Skip to main content Skip to navigation
Science in action to improve the sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and food systems
Learn More Program Areas

Blog

Now showing 1 - 10 of 256

Northwest Rangelands – Where Do our Climate Vulnerabilities Lie?

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | November 8, 2018
What will climate change look like on Pacific Northwest rangelands, which cover a huge area of our region? It will undoubtedly have complex impacts on…

Learning from some of the first adopters of high residue farming in the Columbia Basin

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | October 29, 2018
Topsoil has often been referred to as the “thin skin” of our planet, essential for producing the food that feeds us. Because it’s not easy…

Big Biomass and More Often; A Green Manure Frequency Hypothesis

Posted by Andrew McGuire | October 25, 2018
In a previous post, I argued that green manures require big biomass to achieve benefits that outweigh the damage done by tilling the crop into…

Without big biomass, green manures are a step backwards

Posted by Andrew McGuire | October 9, 2018
Green manuring is the lesser-used option in cover cropping. Most cover crops are killed and left on the soil surface, but green manures are tilled…

Soils under corn and tallgrass prairie; research to challenge our assumptions

Posted by Andrew McGuire | October 2, 2018
It is often thought that nature is diverse and that the move to agriculture reduces that diversity which results in reduced function, or ecosystem services.…

Organic Ag Snapshot for 2017

Posted by David Granatstein | July 26, 2018
Organic agriculture in Washington State, as with the rest of the country and world, experienced continued growth in 2017, as we documented in our latest…

BIOAg Funding Awards Announced

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | July 19, 2018
The BIOAg Grant Program is one critical way that the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources carries out its mission improve the environment, increase…

How Will Climate Change Affect the Use of Fallow in Cropping Systems in Our Region?

Posted by Karen Hills | June 21, 2018
In non-irrigated areas that are too dry to support annual cropping, fallow (the practice of leaving land unplanted) preserves soil moisture for future crops. However,…

True Cost Accounting

Posted by Anne Schwartz | June 18, 2018
Anne Schwartz is a long-time CSANR Advisory Committee member, former Tilth Producers of Washington president, proprietor of Blue Heron Farm, and lifelong advocate for sustainable…

Calculating Climate Benefits for Climate Smart Farms

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | June 14, 2018
What are the climate impacts of a given farm practice?  While we know lots of strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions on farms, quantifying that…
Now showing 1 - 10 of 256