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CAHNRS News – April 2015

Posted by | April 6, 2015

Preparing to grow

OrganicFarm HoophouseVolunteers are helping complete the transition of the WSU Organic Farm to the Eggert Family Organic Farm. Two of three hoophouses are ready for veggies, a high-density apple orchard is planted, and a new packing shed is framed. Visit the farm’s Facebook page for pictures of the development. Full production is on schedule for this season!

A life of service

Casavant-award-2015-300x271Ken Casavant was honored at the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet with the President’s Distinguished Lifetime Service Award for his many contributions to WSU and the Pullman community. Learn more.

But Casavant’s commitment to service is not over. His continued involvement with two statewide projects as director of the Freight Policy Transportation Institute (FPTI) provides a glimpse into the impacts he’s still making on local economics. Working with FPTI assistant director Jeremy Sage and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the collaborative research team produced a March 2015 preliminary “Short Line Rail Inventory and Needs Assessment” to help identify opportunities for investment. Throughout the development process, Casavant and Sage engaged key stakeholders to encourage coordinated, relevant policy. FPTI and WSDOT will deliver the final report to the state legislature in June.

As a follow-up to the award-winning 2010 “Study of Rural Transportation Issues” conducted by FPTI in collaboration with the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, Casavant and Sage are also examining all modes of agricultural transportation for system resiliency, with special interest in the ability of the aging U.S. waterway infrastructure to move agricultural goods. This project is mandated by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Spanish Viticulture Extension publications

The WSU Viticulture and Enology Program is proud to announce the translation of several Extension publications into Spanish. Faculty leads Doug Walsh and Michelle Moyer were awarded a National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant focused on crop protection and pest management. The guides are now available at the WSU Extension Online Store, and links are being added (with “Español” tags) to the V&E Extension site.

EM042ES_smallFebruary and March releases:

  • Podredumbre por Botrytis en la uva para producción comercial en Washington (Botrytis Bunch Rot, FS046ES)
  • Oídio de la uva para producción comercial en el este de Washington (Grape Powdery Mildew, EM058ES)
  • Evaluación y manejo del daño por frío en los viñedos de Washington (Assessing and Managing Cold Damage, EM042ES)

Coming soon:

  • Conceptos básicos de riego para los viñedos del este de Washington (Irrigation Basics, EM061ES)
  • Estimación del rendimiento del viñedo (Yield Estimation, EM086ES)

Okanogan County Extension leadership change

Curtis Beus retired from WSU Extension effective February 26, 2015 after more than 19 years of valued service to WSU and Washington State residents. WSU has appointed Ann Fagerlie as the interim director for Okanogan County Extension until the permanent position vacated by Beus is refilled. Prior to launching the anticipated spring 2015 search, stakeholder input sessions and meetings with the Okanogan County Board of County Commissioners will be conducted to inform the development of the position description and programmatic focus.


April 7: Conservation agriculture, organic farming and agroecology: The three musketeers of sustainable food systems

The Department of Crop & Soil Science Student Choice Seminar features Martin Entz, professor in the Department of Plant Science at the University of Manitoba, who will present his research on cropping systems and natural systems agriculture. Learn more.

Johnson Hall 343, 11 a.m.–noon

April 710: National Extension Energy Summit

NatExtEnergySummitJoin Extension professionals and clean energy advocates to share experiences and information, learn from successes and challenges, and build new partnerships for energy programs. Represented expertise includes sustainable and renewable energy, home and farm energy efficiency, and biomass energy.

Motif Seattle, 1415 Fifth Avenue

Registration is $300. Learn more.

April 8: The Relationship between Health and Schooling: What’s New?

The 2015 Bertha C. and Roy E. Leigh Distinguished Lecture in Economics, sponsored by the School of Economic Sciences with a reception to follow, will feature Dr. Michael Grossman, Distinguished Professor of Economics at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Does better schooling affect the health status in a population? Or does better health increase schooling? Learn more.

CUE 203, 7 p.m.

April 9: A Bee’s Eye Perspective on Sustainable Agriculture

The 2015 E. Paul Catts Public Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Entomology, will feature Dr. Claire Kremen, a professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. Kremen will discuss how sustainable farming practices and conservation of “pollinator-friendly” habitat across landscapes can mitigate this ecological harm and contribute to sustainable farming and global food security.

CUE 203, 6 p.m. (Reception preceding talk at 5 p.m.)

April 16 & 21: Farmers Market & Local Foods Promotion Program Workshops

FarmersMarket&LocalFoodsPromProgLearn how to develop and submit proposals (both due May 14) for two USDA competitive grants. Learn more.

9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

April 16: Central Washington University Student Union Building, Ellensburg

April 21: Urban Grace Church, 902 Market Street, Tacoma

Please register by emailing Colleen Donovan at least one week in advance. Space may be limited.

April 17: Washington Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference

RuralPathwaysConf This year’s event will be held simultaneously at 20 locations around the state. After a web-delivered, interactive keynote address by entrepreneurship expert Erik Pages, participants at each location will turn to their own regional issues with the assistance of local leaders. Learn more.

8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Registration is $25 until April 10; $30 after that.

Hosted by WSU Extension, USDA Rural Development, the Washington Department of Commerce, the Washington Workforce Development Board, and many local economic development groups.

April 17: Western Washington Grapes Workshop

PNW654 cover OSU resize The Viticulture and Enology program is offering a hands-on workshop for improved grape production. Includes relevant Extension publications and continuing education credits for the WSDA Pesticide Applicator license. Learn more.

South Seattle College, 6000 16th Ave., North West Wine Academy Tasting Room, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Registration (by April 8) is $65. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.

April 22: Biofuels and Wildlife Webinar

EarthdayWebinar_PoplarBirdThis special Earth Day webinar will feature Brian Moser from the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Institute and Robert Fletcher from the University of Florida presenting information on biodiversity in bioenergy feedstock production systems. Learn more and register.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Hosted by WSU Extension Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest.