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Bread Lab receives $1.5 million to fund grain research, assist farmers

Feb 5th, 2018 | Category: News

MOUNT VERNON – Washington State University’s Bread Lab in Mount Vernon has received $1.5 million to research growing grains in the Skagit Valley. The endowment, announced Jan. 31, comes from Clif Bar & Company ($850,000), King Arthur Flour Co. ($500,000), and $150,000 from nine individuals and two organizations. According to a press release, this is Clif Bar’s second and King Arthur’s first public university endowment dedicated to developing crop varieties adapted to organic farming practices. The funding will help assist farmers interested in growing organic grains.

In 2016, King Arthur Flour built and opened a Baking School at The Bread Lab, teaching professional and home bakers how to bake with a variety of flours and grains. For more information about the Bread Lab, and its ongoing research, including wheat, barley, and other grains for baking and malting, see http://thebreadlab.wsu.edu.

The Clif Bar Family Foundation has awarded $1.4 million to fund 16 graduate fellowships in organic plant breeding at colleges and universities across the country, including six at WSU.

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