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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 …

Grazing among grains yields ecological, economic benefits

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

Wachter-80PULLMAN, Wash. – You generally don’t find livestock among the hills in the Palouse region of eastern Washington where grain is grown. But wheat farmers Eric and Sheryl Zakarison are changing that – and making a profit. » More …

Major study documents benefits of organic farming

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer benbrook-80

PULLMAN, Wash. – The largest study of its kind has found that organic foods and crops have a suite of advantages over their conventional counterparts, including more antioxidants and fewer, less frequent pesticide residues. » More …

Video: Organic ag trailblazer receives national green award

By Kate Wilhite, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

John-Reganold-in-a-WSU-hoop-house-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University professor and internationally renowned soil scientist John Reganold received the 2014 Growing Green Award from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Berkeley Food Institute in a ceremony Wednesday in Berkeley, Calif. » More …

Researchers see added nutritional benefits in organic milk

PULLMAN, Wash. – A team led by a Washington State University researcher has found that organic milk contains significantly higher concentrations of heart-healthy fatty acids compared to milk from cows on conventionally managed dairy farms. While all types of milk fat can help improve an individual’s fatty acid profile, the team concludes that organic whole milk does so even better.

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Organic farm, master gardeners offer gardening course

PULLMAN – WSU Extension Master Gardeners and the WSU Organic Farm are joining forces to offer an intensive course in organic gardening beginning Feb. 20.

 

The course will cover everything from composting to garden planning, as well as organic pest control and fertilization.

 

“Organic Gardening Intensive” will begin Feb. 20 and run through May 8. The program will include four Saturday sessions that run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and five Wednesday sessions that run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Participants will receive 35 hours of instruction from WSU faculty, researchers and area farmers.

 

The classes will be held in … » More …

Master Gardeners from around state to gather at WSU

PULLMAN  – More than 200 Master Gardeners from throughout the state will gather on the Pullman campus of WSU later this week for three days of workshops on topics ranging from sustainable food systems and drought resistant lawns to the psychological benefits of plants and building strong communities through gardening.

“This is an opportunity for our Master Gardeners, all of whom volunteer in their own communities, to receive some advanced training as well as network with each other,” said Tonie Fitzgerald, statewide program leader for Master Gardeners, which is a program of WSU Extension.

The WSU Extension Master Gardener of the Year also will be … » More …

WSU scientists win $1 million grant

PULLMAN – Replacing costly chemicals with new crop rotations and no-till technology to raise dryland crops such as wheat and barley organically will be the focus of WSU scientists thanks to a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Integrated Organic Program.

 

“This adds an important new dimension to our organic agriculture program,” said Dan Bernardo, dean of WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. “While we received a lot of publicity last year for being the first in the country to offer a four-year degree in organic ag., we have been conducting research of organic systems for years. This … » More …

WSU’s Under the Big Tent program to debate eating locally

PULLMAN – “Under the Big Tent: The Locavore’s Dilemma,” will take place Wednesday, Sept. 16, at noon on the Glenn Terrell Mall in front of the CUB. The Locavore’s Dilemma will debate eating locally, and whether or not it matters.

Under the Big Tent is an open debate program on the WSU campus. There are three to four debates per semester. The aim of the series is to involve the campus community in public discourse around complex issues, to model civilized debate protocol and to consider issues in various contexts.

The public debate is presented by the CUB, WSU Libraries and the Common … » More …