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Field day March 1: Volunteers cultivate unique public gardens
February 26, 2014

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

iris-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Taking their cue from honey bees, volunteers at Washington State University Mount Vernon’s public orchard and display gardens are doing anything but hibernating this time of year.

High tunnels extend west side growing season
July 29, 2009

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 to help growers on the west side get more return per acre by using high tunnels,” said Tom Walters, small fruit horticulturist. Walters is a member of the high-tunnel research team at the WSU … » More …

Director of research, extension center
August 29, 2008

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 veteran researcher with a proven track record and an innate curiosity in agriculture that will serve northwestern Washington farmers well,” Bernardo said. “He also is one of the most effective and committed teachers at WSU, which will be key as we look to expand the way we engage … » More …

NWPR boosts signal
October 11, 2007

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 100 to 1,500 watts, the coverage area of KMWS now includes most of Skagit County. The frequency for KMWS has changed from 90.1 FM to 89.7 FM.

KMWS broadcasts the “NPR News” service from Northwest Public Radio. This service provides a wide range of public radio news and … » More …

Research facility to open at WSU Mount Vernon
November 30, 2006

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 NWREC campus, located at 16650 State Route 536 (old Memorial Highway).  Among those presenting brief comments will be WSU president V. Lane Rawlins, Board of Regents president Ken Alhadeff, WSU executive vice president Larry James and dean of the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Dan … » More …

Mount Vernon project nears completion
October 27, 2006

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 center serving the five-county region, replacing old, outmoded and overcrowded facilities.Employees are shifting operations to the offices and labs of the new Agricultural Research and Technology Building, the centerpiece of the makeover. The 19,000-square-foot facility houses administrative offices, research laboratory facilities, storage and an auditorium.  The first phase also includes … » More …

Seed companies contribute to revitalize research center
September 22, 2005

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 Seed. He improved his English skills and gained a better understanding of the American seed industry.Takahashi moved on to work at Sakata Seed America in California and rose through the ranks to become president of the nearly 100-year-old, international corporation in 2000.In 2002, Alf Christianson Seed Co. became a subsidiary … » More …

Ground broken for Mt. Vernon facilities
June 6, 2005

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 of dirt.  “This feels really great.”Local growers and community leaders joined officials of WSU Extension and the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences on June 1 to celebrate the pending start of construction on the new facilities.CAHNRS interim dean R. James Cook announced to the gathering that the … » More …

Mount Vernon research groundbreaking slated
May 23, 2005

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 536 (old MemorialHighway), Mount Vernon.  A reception will follow the ceremony, featuring displays of the center’s history of supporting agriculture.Local supporters who have nurtured and contributed to the project to modernize and expand the aging research facility and broaden its mission will be recognized during the event.Participants in the ceremony will … » More …

Historic Mount Vernon house takes on new role with WSU
June 15, 2004

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Allan Osberg’s grandparents passed away before he was born, but he has always considered their 1914 farmhouse west of Mount Vernon to be part of his family heritage.Today the refurbished historic house is taking on a new role in the agricultural heritage of Skagit County, thanks to Osberg’s generosity and the efforts of Skagitonians to Preserve Farmlands, the Skagit Valley Farm Bureau and Washington State University.The Olson Heritage House was officially dedicated here Saturday (June 12) in ceremonies at WSU’s Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon. The remodeled farmhouse will provide housing for research graduate students and … » More …