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News for April 6, 2010

From cow to can: the story of WSU's home-grown cheeses

Every morning at 5 a.m., a student driver delivers 15,000 pounds of milk from Knott Dairy farm to the WSU Creamery.

The milk eventually will be turned into Cougar Gold cheese, but the process takes at least a year to complete and requires the help of a large number of WSU students, faculty and staff. The milk also is used to make Ferdinand’s ice cream.

Their hard work translates into a local product, designed by WSU researchers and enjoyed by WSU and non-WSU folks alike. The cheese is just one of several local food products available in Pullman and the Palouse. Eating local has become popular recently, but the cheese has stood the test of time.


Endangered French cheeses cry out for help.

In one of Paris’ top hotels recently, a crowd of foodies sat down for a tasting with a difference – a nibble of rare French cheeses facing gastronomic extinction.

Along with tipples of reds and whites, waiters dished up a palette ranging from pungent blue to goat-milk creaminess and crusty buttery cows’ milk slabs.


Raw milk co-op not defying court order

Re: Court orders cow sharers to halt flow of raw milk (NewsLeader, March 20)

News coverage of the controversy about our raw milk dairy has been even-handed, for the most part.

But there are a few points which ought to be clarified.

It is incorrect to say that we are “defying” the Supreme Court order. From the start, we operated in accordance with the Milk Industry Act, and we still do.


Free, new organic guides available for farmers

ITHACA, N.Y. — Nine new and free organic production guides are now available for farmers.

The guides provide information on how to produce certified organic apples, blueberries, grapes, lettuce, potatoes, spinach, strawberries and cole crops, including cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

There is also a new guide on management of dairy cattle pests using organic integrated pest management methods. The guides can be downloaded at


USDA's deputy secretary discusses challenges for organic food market

Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary at the Agriculture Department, sat down with The Washington Post to discuss the agency's eight-year-old National Organics Program and the challenges ahead for the organics market, which is growing as much as 20 percent a year. In an investigation published last year, The Post pointed to several problems in the program, including the agency's failure to discipline violators and to properly test products labeled organic. The USDA's inspector general issued a report last month identifying the same problems and calling for changes.



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