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Cider industry gains WSU Extension ally

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

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Washington State University is helping bolster the surging hard cider industry with the hiring of Bri Ewing as a food and fermentation specialist at the Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center. » More …

Degree option supports growth of fermentation industries

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

fermentation-detailPULLMAN, Wash. – From beer and pickles to cider and cheese, U.S. food industries that rely on fermentation are proliferating – and so is the need for an appropriately skilled workforce. Starting in the fall, Washington State University will offer classes in fermentation science as part of a new option within the food science major. » More …

Grant enables WSU scientists to study cider apple qualities

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

Miles-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Cider apple qualities and consumer preferences will be evaluated thanks to a $40,000 “Emerging Research Issues” grant received this month by Washington State University researchers. » More …

Getting serious about cider-making

MOUNT VERNON – Washington has become the nation’s second largest wine producer, and with a recent resurgence in interest in premium cider and perry, cider-making may be the next big thing.

Whether you are a beginner or a current cider producer, this summer you will have an opportunity to learn in depth about making quality cider and perry, orchard management, and succeeding in the cider industry from Peter Mitchell, one of the worlds’s leading experts.

Mitchell will lead an intensive five-day workshop on the “Principles and Practices of Cider Making” sponsored … » More …

Celebrate harvest at organic farm

Fresh-pressed apple cider, U-pick pumpkins and U-pick fruit will be for sale at the WSU organic farm’s annual harvest party, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Tukey Horticultural Orchard on Airport Road in Pullman. There will be hay wagon rides and games. The WSU farm is a 3-acre certified organic teaching farm managed by Brad Jaeckel. Most produce is distributed through a community supported agriculture program. Shareholders pay in the spring for a share or half-share and each week receive a box of fresh produce.