Phantom pest problem prescription: compassion + science
Six WSU Extension authors were commended by the chair of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) for contributing a “particularly outstanding article which should be considered a ‘must read’ for anyone in our profession.” Recommendations for Extension Professionals and Volunteers Regarding Individuals with Delusional Infestation by Susan Kerr, Jenny Glass, Sharon Collman, Mike Bush, Dave Pehling, and Todd Murray in the December 2014 Journal of the NACAA deals with situations that often frustrate Extension diagnosticians. Journal editor and NACAA chair Stephen Brown said “I’ve encountered the phenomenon on multiple occasions and I realize after reading the article I could have handled it better.”
Brown also called the December issue of the journal, which included two other submissions by WSU authors, “the best collection of articles we’ve ever published!” Steve Norberg contributed Potential Impact of Washington State Alfalfa Variety Testing from 1990 to 2013 and Carrie Wohleb contributed Evaluation of Fungicide Seed Treatment for Sweet Corn.
The Skagit Men’s Garden Club surprised vegetable pathology program leader Debbie Inglis with an early holiday gift when they donated $5,000 on December 4 to support her research at WSU Mount Vernon. “I feel like the woman who won the Powerball Lottery,” she said. “I know how hard the club works to support agriculture research, and I will use the money very wisely.” Read more.
Ruckelshaus Center Stateswomanship Lunch
The follow-up to the December 2013 Statesmanship luncheon that featured Bill Ruckelshaus, Slade Gorton, and Norm Dicks was sold out. Entitled “Stateswomanship and Public Policy: Reflections on Collaboration and Leadership,” the December 2014 event sponsored by the Ruckelshaus Center featured former Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire, former U.S. attorney Jenny Durkan, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, and JP Morgan Chase Pacific Northwest Chair Phyllis Campbell. Learn more and watch the TVW broadcast.
Learn about a classical approach to poplar varietal development and molecular-based improvement tools to produce biofuels at highly efficient biochemical conversion rates. Presented by Brain Stanton of GreenWood Resources and David Neale of the University of California, Davis. Brought to you by Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest.
Webinar, 10–11 a.m. Learn more and register.
Jan. 20–22: PNW Oilseed and Direct Seed Conference
“Cropping Concepts: Feeding Farmer Innovations” represents exploring and sharing new and proven strategies to improve crop production and generate income for Pacific Northwest producers. The 3-day event features a trade show, general and breakout sessions, research posters, and demos for irrigated and dryland cropping systems throughout the region. Brought to you by the WSU Washington Oilseed Cropping Systems Research and Extension project team and the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association.
Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick, WA, 10 a.m. Jan. 20 to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22. Conference fees range from $135 (student) to $210. Learn more and register.
Feb. 2: Product Development for Value-Added Prepared Foods
This workshop will walk participants through the various steps involved with specialty food product development, including the latest technical processes, cost calculations, and marketing strategies. Instruction provided by WSU food processing specialist Girish Ganjyal and Northwest Agriculture Business Center project manager Fred Berman will be geared to small-scale producers of value-added products such as preserves, vinegars, and baked goods. Learn more and register.
Spokane (exact location TBD), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $95 registration fee includes lunch, beverages, and a course packet.
Feb. 7: Sound Waters university
The 20th annual “one-day university for all” will include 41 new classes and 22 returning favorites on the natural environment in Puget Sound. Internationally-renowned oceanographer John Delaney will share his involvement with the world’s largest internet-connected ocean observatory, recently deployed off the west coast. Brought to you by WSU Island County Extension Beach Watchers.
South Whidbey High School, Langley, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event fees include $45 registration and $12 optional hot lunch. Discounts for students, teachers, and active military. Registration closes Jan. 31 at 11 p.m. Classes fill quickly. Learn more and register.
Feb. 20: Grafting Vegetables workshop
Hands-on instruction by Dr. Carol Miles and Patti Kreider, WSU Vegetable Research and Extension.
WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research & Extension Center, 9 a.m. to noon. The registration fee of $50 per individual (by Jan. 28; $70 thereafter) includes all grafting materials needed for the workshop. An additional supply list will be emailed upon registration. Space is limited! Learn more and register.
Feb. 21: “Put Your Best Boot Forward”
This multiple-site conference offers women in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska a unique opportunity to gather for a 1-day event to experience great speakers, learn new skills, and network with others at an easily accessible location.
Walla Walla farmer Emily Asmus will showcase her successful promotion methods and marketing expert Erica Mills will help participants develop a compelling way to describe their farm businesses.
Learn more and take advantage of the $30 early bird special on registration between Jan. 10 and Feb. 13.
Sponsors include WSU Extension, the Western Center for Risk Management Education, and USDA-NIFA.
Feb. 25–26: Food Ingredient Technology (FIT) Short Course
The FIT short course provides an overview of the major food ingredients used in value-added foods, including the functions of these ingredients and how they are used in making marketable products. Brought to you by the WSU Extension School of Food Science.
Doubletree Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport. 7:30 a.m. Feb. 25 to 5:15 p.m. Feb. 26. Course fees range from $325 to $375 per person until Feb. 9; late registration is $425. Seats fill fast! Learn more and register.
April 7–10: National Extension Energy Summit
Join other Extension professionals in Seattle 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.