Mount Vernon

High tunnels extend west side growing season

WSU Mount Vernon field day participants in one of the high tunnels   MOUNT VERNON – WSU Mount Vernon researchers are exploring the use of high tunnels to help Washington growers earn a higher return on their crops. High tunnels can increase fruit production, improve crop quality, extend the growing season, and reduce disease.   “We want […]

Director of research, extension center

PULLMAN – Stephen S. Jones, whose wheat breeding program at Washington State University has been recognized nationally and internationally, is the new director of WSU’s Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center at Mount Vernon.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Dan Bernardo, dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, made the announcement today. “Steve is a […]

NWPR boosts signal

Northwest Public Radio, the public radio service of WSU, has announced a significant upgrade of its Mount Vernon station, KMWS, a change that also includes a new frequency for the station. Northwest Public Radio has moved the KMWS transmitter to a new and higher transmitter site on Butler Hill. Coupled with a power boost from […]

Research facility to open at WSU Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON – An opening celebration for Washington State University’s Agricultural Research and Technology Building will be Dec. 6.  The new facility is the centerpiece in the $8 million revitalization of the WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center. The invitation-only celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the new facility on the […]

Mount Vernon project nears completion

Construction continues, but faculty and staff are moving in at the WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center. Project manager Virgil Hanson says 95 percent of phase one of the $8 million revitalization of the NWREC is complete. The project will provide modern, efficient workspace for the agricultural and horticultural research and extension […]

Seed companies contribute to revitalize research center

Hideo Takahashi first came to the Skagit Valley more than a quarter century ago to be an intern at the Alf Christianson Seed Co.As a young employee of Sakata Seed, he spent a year in the Mount Vernon area working on a joint venture breeding project for spinach in the Asian market with Alf Christianson […]

Ground broken for Mt. Vernon facilities

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Washington State University agricultural research center facilities at Mount Vernon was strictly ceremonial, but the symbolism was important to the growers and community members who participated.“This has been a long time coming,” said John Roozen, president of Northwest Agricultural Research Foundation as he prepared to turn a symbolic shovel […]

Mount Vernon research groundbreaking slated

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — The public is invited to join the festivities at the groundbreaking for the new agricultural research and technologyfacilities at Washington State University’s Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center. The groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 1, at 10:30 am on the grounds of the NWREC, 16656 SR […]