]

WSU Extension Launches Irrigated Agriculture Information Service

PROSSER, Wash. – Washington State University experts have just launched a new web site for agricultural industry professionals called the Irrigated Agriculture Information Service. The site is at and is designed to provide users with a customizable source of timely irrigation information. The service is completely free and was developed by a team of […]