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The quarterly agriculture magazine covering issues from Washington, Idaho and Oregon

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    SpokaneLincoln

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    Whitman

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    GarfieldColumbia

    Walla WallaBenton

    Klickitat

    YakimaFranklin

    Farm and RanchSUMMER 2015

    Low energy promotes efficiency and safety :Pain and startle are the enemy when handling animals Page 10

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  • MOSCOWPULLMAN DAILY NEWS | Friday, June 26, 2015 | 3ANorthwest Farm and Ranch

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    Editorial suggestions and ideas can be sentto Lee Rozen at lrozen@dnews.com or Doug Bauer at dbauer@lmtribune.com.

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    SpokaneLincoln

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    On the cover: Washington State University dairy cows | Photo

    courtesy of WSU

    More milk, more progressWSUs Knott Dairy Center equipment upgrade provides

    students with hands-on experience | 7A

    Researcher: No danger in RoundupSays popular weed killer not considered

    carcinogenic | 5A

    Agriculture jobs on the riseStudy predicts spike in employment to continue

    through 2020 | 14A

    Climate change may be changing farms Increase in temperatures signal increase in greenhouse

    gases | 15A

  • 4A | Friday, June 26, 2015 | Moscow-PullMan Daily news Northwest Farm and Ranch

    By Kathy Hedbergfor Northwest Farm and Ranch

    An updated version of a soil science text-book developed by a University of Idaho soil chemistry professor will help make the compli-cated subject more acces-sible to undergraduate students.

    Daniel G. Strawns version of Soil Chemistry the fourth edition was recent-ly published by Wiley Blackwell publishers.

    Strawn has been working at the UI for 15 years and teaches a senior-level environmen-tal soil chemistry class.

    The book is designed to be used for an under-

    graduate student in an under-graduate class, as opposed to other textbooks typically w r i t t e n for gradu-ate stu-d e n t s , S t r a w n

    said.Most of soil chemis-

    try is aimed at seniors and graduate students, Strawn said.

    What happens a lot of times is that the undergraduate student often feels overwhelmed by all the amount of information.

    Strawns version focuses on giving just the information an undergraduate student could use in a one-semester class and does not include more of the advanced details needed in upper-level classes.

    The information is presented in a direct way that someone who doesnt have a lot of background can still understand it, he said.

    The book only recent-ly was released, but Strawn said during the two years he worked to revise the earlier text-books he had some of his undergraduate students preview it.

    My impression is the students appreciate

    the information and the approach and I got some feedback and used that to rewrite it, Strawn said.

    When Strawn was an undergraduate 20 years ago at the University of California, Davis, he had used the second edition of Soil Chemistry writ-ten by Hinrich Bohn and George A. OConnor.

    The book helped influence his career choice, which has included a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and a White House visit with President George W. Bush in 2003.

    The third edition was published in 2001 and when Strawn decided it

    needed to be updated he made contact with the original authors. They had co-written the text in the 1970s and gave their approval for his new version.

    Strawn said he is pleased this latest edi-tion has gone down con-siderably in price to $159, which is 15 percent less than the third edi-tion. A paperback version costs $79 and the e-book copy lists for $64.

    I think not too many people have the oppor-tunity to really take on such a project, he said of rewriting the textbook. It takes a lot of time and effort. I was fortunate that I was able to work with the earlier edition authors.

    I would say I feel pretty good about it.

    I think its one of the things of my career that I feel really proud of.

    Kathy Hedberg may be reached at kathyhedberg@gmail.com, or (208) 983-2326.

    Updated version of UI textbook makes subject within reach for students

    As easy as soil chemistry 101

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    CourtesyThe cover of Soil Chemistry written by Daniel G. Strawn.

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  • Moscow-PullMan Daily news | Friday, June 26, 2015 | 5ANorthwest Farm and Ranch

    By Shanon Quinnfor Northwest Farm and Ranch

    Washington State University Tri-Cities professor Allan Felsot recently pre-sented evidence to attendees of the Latin American Pesticide Residue Workshop countering a recent assertion that the active ingredient of popular herbicide Roundup is a carcino-gen.

    The International Agency for Research on Cancer an arm of the World Health Organization recently released its conclusions that

    glyphosate is probably carcinogenic to humans on the basis of tumors in mice, according to a statement in March.

    The content gener-ated by the IARC con-cluded that glyphosate was part of a human carcinogen, he said. I made the conclusion that their conclusion is completely out of date.

    Glyphosate was introduced in the United States around 1970 under the name Roundup, and it is currently the most widely used and pro-duced week killer in

    the world, according to the IARC.

    Studies conducted in the U.S. by the United States Environmental Protection Agency placed the chemi-cal in a C Class possibly carcino-genic to humans in 1985, but after later investigations the classification was changed. The 1991 studies, which focused on agricultural exposure in humans and lab mice, found evidence of non-carcinogenicity.

    Felsot, who began research on the topic when IARC made its prelimi-nary announcement in March, said he jum