Book of secrets

Karin Argo of Zillah, Washington, is selling the second edition of her popular The Secrets of Eastern Washington Cookbook. Argo, who grew up on an apple, cherry, and pear orchard in Yakima, said she wrote the book as a way to showcase agriculture in central Washington. It includes a sprinkling of history, legend, and trivia about Washington’s origin and how agriculture became the number-one industry. Recipes were contributed by many different agricultural commissions, wineries, and breweries and from Argo herself.

The book costs $15.95 and can be ordered from Argo at P.O. Box 1849, Zillah, WA 98953, or by fax at (509) 829-6163.

Verdesian acquires NW Ag Products

Verdesian Life Sciences, LLC, of Cary, North Carolina, has acquired Northwest Agricultural Products, Inc., an agricultural products supplier based in Pasco, ­Washington.

Northwest Agricultural Products specializes in eco-friendly products and produces biostimulants and biopesticides, including Bloomtime FD for fireblight management. The company was established in 1989 by David Beregevin. It will continue to operate independently out of Pasco for the 2013 season.

Verdesian, which is part of the private-equity firm Paine & Partners, focuses on investments in plant health and nutrition. In 2012, it acquired Biagro Western Sales, LLC.

Cold Train Express

Shipping a container on the Cold Train refrigerated express intermodal service from Quincy, Washington, to Chicago, or vice versa, reduces the shipment’s carbon footprint by more than 50 percent compared with trucking, according to McKinstry, an energy services company.

The Port of Quincy and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway launched the Cold Train service between Quincy and Chicago in 2010. Intermodal shipments can be lifted quickly from a truck trailer directly onto the train, and the nonstop service between Quincy and Chicago takes less time than by truck.

Wireless monitoring system

The McCrometer Connect wireless system is a suite of products for remote monitoring for crop and irrigation management. It includes sensors for a wide range of applications such as soil moisture, weather, frost, evapotranspiration, water level, and pump monitoring as well as automatic meter reading. Communications options include satellite, cellular, and ultrahigh frequency and spread spectrum radio. Data can be accessed by smartphone, tablet, or personal computer, and notifications received by email, text, or voice mail. For more information, check the Web site

Antibiotic registered in Canada

Arysta LifeScience North America has received registration for the antibiotic Kasumin (kasugamycin) for control of fireblight on pome fruits and bacterial diseases of vegetables in Canada. The new product should be effective against streptomycin-resistant strains of fireblight, according to Arysta. For more information, check the Web site