College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

WSU’s On Solid Ground: Nature appeal, Tree fruit website, Apple testing video, Genetic mapping, Forestry major, New farmer grants, Women in Ag Conference

February 2015


Nature appeal: Palouse conservation buffers please the eye, protect the landscape

Researchers know that adding natural buffers to the farm landscape can stop soil from vanishing.

Now, a scientist at Washington State University has found that more buffers can also please the eye.

Linda Klein, a recent doctoral graduate from WSU’s School of the Environment, worked with six other researchers at the university, plus one at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Moscow Forestry Sciences Laboratory, to explore the role that buffers—strips or clumps of shrubs, trees and natural vegetation—play in the landscape and in people’s visual preferences.

Klein chose four sites … » More …

Partnerships key to healthy Northwest grapevines

Gary Ballard, operations manager, tending grapevines at the Clean Plant Center Northwest in Prosser.
Washington’s grape industry has seen accelerating growth over the past several decades. That momentum is owed, in part, to the vision and hard work of people like Gary Ballard, the retiring operations manager of Washington State University’s Clean Plant Center Northwest Grape Program. The center has been producing "clean" grapevines for Northwest growers since 1961. Now in its tenth year under its current name and structure, the center is a reliable source for growers to receive planting stock from 300 grapevine selections that are state-certified as being tested free of 30 targeted viruses.» More ...

Find us on Facebook to win “The Crimson Spoon”

"The Crimson Spoon: Plating Region Cuisine on the Palouse" by WSU Executive Chef Jamie Callison.
"Like" the Washington State University Viticulture & Enology Program on Facebook for program and wine industry updates! Everyone who likes our post about "The Crimson Spoon: Plating Regional Cuisine on the Palouse" between February 18 and March 17, 2015, will be entered to win a copy. The winner of the cookbook will be announced on March 18 in the "Voice of the Vine" and on the WSU Viticulture & Enology Program Facebook page.» More ...

Wine Science Center nearly complete

Members of the viticulture and enology program at Washington State University are packing to move into their new digs on the Tri-Cities campus this spring. Construction of the $23-million Wine Science Center has reached substantial completion, and Lydig Construction is working through the “punch list” to finish the 39,300-square-foot, LEED Silver-certified research and teaching facility. (VIDEO)» More ...
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