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Grad student captivates kids with healthy food choice
May 14, 2014

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By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – With more children suffering from diet-related health problems – and many depending on free or reduced-price school-lunch programs – lessons that make nutritious foods served at school interesting and attractive are in demand.

Antibiotic resistant infection? Yes, you
May 13, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Antibiotic-resistance-170PULLMAN, Wash. – Let’s say you’re in a locker room after completing a workout. You grab a towel on the bench before realizing it belongs to someone else. Unknown to you, the person who just used the towel left behind some lingering Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, commonly known as “staph.” The organism was spread to that person’s hands after rubbing an infected hair follicle on his inner thigh.

June 13-14: New conference supports beef producers
May 13, 2014

beef-170YAKIMA, Wash. – Nationally known speakers, a trade show, workshops and demonstrations will highlight the inaugural Beef Production Conference: Tools and Techniques for the Future, June 13-14 at State Fair Park in Yakima, Wash.

May 29: Free workshop in preparation for fire season
May 13, 2014

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

wildfire-by-bugwood.org-2j00EVERETT, Wash. – With wildfire season approaching, woodland owners can get help to protect their property and assess risk at a free Firewise Workshop 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at the Camano Multipurpose Center (the blue building), 141 NE Camano Dr., Camano Island, 15 minutes from the I-5 Stanwood/Camano exit. 

WSU adds new online ag master’s degree with a twist
May 7, 2014

By Joshua Paulsen, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

plantHealthMasters-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University is launching an online master’s degree to meet the growing need for highly skilled field practitioners and managers in today’s technologically advanced agricultural industry. The program begins this fall and is accepting applications.

April weather brings early heat to the state
May 7, 2014

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.

Wet springs may be affecting ponderosa pine health
May 6, 2014

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.

Extension Bulletins bear fruits of early research, outreach
May 6, 2014

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.

Anniversary stories speak to enduring value of Extension
May 5, 2014

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.

May 16, 23: Flower, vegetable plants for sale
May 5, 2014

PULLMAN, Wash. – Plant sales by the Washington State University Horticulture Club will be Fridays, May 9, 16 and 23, at the greenhouses by Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shop.