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CAHNRS News – May 2015

Posted by | May 1, 2015

Hawaii Fashion Now courtesy of Pullman professor

HawaiiFashionNow_CAHNRS News May 2015AMDT professor Linda Bradley says her entire 24-year career has been about “how we express who we are, what we believe and value, through clothing and textiles.” Who better to feature on the debut of Hawaii Fashion Now, a public television program produced by Olelo Community MediaLearn more.



Searching for a new home

Bee Cha, Hmong Outreach Coordinator for the WSU Small Farms Program, and Cheu Chang, Woodinville Indochinese Farm Project, share their stories in an April 8 interview on KUOW Seattle public radio: “We had to move fast,” Cheu says. “Everything—just leave it behind. We have like 100 or more chickens, a rice field. You have rice, everything. And you just go.” Learn more.

The Anthropocene

EARThSWhere do researchers in Crop and Soil Sciences, Biological Systems Engineering, Sociology, Design and Construction, Anthropology, and Environmental Science converge to present their work? Find out here. Visiting the Foley Institute online will also give you some clues.



Guess what one ton of poplar wood equals

OrionLekosGreenChemTrivia_cropped2Orion Lekos shares some green chemistry trivia with dramatic implications in his April 21 Nexus Blog post. Find out how many products you use every day can be generated from poplar wood fed into a biorefinery.


Collaborative fight against blackleg

BlacklegLesion croppedThe Washington Oilseed Cropping System (WOCS) project includes a multipronged strategy to prevent the spread of blackleg into Washington after confirmed sightings in Idaho and Oregon canola crops within the past year. Visit the WOCS website for status updates, recommendations, background information, and specialists who can answer questions about the potentially devastating disease.


Team Kudos

It’s award season, and CAHNRS Kudos runneth over.

NatAssocComDevExtProfFor their efforts to help individuals rebuild their lives after the northwest Washington mudslide last March, the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals Team Excellence in Community Development Work Award goes to Curt Moulton, Mike Gaffney, Jana Ferris, Janet Jayne, Phyllis Shulman, Monica Babine, Susan Kerr, Devon Seymour, Sylvia Kantor, Martha Aitken, Brad Gaolach, and Judy Pendergrass.

Dan Fagerlie was chosen for the NACDEP Diversity Award based on 34 years of service to geographically isolated low-income and Native American Washington residents.

FoodSciCollegeBowlInstitute of Food Technologists Student Association College Bowl team winners are Jesse Aplin (captain), Ryan Kowalski, Jose Orenday-Ortiz, and Kristen Sparkman, with Dr. Helen Joyner advising.


LaurenCelmer TreeTopUndergraduate Lauren Celmer’s blackberry streusel ice cream recipe, developed with WSU Creamery specialists and Tree Top representatives, placed fourth in the International Dairy Foods Association Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Competition.

ASHSAmerican Society for Horticultural Science Collegiate Scholars Awards go to Nick Vincent, Fruit and Vegetable Management; Graham Ellis and Cody Dean, Ag Biotechnology; Roxann Austin, Pirom Phadoemchit, and Molly Warren, Viticulture & Enology; Julius Bush and Karissa Wood, Landscape Nursery and Greenhouse Management.

Jonathan Abarca, Fruit and Vegetable Management, was chosen as the ASHS Outstanding Undergraduate Horticulture Student.


LEAD3The Entomological Graduate Student Association was chosen for the WSU Leadership and Engagement Award of Distinction—for the second year in a row!



May 6: Managing the Environmental Risk of Poplar: Sustainable Practices and Certification

ManagingEnvRiskPoplar_May 6 WebinarThis Wednesday webinar will cover integrated pest management strategies, efficient chemical usage, and adherence to environmental certification programs.

10–11 a.m.

Hosted by WSU Extension Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest.


May 9: Northeast Washington Haygrowers Association spring meeting

WA HaygrowersAssocTwo pesticide applicator recertification credits are available for field tours sessions on weed identification and management led by Bob Gish of Gish Farms and management practices for weed control in alfalfa and grass hay led by Tye Shauck of BASF Crop Protection. Learn more.

For questions, contact Dr. Paul Kuber at 509-725-4171 or

Dun Renton Ranch, 8524 West Dahl Road, Deer Park, 8:15 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Registration is $10 for members, $15 for non-members.


June 30: Poplar for Biofuels Hayden Field Tour

PoplarBiofuelsHaydenFieldTour_June30See Pacific Northwest hybrid poplars in their second growing season after being initially harvested in 2013. Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest researchers will discuss the latest developments in growing hybrid poplar as a short rotation woody energy crop; sustainable production and environmental impacts on soil, water, and wildlife; and the best areas to develop biofuel and biochemical industries. Learn more.

10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.