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Organic research sees the numbers
March 5, 2007

Grain Millers, Inc., in Eugene, Ore., can’t get enough organic grain and is currently offering about $9 per bushel for what it can find, including barley. That’s about double the prices paid for conventionally grown grain.Cargill’s Ferndale Growers, which formulates organic feed for the state’s organic and dairy meat industries, is paying $100 to $200 a ton for organically grown grains delivered to the plant. That’s also about double the going price. Much of the demand for organic grain, including wheat, is being fueled by growth of organic dairies in the Northwest, according to Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, coordinator for Washington State University’s BIOAg program which promotes sustainable … » More …

WSU-ISU partnership lands biggest grant nationally
September 14, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced today that the USDA is awarding more than $4.5 million in research grants to address organic agricultural issues and priorities, including global competitiveness. The largest single grant nationally went to a partnership between Washington State University and Idaho State University.”To succeed in organic agriculture, producers must be creative and willing to take certain risks – attributes that American farmers have exhibited since the early days of farming,” Johanns said. “This research will help organic producers to manage their risks by providing information that will help to increase production while decreasing costs.” Through the Integrated Organic Program, USDA’s … » More …

Organic farm field day slated for July 27
July 10, 2006

PULLMAN — Student presentations and a tour of the Washington State University organic farm will be featured at the Organic Farm Project Field Day, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursday, July 27.Tukey Horticultural Orchard is located on Airport Road on the east side of the Pullman campus. The event is free and open to the public.WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences established the Organic Farm Project in 2004 primarily as an organic teaching farm. Each year, the farm plays host to an intensive 12- week course for college credit or continuing education credit. The class revolves around the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture marketing program, … » More …

Organic agriculture major approved by state board
May 26, 2006

PULLMAN — It’s been a long time coming, but Washington State University has received approval from the state Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agriculture and Food Systems starting this fall.Five majors will be offered, including the nation’s first major in organic agriculture systems.The new interdisciplinary degree will integrate coursework from all agricultural disciplines in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. It will replace eliminated undergraduate degrees in General Agriculture, Agricultural Technology and Management, Entomology and Biological Systems Engineering as well as an Integrated Cropping Systems degree at WSU Tri-Cities.”We have changed our agricultural program to … » More …

Organic dryland grain cop field day rescheduled
May 2, 2006

Field studies on dryland organic grain production will be featured at the 4th-annual Organic Dryland Grain Crop Field Day, scheduled June 20 at the Les and Pat Boyd farm.Field day topics include:*Production systems that facilitate the transition from conventional to organic grain production*The economics of making the transition*Earthworms as indicators of soil health during the transition*Potential use of goats to control weeds biologically*Winter legumes as green manure cover crops*Seeding rates of hairy vetch as green manure*Rhizoctonia root disease and weed seed bank depletion in spring wheat*Palouse prairie refuge planting for weed suppression and beneficial insect conservation along farm margins*Conserving beneficial insect communities on dryland farms*The … » More …

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 …

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.

Organic agriculture degree could be first in nation
April 12, 2002

Washington State University could become the first institution in the U.S. to offer a bachelor of science degree in organic gardening.Tom Lumpkin, department chairman of the crop and soil sciences division of the WSU College of Agriculture, says the school is in the preliminary stages of determining whether such a program would be practical.Despite initial concern from the conventional agriculture community, Lumpkin says an organic agriculture program can enhance what the school already offers and draw in needed students.“This spring semester we’ve offered a course on organic gardening and farming for the first time,” Lumpkin said.“Whenever we discuss the idea of a bachelor of science … » More …