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Pathways to Progress in Tackling Stormwater Runoff in Near-Urban Agricultural Areas

Posted by Kevin Hyde | February 18, 2021
Stormwater runoff, particularly from roadways, is one of the leading sources of water pollution in Puget Sound. Stormwater pollution impacts people and ecosystems in different…

Developing Biochar Markets in the Pacific Northwest

Posted by Embrey Bronstad | January 29, 2021
Biochar has the potential to provide a win-win for climate, soils, and forest health. Previous posts on the CSANR Perspectives in Sustainability blog have discussed…

Good news! U.S. fruit and vegetable supply chains are resilient

Posted by David Gustafson | December 17, 2020
We’re all exhausted. As we near the end of what feels like the longest year of our lives, we’re now being told that we can’t…

Compost Emissions – More Than Just a Matter of Smell

Posted by Karen Hills | October 20, 2020
Composting organic waste is, in many ways, a win-win scenario. It diverts waste from the landfill, while creating a valuable soil amendment (explored in my…

Boutique Biochars: Exploring Engineering Strategies to Increase Phosphate Adsorption

Posted by Karen Hills | August 10, 2020
Biochar is produced by pyrolysis of woody (technically, lignocellulosic) materials. By controlling the conditions under which it is produced, researchers can engineer biochar to be…

Check it out: Engagement as a Path Towards Greater Resilience to Climate Change

Posted by Sonia A. Hall | July 13, 2020
Our most recently published case study on resilience to climate change describes Brenda and Tony Richards’ family cow-calf operation in Murphy, Idaho. Over the last…

A New Method for Measuring Plant Available Water Capacity Helps Document Benefits of Biochar-Soil Mixtures

Posted by Karen Hills | May 18, 2020
Biochar has potential to draw down atmospheric carbon when applied to agricultural soils (as discussed in my previous article on this topic). There is currently…

No-Regrets Strategies that Benefit Ranching Operations and Provide Climate Resilience

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | January 21, 2020
Ranchers already manage multiple risks—including those related to economics, production, the environment, and weather. Climate change represents an added risk, but one that is challenging…

How Rangeland Resilience Can Help Ranchers Facing Climate Change Impacts

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | November 27, 2019
Natural climate variability, including variability driven by El Niño (ENSO) and Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) cycles, dominates the Pacific Northwest’s climate and will remain very…

Exploring the Frontier of Improved Soil Health in Potato Production in the Columbia Basin

Posted by Karen Hills | September 30, 2019
Guest Post By Athena Loos, Field Representative, McCain Foods – During the 3.5 years that I have worked with growers in my role as a…
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