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Huge carbon sink exists in soil minerals WSU researcher finds

By Eric Sorensen, WSU News

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VANCOUVER, Wash. – A Washington State University researcher has discovered that vast amounts of carbon can be stored by soil minerals more than a foot below the surface. The finding could help offset the rising greenhouse-gas emissions helping warm the Earth’s climate. » More …

Sustainable farming pioneer Cornelius Adewale wins Bullitt Environmental Prize

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PULLMAN, Wash. – Cornelius Adewale, doctoral student and sustainable agriculture pioneer in WSU’s School of the Environment, is the winner of the 11th Annual Bullitt Environmental Prize. » More …

Kent Keller named director of School of the Environment

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences

Kent Keller PULLMAN, Wash. – Kent Keller, professor and fellow of the Geological Society of America, has been named director of the School of the Environment at Washington State University. » More …

$1.5M for specialty crop research to improve fruits, vegetables, farming

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences

usda looPULLMAN, Wash. – Seven research teams at Washington State University will enhance the competitiveness of Pacific Northwest crops by fighting devastating diseases and advancing sustainable agriculture, thanks to more than $1.5 million in Specialty Crop Block Grant funds from the Washington state and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture. » More …

Oct. 18: Series starts on growing your own groceries

By Kate Ryan, WSU Snohomish County Extension

lush gardenEVERETT, Wash. – Growing your own healthy, sustainable food — whether on an apartment deck or on many acres — is the focus of the 10-class Growing Groceries series that starts Oct. 18 at the Washington State University Snohomish County Extension Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, Everett, inside McCollum Park. » More …

Vineyard, WSU scientists team up to battle orchard virus threat

healthy vs infected grapesBy Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human and Resource Sciences

WAPATO, Wash. – Something in the soil was destroying Andrew Schultz’ grapevines. » More …

Drought-resistant wheat, soybeans WSU’s aim in USDA grant research

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By Seth Truscott, WSU College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University seek to improve drought-resistant crops, thanks to more than $900,000 in funding from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). » More …

Driest wheat region breaks 100-year snow record – how’s the wheat?

Samantha Crow and Brian FodeBy Linda Weiford, WSU News

LIND, Wash. – The eastern Washington town of Lind broke a record this winter for having the longest streak of snow cover since employees at Washington State University’s Dryland Research Station started keeping records 100 years ago. » More …

Hoophouses give WSU organic farm an early launch

By Scott Weybright, CAHNRS Communicationspicking spinach

PULLMAN, Wash. — When you’re a teaching farm at a university, the winter and early spring months require creativity and innovation.

“There just isn’t much for students to do in the fields in the spring semester,” said Brad Jaeckel, manager of the Washington State University’s Eggert Family Organic Farm. “So using season extenders, like our hoophouses, is really valuable for them to get some hands-on experience.” » More …