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Food & Agriculture

Bee center filling up, honey extractor moves in

Honey will soon be made at WSU’s Honey Bee & Pollinator Research, Extension, and Education Facility in Othello after a large equipment move.

Better hops, better beer

WSU researchers are developing disease and pest-resistant hops as well as biocontrols that feed on damaging insects as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant.

Sweetpotatoes can be grown in Pacific Northwest

The sweet tubers are typically grown in warmer southern states, but WSU scientists have found a way to grow them bigger and faster in Washington.

Enemy of invasive, berry-eating fly found in U.S.

A parasitoid wasp that is the natural enemy of a fly known as the spotted-wing drosophila could be a good friend to fruit growers.

New WSU report charts biochar path

A team of biochar producers, practitioners, scientists, and engineers have published a roadmap for future development of the biochar industry in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Aspiring WSU agricultural educator is new FFA National President

Cole Baerlocher will be the first Washingtonian to become the national president of the organization that prepares youth for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.

WSU releases roadmap for Soil Health Initiative

The 124‑page “roadmap” outlines current challenges and pathways to help maintain healthy soils as an agricultural and environmental resource.

New WSU podcast shares insights for healthy and safe forests

Co‑hosts Sean Alexander and Patrick Shults, foresters for northeast and southwest Washington, respectively, created the Forest Overstory podcast as a new avenue for woodland education.

Tracking a bacterial culprit in the case of the warty pumpkin

On a Halloween pumpkin, warts, and bumps have a certain spooky charm. But some unwanted bacteria open the door to infections that ruin this bright, seasonal fruit.

Grant to study hemp market in western U.S.

WSU researchers will study different hemp varieties and do chemical analysis of them as part of a new U.S. Department of Agriculture grant.