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Category: Sustainability

Study points the way toward producing rubber from lettuce

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Prickly-lettuce-latex-smallPULLMAN, Wash. – Prickly lettuce, a common weed that has long vexed farmers, has potential as a new cash crop providing raw material for rubber production, according to Washington State University scientists.Continue reading

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Direct measurements show lower local methane emissions

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Lamb-BPULLMAN, Wash. – A team led by Washington State University researchers has found that methane emissions from local natural gas distribution systems in cities and towns throughout the U.S. have decreased in the past 20 years with significant variation by region. Continue reading

April 10: Finalists compete to develop plastic waste solutions

By Craig Lawson, International Programs

PULLMAN, Wash. – Five finalist teams will present their solutions for dealing with plastic waste in the environment at the free, public Annual Global Case Competition at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, in Todd Hall 216 at Washington State University.Continue reading

April 7-10: WSU hosts National Extension Energy Summit

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By Betsy Fradd, WSU Extension

SEATTLE – National speakers and urban and farm tours will be part of the National Extension Energy Summit for extension professionals and clean energy advocates April 7-10 in Seattle. Topics covered will include sustainable and renewable energy, home and farm energy efficiency and biomass energy programs.Continue reading

WSU releases 100th wheat variety

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

spillmanPULLMAN, Wash. – The release of a new winter wheat variety named “Jasper” honors the legacy of the wheat breeding program at WSU started by William Jasper Spillman in 1894. The first variety developed by the university was released in 1905. Jasper marks the 100th.Continue reading

March 12-April 30: Program helps landowners manage forests

forest-250COLVILLE, Wash. – Landowners in eastern Washington can gain management skills to keep forests thriving at the hands-on Forest Stewardship Coached Planning course to be held 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, March 12-April 30, at the Stevens County Extension Office, Suite D, 986 S. Main St., Colville.Continue reading

Fighting tulip weeds, diseases with cover crops

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

Skagit-Valley-tulipsMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Rotating cover crops in tulip fields shows promise for fighting disease in the economically important flower bulb, according to early research findings at the Washington State University research center in Mount Vernon.Continue reading

Grazing among grains yields ecological, economic benefits

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Wachter-80PULLMAN, Wash. – You generally don’t find livestock among the hills in the Palouse region of eastern Washington where grain is grown. But wheat farmers Eric and Sheryl Zakarison are changing that – and making a profit.Continue reading