Pacific Northwest

Co-robotic harvest-aid platforms topic of free webinar

Washington State University and Oregon State University will hold a webinar on how co-robotic harvest-aid platforms can increase harvesting speed. The free zoom webinar will be held Oct. 15 at 10 a.m Pacific Time. It will... more »

New $7 million USDA grant expands WSU farmer suicide prevention program

Farming is a high-stress occupation. Land and equipment are expensive. Work hours are long and physically strenuous. Economic pressure from potential crop problems weigh heavily. Those stresses too often lead to thoughts of suicide for... more »

Washington State University resources help grape growers combat extreme heat

Extreme heat, and too much water in response, affects a delicate balance in winegrape quality. Washington State University (WSU) researchers are studying the effects of heat, and developing an electronic, open-source cooling system to protect... more »

Washington Apple Education Foundation launches scholarship resource website

The Washington Apple Education Foundation’s (WAEF) new scholarship resource website went live this week.  The site, located at www.scholarshipresources.org, was created to serve the scholarship information needs of college-bound students and their parents and school... more »

Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Arctic Apple developer, appoints new director of sales

Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) is pleased to announce Bob Wilkinson has joined the company as its new Director of Sales. Bob brings a strong track record of success in sales, extensive experience in food service,... more »

Emergency Temporary Worker Housing Rule enacted in Washington state

On Sept. 10, Washington state announced a new Emergency Temporary Worker Housing  (TWH) Rule, which expires on Jan. 8, and proposed a new permanent rule, which may be issued next spring if needed. The new rule emphasizes... more »

Washington State University gets $3M for endowment to bolster food security

Washington State University announced a $3 million gift to establish the Rosalie & Harold Rea Brown Distinguished Endowed Chair in Plant Pathology. The gift, from the Rosalie & Harold... more »

Washington state apples expecting lighter crop volume

In early August, the first estimate for the Washington apple crop predicted a crop volume of 134 million boxes (40 lb.), on par with the previous season of 133 million boxes. Since the time of... more »


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