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Understanding energy for more efficient agriculture

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – When you eat lunch, you might be thinking about work but probably just are enjoying the taste. John Peters is thinking about metabolism in the context of agriculture and energy. » More …

Feb. 24, 28 deadlines for free agriculture business gathering

PULLMAN, Wash. – Those interested in business startups are invited to the free, public “Pioneering Ideas in Agriculture” symposium all day Friday, March 17, in Smith CUE (room to be announced) at Washington State University. » More …

WSU sparks interest in vacancy-heavy ag career fields

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – For many high school and minority students who grow up in agriculture families, leaving the farm is a primary goal. But Washington State University’s Spark program is igniting interest among these teens in rewarding, profitable jobs in ag, where vacancies far outnumber applicants. » More …

Big weather warmup could cause hazards this week

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

melting snowPULLMAN, Wash. – While the 45-50 degree weather predicted mid-week in parts of the Pacific Northwest will bring long-awaited relief from frigid temperatures, snow and freezing rain, the warmup could trigger creek and river overflow and landslides, said meteorologist Nic Loyd of Washington State University’s AgWeatherNet. » More …

Computer models find ancient solutions to modern problems

WSU scientists use data from archaeological sites like the 1,200-year-old Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, N.M., to study how ancient peoples adapted to climate change in the American Southwest. (Photo by Nate Crabtree)

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University archaeologists are at the helm of new research using sophisticated computer technology to learn how past societies responded to climate change. » More …

WSU, Chinese company to collaborate on ag research

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By Craig Lawson, International Programs

SHENZHEN, China – Research and economic development in agriculture will be advanced thanks to a memorandum of understanding signed today between Washington State University and BGI, one of the world’s largest genomics companies. » More …

Students learn about ag innovation to address world needs

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Agricultural innovation in response to a changing world was a key topic of discussion when three Washington State University students visited with national policy leaders and lawmakers recently. » More …

New ‘Alien’ wasp discovered in Washington state

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

waspPULLMAN, Wash. – The discovery in Washington state of a parasitic wasp that kills its host like a scene from the “Alien” sci-fi movie has entomologists cheering from the west coast to the east. » More …

U.S. ag secretary talks farm bill, trade at WSU research center

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – The Washington State University research and extension center here hosted a forum Tuesday with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. » More …

Register by Sept. 10 for agricultural technology open house

apple-robot-80PROSSER, Wash. – Agricultural automation, robotics, precision agriculture technologies and associated economics research will be showcased at the free Agricultural Technology Day open house noon-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at Washington State University’s new Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems (CPAAS) facility on Bunn Road in Prosser. » More …