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Sept. 28: Clients share about success with business advising

aziz-makhaniCOLFAX, Wash. – Free, confidential business advising available through the Washington Small Business Development Center will be discussed at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Historic Perkins House in Colfax. Part of the Cup o’ Joe monthly business support group, the presentation will also feature two area entrepreneurs who have benefited from SBDC advising. » More …

Today’s water needs outweigh tomorrow’s risks in Kenya

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

young-left-and-byersPULLMAN, Wash. – A three-year study at Washington State University has found that Kenyan farmers prefer a rent-to-own option when buying treadle irrigation pumps if they can’t afford outright cash purchase and can’t wait for layaway. » More …

Starting Sept. 14, 22: Courses teach forest stewardship

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

forest-250REPUBLIC, Wash. – Weekly forest stewardship coached planning courses for landowners of five to thousands of acres will begin in September in Republic and Tum Tum, Wash., hosted by Washington State University forest extension. » More …

Sept. 17: Field day helps woodland owners care for trees

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

forestLOPEZ ISLAND, Wash. – Forest and woodland owners will build skills for caring for their trees at the San Juan Islands Forest Owners Field Day, 8:40 a.m.-2:40 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Midnight’s Farm on Lopez Island. » More …

A win-win for farmers and slowing climate change

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

Bill-Pan-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Climate change is already transforming agriculture in Washington. To help farmers deal with climate change, Bill Pan, a Washington State University professor of crop and soil sciences, is talking to them about ways to both adapt to changes and slow them down. » More …

Aug. 5: Open house celebrates small business success

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

WSBDC-LOGOEVERETT, Wash. – The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Everett will host an open house 3-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County to celebrate the successes of more than 20 Snohomish County business owners and highlight the diverse services available to help small businesses succeed. » More …

Gift shop finds treasure in free business advising

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

forage-logoSEQUIM, Wash. – Theresa Rubens is a third-generation resident of Sequim whose grandchildren attend the same schools she and her husband once did. She knows as much about her community as anyone, but she didn’t know where a visitor could buy a Sequim souvenir. And that, she said, was a problem. » More …

Northwest wineries, vineyards promote wine country tourism

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By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Pacific Northwest wineries and vineyards are exploring a new, specific way to promote their wines: “terroir tourism.” » More …

Research fund partner helps WSU innovation advance

By Alyssa Patrick, Office of Economic Development

SEATTLE – Since the Commercialization Gap Fund launched at Washington State University two years ago, 14 researchers have received funding to fill the gap between their discoveries and private investment. The Washington Research Foundation (WRF) has just invested up to $1 million for the next four years in the fund. » More …