Scientists who study the health and nutrition of these crops would receive grants totaling $125 million over next five years if the initiative passes with the farm bill later this year. Most money would go to the Washington State University and the University of Idaho...
Chickpea is another crop gaining in popularity. Its acreage in Washington state has exploded from less than 10,000 acres in 2000 to 80,000 this year. A primary factor has been the significant demand for hummus, McGreevy said.
In the past few years, more than 1,000 farms that grow these crops in Washington have helped make the state one of the biggest producers of pulse crops in the nation.
McGreevy thinks the research would bring “a turning of the times” to the industry.
“Currently, the investment research on pulse crops is only less than $3 million a year,” he said. “They are definitely under-researched.”
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.