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Frosty beauty: Where there’s rime, there’s a reason

By Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU News

SPOKANE, Wash. – After emerging from one of the coldest Januarys on record, including a so-called “Snowmageddon,” many of us have had it up to our ears with shoveling snow, slipping on icy sidewalks, driving through freezing fog and enduring frigid temperatures. Even our recent warmer weather and rainfalls can’t offset all the nippy days we’ve encountered. » More …

March 25: Using livestock guardian dogs for predator control

By Kate Ryan, WSU Extension

MONROE, Wash. – A workshop about using livestock guardian dogs for predator control will be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in the Qualco Energy Conference Room, 18117 203rd St. SE, Monroe, hosted by Washington State University Snohomish County Extension. » More …

Flash of spring couldn’t undo January’s bitter cold

January 2017 was a monster of a cold month. (Disney photo from “Frozen”)

By Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU news

SPOKANE, Wash. – Remember the stint of unseasonably warm weather that triggered the Big Melt in mid-January? It wasn’t enough to offset the month’s brutal cold that encased the Inland Northwest. » More …

Beginning beekeeping course starts Feb. 27

By Kate Ryan, WSU Extension

EVERETT, Wash. – To help rebuild, maintain and expand local pollinators and honey producers, an apprentice level beekeeping course will run 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 27-March 27, in McCollum Park at Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. » More …

Feb. 15: Gardener talks about growing heirloom vegetables

By Kate Ryan, WSU Extension

EVERETT, Wash. – The origins of heirloom vegetables, how to grow them and a seed swap will be part of a presentation by author and garden blogger Bill Thorness at 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Washington State University Snohomish County Extension Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. » More …

Feb. 16, March 23, April 13: Community health series

SPOKANE, Wash. – A three-part lecture series about human development across the lifespan will be Feb. 16, March 23 and April 13, hosted by Washington State University Extension’s child and family research unit and human development department. » More …

New clean plant center director works to protect NW crops

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

PROSSER, Wash. – As new director of the Clean Plant Center Northwest, Scott Harper will help growers stop devastating crop viruses before they gain a foothold. His top priority is to grow the Northwest’s supply of virus-free fruit trees, vines and hops. » More …

Certification helps WSU assist local farmers

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

NORDLAND, Wash. – Historic Twin Vista Ranch, part of Washington State University agricultural extension, recently earned certified organic status. » More …