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Sparking an interest in agriculture

By Scott Weybright, College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

tank of floating applesPROSSER, Wash. – Towering more than 40 feet high and able to hold more than 30,000 gallons of liquid, the enormous wine tanks at Four Feathers Wine Estates were an impressive and a little intimidating sight to area high school students. » More …

Crop-saving soil tests now at farmers’ fingertips

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences

PCR soil pathogen test in fieldPULLMAN, Wash.  Soil pathogen testing – critical to farming, but painstakingly slow and expensive – will soon be done accurately, quickly, inexpensively and onsite, thanks to research that Washington State University scientists are sharing. » More …

Bread Lab director Stephen Jones earns Pellegrini Award

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


MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Stephen Jones, director of the Washington State University Bread Lab and professor of Crop and Soil Sciences, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Angelo Pellegrini Award. » More …

Feb. 8: ‘Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms’ workshop

Palouse farm fields and soilPULLMAN, Wash. – “Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms,” a workshop designed for farmers and interested residents in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, will be presented by Washington State University Extension, 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at Banyan’s Pavilion. » More …

Huge carbon sink exists in soil minerals WSU researcher finds

By Eric Sorensen, WSU News

Marc-Kramer-wsu environment chemistry

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


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 …