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July 31: WSU hosts free Organic Farm Field Day
July 17, 2014

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

org.-veggies-by-Shelly-80PULLMAN, Wash.—The latest organic agriculture research and hands-on teaching methods will be the focus of Washington State University’s free, public Organic Farm Field Day 8:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, July 31, at the Eggert Family Organic Farm on Animal Science Road just northeast of the grizzly bear observation area off Terre View Road. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Quinoa: Seeds of hope for Rwandan researcher
July 15, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News  

habiyaremye-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A crop being test-grown at Washington State University’s Organic Farm is skyrocketing in popularity in North America. Even so, less than a year ago, a graduate student growing it at WSU had never seen or tasted it.

June temperatures above normal despite mid-month cooling
July 15, 2014

By Hannah Shirley, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

agweathernet-logo-250PROSSER, Wash. – June was warm and dry in Washington, despite a few cool days and isolated wet weather mid-month. The Tri-Cities reached 90 degrees on June 2 and Orondo topped out at 95 degrees on June 23.

Major study documents benefits of organic farming
July 11, 2014

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer benbrook-80

PULLMAN, Wash. – The largest study of its kind has found that organic foods and crops have a suite of advantages over their conventional counterparts, including more antioxidants and fewer, less frequent pesticide residues.

Plant biotech startup speeds propagation
July 9, 2014

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

tiny-plant-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers-turned-entrepreneurs have developed a method for growing trees three times faster while conserving water and reducing the need for pesticides – and they just made their first sale.

Rock Doc: An ancient American woman buried by the sea
July 8, 2014

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

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – I need a cap on my front tooth redone – it has a significant chip. Luckily I live at a time when dentists are in every city and town, plying their trade in ways that can help us each day.

Rock Doc: Designing healthier snack foods with new wheat
July 1, 2014

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

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Most of us don’t spend a lot of time cooking from scratch. What’s known as processed foods – everything from snacks to boxed dinners – makes up a great deal of what most Americans eat. Indeed, the majority of what most of us eat is processed to one degree or another.

Super-absorbent gel could help farmers save water
June 30, 2014

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Gel-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A biodegradable gel that can absorb more than 250 times its weight in water could potentially help farmers retain moisture in drought-stricken fields.

Sept. 5-6: Bread conference tailored to home bakers
June 25, 2014

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

bread-80COUPEVILLE, Wash. – A whole grains conference for home bakers in September already is more than half filled – and in a community concerned about gluten in the diet, said organizer Tim Lawrence.