WSU: Agrability Works To Keep Farmers Farming

Farming is a demanding job, physically, emotionally, and in a variety of other ways. But what happens if something changes make it harder to farm day in and day out? Washington State University’s Kristen VanValkenburg said that’s where Agrability steps in. She noted the program is a resource to help farmers address challenges that make […]

Waters Is Hopeful Cold Temperatures Will Help Farmers This Growing Season

The cold temperatures the Pacific Northwest saw to ring in the New Year may help farmers later this growing season. Washington State University’s Dr. Tim Waters says while those frigid temperatures will do little to the insect and disease population, the temps will disrupt where many of those pest like to live; volunteer potatoes. “When […]

WSU Is Working To Build Better Hops

Washington State University is leading an effort to improve hops and help hop growers, with an eye toward boosting the craft beer industry. The effort comes thanks to a $5 million USDA grant with a goal of breeding new hop varieties that are naturally resistant to key viruses. WSU Entomologist Doug Walsh said the result […]

WSU Report Looks At Potential Of Biochar

Washington State University recently published a roadmap for future development of the biochar industry in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Karen Hills with WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources said this collaborative effort not only looked at the current state of the biochar industry, but also tried to address what it will take […]

WSU Out With Soil Health Roadmap

Washington State University is out with a 124-page Roadmap that outlines the current challenges, as well ways to help maintain healthy soils statewide. Chris Benedict, WSU Regional Extension Specialist, said this Roadmap is part of the Soil Health Initiative approved by state lawmakers in 2020. He noted the Roadmap unites groups that typically would not […]

How Did The Pandemic Impact Food Accessibility In Washington?

The Washington State Department of Agriculture recently commissioned two studies to look at the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on food accessibility and production. The WSDA’s Hector Castro, said the two studies, one conducted by Washington State University, the other by the University of Washington, found while the pandemic created significant challenges for both food access and production, the […]

Washington Organic Seed Summit Set For Early December

Washington State University food systems program, Viva Farms and Organic Seed Alliance, will host the first ever Washington Organic Seed Summit. Project manager, Aba Kiser, says organizers hope the three-day event be a network building opportunity for Evergreen State based seed growers of all levels of experience. “There will be a wide range of presenters from […]