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Last week, Pullman Fire Department helped fight the Bruler Fire in Linn County, Oregon.

Eastern Washington wildfire season ramping up

VICTORIA GIOMI July 19, 2021

Two fires burning in Eastern Washington are gaining momentum as several departments attempt to contain the flames.  Lightning fires are becoming more common and are potentially the biggest threats...

Inslee declares drought emergency across state

MOLLY WILK, Evergreen reporter July 16, 2021

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency for the majority of the state on Wednesday. Seattle, Tacoma and Everett metropolitan areas are the only places excluded, according to a Washington State...

Over 4.8 million gallons of water were pumped on June 25 for use in Pullman.

City of Pullman asks residents to reduce water use

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter June 30, 2021

The City of Pullman asked community members on June 28 to reduce irrigation water use by 15 percent over the next three weeks to conserve water during the recent heatwaves. Over 4.8 million gallons...

Lyon's term as interim chair will end in summer 2022 when Rich Koenig is set to return as department chair.

Drew Lyon appointed as interim Crop and Soil Sciences chair

SAYDEE PHOTHIVONGSA, Evergreen reporter June 25, 2021

WSU Professor Drew Lyon describes himself as a weed scientist and “servant leader.” It was through a community college botany class where Lyon discovered his interest in plants. Lyon said he was...

Nicholas Lovrich, WSU researcher and regents professor emeritus, pictured here, said there is not enough research to know the effects cannabis has on society, which is why it is important to study the drug.

Board of Regents, Faculty Senate approve WSU Center for Cannabis Research, Policy, and Outreach

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter June 11, 2021

The WSU Board of Regents and Faculty Senate officially approved the Center for Cannabis Policy, Research, and Outreach last month, said Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, WSU Spokane Health Sciences vice chancellor...

Whitman County residents can complete a public input survey to guide the creation of the plan. So far, 280 responses have been collected.

County residents share desire for new businesses, growing rural areas

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen roots editor March 12, 2021

Public officials and community members discussed priorities to include in a county document that would guide decisions for the next 20 years during a meeting Wednesday night. Since 1978, the Whitman...

The drafted comprehensive plan will be completed by June or July, then presented to the public. Around December, it will be presented to the county commissioners for approval.

County to revitalize goals, priorities for land development

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen roots editor February 15, 2021

Whitman County officials are seeking public input to update its comprehensive plan that will determine priorities for land development in the next 20 years. The county comprehensive plan focuses on...

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi can help plants absorb light and water. They expand the plant’s root zone and act as a biofertilizer.

WSU Tri-Cities researchers use fungi to replace chemical fertilizers

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter December 8, 2020

A team at WSU Tri-Cities is researching a type of fungus that could replace chemical fertilizers in crops. The team is working to see if applying inoculants that contain arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi...

The new chair will research how farmers can protect potatoes from soil pathogens, said Scot Hulbert, associate dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences Office of Research.

WSU creates new faculty position to research potato production, health

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter November 20, 2020

After receiving a $3 million endowment from members of the potato industry, WSU created a new endowed chair position to lead research on potato production and soil health. The individual chosen as the...

A worker picks apples in the R.B. Tukey Orchard on WSU's campus Oct. 7.

Horticulture orchard to have more crops planted

ALEXANDRIA OSBORNE, Evergreen reporter October 23, 2020

Workers began planting crops at WSU's R.B. Tukey Horticulture Orchard this spring, two years since the location was established, but the orchard will still have new crops planted. There will be a variety...

From 2016 to 2019, three suicides occurred among members of Skagit County’s agricultural industry.

WSU extension office helps farmers overcome suicide, mental health issues

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen editor-in-chief October 7, 2020

When Bob Engle witnessed his father experience clinical depression, Engle knew he did not want to venture on the same road his father walked on. “It’s just my own recognition to not let depression...

Students will be paired in teams for the competition. They will have to answer a question based on four different categories.

WSU hosts first digital Ag-athon

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter September 30, 2020

WSU is hosting its first digital Ag-athon, inviting students to solve questions about the agriculture industry as part of the Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture. The questions will be based...

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