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Planning Grant proposals now accepted

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | July 16, 2015

The BIOAg Program is now accepting proposals for Planning Grants.  The BIOAg FY15 Request for Proposals was posted in late 2014 and includes a description of the BIOAg program and priorities, but Planning Grant proposals were not accepted at that time.  Planning Grant proposals are now being requested.  Please refer to the RFP for overall BIOAg program and priorities information, but use the Planning Grant Application Form to apply for funds.

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis with no deadline until designated funds are expended.

Questions?  Please contact Tara Zimmerman at 206-770-6073.

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WSU Food-Energy-Water Seed and Planning Grants

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | June 23, 2015

Many institutions, including federal agencies and universities, have recognized the critical need to better understand system responses within and across the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) nexus domain.  As FEW issues become a top research priority, CEREO, the State of Washington Water Research Center (SWWRC) and the Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources (CSANR) are pleased to announce a FEW seed and planning grant program to identify and energize high-priority FEW research initiatives at WSU.

The FEW seed and planning grant program seeks interdisciplinary proposals that foster collaborative research on complex environmental issues through a diversity of disciplines and partnerships between WSU academic units, campuses and institutions outside WSU. 

These grants are supported by funds from CEREO, CSANR, Office of Research, the College of Arts and Sciences, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture and the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences.

For more information about submission details or eligibility, visit the FEW RFP webpage. For questions, please email  The deadline for applications is Aug 7th, 2015.

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Summer Farm Walks

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | May 21, 2015

The 2015 Farm Walks are underway!  Join WSU’s Small Farm Program and Tilth Producers of Washington for a farm walk in the coming weeks.  Please visit the Registration Page for more information and to get signed up to attend. Upcoming events are listed below:

June 1 – Cover Cropping on a Diversified Vegetable Farm (plus hands-on soil blocking!) – Let Us Farm, Grays Harbor County
June 8 – Building Soil Tilth: Grazing Sheep on Cover Crop – Zakarison Partnership, Whitman County
June 15 – Sustainable Farmstead Goat Dairy – Mystery Bay Farm, Jefferson County
June 29 – Organic Pest & Disease Management in Apples and Pears – Leach Orchards, Yakima County
July 13 – Farm-to-Resort: Agritourism with a Certified Organic Garden – Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Chelan County
July 27 – Behind the Brew: Organic Hops Production – Perrault Farm, Yakima County
August 10 – Freshly Pressed: Washington’s First Certified Organic Cranberry Farm – Starvation Alley Farm, Pacific County
TUESDAY August 25 – Nisqually Tribal Community Garden Program: Building Food Community – Nisqually Tribe Community Gardens, Thurston County
September 14 – Accessing Land as Beginning Vegetable Farmers – Quackenbush Farm, Clark County
September 28 – Organic Apple Orchard and Cidery: Two Businesses in One – Sinclair Orchards & Ciderhouse, Okanogan County

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RFP assistance webinar now available!

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | March 19, 2015

Are you planning to apply for a USDA Farmers Market or Local Foods Promotion Program Grant, but are looking for some assistance?  CSANR’s Colleen Donovan presented a webinar March 17th and the recording is now available.  To watch the recorded presentation, read questions and answers from the presentation, and to see the announcements for upcoming in-person workshops, visit CSANR’s webinar page.

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Grant writing help is available for Farmers Market and Local Foods Promotion funding!

Posted by Colleen Donovan | March 13, 2015

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WSU Small Farms Program is partnering with USDA and the Rural Regional Development Centers this spring to help great Washington projects access grants from the USDA’s Farmers Market and Local Foods Promotion Programs. The first training is a webinar on March 17th from  10:00 am to 11:00 am. The webinar will help demystify the USDA grants process and outline project steps that can be done even before seeing the Request for Proposal (RFP). To join the webinar on March 17th, go to and enter as a “Guest.” Two in-person workshops will be held in April that go into the specifics of the FMPP and LFPP grant application. More information about USDA’s training project is available at    


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Proposals now accepted to Kaiser Conservation Endowment

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | March 3, 2015

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 10, 2015.

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 2014 applicants are asked to attach a progress report to any new or continuing proposal.

NEW for 2015: Proposal maximum has increased from prior years in an effort to better meet the needs of students and constituents. Please read the proposal format carefully, as requirements have changed.  Proposals are not to exceed $5,000. 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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2015 SARE PDP Proposals Accepted Now

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | February 23, 2015

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 2014 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.

For more information about the SARE PDP program and for application instructions, please view our PDP page HERE.  Applications will be screened after March 23rd, or until funds are exhausted.

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New organic berry trends publication released

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | December 22, 2014

FS144EThe first WSU extension publication in a series on  Trends in Washington Organic Crop Production has just been released titled: Trends in Washington State Organic Berry Production, Acreage and Crop Value.  Authors are Elizabeth Kirby, Michael Brady and David Granatstein.  Additional publications in the series will be posted on the Organic Statistics page.

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Poster winners announced!

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | November 13, 2014


On Oct 28th, in conjunction with the “Saving Nature and Improving Agriculture – Where does Nature’s Wisdom Lie?” symposium, the BIOAg poster session drew a wide variety of high quality, engaging, informative posters.  Best of all, a large number of posters were presented by WSU students and were therefore eligible to compete for scholarship awards.  Posters were judged by committee and the winners are listed below:


Cedric Habiyaremye for the poster: Effect of irrigation on plant height, maturity, and seed yield of 20 diverse millet varieties. Habiyaremye, Barth, Highet, & Murphy.


Jesse Wimer for the poster: Evaluation of watermelon rootstocks for resistance to verticillium wilt in northwestern Washington. Wimer, Miles & Inglis.


Elias Bloom for the poster: Diversity of native bees in urban and rural diversified farming systems. Bloom & Crowder.

Gregory Astill for the poster: Transforming pollutants into products; economic feasibility of anaerobic digester systems on US dairies. Astill & Shumway.

Please visit the poster page HERE for a full list of presented posters and links to many of the files.  Thank you to all poster presenters and attendees for contributing to this event!

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Field Day Announcement: Re-integrating Perennial Pasture and Livestock into Palouse Cropping Systems

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | October 15, 2014

FieldDayjpgField Day Announcement!  October 28th from 10am to noon at the Zakarison Partnership in Pullman.

Come learn about current research on the use of livestock grazing, perennial pasture and green manures in Palouse crop rotations. Current field research examines the economic, agronomic, and environmental performance of three cropping systems:
• Conventionally managed winter wheat – spring wheat – field pea rotation
• Integrated winter wheat – spring wheat – grazed winter pea rotation
• Organically managed perennial alfalfa – spring pea – winter wheat rotation

For directions, contact information and research highlight please click HERE or on the flyer.

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