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New research institute to turn ag wastes into energy, products
July 23, 2002

Four major Northwest research organizations are bringing together industry, processors, growers, universities and federal laboratories to develop new methods for converting agricultural and food processing residue and wastes into commercially valuable “bio-based” energy and industrial products.Members of the new Northwest Bioproducts Research Institute include the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash.; DOE’s Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Washington State University and the University of Idaho, both comprehensive land-grant universities. Each institution will bring its own unique capabilities, staff and facilities to the institute.Under terms of the agreement, signed this past week, the participating universities and … » More …

Rodent control target of agriculture research
July 1, 2002

Rod Sayler, WSU wildlife ecologist (right, with hat), and David Huggins, USDA Agricultural Research Service, talk with farmers Thursday, June 27, about understanding and managing rodent populations in direct-seed systems during a field day at the Palouse Conservation Station. (Photo by Dennis Brown, College of Agriculture and Home Economics.)Direct seeding — planting the next crop into the residue of the previous crop — has been a major focus of research conducted by WSU and USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists at the station since 1996. About 120 area farmers attended the event at the station located outside of Pullman.WSU has been holding field days – under … » More …

Organic agriculture degree could be first in nation
April 12, 2002

Washington State University could become the first institution in the U.S. to offer a bachelor of science degree in organic gardening.Tom Lumpkin, department chairman of the crop and soil sciences division of the WSU College of Agriculture, says the school is in the preliminary stages of determining whether such a program would be practical.Despite initial concern from the conventional agriculture community, Lumpkin says an organic agriculture program can enhance what the school already offers and draw in needed students.“This spring semester we’ve offered a course on organic gardening and farming for the first time,” Lumpkin said.“Whenever we discuss the idea of a bachelor of science … » More …