College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Did port slowdowns bust our hay export boom?

Hay languished in the fields this year while farmers waited for dockworkers to settle their contract dispute with West Coast port operators.	Credit: Flickr User Charlie Bird
While Washington’s farmers rejoiced at the recent resolution of the four-month-long work slowdown at West Coast ports, the ill effects of that protracted labor dispute are not over yet. Months of late shipments have overseas markets skittish about American trade. That concern promises to linger for Washington-grown apples, wheat, potatoes and especially hay. Yes, hay.» More ...

Voice of the Vine: vineyard suitability map, viticulture book, First Citizen, cookbook winner, weather station demo, WA wine month (March 2015)

Award-winning WSU research maps suitability of Washington vineyard locations | WSU prof updates award-winning viticulture book | Ted Baseler selected as 2015 Seattle-King County First Citizen | Congrats, Kaelin! You’ve won 'The Crimson Spoon' on Facebook | AgWeatherNet demo attracts learners of all ages Celebrate Taste Washington Wine Month!» More ...

Award-winning WSU research maps suitability of Washington vineyard locations

Golnaz Badr, WSU doctoral student of engineering, has combined Washington soil, topography and weather data into a state map showing areas suitable for vineyards.
Selecting a vineyard site is one of the most important decisions for owners — it can make or break them economically. Washington State University doctoral student of engineering Golnaz Badr is using data on Washington soil, topography and weather to create a state map and scoring system that could help growers take some of the guesswork out of choosing a new vineyard location.» More ...

AgWeatherNet demo attracts learners of all ages

AgWeatherNet Director Gerrit Hoogenboom shows WSU vitculture and enology students how the weather station on the Tri-Cities campus works. The program manages 160 automated weather stations across Washington.
AgWeatherNet Director Gerrit Hoogenboom recently visited the Washington State University Tri-Cities campus to share information about the university's 160 automated weather stations across the state. Not only was there a good crowd of WSU viticulture and enology students, but 13-year-old Angelo Bravo came to learn more about being a meteorologist -- a career he's been interested in since age 3! His mother Sylvia said, "When other kids were watching cartoons, he was watching the weather channel."» More ...

Higher education advocate and architect of state’s wine prominence selected as 2015 Seattle-King County First Citizen

Ted Baseler, president and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, is the 77th Seattle-King County First Citizen. Widely recognized for propelling the state’s wine industry to prominence on the world wine stage, he is also known to be a strong advocate for higher education and a champion for underserved students.
Theodor “Ted” Baseler, president and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, is the 77th Seattle-King County First Citizen. Although widely recognized for propelling the state’s wine industry to prominence on the world wine stage, he is also known to be a strong advocate for higher education and a champion for underserved students.» More ...
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