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Bread lab blends state-of-the-art science with craft baking
June 16, 2014

MT. VERNON, Wash. – Scientists at WSU are breeding new varieties of wheat with farmers, millers, bakers, and chefs in mind. From more than 40,000 wheat varieties growing at the WSU Northwestern Research and Extension Center in Mt. Vernon, they’re evaluating the typical qualities wheat breeders look for such as yield and disease resistance. But they’re also analyzing how new varieties respond to milling, mixing, rising and baking.

McCluskey elected president of AAEA
June 12, 2014

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University professor Jill McCluskey has been elected president of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), a national association working to further knowledge about the economics of agriculture, rural communities and natural resources.

New website highlights fruit genome databases
June 9, 2014

WSUCherriesSmallPULLMAN, Wash. – A new educational and outreach website has launched to provide information to scientists, growers and industry about genome databases for citrus, tree fruit and berry crops.

Chef praises WSU wheat breeder in New York Times bestseller
June 5, 2014

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Jones-80SEATTLE – If Dan Barber had his way, there would be a wheat breeder like Stephen Jones in every corner of every state. Jones features prominently in the new New York Times bestseller, “The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food,” written by Barber, chef and owner of Blue Hill in Manhattan and Blue Hill at Stone Barns Food and Agriculture Center in Pocantico Hills, N.Y.

Video: Brewers, distillers thirsty for local barley flavors
May 28, 2014

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

barley-160MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Using traditional breeding techniques, scientists at Washington State University are developing barley varieties with qualities that are sought after for making malted barley – the staple ingredient of beer and whiskey.

July 11: Youth livestock focus is on quality assurance
May 27, 2014

By Kate Halstead, WSU Extension

youth-livestock-100BREMERTON, Wash. – A day-long course for youth will help them raise livestock that meets the standards set forth in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s quality assurance program. The training will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, July 11, at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, 1200 Fairgrounds Rd., Bremerton, Wash.

July 10, 11: WSU hosts farm-to-table livestock courses
May 27, 2014

By Kate Halstead, WSU Extension

livestock-200EPHRATA, Wash. – Sustainable farm-to-table livestock production lets small farms raise meat for family, friends and income while using land effectively and minimizing environmental impact. Washington State University will offer day-long courses in sustainable beef, pork, poultry, lamb and goat production July 10 and 11 at Castle Rock and Bremerton, Wash.

Rock Doc: Training microbes to make biofuel
May 27, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – When you fill your tank, you likely see a little sticker on the pump saying part of the fuel is ethanol. Ethanol is a biofuel, which means it comes from plants like corn rather than from fossil fuel – ancient carbon that’s been buried within the Earth for millions of years.

Wine science, ag students complete studies at WSU
May 27, 2014

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

WSU-viticulture-and-enology-student-80PULLMAN, Wash. – There’s a growing demand for graduates in agriculture, and students who invest two years at Walla Walla Community College or Yakima Valley Community College can transfer to several ag degree programs at Washington State University.

June 22-24: WSU hosts state 4-H conference
May 22, 2014

4-H-national-logo-2012-80pPULLMAN, Wash. – Robotics, identity theft, cheese making and paying for college will be among the workshop topics at the annual statewide 4-H Teen Conference, to be held June 22-24 at Washington State University Pullman.