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RFP assistance webinar now available!

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | March 19, 2015

Are you planning to apply for a USDA Farmers Market or Local Foods Promotion Program Grant, but are looking for some assistance?  CSANR’s Colleen Donovan presented a webinar March 17th and the recording is now available.  To watch the recorded presentation, read questions and answers from the presentation, and to see the announcements for upcoming in-person workshops, visit CSANR’s webinar page.

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Proposals now accepted to Kaiser Conservation Endowment

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | March 3, 2015

Proposals are now being accepted to the Verle Kaiser Conservation Endowment to fund small projects for promotion and demonstration of conservation practices targeting soil erosion, as described HERE.  Application deadline is April 10, 2015.

Proposals are sought that fund the training of college and K-12 students and constituents, including curriculum development, field trips, teaching aids, audio/visual or other educational-related activities. Funds are open to Washington State University, University of Idaho, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Conservation Districts, and colleges in Washington and Idaho. However, proposals must have a strong linkage to WSU, the University of Idaho, Conservation Districts, and/or NRCS. Funds are limited to the Inland Empire – the area east of the Washington Cascades and north of the Salmon River in Idaho.

Successful 2014 applicants are asked to attach a progress report to any new or continuing proposal.

NEW for 2015: Proposal maximum has increased from prior years in an effort to better meet the needs of students and constituents. Please read the proposal format carefully, as requirements have changed.  Proposals are not to exceed $5,000. Up to five grants will be awarded for this current funding cycle. Instructions for proposal format can be found on the Kaiser Conservation Endowment page.

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2015 SARE PDP Proposals Accepted Now

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | February 23, 2015

SARE_Western_Logo_LowThe SARE Professional Development Program (PDP) is now accepting mini-grant applications for both attending a professional development event and hosting a professional development event.

Grant amounts have been increased from prior years to better accommodate the needs of applicants, in response to a 2014 survey of eligible ag professionals.  Also, as a result of the survey, priority will be given to program staff for “Attending” grants, and to “Hosting” grants that target a Conservation District audience.  Please read the RFP carefully; it has changed.

For more information about the SARE PDP program and for application instructions, please view our PDP page HERE.  Applications will be screened after March 23rd, or until funds are exhausted.

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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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