Pacific Northwest

Free pear rootstocks, systems virtual tour set for Aug. 14 in Washington

"A Virtual Field Tour: Pear Rootstocks and Systems for Today and Tomorrow," will be held Friday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m.– 11:30 a.m. PDT, by Washington State University Tree Fruit Extension, Michigan State University and the Washington... more »

Questions and answers on insect vectors of X-disease phytoplasma

Interview with Tobin Northfield, Washington State University Entomology. 1. What are the key insect vectors of X-disease phytoplasma? Six leafhoppers are known to transmit X-disease phytoplasma: Colladonus montanus, Fiebriella florii, Scaphytopius acutus, Paraphlepsius irroratus, Colladonus... more »

Okanagan Specialty Fruits hires Tahir as director, research and regulatory affairs

Summerland, British Columbia-based Okanagan Specialty Fruits announced Muhammad Tahir (Tahir) has joined the company as its new director, research and regulatory affairs, replacing John Armstrong, who is retiring after 20 years with the company. According... more »

OSU Extension adapts high-speed hand-washing technique for ag industry

More than a decade ago, Oregon State University Extension Family and Community Health faculty and staff in Deschutes County developed a technique to enable elementary school students to model good food safety behavior before sampling... more »

Tree fruit industry scholarship luncheons replaced with student celebration film

In years past, the Washington Apple Education Foundation would be gathering together scholarship recipients, their parents and donors for two annual scholarship celebration luncheon events held in late July in Yakima and Wenatchee.  With the... more »

COVID-19 agriculture regulations present challenges to Washington growers

Washington State University Extension faculty and staff are working to provide training and resources to Washington’s agriculture industry as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Washington state. “COVID-19 is affecting the food supply chain,” said... more »

X-disease phytoplasma vector management for 2020

Managing the leafhopper vectors of X-disease phytoplasma postharvest is important this season to slow the spread of the pathogen. Here we cover basic considerations. Keep in mind there are many unknowns about these leafhoppers and... more »

Wheeler joins Agricultural Technology and Production Management Program

Teacher and scientist Tadd Wheeler is joining Washington State University's Agricultural Technology and Production Management Program, helping prepare students for promising careers that blend technological know-how with modern agriculture. Starting on July 15, Wheeler will... more »


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