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New organic berry trends publication released

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | December 22, 2014

FS144EThe first WSU extension publication in a series on  Trends in Washington Organic Crop Production has just been released titled: Trends in Washington State Organic Berry Production, Acreage and Crop Value.  Authors are Elizabeth Kirby, Michael Brady and David Granatstein.  Additional publications in the series will be posted on the Organic Statistics page.

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Poster winners announced!

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | November 13, 2014


On Oct 28th, in conjunction with the “Saving Nature and Improving Agriculture – Where does Nature’s Wisdom Lie?” symposium, the BIOAg poster session drew a wide variety of high quality, engaging, informative posters.  Best of all, a large number of posters were presented by WSU students and were therefore eligible to compete for scholarship awards.  Posters were judged by committee and the winners are listed below:


Cedric Habiyaremye for the poster: Effect of irrigation on plant height, maturity, and seed yield of 20 diverse millet varieties. Habiyaremye, Barth, Highet, & Murphy.


Jesse Wimer for the poster: Evaluation of watermelon rootstocks for resistance to verticillium wilt in northwestern Washington. Wimer, Miles & Inglis.


Elias Bloom for the poster: Diversity of native bees in urban and rural diversified farming systems. Bloom & Crowder.

Gregory Astill for the poster: Transforming pollutants into products; economic feasibility of anaerobic digester systems on US dairies. Astill & Shumway.

Please visit the poster page HERE for a full list of presented posters and links to many of the files.  Thank you to all poster presenters and attendees for contributing to this event!

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Field Day Announcement: Re-integrating Perennial Pasture and Livestock into Palouse Cropping Systems

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | October 15, 2014

FieldDayjpgField Day Announcement!  October 28th from 10am to noon at the Zakarison Partnership in Pullman.

Come learn about current research on the use of livestock grazing, perennial pasture and green manures in Palouse crop rotations. Current field research examines the economic, agronomic, and environmental performance of three cropping systems:
• Conventionally managed winter wheat – spring wheat – field pea rotation
• Integrated winter wheat – spring wheat – grazed winter pea rotation
• Organically managed perennial alfalfa – spring pea – winter wheat rotation

For directions, contact information and research highlight please click HERE or on the flyer.

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BIOAg Request for Proposals Announced

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | September 22, 2014

The Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR) Biologically-Intensive Agriculture and Organic Farming (BIOAg) program is soliciting grant proposals.  Please view the whole RFP HERE. Proposals are being accepted for project grants and outreach/extension curriculum grants.  Applications will be accepted by electronic submission.

The goal of this proposal solicitation is to engage a broad, interdisciplinary spectrum of WSU faculty in projects that further the development, understanding, and use of biologically intensive and/or organic principles, practices, and technologies to improve the sustainability of agriculture and food systems in Washington State.  In addition, BIOAg funding is used to meet three objectives: to stimulate new research initiatives, to augment critical gaps in existing areas of knowledge, and to move existing, game-changing research out into the real world.

Please view RFP for deadlines, additional information, instructions and application forms.

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CSANR is hiring!

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | August 11, 2014

Join our team!  CSANR is hiring a full-time administrative coordinator, likely located in Wenatchee, WA.  Please see full position description and application instructions here: https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/13135 and share with any interested parties.


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BIOAg Call for Poster Submissions

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | August 8, 2014

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CSANR is organizing a BIOAg symposium in Pullman this fall titled “Saving Nature and Improving Agriculture: Where does Nature’s Wisdom Lie?”  The event will include two guest speakers and a BIOAg poster session.  Please plan to participate!

The 2014 BIOAg Symposium poster session is scheduled for October 28, 2014, from 3:30-7:30 pm in the CUB Jr. Ballroom on the WSU campus in Pullman, WA.  Posters on relevant topics are welcome from students, faculty, and others.  The poster content should relate to the idea of biologically intensive agriculture (farming practices and systems that rely on biological processes which are renewable, non-polluting, and mutually beneficial to both farmers and society) or to organic farming.  The BIOAg Poster Session is meant to share information, build teamwork, and to help the BIOAg program refine future priorities.

Special Note to Students and Faculty Advisors:  Student posters (graduate and undergraduate) will be eligible for a Best Student Poster Award in the form of a $500 scholarship.  Please encourage students to submit a poster (printable flyer HERE)!

To present a poster, please submit a poster title, list of authors, and short abstract (<250 words) to David Granatstein granats@wsu.edu by Sept. 10th. Authors will be notified of acceptance by Oct. 1.  Poster instructions can be found at HERE.

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WSU Puyallup Organic Agriculture Research Field Day

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | July 8, 2014

When:  Monday, August 4, 2014, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM

Where:  2606 W Pioneer, Puyallup, WA  98371, WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center

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WSU researchers and cooperating farmers are evaluating cover crops and equipment for use in organic reduced tillage production. Come tour research plots and discuss the evolution of this production system.  We are also comparing drip irrigation and water chlorination for reducing microbial contamination of produce from irrigation water.

Light refreshments will be provided, but feel free to bring along a brown bag lunch

No advance registration necessary. For more information contact Doug Collins, dpcollins@wsu.edu or 253.445.4658.

See more about the project and sign up for our e-newsletter at: http://eorganic.info/group/4988

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2014 USDA-ARS Paterson Field Research Tour July 9, 2014

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | June 5, 2014

Frank KovalchekPlease mark your calendar for the 2014 USDA-ARS Paterson Field Research Tour on July 9, 2014.  The site is sponsored by AgriNorthwest and is located 5 miles east of Paterson, WA off of Highway 14.  The tour will feature current research projects on potatoes (nutrient management, psyllid management, weed control, disease control, phosphorus fertilizers from anaerobic digester systems, and vine kill treatments for baby potatoes), dry bean germplasm improvement, switchgrass production for biofuel, and agronomic assessment of a green pea/canola rotation. Event host is Robert Powell.

REGISTRATION at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts

TOUR will start at 9:00 a.m.

LUNCH will be served at noon

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Farmers Market Research on Washington Ag Today!

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | May 16, 2014
Colleen Donovan

Colleen Donovan

Colleen Donovan of CSANR’s Small Farms Program was interviewed by Washington Ag Today to talk about the findings from recent research on farmers markets and the farmers who choose to sell at farmers markets.  There are three short interview segments linked below:

Benefits of Farmers Markets  WSU Small Farms Program has been conducting farmers market research since 2009.

Community Impact of Farmers Markets  In Washington the increasing number of farmers markets is mirroring a national trend.

Choosing Farmers Markets  There are several reasons farmers choose to sell at farmers markets.


Farmers Market Tomatoes (photo: Michael Porter)

Farmers Market Tomatoes (photo: Michael Porter)

Donovan’s research report and survey highlights with Small Farms Program Leader Marcy Ostrom are available here:

Summary Report: Farmers Markets and the Experiences of Market Managers in Washington State

Survey Highlights: Farmers Markets and the Experiences of Market Managers in Washington State

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Precision Agriculture Technology Demonstration Day

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | May 15, 2014

Precision Agriculture Technology Demonstration Day

Precision Agriculture

June 5, 2014, 8am-2pm

University of Idaho
Parker Farm 

REACCH Extension Specialist Kristy Borrelli has created a cutting edge schedule for anyone seeking to learn more about precision agriculture and applications for their production system. For more information contact Kristy Borrelli and see the flyer here.

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