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Washington State University Extension of Benton and Franklin Counties connects area residents to the research and knowledge bases of the state’s land grand research university providing solutions to local problems and stimulating local economies. Our county-based educators work with partners in your communities to provide educational programs and leverage the broad resources of a major university to resolve issues and create a positive future for Benton and Franklin Counties and area residents.

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Today’s fast paced society is bustling with a sometimes overwhelming amount of internet articles, blogs and other resources. It seems a simple internet search can teach you how to do just about anything. But tread carefully! Much of this information is not necessarily research based, and in some cases can prove to be costly.

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WSU’s Voice of the Vine: Cabernet Sauvignon, Hard Cider, Blended Learning, Donors, and Board of Regents

Award-winning research offers choices for improving Cabernet Sauvignon

When it comes to more options for fine-tuning wines, innovative research by Washington State University and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates bridges the divide between the vineyard and the winery.

One recent research project focused on how maceration times and irrigation rates can affect the color, taste and mouthfeel of Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon wine. The study won 2014 Best Enology Paper from the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture for outstanding content and substantial contribution to the winemaking field.

“This groundbreaking experiment was a noteworthy example of industry and academic cooperation,” said James Harbertson, WSU associate ... » More ...

WSU’s Green Times: Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!


From the CAHNRS Communications Team that brings you Green Times, we wish you a joyful holiday season and Happy New Year.

Green Times will return in January 2015!

Sylvia, Scott, and Therese Go Cougs!

Enjoy these CAHNRS newsletters.

Green Times If you are interested in WSU research and education about organic agriculture and sustainable food systems, check out Green Times. Subscribe here.

On Solid Ground On Solid Ground features news and information about ways WSU researchers, students, and alumni support Washington agriculture and natural resources. Subscribe here.

Voice of the Vine Each issue of Voice of the ... » More ...

Keeping warm with gold fever

Here's fuel for daydreams of finding enormous gold nuggets when the weather improves.

Harvesting energy from sunlight

What if there were a two-for-one sale on kilowatts? Your power bill would be cut in half — not a bad result for your monthly budget.

Energy drives everything we produce and consume, and global energy consumption continues to grow year after year. The two-for-one image came to mind as I talked with Professor Jeanne McHale of Washington State University. McHale is a chemist who researches an alternative approach to making solar cells that produce electricity.

“There’s no question we have a lot of solar energy that strikes the planet each day,” McHale told me. “It’s an often-quoted statistic that just one hour of sunlight ... » More ...

WSU’s On Solid Ground: Christmas Trees, Dryland Wheat, Stink Bugs, Biofuels, and Foresters

December 2014

Reducing the mess: keeping Christmas tree needles where they belong

Nobody wants to set up a Christmas tree in their home and have the needles start falling off well before Santa shows up.

So to help Christmas tree buyers, Washington State University researchers are using a $90,000 grant to study the effect of ethylene on needle retention in species commonly grown in the Pacific Northwest.

Gary Chastagner, a professor of plant pathology at WSU, has studied Christmas trees since 1980. He’s made a career out of Christmas tree research, and he said needle loss is a huge concern for the Christmas ... » More ...



In 2014, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service. Extension engages people, organizations and communities to advance knowledge, economic well-being and quality of life by fostering inquiry, learning, and the application of research.

As part of Extension’s year-long celebration, we invite students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to share their reflections on how Extension programs, services, and people have enriched their lives.

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