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CAHNRS News- August 9, 2013

Posted by l.meyer | August 8, 2013

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Kick off the 2013 fall semester with an ice cream social! We’d like to invite our faculty and staff from all across the state to celebrate with us in spirit as we have our event in Pullman, so we’re offering an ice cream social at each of our four R&E Centers. Join us at the location nearest you on Wednesday, August 28.

Oilseed Conference Videos Available Online

WSU Extension has announced the release of video coverage from the 2013 WSU Oilseed Production and Marketing Conference in January. Over sixty videos feature keynote speakers, growers, industry, agency, and university researchers presenting a wide range of topics in general and breakout session formats. The videos can be accessed via the WSU Biofuels Cropping Systems Research and Extension Project website or through the CAHNRS WSU Oilseed Conference YouTube channel.


Stefano Musacchi joined our faculty at the beginning of August. Stefano Musacchi, an internationally recognized leader in pomology (the science of fruit and fruit growing), has joined as the endowed chair in tree fruit physiology/management. The chair is funded by the state’s apple and pear growers through their historic partnership with WSU by investing $27 million to expand tree fruit research and extension as part of the Campaign for WSU. In Bologna, at Italy’s oldest university, Musacchi has an active research program that has attracted almost $4.2 million Euros – about $6 million USD – in funding over the past eight years. He has worked on numerous fruit crops including apple, pear, quince, peach and cherry. Read more.

Julia Harshman (PhD student of Kate Evans at the TFREC) is the first recipient of the Hambelton Fellowship, a new scholarship funded by an endowment established by Mike and Kathy Hambelton. Learn more about the Hambelton’s scholarship fund here.

Patrick Moore and Wendy Hoashi-Erhardt received the Shepard Award presented by the American Pomological Society for the best research paper published each year in Journal of the American Pomological Society.  The award was for the paper “Comparative Response of Red Raspberry Cultivars to Phytophthora Root Rot.”  Journal of the American Pomological Society.  66, 28-33.

Dr. Debra Inglis, Vegetable Pathologist at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC, is one of six project directors from across the country who gave invited presentations on their Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) projects at the SCRI Project Directors’ Workshop, held July 22 in conjunction with the American Society for Horticultural Sciences Annual Meeting in Palm Desert, Calif.  Inglis’ presentation, “Achieving Transdisciplinary Success: Biodegradable Mulches for Specialty Crops Produced Under Protective Covers,” included an overview of the SCRI project she and Co-Project Director Dr. Carol Miles, WSU Mount Vernon Vegetable Horticulturist, have managed since 2009.  More information about this SCRI Research & Extension project is available at

Jonathon Bethony McDowell, the resident baker in the Bread Lab at WSU-Mount Vernon Research Center, will be discussing wheat from Skagit Valley at a White House hosted lunch at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York on Sunday the 28th. The lunch is for The Chefs des Chefs. The group is made up of the personal chefs for the heads of state from 60 countries, including France, Italy, Germany, the UK, China, South Africa and Japan. He also will be performing a tasting of breads at Blue Hill – New York on Monday the 29th for various New York chefs. Recently Blue Hill – New York was named Most Outstanding restaurant in the US by the James Beard Foundation.

Photo ID

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Look at us, all happy in the creamery. Are we creamery workers? Food science students? Just on a tour? Fortunately, many of our first names are visible on our jackets, but what about our last names? What year is it? And have any of us married each other and produced little Cougs of our own?

Need to see more detail? Just click the picture for a larger version.

WSU CAHNRS is seeking your help in cataloging its photo archive. We are scanning hundreds of old slides, negatives, and prints to put online. And we need your help to identify these images by telling us, as best you can: the contents, the date, and the identity of the photographer.

Don’t spare the detail; we want you to share everything you know about this image. Don’t know anything about this image, but still want to help? We have more archival images posted. View our historical images.

For the most recent additions, go to the last page and work backwards. Please reminisce about your connection to this photo by using the “Comments” field at Want us to let you know when we post new photos? Send an email to and we’ll add you to the list.

ReConnect Alumni Magazine

The next issue of ReConnect is coming up! ReConnect is published quarterly by the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Alumni and Friends Office. We publish one print and three digital issues per year.

Subscribe to ReConnectReaders are encouraged to contribute ideas for ReConnect. We are eager to hear your stories and share them with your former WSU peers in ReConnect Class Notes. We also would love to hear about your family and receive digital photos of your Future Cougs. Please send photos with detailed descriptions to

Looking for Connections magazine? Click here!

Upcoming Events

2013 Statewide Viticulture Field Day: Join the Washington State Grape Society and the WSU Viticulture and Enology Program, as they host the 2013 Statewide Viticulture Field Day on August 16. Cost to attend the field day is just $10 to cover the catered lunch; no RSVP is required. The day will start at 8:00 AM at the WSU-IAREC Roza Research Farm off McCreadie Road in Prosser, and will end at approximately 2:30 PM at Zirkle Wine Company. For more information:

WSU Organic Farm on the Mall: Fresh-picked organic produce from WSU’s Organic Farm will be offered for sale at a farm stand on WSU’s Terrell Mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, running through early October. The farm accepts cash and checks only.

SAVE THE DATE!  WSU Oilseed Conference Expanding in 2014: Washington State University and the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association will be joining forces to host the 2014 Oilseed and Direct Seed Conference, “Covering New Ground,” January 20-22 in Kennewick, WA. General sessions will feature cross-over topics such as crop rotations, marketing, cover crops, soil health, alternative crops, CRP take-out, and local, regional and national agricultural policy. Oilseed- and direct seed- specific breakout sessions will address beginning and advanced management strategies for dryland and irrigated producers and industry representatives, as well as hands-on diagnostics and demonstrations. Exhibit areas will showcase equipment dealers, ag suppliers, crop consultants and research posters from PNW universities. Contact Karen Sowers, 509-396-5936 or Kay Meyer, 509-995-6335 for more information.

Recent News Releases 

August 7- FDA to discuss proposed produce food safety regulations with communities this August

August 7- Hot, dry July weather breaks records across state

August 9- Auction of Washington Wines supports wine science at WSU

In eNews

The August 7 issue of Green Times features local greens, anaerobic digestion, and organic farm photos.

The July 31 issue of On Solid Ground features stories about banking on local greens and the WSU Dairy Club champions.

The July 24 issue of Voice of the Vine features a story about Concord replant disease, native plants in the vineyard, and Auction of Washington Wines. Stay tuned for the next edition out August 21.

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