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Master Gardeners honor Lowe’s store volunteers

By Seth Trucott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PASCO, Wash. – Staff from the Pasco Lowe’s store built and installed nearly 100 community garden beds to help feed local families, and the Master Gardeners of Benton and Franklin counties recently saluted their efforts with the 2016 Volunteer of the Year award. » More …

Importing frozen honey bee sperm is key to conservation

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

PULLMAN, Wash. – Going through customs can be frustrating for travelers. Imagine going through with a container of frozen bee sperm. » More …

Reducing waste while improving snack nutrition

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

snack-puffsPULLMAN, Wash. – Your favorite puffed snack food may soon contain more fiber and nutrition, thanks to research from Washington State University food scientists. » More …

Jan. 20: Selecting veggies to grow in western Washington

By Kate Halstead, WSU Extension

EVEREgrowing-groceries-logoTT, Wash. – Before placing this year’s seed catalog orders, gardeners can learn what’s new in vegetable varieties and what grows best in the area. “What to Grow in Western Washington” will be 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE Everett, inside McCollum Park. » More …

Tri-Cities professor presents contrasting science about pesticide

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

Felsot-mugRICHLAND, Wash. – A Washington State University Tri-Cities professor intends to “clear the air” of misconceptions surrounding the controversial herbicide Roundup when he speaks at ecology and pesticide workshops in Chile next month. » More …

Grafting research could rescue state’s watermelon crop

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

watermelonMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – The watermelon crop has declined dramatically in Washington because of disease. But Washington State University researchers are developing a solution that involves grafting watermelon plants onto squash and other vine plant rootstocks. » More …

Winter soil testing, research aid spinach seed growers

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

soil-prep-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Soil from area growers is being tested through mid-February at Washington State University Mount Vernon to determine field suitability for planting spinach seed in spring. Meanwhile, related spinach disease research recently was accepted for publication. » More …

July 31: WSU hosts free Organic Farm Field Day

By Kate Wilhite, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

org.-veggies-by-Shelly-80PULLMAN, Wash.—The latest organic agriculture research and hands-on teaching methods will be the focus of Washington State University’s free, public Organic Farm Field Day 8:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, July 31, at the Eggert Family Organic Farm on Animal Science Road just northeast of the grizzly bear observation area off Terre View Road. Registration begins at 8 a.m. » More …

Study: Economic, community impacts of farmers markets

By Sylvia Kantor, WSU Extension

Colorful-carrots-at-farmers-market-by-Michael-Porter-CC-120WENATCHEE, Wash. – Farmers markets in the state have more than doubled in the last decade, from nearly 80 to more than 160, according to a recent report by Washington State University. The report is based on a 2010 study that examined economic and community impacts of farmers markets that could help shape strategies and policies to sustain them. » More …