New fermentation system expands WSU winemaking research

RICHLAND, Wash. – Winemaking research at Washington State University just got a turbo boost. Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and Spokane Industries have teamed up to help bring one of the most technologically advanced wine fermentation systems in the world to the Wine Science Center at WSU Tri-Cities, with a generous contribution of $3.2 million toward the […]

Mark Holst (far left) and Neel Karkhanis (far right), Cypress Semiconductor Corp., setting up the new wine fermentation system with Washington State University staff Richard Larsen (middle left) and Philip Teller (middle right).

Radiant Zone Dryer Preserves Antioxidants in Dried Blueberry Powder

DALLESPORT, Wash. – An innovative technology developed by Columbia PhytoTechnology and Washington State University assistant professor of food science, Kerry Ringer, preserves health-promoting compounds in dried blueberry powder. The technology meets consumer demands for highly nutritious foods at the same time as addressing industry concerns about costs. Called the Radiant Zone Dryer, the technology was […]

Technology Replacing Travel for Many WSU Extension Educators

PULLMAN, Wash. – In a statewide organization such as Washington State University Extension, connections with customers and colleagues are critical to program success and sustainability. In the past, that has meant travel – by car, by plane, and in some cases, by ferry – to conduct business. Increasingly, however, technology – in the form of […]

WSU Seeks Grant Proposals for Community Technology Programs

SEATTLE, Wash. – Washington State University Extension outlined details Wednesday of a $350,000 grant program and invited grant proposals for community technology projects at the statewide community technology meeting hosted by the Communities Connect Network. “This is the only dedicated technology grant program in the state right now,” said Matthew Mitchell, of Extension’s Center to […]

Chickens, Snow Mold, Celebration

It’s a Fact According to the Washington Fryer Commission, the economic impact of Washington’s fryer industry exceeds $300,000,000. Over 3,500 jobs are affected by the industry, including approximately 1,500 in allied industries, including the retail and wholesale grocery trade, food service, transportation, and packaging. Breaking the Mold Washington wheat growers may be able to break […]

Ag in Washington, Mt. Vernon, Christmas Tree, Raisins

It’s a Fact Washington’s agriculture and food industry employs 173,000 people, making it the state’s largest employer. Over 230 different crops are grown in Washington which, combined, contribute more than $5 billion per year to the state’s economy. On Solid Ground is a weekly, electronic newsletter for the friends and stakeholders of the Washington State […]