October 15, 2014
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The new Cosmic Crisp apple trees will be heading into orchards for planting in spring 2017.

WSU announces results of drawing to distribute WA 38 apple trees

Pullman - Twenty-four Washington growers will be the first to grow the new apple from Washington State University's breeding program - the Cosmic Crisp brand WA 38 variety.
The growers were selected in a drawing held by WSU in an effort to facilitate fair distribution of a limited number of trees in the first year of release. Applicants were selected using a random number generator.
Grant helps WSU improve state's most valuable crops

Pullman - Scientists at Washington State University have been awarded $2.53 million to improve fruit quality and disease resistance of crops in the rosaceae family (apple, blackberry, peach, pear, rose, strawberry, sweet cherry and tart cherry).
The production, processing and marketing of these crops in Washington generate an annual economic impact of more than $6 billion, making them the state's most valuable agricultural commodity, said Jim McFerson, Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission research manager.
SDA expands access to credit to help more beginning and family farmers

Washington - Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will improve farm loans by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers. As part of this effort, USDA is raising the borrowing limit for the microloan program from $35,000 to $50,000; simplify the lending processes; updating required "farming experience" to include other valuable experiences; and expanding eligible business entities to reflect changes in the way family farms are owned and operated. The changes become effective Nov. 7.

Ecology Youth Corps wrap up productive season

Olympia Ecology Youth Corps crews picked up 501,275 pounds of litter this summer from 3,051 miles of roadways and 17 illegal dump sites in Washington.
Youth crews picked up 645,135 pounds of litter last summer. But fewer teens were hired this year due to legislative action transferring over 50 percent of the litter tax to fund State Parks operations.
Annually in Washington, over 12 million pounds of unwanted items are tossed and blown onto roads. Washingtonians can do their part by putting recyclables and trash in proper receptacles and securing items loaded into vehicles properly.