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Benbrook is first recipient of The Organic Center Award of Excellence

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | February 20, 2014

I841The first recipient of The Organic Center’s newly established Award of Excellence will be recognized in March at the organization’s annual VIP Dinner held in conjunction with Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA.

Dr. Charles Benbrook, who currently is a research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University, has been selected to receive the award “designed to honor an individual who has shown excellence in supporting the science behind the benefits of organic food and farming,” according to The Organic Center press release. Here at Washington State University, he serves as program leader of “Measure to Manage: Farm and Food Diagnostics for Sustainability and Health.”

Dr. Benbrook’s current work focuses on pesticide use and risk assessment. He has recently published several journal articles, web tools, and blog posts available on the CSANR website HERE.

Congratulations, Chuck!

The Organic Trade Association press release includes additional details.

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New study led by CSANR’s Benbrook shows higher omega-3s in organic milk

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | December 10, 2013

CSANR’s Chuck Benbrook and colleagues published a study December 9, 2013 in PLoS ONE entitled: Organic Production Enhances Milk Nutritional Quality by Shifting Fatty Acid Composition: A United States–Wide, 18-Month Study.  Major findings, media coverage, Benbrook’s blog post discussing the study, and a link to the free publication are available HERE.

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SARE Professional Development Program applications now accepted for FY14

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | November 14, 2013

The SARE Professional Development Program (PDP) is now accepting mini-grant applications for both “attending” a professional development event and “hosting” a professional development event.  For hosted events, the primary audience must be Extension educators or other agriculture professionals.  Producers may attend but should not be the primary target audience.  For more information about the SARE PDP program and for application instructions, please view our PDP page HERE.  Applications will be screened Dec. 15, Apr. 15, and Aug. 15, or until funds are exhausted.

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BIOAg Grant Program Request for Proposals Announced

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | October 10, 2013

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, planning 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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A year of this blogging thing…

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | August 22, 2013

Wow! Somehow a year has gone by since we first acted on the idea of a Center-wide CSANR blog, Perspectives on Sustainability. Thanks for sticking with us! Have a look back at director Chad Kruger’s initial post and let us know how we are doing. We always welcome your feedback and topic suggestions, so don’t hesitate to get in touch! Thanks for participating and joining the conversation.

CSANR is blogging! August 22, 2012; Chad Kruger.

Verle Kaiser Endowment

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | January 15, 2013

Much of Verle Kaiser’s 39 years of service with the Soil Conservation Service was devoted to the study of erosion problems on the Palouse. After his death, friends and colleagues established the Verle Kaiser Conservation Endowment with the WSU Foundation to promote the conservation ethic through conservation and natural resource education.

Washington State University and University of Idaho are soliciting proposals for promotion and demonstration of conservation practices targeting soil erosion. Proposals are sought on 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.

Proposals are not to exceed $1,500. Up to five grants will be awarded for this current funding cycle. Instructions for proposal format can be found HERE.

Deadline: March 21, 2013

For more information, contact: Tara Zimmerman 206-770-6073

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