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CAHNRS News – August 10, 2012

Posted by | August 10, 2012

Homecoming Tailgate Reunion and Morrill Act Celebration

Join us Sept. 22 for an all-college tailgate reunion! Our CAHNRS & WSU Extension Homecoming Tailgate Reunion will bring together alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students for a day of music, Butch and the Spirit Squad, BBQ catering, and fun times catching up with new and old friends. This is a family friendly event; the more, the merrier!

CAHNRS alumni & friends also are invited to purchase tickets to Saturday’s Homecoming game vs. Colorado in our special block in Martin Stadium.

That day, we also are celebrating the sesquicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Morrill Act, one of the most important pieces of legislation in the history of American agriculture. The Act created the land-grant university system and stipulated that these colleges emphasize teaching and research in the practical arts—agriculture, science, and engineering. There will be an interactive exhibit for all ages focused on how WSU benefits the state, nation and world with teaching, research and outreach.

Plan to attend our pre-game tailgate barbecue and watch the new-look Cougars take on the Colorado Buffalos. A block of 400 game tickets has been secured. Get tickets here »

New Titles from WSU Extension Publications

The Extension Pubs Pack is being renamed New Titles from WSU Extension Publications. We hope to improve the features of this monthly announcement in the future, including links to online versions of the publications. New Titles from WSU Extension Publications lists new and revised publications, as well as publications that have been recently put out of print.


Software Seminars: Data Analysis with JMP & JMP Genomics

SAS Institute has developed powerful and relatively user-friendly software for statistics (JMP 10, JMP Pro) as well as for breeding and genetics (JMP Genomics). Two JMP representatives will be on campus August 16-17 to present seminars, hands-on tutorials, and individual consultations. The seminars are on Thursday, August 16, from 8:30-12 in T-101 Food Science. For the schedule, registration and information go to JMP Seminars and Background. SAS has provided a free University-wide 90-day license. To download and install JMP, go to: JMP Installation.

AMDT Welcome Back Cookout

Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles is hosting a Welcome Back Cookout for all AMDT undergraduate and graduate students. The cookout will be held August 23 from 4:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Kruegel Courtyard. This year’s cookout is being sponsored by Kohl’s. We also have amazing donations from Konjo Ababa, Inc., Deb’s Threads, and Speedo.

2012 Ice Cream Social

Mark your calendars and plan to join us at the Second Annual CAHNRS & Extension Faculty and Staff Ice Cream Social on August 24 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Ensminger Pavilion and at our four R&E Centers.

Save the Date: CAHNRS Fall Festival

Come join us for food, fun and games on Thursday, Sept. 6, 4-6 p.m. at Spillman Plaza (on Wilson Rd. next to Hulbert Hall). There will be student club exhibits, department displays, and more. See a video of the 2011 Fall Festival.


Julia Piaskowski took first place in the Graduate Student Oral Presentation Competition of the Western Society of Crop Science Annual Meeting on July 13.

Dale Moore‘s submission of Ferdinand’s huckleberry ice cream won the 2012 Progressive Dairyman magazine Flavor Faceoff. Facing stiff competition from both commercial and university dairies nationwide, Moore gave them a whipping, with no cherry on top. She thanked all the Ferdinand’s fans for voting, with special gratitude to CAHNRS Dean Dan Bernardo for rallying the troops. Read more »

Jessica Goldberger, associate professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, has been appointed to the Western SARE Administrative Council. She will hold the rural sociologist seat, a newly created seat on the council. She joins the council at their next meeting in late July in Loveland, Colo. Administrative Council members promote sustainable agriculture research and education programs, as well as help set guidelines, develop calls for proposals, and establish project priorities for the western region. Read more »

This year, 31 individuals were trained as food safety/preservation information assistants from 28 counties across the state. Each assistant is supported by a WSU Extension faculty mentor (Sandy Brown, Angela Combe, Christy Price or Margaret Viebrock) to provide current research-based food safety/food preservation information to consumers. The newly established food safety/preservation assistant training program consisted of a 30-hour online training course, a three-day, hands-on workshop held in the WSU Food Science lab and an online final exam.

Recent News Releases

WSU Extension publishes and releases ‘Soil Testing Guide for Vegetable Farmers,’ available online

Ferdinand’s huckleberry ice cream wins national Flavor Faceoff

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New in CAHNRS e-Newsletters

The August 1 edition of On Solid Ground has stories about harvesting tropical biofuel feed stock, a new camelina production fact sheet, and a matter of size: why the fittest animals develop the biggest weapons and ornaments. Check it out at

The August 2 edition of Voice of the Vine features alumni profiles of viticulture master’s degree and an online enology certificate student. Other articles cover an honor for WSU Research winemaker George Carter, take home messages from the annual ZINO Society forum, and the upcoming Auction of Washington Wines. Read about it at


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