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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 reporter 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 reporter 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 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...

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...

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. 

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

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...

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.

Alumnus highlights farmworkers’ fight for justice

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...

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.

Researcher made chair of plant pathology department

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...

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

Horticulture researchers find ways to combat climate change in vineyards

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...

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

WSU offers bulk beef orders

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...

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