Small Bites

Washington 4-H empowers African youth

Children arrive at school hungry, don’t receive any nourishment during their five-hour school days, and can’t afford to bring food from home, according to teachers and school staff in Burundi. That was the overwhelming response to questions posed by Washington State University Extension faculty during an exploratory trip in 2013. Mary Katherine Deen and Kevin […]

Voices of Extension Story Project

For the past century, WSU Extension has applied research and education to improve the quality of life throughout Washington. As part of our yearlong celebration of Extension’s 100th birthday, CAHNRS Communications invites former and current students, faculty, staff, and friends to share how WSU Extension programs, services, and people have enriched their lives. Whether Extension […]

Creating a Picture of Extension

One of the ways we are letting people know that WSU Extension is turning 100 years old is with a commemorative poster (shown below). The poster creates a colorful and lasting reminder of this milestone in our state’s history. Illustrator Robin Moline’s artwork captures the diverse beauty and geography of Washington State from east to […]

Facelift for Ferdinand’s

On September 24 at Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe on the WSU campus, visitors were drawn into a juxtaposed environment of old and new. They came to celebrate 65 years of delicious dairy treats in an updated retail space. The popular eatery was festively decorated for a birthday party and had vintage music playing from when […]

Humans and Robots Team Up for a High-tech Fruit Harvest

With the bumper crop of apples in 2013, many Washington tree fruit growers dream of a day when automated technology helps bring in the harvest. Manoj Karkee, assistant professor with the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems at Washington State University, believes that day will soon be here. Karkee and his team of WSU scientists […]

CAHNRS Fall Festival Scholarship Winners

CAHNRS awarded four $1,000 scholarships through a random drawing at Fall Festival. All that was required to enter was an application. Sara Adams Freshman, Ag and Food Systems Why did you choose WSU? My ultimate goal was to become a veterinarian so I chose WSU, of course! My backup plan was to be an Ag […]

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Saving Honey Bees

Honey bees face a lot of challenges, according to Steve Sheppard, professor of entomology at WSU. Invasive mites can sap a brood’s strength and bring in viruses. Pesticides can build up in the brood comb and weaken the bees. And, while the agricultural practice of monoculture provides a lot of food, it offers little of […]

Electric Tongue

An “electronic tongue” at Washington State University is hard-wired to taste wines in a way that human tongues cannot. Unlike human taste buds, this so-called “e-tongue” never tires or takes a day off, even after hours of around-the-clock sampling, said Carolyn Ross, associate professor of food science and viticulture and enology, who runs the sensory […]