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April weather brings early heat to the state

By Rachel Webber, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

agweathernet-logo-250PROSSER, Wash. – April seemed anxious to welcome summer this year, as a rapid warming trend at month’s end brought Washington its hottest weather since September. » More …

Wet springs may be affecting ponderosa pine health

By Rachel Webber, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

foliar-pathogens-80SPOKANE, Wash. – What’s wrong with my ponderosa pine trees? Are they dying? Why are the needles turning brown and reddish? Forestry experts have received several inquiries about ponderosa pine tree health this spring, so if you’re asking these questions, you are not alone. » More …

Extension Bulletins bear fruits of early research, outreach

By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries

Victory-Gardens-cover-80PULLMAN, Wash. – For today’s information seekers, who can find answers in minutes with a few keystrokes, it’s hard to imagine a time when rural dwellers were cut off from knowledge for the most fundamental reasons. No electricity. No car. No phone. No nearby expert to explain why a cow gave birth to her calf prematurely. » More …

Anniversary stories speak to enduring value of Extension

By Kate Wilhite, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

WAITING KATE list of Ext. 100 events (1)PULLMAN, Wash. – “If you eat, Extension has helped you. Whether you know it or not,” said Debbie Niehenke, a 4-H leader and farmer in Whitman County, Wash. Niehenke recently shared her thoughts about Washington State University Extension as part of an oral history project launched in honor of the service’s 100th birthday. » More …

WSU pilots effort to help families eat healthy on a budget

4-H-logo-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Studies show 16.2 million U.S. children live in households that lack the means to get nutritious food on a regular basis. Washington State University Extension 4-H has received $150,000 to engage 2,500 youth and families in 13 counties in the 4-H Food Smart Families program. » More …

Study: Economic, community impacts of farmers markets

By Sylvia Kantor, WSU Extension

Colorful-carrots-at-farmers-market-by-Michael-Porter-CC-120WENATCHEE, Wash. – Farmers markets in the state have more than doubled in the last decade, from nearly 80 to more than 160, according to a recent report by Washington State University. The report is based on a 2010 study that examined economic and community impacts of farmers markets that could help shape strategies and policies to sustain them. » More …

Young scientists earn top honors for bread experiment

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

science-fair-winners-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Two high-school sophomores who reduced gluten strength in bread earned first place in the food sciences category at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair, held April 4-5 in Bremerton. » More …