Washington

Support of Farmers Markets throughout the United States

The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, Farmers Market Coalition, and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) launched an online Farmers Market Legal Toolkit.

Wasp Used to Combat Stink Bugs

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is an invasive pest that continues to expand its range throughout the United States.

Let the Robot Carry (and Manage) the Bins

Preliminary conceptual development field trials by Washington State University indicate that the productivity of fruit picking could be improved by 50 percent by an intelligent bin-managing system supported by a robotic self-propelled fruit bin carrier.

Chew on This: Ruminant Research Makes for Healthier Cows and Sheep

Researchers at the University of Alaska and other land-grant institutions are investigating the factors that improve fertility among cattle and sheep.

Combating Clam Decline

In recent decades, there has been a steady decline of the Manila clam on the tidal flats of the Lummi Reservation near Bellingham, Washington.

Check Out a Wealth of Resources at Farm Answers

Farm Answers is supported by NIFA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), providing resources to help both new and experienced farmers and agricultural producers.

Natural Plant Could Help Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease

A natural defense that helps plants ward off insect predators could lead to better crops and new treatments for cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, as discovered by NIFA-supported researchers at Washington State University (WSU).

New Farm-based Research Guide Now Available

A new educational resource is available from Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE).

Our Farms, Our Future

The theme of the NIFA-funded Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) 30th Anniversary Report is “Our Farms, Our Future.” Taken together, the thousands of men and women who received SARE grants and shaped SARE priorities over the years have one objective in common: making American agriculture stronger and more sustainable.

Microbial Control of Insect Pests

While many insects are important to agriculture and society, some are serious pests that harm crops, livestock, humans, and the environment. The damage they inflict and resources to control them cost the United States over $120 billion each year.