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New buildings top WSU ag priorities for state funding
New buildings top WSU ag priorities for state funding

SPOKANE — Washington State University’s agriculture school considers two new buildings its top funding priorities when the state legislature goes into session next January, a top official says.

The university expects “fiscal...

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Startup wants to put self-driving big rigs on U.S. highways

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Picture an 18-wheel truck barreling down the highway with 80,000 pounds of cargo and no one but a robot at the wheel.

To many, that might seem a frightening idea, even at a time when a few dozen of Google’s...

$2M grant benefits WSU, USDA breeding programs

Washington farmers will see better crop varieties even faster with the help of a $2 million grant, a Washington State University wheat breeder says.

The USDA recently awarded the university the grant through the Agriculture and Food Research...

Wheat variety trial tours to focus on stripe rust, protein
Wheat variety trial tours to focus on stripe rust, protein

The region’s wheat variety trial crop tour season kicks off May 25 with the Columbia County, Wash., Conservation tour and runs through July 14, wrapping up with tours in St. John and Lamont.

For the most part, crop conditions look good,...

Researchers attempting to understand spotted wing drosophila
Researchers attempting to understand spotted wing drosophila

Researchers around the Pacific Northwest continue to trap for and try to better understand the spotted wing drosophila, an exotic fruit fly that attacks a wide variety of fruit crops.

The pest continues to be found wherever traps are set for it...

Researcher studies tools ranging from netting to X-ray meters
Researcher studies tools ranging from netting to X-ray meters

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Lee Kalcsits considers himself to be fortunate. At just 33, he has a top job in Washington state tree fruit physiology.

“I’ve always loved working in tree fruit,” he says. “The most rewarding...

Idaho farmers watching for early insects
Idaho farmers watching for early insects

KIMBERLY, Idaho — University of Idaho Extension entomologist Erik Wenninger believes insect development is well ahead of normal in Idaho following a mild winter, and growers could face heightened pest and disease challenges, as a...

Parma research station gets state-of-the-art cold storage facility
Parma research station gets state-of-the-art cold storage facility

PARMA, Idaho — Researchers at the University of Idaho’s Parma experiment station now have access to a state-of-the-art cold storage facility.

The $500,000 facility, which recently became operational, will greatly increase the...

Mixed report on the world’s plants

LONDON (AP) — A report billed as the first comprehensive look at world’s plants finds a planet slowly being ravaged by changing land use, mostly conversion of forests to agriculture to feed a growing population, and climate...

Researchers test almonds in Idaho
Researchers test almonds in Idaho

PARMA, Idaho — Researchers have planted an almond orchard trial in response to a large number of inquiries from commercial growers who want to know if that crop can grow well here.

Essie Fallahi, who heads the University of...

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