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CAHNRS News- January 17, 2014

Posted by l.meyer | January 16, 2014

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Celebrating the life of friend and colleague Trudy Kenny

Trudy Kay Kenny

Trudy Kay Kenny, 69, passed away on January 8, 2014, at her home in Pullman. Trudy was born in Colfax on July 18, 1944, to Raymond & Ivy (Luper) Brannon. She grew up on the family farm at Hay, and graduated from LaCrosse High School with the class of 1962. She earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching Eastern Washington University.

After college, Trudy taught home economics and typing at Endicott High School as well as night courses in typing at the Pullman branch of Spokane Falls Community College. In 1981, Trudy accepted a position with the College of Agriculture at WSU as a program coordinator. She stayed with the College her entire career, which included promotions to other positions as her skills advanced. Read more in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, here.

Explore recent college photos on the CAHNRS Flickr account

If you have high quality photos from your program or department you’d like to feature on new CAHNRS Flickr account, or if you are interested in using photos for online or print purposes, please contact recruitment and retention coordinator, Nik Grimm at Check out the latest photos, here.

Scholarship and internship opportunities

The Alexander A. and Agnes “Odegaard” Smick Endowment Scholarship program promotes student engagement with an applied course of study in the field of rural community service and development.Two or more scholarships of up to $1,500 each are open to all WSU undergraduate and graduate students who have a demonstrated interest in development issues facing rural citizens. Successful applicants will outline a specific activity in rural community service and development that will be supported by the scholarship and conducted during the 2014 calendar year under the direction of a WSU faculty member who has relevant academic credentials. To apply for this scholarship, request an application from and submit the requested information by February 14.

Agriculture Future of America is offering 75 students the opportunity to attend its annual leadership development program event to promote animal-related careers. The 2014 AFA Animal Institute itinerary includes area visits to animal health services and time to connect with industry leaders. Applications for travel and support to participate in the three-day event are due Jan. 31. Contact Katie Nickels at for more information.

Double M Orchards in Quincy is looking for a summer intern. For more information, contact Katie Nickels at

Northwest Farm Credit Services is now accepting scholarship applications. The deadline is March 1. More information is available at

Discovering the western Washington grains in your glass

steveDemand for locally grown beer and booze has set the stage for craft brewing and distilling industries to capitalize on the flavors of western Washington wheat and barley.

“If you come to Skagit Valley to look at the tulips, you probably don’t notice that there are 15,000 acres of wheat and barley,” said Stephen Jones, wheat breeder and director of the Washington State University Mount Vernon Research Center. The grains are important rotation crops for maintaining soil health when grown between cycles of the vegetables and flowers that are the bread and butter of valley farmers.

The grains also embody the region’s terroir – flavors that reflect the unique soil, water and climate of a place. This has proven a revelation to farmers, chefs, millers, artisan bakers and craft brewers and distillers who, along with Jones, hope to usher in a renaissance of grain in western Washington. >>


Linda Chalker-Scott’s article “The science behind biodynamic preparations: A literature review” was published in the November/December issue of HortTechnology, as well as featured in the Spotlight section of the journal.

Drew Betz’s article “Table Talk with Teens and Pre-Teens” was reprinted on the University of Wisconsin MyParethetical website for parents of tween and teens this week (1/13/14). The article was originally published on July 22, 2013. Drew is the co-leader for the WSU Extension Youth and Family Unit Family Meals Team, director of the WSU Whatcom County Extension office and a Regional Extension Specialist.


Spring 2014 Transformational Leadership Symposium for Women
We all serve as leaders in some capacity in our work places, in our communities and in our homes. CAHNRS welcomes you to engage in an exploration of how to improve our ability to be successful leaders as women in our professional and personal lives. February 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Ensminger Pavilion.

$10 students, $25 non-students (lunch included). Register here.

Join E&J Gallo Wines to learn about internships
The Food Science Club is hosting representatives from E&J Gallo Wines who are coming to share about the company’s internship opportunities. The internships are open to those studying Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Agriculture, Viticulture and Winemaking. Pizza will be served and students can sign up for an interview to be held the next day between 8 and noon. Info session on February 3 6:30 pm in FSHN 103/155 and interviews on Feb. 4 from 8-noon in FSHN 106.

WSU Island County Beach Watchers hosts day for all things Puget Sound
Sound Waters is a one-day university about all things Puget Sound hosted by WSU Island County Beach Watchers and held at Oak Harbor High School on Whidbey Island. A full conference format includes a keynote by Dr. Bill Steele about the earthquake threat presented by the Cascadia Fault and an earthquake early warning system now being developed, followed by three 75 minute presentation sessions with 65 sessions from which to select ranging from recreational to technical in content. $40 per person + the option to purchase a $10 lunch. Learn more at:

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Jan. 15- WSU’s On Solid Ground- Elwha Insects, Quinoa Harvest, Growing Groceries This edition features a story about a WSU project to help curate bugs collected before the removal of the Elwha Dam, the latest quinoa harvest, and opportunities to mentor with the Growing Groceries program. Stay tuned for Green Times and Voice of the Vine coming soon.

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