Sustainable Agriculture

Circular food systems buoy Washington agriculture, reinvigorate local economies

WSU Extension is developing interconnected, equitable, and sustainable food systems across the state, ensuring that Washington’s bountiful food systems are protective of land, water, and people.

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New Washington State University Program Tackles Challenge of Developing Science-based Tools to Measure Sustainability in Ag and Food Systems

PULLMAN, Wash. – A new Washington State University program has been charged with developing science-based tools to measure the sustainability of food production systems. The program, called “Measure to Manage: Food and Farm Diagnostics for Sustainability and Health,” or M2M, just received a three-year, $240,000 grant from the Clif Bar Family Foundation.

Symposium to Present Opportunities and Challenges in Dryland Organic Agriculture

YAKIMA, Wash. – In association with the 2011 Washington Tilth Producers Conference, Washington State University has organized a special, day-long symposium for those interested in exploring the challenges and opportunities of organic agriculture in dryland ecosystems. This symposium is slated for Nov. 11 at the Yakima Convention Center.

WSU Student Headed to Rwanda as FFA Advocate for Sustainable Agriculture

Pullman, Wash. – Washington State University student, Victoria Marsh, has been selected to participate in the National FFA Organization’s global agriculture outreach program, FFA GO: Africa. Marsh and six other college students from across the nation will leave for Rwanda on July 13. There, they will be working with local farmers to fight poverty and […]

WSU Soil Scientist Leads Expert Panel’s Call for ‘Transforming U.S. Agriculture’

Changes in markets, policies and science needed for more sustainable farming PULLMAN, Wash.—A group of leading scientists, economists and farmers is calling for a broad shift in federal policies to speed the development of farm practices that are more economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable.

Grant Helps Northwest Potato Farmers Go Green

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University entomologist Bill Snyder has received a $2.05 million USDA grant to help potato farmers reduce their use of insecticides in the Pacific Northwest. “Currently, potato farmers are between a rock and a hard place,” Snyder said. “They are going to have to learn to produce a blemish-free crop while […]

WSU Climate Friendly Farming Team Wins National Innovation Award

The Washington State University Climate Friendly Farming Team has won a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Partnership Award for Innovative Program Models. Climate Friendly Farming is a project of WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources designed to explore how agriculture can move from a source of greenhouse gases to a sink […]

Healthy People, Planet Focus of WSU Extension Symposium March 11

PULLMAN, Wash. – Food safety and supply, health and wellness, energy security, resilient youth and families, and sustainable agriculture: these are some of the thorniest issues facing the planet. These issues are also the topics to be addressed at Washington State University Extension’s one-day, statewide symposium, “Relentless Pursuit of a Healthier World,” Wednesday, March 11. […]