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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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2014 USDA-ARS Paterson Field Research Tour July 9, 2014

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | June 5, 2014

Frank KovalchekPlease mark your calendar for the 2014 USDA-ARS Paterson Field Research Tour on July 9, 2014.  The site is sponsored by AgriNorthwest and is located 5 miles east of Paterson, WA off of Highway 14.  The tour will feature current research projects on potatoes (nutrient management, psyllid management, weed control, disease control, phosphorus fertilizers from anaerobic digester systems, and vine kill treatments for baby potatoes), dry bean germplasm improvement, switchgrass production for biofuel, and agronomic assessment of a green pea/canola rotation. Event host is Robert Powell.

REGISTRATION at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts

TOUR will start at 9:00 a.m.

LUNCH will be served at noon

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Farmers Market Research on Washington Ag Today!

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | May 16, 2014
Colleen Donovan

Colleen Donovan

Colleen Donovan of CSANR’s Small Farms Program was interviewed by Washington Ag Today to talk about the findings from recent research on farmers markets and the farmers who choose to sell at farmers markets.  There are three short interview segments linked below:

Benefits of Farmers Markets  WSU Small Farms Program has been conducting farmers market research since 2009.

Community Impact of Farmers Markets  In Washington the increasing number of farmers markets is mirroring a national trend.

Choosing Farmers Markets  There are several reasons farmers choose to sell at farmers markets.

 

Farmers Market Tomatoes (photo: Michael Porter)

Farmers Market Tomatoes (photo: Michael Porter)

Donovan’s research report and survey highlights with Small Farms Program Leader Marcy Ostrom are available here:

Summary Report: Farmers Markets and the Experiences of Market Managers in Washington State

Survey Highlights: Farmers Markets and the Experiences of Market Managers in Washington State

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Precision Agriculture Technology Demonstration Day

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | May 15, 2014

Precision Agriculture Technology Demonstration Day

Precision Agriculture

June 5, 2014, 8am-2pm

University of Idaho
Parker Farm 

REACCH Extension Specialist Kristy Borrelli has created a cutting edge schedule for anyone seeking to learn more about precision agriculture and applications for their production system. For more information contact Kristy Borrelli and see the flyer here.

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Climate Change and Agriculture Webinar April 17, 2014

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | April 11, 2014

Nitrogen Management and Climate Change Mitigation in Pacific Northwest Cropping Systems

Georgine Yorgey, Assoc. in Research

Georgine Yorgey, Assoc. in Research

Agriculture is the main source of human-produced nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas. Join Georgine Yorgey, Associate in Research at WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR) as she provides an overview of nitrous oxide mitigation strategies that could be applicable in Pacific Northwest cropping systems. Previous webinars (archived here) provided a foundation on nitrogen cycling and losses in agricultural systems, and an overview of nitrous oxide emissions in cropland agriculture. These webinars are co-produced by the Regional Approaches to Climate Change for Pacific Northwest Agriculture Project (REACCH) and WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR).

Participate in this webinar if you want to learn about strategies for mitigating nitrous oxide emissions in Pacific Northwest agricultural cropping systems.

Webinar: Nitrogen Management and Climate Change Mitigation in Pacific Northwest Cropping Systems

Who: Presented by Georgine Yorgey, Associate in Research, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University

When: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 10:00 -11:00 a.m.

Where:  Webinar URL: http://breeze.wsu.edu/csanr_series/ Login as a guest on April 17, 2014.

This webinar is the latest in the CSANR series: Pacific Northwest Agriculture and Climate Change. Did you miss previous webinars in the series? No problem. You can view them online at: http://csanr.wsu.edu/webinars/pnw-ag-and-climate-change/.

Want email notification about future webinars?

To be notified about webinars in this series, send an email with “Ag and Climate Webinars” in the subject line to Tara Zimmerman: goldsmitht@wsu.edu .

 

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Webinar recordings now available

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | April 1, 2014

Did you miss the two Agriculture and Climate Change webinars on nitrogen last month?  Both webinars were recorded and are archived on the Pacific Northwest Agriculture and Climate Change Webinar Series webpage.  There you will also find information about a third upcoming webinar entitled, “Nitrogen Management and Climate Change Mitigation in Pacific Northwest Cropping Systems” on April 17th at 10am PDT.

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Climate Change and Agriculture Webinar March 27, 2014

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | March 14, 2014

Nitrous Oxide Emissions in Inland Pacific Northwest Cropping Systems

Georgine Yorgey, Assoc. in Research

Georgine Yorgey, Assoc. in Research

Agriculture is the main source of human-produced nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas. Join Georgine Yorgey, Associate in Research at WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR) as she provides an overview of nitrous oxide emissions in cropland agriculture and summarizes existing measurements specific to our region. A previous webinar (accessible here) provided a foundation on nitrogen cycling and losses in agricultural systems. A future webinar next month will focus on mitigation through improved nitrogen management strategies. These webinars are co-produced by the Regional Approaches to Climate Change for Pacific Northwest Agriculture Project, (REACCH) and WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR).

Participate in this webinar if you want to learn about nitrous oxide emissions in Pacific Northwest agricultural cropping systems.

Webinar: Nitrous Oxide Emissions in Inland Pacific Northwest Cropping Systems

Who: Presented by Georgine Yorgey, Associate in Research, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University

When: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 10:00 -11:00 a.m.

Where:  Webinar URL: http://breeze.wsu.edu/csanr_series/ Login as a guest on March 27, 2014.

This webinar is the latest in the CSANR series: Pacific Northwest Agriculture and Climate Change. Did you miss previous webinars in the series? No problem. You can view them online at: http://csanr.wsu.edu/webinars/pnw-ag-and-climate-change/.  Direct access to the March 13th webinar, “Nitrogen Cycling and Losses in Agricultural Systems,” is available HERE.

Want email notification about future webinars?

To be notified about webinars in this series, send an email with “Ag and Climate Webinars” in the subject line to Tara Zimmerman: goldsmitht@wsu.edu .

Please share this announcement widely.

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SARE Professional Development Program applications now accepted for FY14

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | March 3, 2014

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 Apr. 15 and Aug. 15, or until funds are exhausted.

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Climate Change and Agriculture Webinar March 13, 2014

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | February 26, 2014
Kristy Borrelli, Extension Specialist

Kristy Borrelli, Extension Specialist

Nitrogen Cycling and Losses in Agricultural Systems

Nitrogen is a critical resource for growing food. Excess nitrogen, however, has a variety of negative impacts. Nitrous oxide for example, is a potent greenhouse gas resulting from agricultural production. Join Kristy Borrelli, Extension Specialist with the Regional Approaches to Climate Change Project, as she provides an overview of the nitrogen cycle and its importance in agriculture. Information presented will provide a foundation for two additional webinars this spring covering nitrous oxide emissions and mitigation strategies in Pacific Northwest cropping systems. These webinars are being co-produced by the Regional Approaches to Climate Change for Pacific Northwest Agriculture Project (REACCH) and WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR).

Participate in this webinar if you want to learn about N cycling and N fertilizer management in agricultural cropping systems.

Webinar: Nitrogen Cycling and Losses in Agricultural Systems

Who: Presented by Kristy Borrelli, Extension Specialist, Regional Approaches to Climate Change, University of Idaho

When: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 10:00 -11:00 a.m.

Where:  Webinar URL: http://breeze.wsu.edu/csanr_series/ Login on March 13, 2014.

This webinar is the latest in the CSANR series: Pacific Northwest Agriculture and Climate Change. Did you miss previous webinars in the series? No problem. You can view them online at: http://csanr.wsu.edu/webinars/pnw-ag-and-climate-change/.

Want email notification about future webinars?

To be notified about webinars in this series, send an email with “Ag and Climate Webinars” in the subject line to Tara Zimmerman: goldsmitht@wsu.edu .

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2014 Proposals now accepted to Kaiser Conservation Endowment

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | February 21, 2014

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 11, 2014.

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 2013 applicants are asked to attach a progress report to any new or continuing proposal.

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 on the Kaiser Conservation Endowment page.

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