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Soil: What’s It Worth – Nov. 11

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | October 28, 2016

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This year the annual Tilth conference brings together farmers and ag professionals dedicated to improving soil quality at an all-day Friday Symposium, “Soil: What’s it Worth”, held November 11th, at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Join a panel of Northwest researchers, who’s on-farm results directly point to the dollars and cents connection between soil management and farm economics. The panel and presentations will explore the connections between soil health and farm production, pests, fertility and produce quality. Poster submissions are also welcomed for a soil-themed session during the event.

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Urban Food-Energy-Water Summit: Nov 18th

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | October 20, 2016
Envisioning the future of the regional food system. Photo: L. Allen.

Envisioning the future of the regional food system. Photo: L. Allen.

 

An interactive summit focusing on the future of the food system in the greater Seattle metropolitan area will be held on Friday, November 18, at the Brightwater Convention Center in Woodinville, WA.

Hosted by Washington State University (WSU) Metro Food Energy Water Seed Grant Research Team, the Urban Food-Energy-Water Summit provides an opportunity for the public to gain a deeper understanding of food, energy and water (FEW) interdependence in the greater Seattle area. A morning keynote address and panel discussion will be held from 8:30-11 a.m. and is open to the public. This will include presentations about research and discussions addressing the need for integrated natural resource management approaches. The panel discussion will be a forum for diverse stakeholders to share their perspectives on challenges and opportunities for local food and agriculture.

A by-invitation afternoon breakout session and luncheon will be held after the public portion of the Summit from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants will discuss the various characteristics of resilient regional food systems. They will also assist in identifying future research directions that will support local decision makers when developing policies. Please contact Liz Allen if you would like an invitation to the afternoon session.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP at www.urbanfew.brownpapertickets.com. For more information about this summit, visit www.metrocenter.wsu.edu/metrofew-summit2016. To learn more about the Urban Food, Energy and Water project, visit http://metrocenter.wsu.edu/metrofew/.

 

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BIOAg proposals sought for 2017

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | September 15, 2016

The 2017 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. 18th, and project proposals are due Dec. 14th.

 

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Orchard Netting Field Day – August 17

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | August 16, 2016
Honeycrisp apples like these are the subject of the trial. Photo: D. Rivard via Flickr c.c.

Honeycrisp apples like these are the subject of the trial. Photo: D. Rivard via Flickr c.c.

Orchard netting is becoming more and more apart of infrastructure for large scale tree fruit growers in the Pacific Northwest. Netting provides a physical barrier from extreme weather like hail, excessive solar radiation and wind, as well as from birds and other pests. This horticultural innovation also helps create a microclimate beneath the netting that is conducive for better fruit quality and production. To learn more about their physical, physiological, and beneficial effects come out to the upcoming WSU Field Day in Quincy, WA on August 17th. More information can be found HERE.

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Anaerobic Digestion Systems Field Day – June 9th

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | May 17, 2016

Thursday, June 9th 8:30am-3:00pm

Edaleen Dairy & Honcoop Farms

MORE INFORMATION AND FREE REGISTRATION HERE

The event is FREE but registration is required to ensure ample lunch and bus transportation.

We invite you to participate in our upcoming field day focusing on anaerobic digestion and nutrient recovery.  Come to hear from WSU researchers and their commercial partners about anaerobic digestion and nutrient recovery, and the lessons they’ve learned over the past three years.

Topics will include: fine solids recovery; advanced nutrient recovery approaches; nutrient recovery products and their agronomic use; water quality and food safety issues; economics; and the potential for integration of biochar with AD systems.

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Reduced Tillage Organic Agriculture & Cover Crop Research Field Day

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | April 18, 2016

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 When

Monday, April 25, 2016

1:00 to 3:00 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. This spring field day will highlight winter cover crops and strategies for incorporating reduced tillage. Come tour research plots and discuss the evolution of this production system.

Highlighted topics will include:

  • No-till and strip-till vegetables
  • Cover crop selection
  • Precision cover cropping
  • Cover crop management
  • Soil quality
  • Organic fertility
  • Equipment

Equipment demonstrations are planned with a high residue cultivator and newly designed powered strip tiller.

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

Washington State University Extension engages people, organizations, and communities to advance knowledge, economic well-being, and quality of life by fostering inquiry, learning, and the application of research. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Doug Collins at 2606 W Pioneer, Puyallup, WA,98371;  253.445.4658;  dpcollins@wsu.edu  at least two weeks prior to the event.

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2016 SARE PDP Grant Funds Announced

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | February 25, 2016

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 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, or until funds are exhausted.

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Reduced Tillage Organic Ag & Cover Crop Research Field Day

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | February 4, 2016

 Save the Date:  April 25th at WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center

WSU researchers and cooperating farmers are evaluating cover crops and equipment for use in organic reduced tillage production. This spring field day will highlight winter cover crops and strategies for incorporating reduced tillage. Come tour research plots and discuss the evolution of this production system. See the flyer here for more detail (click for pdf download):

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Anaerobic Digestion Systems Webinar Series – February 10 through April 20, 2016

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | January 13, 2016

Join us for a series of five FREE webinars where Washington State University researchers and their collaborators share their findings as they strive to quantify the climate, air, water, nutrient and economic impacts of integrating emerging, next-generation technologies within anaerobic digestion systems on U.S. dairies.

Webinars are scheduled every other Wednesday starting February 10, 2016

1pm Eastern/10 am Pacific Time

Register HERE 

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Anaerobic digesters are used worldwide to produce energy and to treat organic materials such as municipal waste, food processing residues, and manures. Government, industry, environmental and agricultural stakeholders are interested in anaerobic digestion (AD) systems because of their multitude of benefits: they can reduce greenhouse gases, improve air quality, protect water quality, recover nutrients, and improve farm economics while generating a steady, predictable supply of renewable energy.

While AD technology has been used for decades on farms and in water recovery facilities in the United States, the adoption of AD technology in the U.S. is limited when compared to European countries. Existing evidence suggests that using biogas systems to address agriculture sector concerns about nutrient loss could improve projects’ returns on investment and AD adoption rates, while generating additional environmental benefits.

Washington State University (WSU) has an extensive research program focused on developing and evaluating technologies that enhance the economic viability of AD systems. Using a bio-refinery systems approach, researchers are working to maximize synergies between technologies, with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture and from the Water Environment Research Foundation.

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Agriculture in a Changing Climate: Implications for Educators, Industry, and Producers Workshop

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | December 16, 2015

Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources (CSANR), USDA Northwest Regional Climate Hubs, and the Regional Approaches to Climate Change for Pacific Northwest Agriculture (REACCH) team invite you to participate in this upcoming workshop…

SAVE THE DATE!

Agriculture in a Changing Climate: Implications for Educators, Industry, and Producers

Workshop

March 9-11, 2016

Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center

Kennewick, WA

You’re invited to participate in this free workshop.  Your expertise is needed to identify and plan climate mitigation and adaptation strategies for agriculture in the Pacific Northwest.  There will be dedicated mitigation and adaptation sessions, with an overlapping poster networking event. Each session will feature guest speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions.  Registration opening soon.  Limited spots available.

For more information contact Brooke Saari at brooke.saari@wsu.edu or 509-663-8181 ext. 265.

More information HERE.

 

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