Free tours July 10 at WSU's Mount Vernon research gardens


MOUNT VERNON - Tour Washington State University's research gardens, learn about everything from livestock to plant breeding and enjoy a chicken barbecue Thursday, July 10.

The free event at WSU's Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center starts at 3:30 p.m. at 16650 Highway 536. People can take a walking tour of the 100 acres of research plots. A wagon ride will be available for those who choose not to walk during the tour.

Students and faculty members will present their research in the center's eight different programs - plant breeding, small fruit horticulture, entomology, vegetable seed pathology, vegetable horticulture, vegetable pathology, weed science, and dairy and livestock - and what effects their research can have on the region's agriculture and local economy.

"It is a great opportunity for us to show what we do to help the region," said Steve Jones, WSU Mount Vernon director.

The field day, an annual event for more than 60 years, includes the barbecue at 6 p.m.

The event will count as two credits for those who seek pesticide recertification through the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

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