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WSU BIOAg program hires coordinator, receives funding
March 23, 2006

WSU soil scientist Lynne Carpenter-Boggs has been named coordinator for the university’s Biologically Intensive Agriculture and Organic Farming (BIOAg) program.       Carpenter-Boggs currently serves as an instructor and researcher in WSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.  She holds a doctorate in soil sciences from WSU, as well as a master’s degree from Iowa State University and a bachelor of science degree from Northland College.  Previously, she worked as a researcher in WSU’s Department of Plant Pathology, and as a soil microbiologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service in Morris, Minn.  She will begin her new position May 1.     BIOAg is part … » More …

Drought conditions bring tough choices for growers
April 26, 2005

Drought conditions in Washington, especially irrigation rationing in the Yakima Valley, are leading to hard choices for area growers, according to two Washington State University Extension educators.”We’re already seeing some crop shifting,” said Bob Stevens, extension soil scientist and interim director of WSU’s Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center. “Some orchards already are being removed. Those growers may have been considering that option for awhile, but the lack of water is leading them to do it now.”Gov. Christine Gregoire last month authorized a statewide drought emergency because of low snow pack statewide, and earlier this month theBureau of Reclamation imposed rationing at 34 percent … » More …

Clark County: Where the city meets the farm
September 22, 2004

The fast-paced city grind is being left behind by many Clark County residents for a life of small-acreage farming. Thanks to the award-winning “Living on the Land” program at Washington State University Clark County Extension, many ex-city slickers from the Portland, Ore.-Vancouver, Wash., area are learning to make the most of their new property. Douglas Stienbarger, extension director and program co-creator, said the curriculum was developed because of the rapid urbanization and land fragmentation that is occurring in the area. Stienbarger said his students have varied reasons for moving out to a rural community and taking the class. “Some students have always wanted to have … » More …

Organic farming addressed
September 17, 2004

Bob Scowcroft, executive director of the Organic Farming Research Foundation, will speak on “From Policy to Research: The Current State of Organic Farming in the U.S.” at 1:10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, in Room T-101 of the Food Science and Human Nutrition Building at Washington State University.The Organic Farming Research Foundation, a national organization based in Santa Cruz, Calif., foster’s the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming practices.  Since 1990, OFRF has awarded more than $1.4 million to support 224 organic research and education projects.Scowcroft’s seminar is being sponsored by WSU’s department of crop and soil sciences.

Farming field day slated
June 18, 2003

The 2nd Direct Seed and Precision Farming Research Field Day will be Thursday, June 26, at Washington State University’s Cunningham Agronomy Farm located northeast of Pullman. The 140-acre farm is a new long-term research site, managed since 1999 under continuous direct seeding with field-scale equipment. Research is focused on developing direct-seed cropping systems and precision-agriculture technologies for a “typical” Palouse landscape. More than 20 scientists are involved in the research, which is guided by a 12-member advisory committee of growers, scientists and representatives from agribusiness and agencies. A 90-acre portion of the farm has been intensively grid-sampled at 370 sites referenced to global positioning satellites … » More …