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Businesses head to South Korea to explore new markets

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

WSBDC-LOGOMOSES LAKE, Wash. – Business owners from Grant County are headed to South Korea April 26 for an eight-day trade mission to explore export opportunities for Eastern Washington products ranging from flour to exercise equipment. » More …

U.S. ag secretary talks farm bill, trade at WSU research center

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – The Washington State University research and extension center here hosted a forum Tuesday with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. » More …

Visiting Pakistani ag leaders discuss research, trade

Food industry visit

Sohail Yousaf, CEO of MDS Foods,
visits Food Services of America
in Spokane during the training.

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University recently conducted training for food industry executives from Pakistan to share best practices, state-of-the-art research and practical innovations as well as to encourage imports of U.S. agricultural and food products. It was the latest exchange between the South Asian country and WSU in a relationship spanning more than 60 years.

The innovative, two-week program was designed by an alliance of WSU units. The visit was funded by a Cochran Fellowship … » More …

Replacing chemical fumigation of fruit with low pressure

PULLMAN – Fruit consumers and growers will be delighted if Shaojin Wang, a WSU assistant research professor of biological systems engineering, can achieve his research goal. Wang is pursuing a method that could replace the chemical fumigation of apples and cherries grown in Washington with simple low-pressure treatments.

Low-pressure storage technology changes the normal composition of air, creating an environment inhospitable to pests that would otherwise attack the crop. While pests are controlled, fruit is kept fresh without over-ripening or senescing.

Wang is working on a technically effective and environmentally sound process to disinfest cherries and apples using low-pressure methods.

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Professor hosts trade talk

Frank Asche, a full professor at one of the newest universities in Norway, University of Stavanger, will be presenting a seminar on trade restrictions at 3:30 p.m. on April 22 in Lighty 405.

He is an applied econometrician/ marketing type, who specializes in fisheries and, more specifically, aquaculture. Much of his research involves trade, since Norway exports most of their farmed salmon. 

His seminar will be open to all faculty and graduate students.

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Focus on China commerce

SPOKANE–Trade opportunities with China are the focus of a daylong conference in Spokane Sept. 13. Sponsored by the Washington State University Asia Program, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the Spokane International Trade Alliance (SITA) and the Spokane World Affairs Council (SWAC), the day will feature both private and public venues.”The executive roundtable and the afternoon seminar are designed to give business leaders of the Inland Northwest a greater sense of the opportunities and costs of doing business with China,” said David Pietz, WSU Asia Program director and conference co-organizer. “The evening presentation is designed to present the general public with an understanding of how America’s … » More …