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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 .

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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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Benbrook is first recipient of The Organic Center Award of Excellence

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | February 20, 2014

I841The first recipient of The Organic Center’s newly established Award of Excellence will be recognized in March at the organization’s annual VIP Dinner held in conjunction with Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA.

Dr. Charles Benbrook, who currently is a research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University, has been selected to receive the award “designed to honor an individual who has shown excellence in supporting the science behind the benefits of organic food and farming,” according to The Organic Center press release. Here at Washington State University, he serves as program leader of “Measure to Manage: Farm and Food Diagnostics for Sustainability and Health.”

Dr. Benbrook’s current work focuses on pesticide use and risk assessment. He has recently published several journal articles, web tools, and blog posts available on the CSANR website HERE.

Congratulations, Chuck!

The Organic Trade Association press release includes additional details.

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Non-antibiotic Fire Blight Control

Posted by David Granatstein | January 30, 2014

2014 is the last season in which organic growers can use antibiotics to control fire blight in apple and pear production.  Now is the time to look at non-antibiotic controls, for which there has been significant progress in the past few years.  An annotated presentation by Dr. Ken Johnson of Oregon State University outlines possible control strategies.   For more information on fire blight, please so Dr. David Granatstein’s fire blight webpage.

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New study led by CSANR’s Benbrook shows higher omega-3s in organic milk

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | December 10, 2013

CSANR’s Chuck Benbrook and colleagues published a study December 9, 2013 in PLoS ONE entitled: Organic Production Enhances Milk Nutritional Quality by Shifting Fatty Acid Composition: A United States–Wide, 18-Month Study.  Major findings, media coverage, Benbrook’s blog post discussing the study, and a link to the free publication are available HERE.

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SARE Professional Development Program applications now accepted for FY14

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | November 14, 2013

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

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BIOAg Grant Program Request for Proposals Announced

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | October 10, 2013

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, planning grants, and outreach/extension curriculum 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.

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Verle Kaiser Endowment

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | January 15, 2013

Much of Verle Kaiser’s 39 years of service with the Soil Conservation Service was devoted to the study of erosion problems on the Palouse. After his death, friends and colleagues established the Verle Kaiser Conservation Endowment with the WSU Foundation to promote the conservation ethic through conservation and natural resource education.

Washington State University and University of Idaho are soliciting proposals for promotion and demonstration of conservation practices targeting soil erosion. Proposals are sought on 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.

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 HERE.

Deadline: March 21, 2013

For more information, contact: Tara Zimmerman 206-770-6073

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