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New clean plant center director works to protect NW crops
February 1, 2017

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.

March 15, 21: Landowner succession planning workshop
January 25, 2017

By Kate Ryan, WSU Extension

EVERETT, Wash. – Landowners may wish to preserve their family lands and associated businesses but not know how to engage the next generation(s) in the process.

Feb. 11, 25: Workshop teaches farm recordkeeping
January 17, 2017

By Kate Ryan, WSU Extension

EVERETT, Wash. – Accurate financial records are essential to a farm business. A two-Saturdays workshop Feb. 11 and 25 will include information from experts about how to set up and maintain a farm money system.

Jan. 9: Farmers gain skills in business planning, marketing
December 6, 2016

By Kate Ryan, WSU Extension

farm-businessEVERETT, Wash. – The course Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning will be simulcast 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays Jan. 9-March 20 in Gray Wolf Hall at Everett Community College and in Carnation Farm’s Alpine Room, 28901 NE Carnation Farm Rd., Carnation, Wash., as part of Washington State University Extension’s Cultivating Success series. Two Saturday seminars on focused topics will be Feb. 25 and March 4.

Bird & brew – WSU researcher taps into craft beer craze
November 17, 2016

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By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PROSSER, Wash. – This Thanksgiving, craft beer’s popularity will be evident in many American households when suds – and wine – appear alongside the turkey and mashed potatoes.

Dec. 3: Workshop on how to do farm taxes
November 10, 2016

farm-taxesEVERETT, Wash. – A workshop to help farmers understand and complete state and federal business tax reports will be 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, Everett (inside McCollum Park).

Nov. 29: Helping farmers gain access to urban lands
November 10, 2016

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EVERETT, Wash. – Land access options for farmers in the urban areas of western Washington will be presented 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, Everett (inside McCollum Park).

Nov. 30: Food extrusion course focuses on pulse products
October 18, 2016

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

extrusionPULLMAN, Wash. – Food processors will learn extrusion techniques for making their products in a Washington State University Extension course 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, at the WSU/UI School of Food Science at the Pullman campus.

Aug. 29: Free farm walk/talk introduces Cultivating Success
August 3, 2016

By Kate Ryan, WSU Extension

farm-walkCARNATION, Wash. – A free farm walk and talk will help small farmers and those who wish to farm learn more about the Cultivating Success program, which provides tools to create, develop and expand a sustainable farm operation.

Extension helps new beekeepers care for vital pollinators
June 30, 2016

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

SPOKANE, Wash. – Apprentice beekeeper Bethe Bowman never thought she would care so deeply about the humble honey bee. Taking beekeeping classes through Washington State University Extension, she installed two buzzing backyard hives, each containing roughly 30,000 bees, this spring.