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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...

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...

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 ...

Five bacterial proteins could be used for vaccine in cattle

Some cattle, especially younger ones, seem to better withstand infection from a disease called anaplasmosis.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 22, 2020

WSU researchers investigating the bacteria Anaplasma marginale have identified five proteins that could potentially be used in a global vaccine against it. A. marginale is a tick-borne bacteria that infects red blood cells in cattle, said Kelly Brayton, professor in WSU’s Department of Veterinary Micro...

Research center director moves from Puyallup to Wenatchee

The arid environment of the Cascades allows for large pear, apple and cherry orchards to bloom best in the Wenatchee area, says incoming director of WSU's Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 15, 2020

The director of the Mt. Vernon and Puyallup WSU research centers will take a permanent position at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center based out of Wenatchee, Washington.  Chad Kruger spent much of his career at WSU; he grew up in eastern Washington and started working for the universit...

‘Lost’ apple rediscovered near WSU

David Benscoter, founder of the Lost Apple Project, said the Mihalyfi was one of 20 Hungarian apple varieties brought to the then Washington State Agricultural College in the late 1800s.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

Approximately seven miles southeast of WSU’s Pullman campus on Rocky Butte, a historic apple was rediscovered by the Lost Apple Project. Roy Druffel, a farmer who owns land on Rocky Butte, is a committee member of the Lost Apple Project and discovered the Mihalyfi apple. Project founder David Bensc...

Agriculture company gives away Russet potatoes

Volunteers load potatoes from a conveyor belt into cars, boxes, coolers and bags for people to take home.

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen reporter

May 11, 2020

A line of cars starting from SE Latah Street stretched all the way to Pullman City Hall on Saturday morning. Individuals, some wearing “#PalouseProud” t-shirts, gathered near a semitrailer filled with a mountain of Russet potatoes.  At the start of the line, a man waited with his service dog who ...

Becoming bacteria-free

Researchers at WSU are working to decrease bacteria on fruit.

BY HILARY TAYLOR | Evergreen contributor

February 24, 2015

Reducing food contamination and improving the safety and quality of food is what motivates one scientist at Washington State University.Shyam S. Sablani, a WSU associate professor, is currently working to make frozen red raspberries less susceptible to harmful bacteria by using Ultraviolet light-C or UV-C light.“We are try...

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