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First Friday All Climate Change Talks (FFACCTs) June 1st

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | May 30, 2018

Join the Webinar June 1st!

Hosted by the USDA Forest Service, Research & Development, in cooperation with the USDA Climate Hubs

Friday, June 1, 2018
1 pm Eastern/10 am Pacific
The presentation will follow an update on USDA Forest Service and Climate Hub activities
To join the webinar:
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Presentation: Case Studies to Build Rangeland Resilience

Cow-calf operators, the primary users of rangeland resources throughout the Pacific Northwest, will need to adapt to a range of future stressors, including those that are climate-related. A critical aspect of preparing for the future is understanding past vegetation performance and management responses. Learning from successful techniques for dealing with extended drought or reduced forage conditions can add insight to the future. Thus, as part of this project, we use case studies to quantify decadal trends and inter-annual variability for rangelands to aid managers and producers in planning for the future. We also profile forward-thinking grazers to provide stakeholder-centered and science-driven insights into their management practices to enhance resilience.

About Matt Reeves & Georgine Yorgey:

Matt Reeves is a Research Ecologist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, MT where he specializes in applying remote sensing and modeling to characterize ecological conditions of rangelands. His research focuses on vegetation and fuel dynamics, and decision support tools for improving range management efficacy.

Georgine Yorgey is the Associate Director of Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources. Her work includes a focus developing stakeholder resources relating to climate change and Pacific Northwest agriculture.

Questions: please contact Anne Marsh, National Program Lead for Climate Change Research, by email at annemarsh@fs.fed.us

 

Matt Reeves headshot

Matt Reeves U.S. Forest Service, USFS, RMRS Human Dimensions Program Northern Plains Climate Hub liaison

Georgine Yorgey headshot

Georgine Yorgey
Washington State University,
Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources

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April 20th Nutrient Recovery Technology Field Day

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | March 22, 2018

Friday, April 20th 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Edaleen Dairy & Bellewood Acres, Lynden, WA

Registration deadline: April 10th

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this field day in Whatcom County!

Full details, registration, agenda, flyer, and more can be found HERE (or click image below).

Nutrient Recovery Technology Field Day Flyer

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2018 RFP posted for professional development funds

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | February 22, 2018

The SARE Professional Development Program (PDP) is now accepting mini-grant applications from WSU faculty and staff for both attending a sustainable agriculture professional development event and hosting a sustainable agriculture professional development event in 2018.

Grant amounts have been increased from prior years to better accommodate the needs of applicants, in response to a 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.

Grant maximums are:

$5000 for Hosting a professional development event

$1000 for Attending a professional development event

Please see the SARE PDP Program page for more information and for application instructions.  Applications will be screened after March 23rd, and until funds are exhausted.

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Proposals requested for 2018 Kaiser Conservation Endowment

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | December 6, 2017

Proposals are now being accepted to the Kaiser Conservation Endowment to fund small projects for promotion and demonstration of conservation practices targeting soil erosion, as described HERE.  Application deadline is January 22, 2018.

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 education-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 2017 applicants should attach a progress report to any new or continuing proposal.

Proposals are not to exceed $5,000. Up to three 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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Webinar Series: Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | November 14, 2017

 

Mark your calendar for the remaining five webinars in this series: 

In this series of webinars, scientists present timely information aimed at helping farmers and agricultural professionals interpret the results of recent research on dryland cereal systems in our region. This webinar series stems from the new book Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest, a publication of the six-year Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH; www.reacchpna.org) project, aimed at increasing the sustainability of dryland farming. All times listed are PST.

 

For more information and links to join the webinars (up to 30 minutes before start), visit the webinar series page.

Webinars are free and no pre-registration is required.

 

Monday, Nov 20, 2017 (8:00-9:00 AM)   Pathogens in Dryland Cereal Systems  Tim Paulitz (USDA-ARS/WSU)

Monday, Nov 27, 2017 (8:00-9:00 AM)  Rotational Intensification & Diversification  Isaac Madsen (WSU), Bill Pan (WSU)

Monday, Dec 4, 2017 (8:00-9:00 AM)  Nutrient Management & Precision Application Technology  Tabitha Brown (WSU/Latah SWCD), Erin Brooks (UI)

Monday, Dec 11, 2017 (8:00-9:00 AM)  Tillage and Residue Management Systems & Impacts on Soil Health in Drylands  Rakesh Awale (OSU), Prakriti Bista (OSU)

Monday, Dec 18, 2017 (8:00-9:00 AM)  Integrated Weed Management & Insect Pests in Dryland Cereal Systems Ian Burke (WSU), Sanford Eigenbrode (UI)

 

Each webinar will be 1 hour long, including Q & A session. Archived versions of these webinars will be posted when available.

Order a copy of Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest.

 

Archived versions will be available on the series webpage following the live webinars.

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STUDENTS – Tilth Conference Scholarships available

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | October 19, 2017

The Tilth Conference is fast approaching and there are scholarship opportunities for students to attend!  Scholarships for registration and meal fees are being offered by Tilth Alliance (application deadline Oct 25) HERE.

Additional assistance is available from CSANR and CAHNRS to help cover travel and lodging expenses.  To be eligible for these funds students can complete THIS FORM.

For additional information please contact Herb Lengel, CAHNRS Internship & Career Development Coordinator at herbert_lengel@wsu.edu or 503-335-0049.

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BIOAg proposals requested

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | October 5, 2017

The 2018 BIOAg request for proposals is now available!

The goal of the BIOAg solicitation is to engage WSU faculty to advance the development, understanding, and use of biologically-intensive, organic and sustainable agriculture in Washington State. BIOAg funding can be requested for three purposes: to stimulate new research initiatives, to augment existing research to address critical gaps, and to move existing, game-changing research out into the real world.

Please read the RFP and application forms carefully; changes have been made from prior solicitations.  The RFP is available on BIOAg Grant Program page.

Letter of intent are requested by Nov. 17th, and project proposals are due Dec. 15th.

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Hands-On Biodegradable Plastic Mulch Till-Down Field Day Oct. 13

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | September 28, 2017

Don’t miss the chance to participate in till-down of biodegradable plastic mulch on October 13th at Cloudview Farm in Ephrata, WA.  See downloadable flyer for details!

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Hands-On Biodegradable Plastic Mulch Field Day May 25th

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | May 4, 2017

Don’t miss the Biodegradable Plastic Mulch Field Day in Ephrata, WA on May 25th!  Participants will have opportunities for hands-on access to mulch films and will learn about the latest advances in materials  and techniques.  Please see downloadable flyer below for additional details.

 

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Professional Development Program RFP posted

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | February 16, 2017

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 in 2017.

Grant amounts have been increased from prior years to better accommodate the needs of applicants, in response to a 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.

Please see the SARE PDP Program page for more information and for application instructions.  Applications will be screened after March 24th, and until funds are exhausted.

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