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Lose Weight with Whole Grains

It’s no secret that whole grains protect against a host of life-threatening conditions, from heart disease and cancer to diabetes. Maintaining a healthy body weight plays a key role in preventing chronic illnesses such as these. Now, new research...

Washington Farmers: Combatting Food Insecurity

As Washington farmers embrace technologies and advances in research to improve food production, our residents benefit. About 14 percent of Washington residents experience food insecurity, below the national average. The number of food insecure 8th through 12th graders has...

Funding Agricultural Research for a Sustainable Food Supply

Wheat farmers in Washington breathe a small sigh of relief as Wheat prices come in at slightly above the record lows of the past two years—but not high enough. Many of our farmers are unable to break even financially...

Using Natural Plant Defenses

Using natural plant defenses for sustainable agriculture.  Self-defense in plants may be part of an effective solution to sustainable agriculture, in particular, growing some crops without chemical pesticides. All plants contain poisons, for example, the sharp spice of horseradish and wasabi,...

Plants Respond to Attacks by Insects

Plant behavior. Plants respond to attacks by insects with complex changes in their metabolism, including the production of toxic and anti-digestive chemicals as well as odors. In other words, plants taste and smell differently after an insect attack. These...

The Benefits of Pesticides

The benefits of pesticides include higher quality food production, increased profits for farmers and the prevention of diseases. Although pests consume or harm a large portion of agricultural crops, without the use of pesticides, it is likely that they...

Alternatives to Pesticides

Alternatives to Pesticides and Integrated Pest Management Many sustainable farms use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as a compliment or alternative to the use of pesticides.  IPM is a growing movement among farms of all sizes that incorporates a variety of...

The Role of Seed Treatments

Seed treatments, dressings and coatings can be used as a successful tool in pest management. These methods are agro-friendly since they target the pests and diseases with smaller amounts of active ingredients and are not introduced into the atmosphere....
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