Posted by Tara Zimmerman | August 16, 2016
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.
Posted by Tara Zimmerman | May 17, 2016
Thursday, June 9th 8:30am-3:00pm
Edaleen Dairy & Honcoop Farms
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.
Posted by Tara Zimmerman | April 18, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
1:00 to 3:00 PM
2606 W Pioneer, Puyallup, WA 98371
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.
Highlighted topics will include:
- No-till and strip-till vegetables
- Cover crop selection
- Precision cover cropping
- Cover crop management
- Soil quality
- Organic fertility
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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; email@example.com at least two weeks prior to the event.
Posted by Tara Zimmerman | February 25, 2016
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.
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):
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
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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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…
Agriculture in a Changing Climate: Implications for Educators, Industry, and Producers
March 9-11, 2016
Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-663-8181 ext. 265.
Posted by Tara Zimmerman | November 17, 2015
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 8, 2016.
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 2015 applicants should attach a progress report to any new or continuing proposal.
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.
Posted by Tara Zimmerman | September 17, 2015
The Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR) Biologically-Intensive Agriculture and Organic Farming (BIOAg) program is soliciting grant proposals. Please view the whole RFP HERE. Proposals are being accepted for project grants, outreach/extension curriculum grants, and planning grants. Applications will be accepted by electronic submission.
The goal of this proposal solicitation is to engage a broad, interdisciplinary spectrum of WSU faculty in projects that further the development, understanding, and use of biologically intensive and/or organic principles, practices, and technologies to improve the sustainability of agriculture and food systems in Washington State. In addition, BIOAg funding is used to meet three objectives: to stimulate new research initiatives, to augment critical gaps in existing areas of knowledge, and to move existing, game-changing research out into the real world.
Please view RFP for deadlines, additional information, instructions and application forms.
Posted by Tara Zimmerman | September 10, 2015
Two new reports on organic agriculture in Washington State are now available at the WSU Organic Statistics webpage. Current Status of Certified Organic Agriculture in Washington State:2014 provides the most recent data on crop acreage, dairy cow numbers, and gross sales, in addition to data on global and national trends. Recent Trends in Certified Organic Tree Fruit:2014 goes into more specific detail on organic apples, pears and other tree fruit crops, and includes the most recent trend data internationally. Also, information on the economics of organic apple production is presented, along with projections of organic tree fruit area growth in the next few years. Both reports are in powerpoint format, but annotated with supporting text to help explain the graphs and tables. These reports are the continuation of more than 10 years of annual summaries developed by Elizabeth Kirby and David Granatstein at WSU.