Washington State University President Kirk Schulz shared some of the university's recent highlights (the Cosmic Crisp Apple).

Schulz boasted of WSU's economic effect on the state, including its boost to the wine industry and the university's new Cosmic Crisp Apple, a product of WSU's tree fruit breeding program, which is expected to hit store shelves in 2019. Twelve million Cosmic Apple trees are expected to be planted, in what Schulz called the largest introduction of an apple, ever.

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Washington State University President Kirk Schulz packed an auditorium Wednesday at his first State of the University address. He highlighted the university's accomplishments since his presidency began last June.

Another big point Schulz focused on was the Drive to 25. This campaign aims to make WSU one of the top 25 in the nation for research by 2030.

Some notable research already taking place includes the creation of the Cosmic Crisp apple, which is part of a WSU program Schulz described as having fruition (pun intended). He said about 3 million Cosmic Crisp apple trees will be planted and available to consumers by 2020.

Schulz added that the advantage of a land grant university like WSU is its strength in agriculture.

“It shows what can happen when you have a long term research program working with local industry,” he said.

Article by Angela Nhi Nguyen, NW News Network