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Are we at risk of a megadrought in the PNW?

One of the caveats I always state when presenting the results of our research on projected climate change impacts on PNW agricultural production is: we…

The biggest threat to food security?

In a recent interview that covered the gamut of oft-cited threats to agricultural sustainability and food security (drought, food safety, energy disruption, economics, terrorism, chemical…

Have we drastically underestimated the productive capacity of plants?

A new paper published in Environmental Science & Technology (DeLucia et al., 2014) suggests that scientists have drastically underestimated the earth’s theoretical potential to produce…

National Climate Assessment

The US Global Change Research Program released the Third National Climate Assessment a couple of weeks ago. Unlike some other recent climate report releases (USDA’s…

When engineering a green solution has gone too far…

I’ve seen a lot of crazy ideas in the realm of agricultural technology and even toyed with a few crazy ideas myself. Crazy ideas seem…

Summer nights are getting hotter faster than summer days. What does it mean for agriculture?

Nick Bond, the Washington State Climatologist, pointed out an interesting observation at a meeting I attended last week. For summers from 2000-2010, nighttime temperatures (T-min)…

The disconnect between the production and consumption of food

Over the past several months we’ve seen: a freak early-season snow storm in the Dakotas that killed tens of thousands of cattle that could take…

Climate Change or Climate Variability: which matters more for crop production in the PNW?

Several modeling studies have been conducted in recent years to estimate the potential impact of climate change on future crop production.  These studies generally indicate…

2014 BIOAg Projects Selected

Since 2006, CSANR has provided seed funding for 60 new organic and sustainable agriculture research projects in Washington State through our BIOAg Program. These projects…

Prioritizing Soil Quality Research – What exactly does that mean?

Interest in “soil quality” (a.k.a. soil health) has grown rapidly over the past decade regardless of agricultural production system or geographical region. While there have…
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