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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 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 …

Organic wheat breeding lands $680,000 grant

PULLMAN — Stephen Jones, a Washington State University wheat breeder, has received a $680,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop wheat varieties suited for low-input and organic agriculture systems.The funding will underwrite continuing research in the nation’s only certified organic wheat breeding program.Organic demand“There’s a tremendous demand for organic wheat,” Jones said. “Organic food is one of the few facets of the food industry that continues to grow.”While conventional has long held that the best wheat varieties will thrive in any production system, research in Jones’ program has disproved that notion.Back in time“There are different pressures in different systems,” Jones said. “If … » More …