October 1, 2014
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Natural Halloween decorations are both festive and eco-friendly.

Celebrate an eco-friendly Halloween

Metro - Candy, costumes and treats may add up to fun on Halloween, but such staples also contribute to an abundance of waste come the end of October. For those who embrace eco-friendly lifestyles, the thought of disposable or single-use Halloween paraphernalia can be even scarier than the costumed creatures going door-to-door.
Those with eco-conscious ideals need not compromise Halloween fun in the name of protecting the planet. They need only make some easy adaptations to some of their favorite Halloween traditions.
USDA unveils key new programs to help farmers manage risk

Washington U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.
Vilsack also announced that new tools are now available to help provide farmers the information they need to choose the new safety net program that is right for their business.
"The 2014 Farm Bill represented some of the largest farm policy reforms in decades. One of the Farm Bill's most significant reforms is finally taking effect," said Vilsack.
$350,000 donation supports dahlia virus research at WSU

Pullman - A $350,000 donation from an avid dahlia grower will support Washington State University research into viruses that afflict the ornamental flower crop.
"My brother clearly recognized that the knowledge in place at WSU made it the only practical place to solve the virus problem," said James Chuey, who made the gift from the Scheetz Chuey Charitable Foundation in honor of his late brother, Carl Chuey.