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WSU irrigated agriculture center hosts first science expo

Prosser

Learn about research affecting irrigated agriculture in Washington at the first-ever science expo, Science at IAREC, at WSU’s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center.

The free event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at the Walter Clore Center in Prosser, Wash.

The expo lets visitors meet students, researchers, growers and suppliers at IAREC, a focal point for university, state and federal programs addressing the concerns of irrigated agriculture.

Science at IAREC includes a poster and presentation competition, research displays, awards, lunch and refreshments. High school- and college-aged students and the wider Lower Yakima Valley community are encouraged to attend.

In the competition, more than 30 of IAREC’s graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and scientific assistants will showcase research projects presented within the last six months. Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., the public is welcome to view posters and meet with students. From noon to 2 p.m., students will lead short presentations on their research, designed for interest and understanding by a general or teen audience. The top three student presenters win cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100.

Established by the state legislature in 1919, the Prosser Irrigated Research & Extension Center grew with the region as an arm of the Washington Agriculture Experiment Station network. From its original staff of two, an animal scientist and an agronomist, IAREC has led the way in pioneering research that continues today. Seventeen research and extension scientists and faculty work at Prosser today, representing five academic departments from the WSU College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, among them Biological Systems Engineering, Crop & Soil Sciences, Entomology, Horticulture, and Plant Pathology. It is also home to the Clean Plant Center, AgWeatherNet, and the Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems.

The Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center is located at 2140 Wine Country Rd., Prosser, Wash.

• Register to attend at scienceatiarec.eventbrite.com. To learn more, call Amy Hill at (509) 786-9231.

• Learn more about IAREC here.

Media Contacts

Amy Hill, Administrative Professional, (509) 786-9231