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Port Grant Supports Agricultural Research

Burlington– The Port of Skagit has approved a $25,000 grant to the Northwest Agricultural Research Foundation to support seven agricultural research projects in Skagit County during 2011.

The port began helping to fund agricultural research shortly after its formation in 1964. Since 2006, the port has provided grants totaling $150,000 for full or partial funding of 41 research projects through its partnership with NARF. The projects chosen for port funding this year are as follows:

  • Evaluations of Small Fruit, $5,000;
  • New Strategies for Managing Spotted Wing Drosophilla in Organic Blueberry, $3,000;
  • Grafting Vegetables for Soil-Borne Disease Resistance, $2,000;
  • Management of Powdery Mildew in an Organic Wine Grape Vineyard, $5,000;
  • Management of Verticillium in Spinach Seed, $3,000;
  • Weed Control in Cucumbers, $5,125;
  • Management of Diseases on Ornamental Bulbs and Cut Flowers, $1,000;
  • Administrative fee, $875.

“It’s vital for us to support agriculture at the port,” said Jerry Kaufman, president of the Port of Skagit Board of Commissioners. “Agriculture is one of the most important parts of the economy here in Skagit County.”

NARF was founded in 1945 by Western Washington grows and agriculture industry leaders to support the research efforts of Washington State University, for the benefit of growers and the greater community they serve. Although NARF has primarily focused on supporting WSU’s Northwest Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon, the organization also has provided funding to researchers throughout the state.

If you are a reporter seeking information about the Port of Skagit, please call Andrew Entrikin, community outreach administrator, at 360-757-0011 or email andrew@portofskagit.com