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Certification helps WSU assist local farmers

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

NORDLAND, Wash. – Historic Twin Vista Ranch, part of Washington State University agricultural extension, recently earned certified organic status. » More …

July 28: Field day shares research at WSU Organic Farm

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By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – A free, public field day at Washington State University’s Eggert Family Organic Farm will start at 8 a.m. Thursday, July 28. It will demonstrate how research is hitting its stride in the farm’s second year at its new location. » More …

Organic agriculture more profitable to farmers

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

organic-farm-bean-fieldPULLMAN, Wash. – A comprehensive study finds organic agriculture is more profitable for farmers than conventional agriculture. » More …

Study puts a price on the help that nature provides agriculture

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

Cover crop-webPULLMAN, Wash. – A team of international scientists has shown that assigning a dollar value to the benefits nature provides agriculture improves the bottom line for farmers while protecting the environment. The study confirms that organic farming systems do a better job of capitalizing on nature’s services. » More …

April 14: Energy generation from food, animal waste

By Kate Halstead, WSU Extension

digester-detailMONROE, Wash. – On-site generation of energy and soil enhancements from organic waste will be demonstrated at a free Anaerobic Digestion Bioenergy Field Day 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at Willie Green’s Organic Farm, 19501 Tualco Rd., Monroe, (www.williegreens.org). » More …

Creepy crawlers, stingers do good at the farm

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Student Alex Bruce photographs a football-sized bald faced hornet nest that hangs from a pear tree. (Photos by Linda Weiford, WSU News)

 

 

PULLMAN, Wash. – No insect drew more gasps than the parasitoid wasp during a field trip of undergraduate entomology students at Washington State University’s organic farm. But it wasn’t the wasp’s sting that made some step away with their eyes wide. It was the insect’s bizarre attack on an aphid on the underside of a just-picked kale leaf.

 

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WSU organic farm manager Brad Jaeckel.

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Organic farming focus of field day at Tukey

Photos by Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services

PULLMAN, Wash. – The latest organic agriculture research and hands-on teaching methods were the focus of this year’s Washington State University Organic Farm Field Day, Thursday, July 25, at at Tukey Horticultural Orchard northeast of the Pullman campus.

Students working at the farm and the farm manager provided presentations with a tour of the farm following. At 8:30 a.m., Kevin Murphy, assistant research professor, and graduate students from the WSU Department of Crop and Soils, reviewed the progress of their research field trials on quinoa and other alternative crops. At 10:30 … » More …

WSU Organic Farm Field Day at Tukey Orchard

PULLMAN, Wash. – The latest organic agriculture research and hands-on teaching methods will be the focus of this year’s Washington State University Organic Farm Field Day, Thursday, July 25.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the WSU Organic Farm at Tukey Horticultural Orchard northeast of the Pullman campus at the corner of Airport and Terre View roads. The field day is free and open to the public and runs from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Presentations by students working at the farm as well as the farm manager will begin at 8:30 with a tour of the farm following. Kevin … » More …

Seven students receive first organic ag scholarships

PULLMAN – Seven WSU students majoring in organic agriculture have been selected as the first recipients of the Pacific Natural Foods Organic Agriculture Scholarship, the first scholarship dedicated to the new organic agriculture systems major at the university. Haly L. Ingle, a sophomore from Waitsburg; Karly Marie Kercheval and Mark W. Knue, both juniors from Mount Vernon; Amanda S. Zwainz, a sophomore from Reardon; William M. Hollingbery, a junior from Wapato; Harold Isaac Jahns, a sophomore from Othello; and Emily Anne Rude, a freshman from Seattle, each received scholarships awards of just over $1,400. The scholarships were made possible by a $10,000 donation from Pacific Natural Foods to … » More …