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Cosmic Crisp(R) apple, creators honored in Governor’s State of the State address
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recognized Washington State University’s achievements in creating the popular new Cosmic Crisp(R) apple in his 2020 State of the State address.
A delicious WSU-bred apple crowned every desk in the Washington State House of Representatives, as Inslee delivered the address Tuesday, Jan. 14, to a joint session of the House and the Washington State Senate in the Legislative Building in Olympia.
“One of the best things about being the governor is shining the light on how great Washington is,” said Inslee. “I’m inspired by many Washington stories… I’m inspired by the development of Washington’s newest apple, the Cosmic Crisp(r). These Washington apples adorn your desks.”
Inslee went on to recognize André-Denis Wright, Dean of CAHNRS, and Kate Evans, interim director of the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, who took over selection and release of the Cosmic Crisp(R) apple variety, WA 38, following retirement of WSU’s previous apple breeder, Bruce Barritt.
Launched commercially in December 2019, Cosmic Crisp(R) is the result of a 20-year effort at WSU to develop juicier, better storing and higher quality apple for growers and consumers. More than 11 million trees of the variety have been planted.
Washington high school student runner up for national 4-H award
Mayyadah Zagelow of Seattle is a runner up for the 2020 4-H Youth in Action Pillar Award for Civic Engagement. Zagelow is recognized nationally for her leadership as a champion for equity for all youth. The National 4-H Council announced Zagelow’s achievement last week.
Zagelow struggled with anxiety and selective mutism at a young age and was bullied by peers at school. By joining 4-H, her journey to overcoming anxiety and developing positive, healthy relationships with her peers began. Through 4-H, Zagelow learned to turn difficult experiences into empowering opportunities as she learned to speak up and speak out for herself and for others who feel voiceless.
Through this program, she works with fellow 4-H’ers to educate adults and teens alike through workshops and grassroots efforts about gender identities, expression, orientation and biological sex, as well as the challenges facing the LGBTQ+ community in hopes of creating a world of inclusion for all youth.
Zagelow is a senior in high school and hopes to attend Central Washington University to pursue a career in the medical field.
The 4-H Youth in Action Awards, sponsored in part by Bayer, began in 2010 to recognize 4-H’ers who have overcome challenges and used the knowledge they gained in 4-H to create a lasting impact in their community. To learn more about the 4-H Youth in Action program and the 2020 runners up, please visit http://4-H.org/YouthInAction.
Part of Outdoor Retailer’s Outdoor + Snow Show, the Innovation Awards recognize cutting-edge achievements in outdoor products, materials and retail services, including apparel and accessories, electronics, camping and climbing gear, and much more. Brown-Hayes is part of a 19-member panel evaluating submissions based on design, function, impact, and spark.
At AMDT, Brown-Hayes teaches courses in visual merchandising, omni-channel retailing, Adobe, 3-D design, product development, fashion photography and advertising, illustration and rendering, portfolio design, aesthetics and fashion styling. He also works in creative, design, leadership, and strategic roles in the private and public sector.
An active fly fisherman, runner, backpacker, back country skier, snowboarder, kayaker, mountain biker, and wakeboarder, he can often be found spending time outdoors with his wife and three daughters. His love for the outdoors, photography, culture, and travel has allowed him to visit and work around the United States and Europe.
Brown-Hayes judged more than 170 entries this fall in the run-up to the competition. New product and marketplace entries are challenging to judge, he said, adding that his diverse background gave him an advantage in weighing the merits of the many different categories.
“It was great to see what will be entering the marketplace next year, and where technology, product development and the retail service industry is heading,” said Brown-Hayes. “It was also refreshing to see who and what is entering the retail and outdoor sector.
“Being a judge has given me a deeper understanding of how companies are currently trying to join the marketplace, and what trends are going to be mainstream in 2020 and 2021. Attending open-market shows is an incredibly valuable asset that allows me to stay updated on industry standards, establish new relationships, and encounter new content for my courses.”
Two AMDT students, Bridgette Bacon and Tara Kelly, have been selected to attend the show along with Brown-Hayes. He has been hired by Cotton Inc. as a private consultant to provide market research during the show.
Innovation Award winners will be announced during a live ceremony on the second night of the show. Learn more about the event here.
New from Extension: Information and ideas for ranchers, farmers, cooks and communities
Every month, WSU Extension experts publish guides that help farmers and communities solve challenges and improve practices.
Available for free online, the latest publications help ranchers address grazing management and water quality risks; inform gardeners and farmers about diseases in potatoes, tomatoes, watermelons, zucchini, pumpkins and cucumbers; share production and performance at WSU’s Wilke Farm; introduce products made from straw to help deal with soil acidification; help home cooks safely prepare queso fresco; and more.
Three other participants had WSU connections: Former CPAAS postdoctoral researchers Yiannis Ampatzidis, now an assistant professor at the University of Florida, and Xiaogiang Du, now professor at Zhejiang Science & Technology University in China; as well as Du Chen, an associate professor at China Agricultural University and former jointly trained Ph.D. student at WSU.
Director Zhang is a CIGR Honorary Vice President and co-leader of the Next Leaders Program. Now in its fifth class, the program was created in 2009 to help mid-career agricultural mechanization experts from different part of the world interact and share ideas, and develop future leaders in the field. Participants are nominated by their national organization, then selected by a program committee based on achievements and leadership potential, while maintaining geographic diversity.
WSU Colville Reservation Extension team honored with national teamwork award
WSU Colville Reservation Extension educators and tribal program partners were honored by a national organization this fall for their efforts in helping tribal communities thrive through food garden education.
Kayla Wells, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator for WSU Colville Reservation Extension and director of WSU Okanogan County Extension, and team members Linda McLean, Director and 4-H Educator with WSU Colville Reservation Extension; Tabitha Parr, Office Assistant with WSU Colville Reservation Extension; and Dorothy Palmer, Program Manager for the Colville Confederated Tribes Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program, were recognized at the 85th annual session of the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (NAEFCS), in Hershey, Penn.
This team received the association’s second-place National Award, first place Western Region Award, and first-place State Award for Excellence in Teamwork.
The team was honored for their Food Sovereignty/Food Security Garden Program, addressing the needs of the residents of the Colville Reservation, which is designated by USDA as a “food desert.”
This program helped families learn how to grow, preserve and enjoy healthy, nutritious foods. Wells and her team taught the “Why, How and What Now” of gardening, thus providing reservation residents with the skills and knowledge to plant, maintain and harvest their own food gardens.
“Teamwork was vital to the success of this program,” said Wells. “Without each person’s expertise and contribution, we would not have been able to provide the depth and breadth of education to our participants. This program would not have been as successful without the sponsors, the educators, and the behind-the-scenes person who created the marketing materials.”
Sponsored by the NAEFCS Awards Fund, the Excellence in Teamwork Award was established in 2018 to recognize outstanding Extension Family and Consumer Sciences programs conducted by a multi-disciplinary team. This team is comprised of Extension, Tribal and FRTEP (Federally Recognized Tribes Program) Educators.
In honoring Wells and her team, the Association highlighted their exemplary commitment to meeting the needs of individuals, families and communities.
CAHNRS well represented at national leaders conference
The students ranged in majors from Animal Science and Agricultural and Food Business Economics to Communication and Field Crop Management and were among the approximately 850 students and over 300 industry leaders from across the nation to attend.
The conference provided students pursuing future careers in food and agriculture a chance to develop their professional abilities and grow as individuals. Students were placed in different tracks and exposed to a variety of different speakers depending on their year in school and previous involvement with AFA.
Track 4, the last and most selective track, included sessions about living an authentic life, respect and inclusion in the workplace, advanced time management, and leadership capabilities.
“AFA encouraged me to use long term thinking for short term decisions: what kind of life do I want to live?” said Gracie Dickerson, a senior Agricultural and Food Business Economics major and Track 4 delegate.
The other tracks also included speakers who focused on money management, professional attire, etiquette, communication, brand development, and handling change in the agriculture industry.
Round table discussions, industry panels, and an opportunity fair with over 80 companies represented provided students with the chance to connect with professionals from the agriculture industry.
With professional development at this caliber, the conference left a different impact on every student.
“AFA had a huge impact on me, and I was able to meet great new friends as well as make connections in the agriculture industry,” said Corey Phillips, a first-year WSU student planning to major in Animal Science. “I actually switched my major because of the impact of the conference. It was definitely a great experience and I would recommend it to all of my friends in the ag program.”
The main goal of AFA is to provide opportunities for college students and bridge the gap between education and industry within the agriculture sector. Leaders Conference is one of the many ways they achieve this and will continue to do so for many years.
“AFA helped me to expand my network of people, professionals, and friends in a way that incorporates our mutual appreciation of agriculture. It put me in contact with people whose opinions and experiences were different than mine, and helped me to broaden my understanding of the American agriculture industry,” said Chase Baerlocher, a sophomore in Agricultural Biotechnology.
New review paper explores global dimensions of plant virus epidemics
Worldwide, plant virus epidemics threaten livelihoods, food, farms, and the environment.
Naidu Rayapati, WSU plant pathologist and director of the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center at Prosser, co-authored a new review of the impact of viruses on global agriculture, sharing perspectives on virus diseases and possible solutions through emerging technologies, in the September issue of the Annual Review of Virology.
A changing climate, growing population, and globalized agriculture are driving fast changes that favor destructive disease outbreaks, the authors relate. Synthesizing their many years of experience in international agriculture, this review takes stock of the current global situation of viral diseases, how viruses spread, the factors influencing outbreaks, disease management, and new and emerging technologies to help understand virus epidemics.
Jones and Rayapati also discuss strategies for defense and future needs, including the need for collaborative global networks to address food security challenges caused by viral epidemics. A paradigm shift toward smart, integrated, and eco-friendly strategies is needed to stop epidemics in their tracks, according to the authors.
“We are playing an active role in addressing viral disease problems of global significance, and bringing knowledge and practical experiences to safeguard American agriculture from viral disease threats,” Rayapati said.
WSU student represents Washington agriculture at national FFA competition
By Sarah Appel, CAHNRS Academic Programs
“Push yourself to try and make it to nationals and get to wear your FFA jacket one more time. Because the memories I have made in that jacket have been great and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.”
That’s the advice freshman WSU student, Aranza Arroyo-Mejia, has for every high school senior participating in FFA this year. She gets to wear her FFA jacket one more time, representing Washington in the Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) Career Development Event (CDE) at the National FFA Convention this week.
Aranza is a Fruit and Vegetable Management student but looks back at FFA with fond memories. She is excited to have the opportunity to compete one more time with her teammates for ENR at the national level.
She started participating in FFA as a freshman at Cashmere High School. Over the next four years, she competed in public speaking, meat judging, livestock judging, apple judging, and ENR – to name a few. She fell in love with the organization and participated in all four years.
Aranza is in Indianapolis, Indiana, representing Washington State with three team members as they compete in the Environmental and Natural Resources CDE. Over the next few days, the team will be put to the test as they demonstrate their skills related to wildlife conservation, soil science, GPS navigation, and water management. They will go through a 50 question knowledge test and give an oral presentation.
“Overall, I think we all live on the same planet, and we all need to grow food and maintain a sustainable environment,” she said.
All this, on behalf of Washington State FFA.
“It feels awesome, especially being from a small town of 3,500 people, and going to Indianapolis means a lot,” she said. “I’m proud of myself and my town and Washington State”
Aranza is grateful for all the skills that FFA taught her and encourages others to get involved as much as they can.