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Rebuilding soil boosts threatened beet seed production
October 21, 2014

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

du-Toit-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Growers in the fertile Skagit Valley have reported drops in historical beet seed yields of as much as 50 percent, according to Lindsey du Toit, vegetable seed pathologist at Washington State University. While disease and herbicides may cause isolated problems, researchers recently determined that poor soil is the prevailing factor.

Mount Vernon berry pathology research aids Westside growers
September 29, 2014

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Northwest Washington’s small fruit growers may get some help warding off two growing threats to their high-value crops, as a result of the ongoing work of WSU Mount Vernon’s new berry pathology research team.

Researchers argue for better bread ingredient labeling
September 24, 2014

breadMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – In the interest of nutrition, health and taste, the time is right to clean up bread, write Washington State University researchers in the Healthy Living section of the Huffington Post on Sept. 23.

Sept. 11: 9/11 ceremony honors WWI veterans
September 4, 2014

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

Sundance-at-memorial-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Veterans will be honored and the 100th anniversary of World War I commemorated at a public ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Discovery Garden at Washington State University Mount Vernon, 16650 State Route 536 (Memorial Highway).

Fungal disease breaks out in Pacific Northwest crops
August 25, 2014

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

Cabbage-seed-infectedMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Vegetable and oilseed growers are advised to take extra precautions after an outbreak of three fungal diseases in Pacific Northwest crops, said plant pathologist Lindsey du Toit.

Sept. 12: Film explores seed preservation, future of food
August 15, 2014

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

FowlerMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – The makers of a film about preserving the world’s food supply will discuss their movie after a free, public showing at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at Washington State University Mount Vernon, 16650 State Route 536.

Aug. 21-23: Grain Gathering offers fresh flavors, ideas
August 15, 2014

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

grain-gathering-logoMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Three top cookbook authors will participate in the Grain Gathering Aug. 21-23 at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Research Center, 16650 State Route 536.

National association honors Mount Vernon manager
June 30, 2014

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

Jeanne-Burritt-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Administrative manager Jeanne Burritt recently was honored for 20 years of service to a national association of employees who help their institutions and agencies gain access to excess U.S. government-owned equipment.

July 10: Field day highlights research, extension outreach
June 19, 2014

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

Field-day-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – A field tour, research updates and barbecue will highlight the free, public field day beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center, 16650 State Route 536.