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August 2014

Posted by l.meyer | August 1, 2014

Cougs inspire award-winning flavor

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 9.57.57 AMApple Cup Crisp ice cream has been named the grand champion out of 12 university-made ice cream flavors in the 2014 Progressive Dairyman’s Flavor Faceoff. The WSU flavor beat out the second place winner, Cornell University’s Bavarian Raspberry Fudge, by about 160 votes in the final round.

The WSU Creamery and Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe will be featured in the Sept. 12 issue of the magazine. Read more.

USDA NIFA director delivers Smith Lecture in Pullman

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 9.54.28 AMSonny Ramaswamy, director of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, delivered this year’s President Sam Smith Lecture entitled “Setting the table for a hotter, flatter, more crowded earth.”

During his visit, Ramaswamy interacted with WSU administrators, faculty, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students.

Celebrating Extension on the Colville Reservation

TeamwithblanketThe Colville Confederated Tribes and WSU have established the first Tribal Extension office in Washington State.

WSU Extension is home to Washington State 4-H Youth Development, Master Gardeners, and many agricultural, natural resource, and family and consumer science programs. For Linda McLean, enrolled Colville Tribal member and the new director for Colville Reservation Extension, these programs have been close to her heart and a huge part of her life since she was a girl. Growing up on the Colville Reservation in the Keller district, she was actively involved in 4-H for 10 years. Now she, along with her family, raises beef cattle and dry-land grain crops, applying what she learned in 4-H and through Extension research to her family’s ranching operation. Read more.

CAHNRS Web Team continues site improvements

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 1.55.04 PMWatch the August 2014 Broadcast to learn about the latest draft design for the CAHNRS new website, including key new features you will see launched with it. Broadcast is a new tool used by the CAHNRS Communications Web Team to update faculty and staff on current issues, projects and initiatives related to CAHNRS websites.

North Olympic Food & Farm Guide now available

34-15673ec434fa4b1bda67ca3f8725bacc_FG+COVER+FINALWSU Clallam County and Jefferson County Extension have just released the North Olympic Food & Farm Guide. Project managers included Small Farms Coordinator Kellie Henwood (Jefferson) and AmeriCorps*VISTA Cristina Airado (Clallam), with publication layout by graphic designer SallyChapin (Jefferson) and oversight from Extension Directors Clea Rome (Clallam) and Laura Lewis (Jefferson).

Women, Farms & Food project team earns Excellence Award

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 9.52.40 AMThe group who worked on the Women, Farms & Food project was recently honored with an Excellence in Teamwork Award by the Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP). This national award recognizes Extension teams for their commitment in developing outstanding interdisciplinary sustainability programs in partnership with colleagues and stakeholders. Award-winning programs of excellence make positive changes at local, regional, state and national levels.

Team leader Margaret Viebrock, WSU Extension Douglas County director, collaborated with other WSU Extension faculty, state and federal agencies, and local producers. The project now includes Idaho and Oregon.

More news

Oilseed promo videos now available online

Food ingredient short course helps companies make better food products

New vineyard expansion supports teaching and trellising

Preventing foodborne illness, naturally


Aug. 15: 2014 Washington State Viticulture Field Day

Syrah grapes

Open to all who are interested in viticulture, this field day will cover topics ranging from sprayer calibration to canopy management. The talks will highlight the practical implications of current research being done at WSU-IAREC, and participants will be provided with handouts for home reference. The information presented will have broad applicability to both juice and wine grape production.

Aug. 28: AFS & IPS Back-to-School Bash 

Balloon TossAll students pursuing a degree in Agricultural & Food Systems or Integrated Plant Sciences are invited to the 2nd annual AFS & IPS Back-to-School Bash. This is an excellent opportunity for AFS & IPS faculty, staff, and students to get to know each other as the school year begins. Students will have a chance to earn raffle tickets for Coug Gear and gift certificates from various local businesses. Come out and have some fun! Thursday, 4-6 p.m., Spillman Plaza. Please note that faculty affiliated with these two degree programs are needed to help staff the carnival game booths and scoop ice cream. Contact Cristie Crawford for details.

Oct. 28: Saving Nature and Improving Agriculture: Where does Nature’s Wisdom Lie? 

SavingNatureImprvngAgSympA symposium featuring Emma Marris, author of Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World; and R. Ford Denison, professor in ecology and evolution at the University of Minnesota and author of Darwinian Agriculture: How Understanding Evolution Can Improve Agriculture

 View more upcoming events on the CAHNRS Events calendar.

In E-newsletters

Voice of the Vine – Vineyard expansion, New Zealand, Wine auction
On Solid Ground – Cinnamon vs. E. coli, New wheat, Berries by the numbers
Green Times – Benefits of organic, Quinoa in Rwanda, Food preservation