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Horticulture orchard to have more crops planted

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

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 of crops planted in the orchard, said orchard manager Deb Pehrson. The crops will include apples, ...

WSU extension office helps farmers overcome suicide, mental health issues

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

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

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 ruin my life,” said Engle, a farmer from Whidbey Island.  This year has been difficult because of the ...

WSU hosts first digital Ag-athon

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

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 on four categories: farm decision support, breeder decision support, land cover monitoring and digitizin...

County candidates debate on COVID-19 response, small business assistance

Tom Handy, who is running against incumbent Dean Kinzer for Whitman County commissioner, said he believes the county has a responsibility to provide grant assistance to allow businesses to thrive. 

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 25, 2020

Candidates for the Whitman County Commission debated Thursday night about the county’s role in handling the pandemic, support of small businesses and developing long-term plans for rebuilding towns impacted by the Washington state fires.  Incumbent Dean Kinzer and business owner Tom Handy answered each...

Alumnus highlights farmworkers’ fight for justice

Members of the United Farm Workers Foundation stand in front of a building at a mask distribution event. The UFW Foundation has been highly involved in activism for farm workers’ rights.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 24, 2020

The Multicultural Student Center and Chicanx/Latinx Student Center highlighted the victories of farmworkers who battled for equity in the workforce during Wednesday’s virtual presentation by WSU alumnus Jerry Martinez. Washington grows several popular crops, occupying a spot as the top grower of...

Researcher made chair of plant pathology department

André-Denis Wright, dean of WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, said the $3 million endowment will result in reliable revenue for the college.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 21, 2020

A WSU plant pathology researcher will be the first to serve in the newly established Rosalie & Harold Rea Brown Distinguished Endowed Chair in Plant Pathology after his uncle gifted the WSU Foundation $3 million for wheat production research.  Tim Murray’s grandparents were Rosalie and Harold Rea Brown and the donor, ...

Horticulture researchers find ways to combat climate change in vineyards

Researchers in Prosser are developing ways to preserve the quality of wine-making industries by creating ways to prevent grapes from overheating.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 15, 2020

As climate change threatens Washington vineyards, a group of viticulture and enology researchers in Prosser are developing ways to preserve the quality of wine-making industries.  Markus Keller, professor of viticulture at WSU, and a team of postdoctoral students worked to determine how best to co...

WSU offers bulk beef orders

People can order quarter, half or whole cow carcasses. The cows have been ethically raised.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 2, 2020

Beef lovers can now order in bulk from WSU’s premium beef locker, enjoying meat from cattle born and raised within 12 miles of campus. Brent McCann, WSU Department of Animal Science beef operations manager, said each fall, he takes orders for quarter, half or whole carcasses. Whole orders includ...

Splice grafting could save Washington watermelons, WSU study finds

Splice grafting involves growers finding the most compatible rootstock and attaching its roots to a growing watermelon vine.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

August 31, 2020

A new study could help watermelon farmers in Washington fight a deadly fungal disease.  WSU researchers at the Department of Horticulture found that splice grafting, a centuries-old technique that attaches roots of other plants to a growing watermelon vine, could help watermelons build resistance ...

WSU tree researchers attempt to prevent Little Cherry Disease

Scott Harper, WSU assistant professor of virology, examines diseased cherries, which can be small and bitter.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

August 28, 2020

WSU scientists and cherry growers are finding new ways to prevent Little Cherry Disease, an infection that spreads between trees and can significantly decrease fruit yield.  When a tree growing fruit with pits, such as cherries or peaches, is infected with the disease, the only known way to keep i...

Scholarship encourages women to enter culinary, hospitality industries

The creation of a new scholarship for WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences endowed by the Seattle Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier represents a step forward in the agriculture industry by supporting its growth. 

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

August 25, 2020

A WSU Senior was awarded a new scholarship for WSU’s College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resources Sciences endowed by the women-led organization, Les Dames d’Escoffier. Harmony Stephens, senior organic and sustainable agriculture major, is the first person to receive the new scholarship....

Symposium to allow quinoa enthusiasts learn from leaders in the field

There will be several presentations on different quinoa-related topics during the International Quinoa Research Symposium. The presentations will include ways to cook, grow and market quinoa.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 24, 2020

Within the last several years, quinoa has become a household grain after being a rather unknown crop in many parts of the world. Researchers will call more attention to the crop by sharing cutting-edge research at the second International Quinoa Research Symposium. The symposium will spotlight how quinoa cont...

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