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CAHNRS News – July 13, 2012

Posted by | July 13, 2012

“I Scream. You Scream. We All Scream for Ice Cream…. Ferdinand’s, That Is!”

Two of the best things the Pacific Northwest has to offer – huckleberries and Ferdinand’s Ice Cream – together have made it into the finals in the Progressive Dairyman’s 2012 Flavor Faceoff. Ferdinand’s huckleberry ice cream beat out three different Idaho flavors to make it to the national competition. Now comes the critical part – your vote. You can cast your vote for the creamy deliciousness known to every Cougar and beyond at There will be four opportunities to vote during the month. The winner will be declared at the end of July.

Dale Moore, Washington State University Extension veterinarian, entered the huckleberry ice cream from WSU’s Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe in the competition, which began this week. “Ferdinand’s Ice Cream is the best in the Northwest, and huckleberry represents the Northwest like no other flavor,” she wrote in her entry. “The milk for Ferdinand’s Ice Cream comes from our very own campus dairy with some of the friendliest cows you’ll meet!”

The Flavor Faceoff featured 20 participants representing four regions.

New on the Dean’s Blog

Food Science Students Address Global Hunger and Bring Home the Gold

Today’s student experience is so much more than what happens in the classroom. One of our points of pride in CAHNRS is our outstanding student organizations such as Cougar Cattle Feeders, Cooperative University Dairy Students (or CUDS, winner for best acronym!), and the Horticulture Club. If I were a student, one of the activities that I would want to get involved in is the Food Product Development Team. Read more »

Fun at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

For the past two weeks, WSU has been participating in the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in Washington DC. Our “Feed the World, Power the Planet” display featured on going biofuels and food research. Young people also got to get their hands science on by extracting DNA from strawberries and coloring pictures of our new super hero “Plant Man.”For some additional coverage of the event, including some awesome video and a downloadable version of Plant Man, check out the team’s blogRead more »

Farm Bill Next Victim of Obstructionist Politics?

We have the chance to invoke the most significant change in farm policy in several decades, but many in Washington don’t believe that the Farm Bill will be passed before the November elections. None of the reasons proposed could possibly be considered a reflection of good government or sound policy making. Read More »


Plant Pathology Seminar

Dalphy O.C. Harteveld, Tree Pathology Centre DAFF & School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia, “Alternaria leaf blotch and fruit spot of apple in Australia.” Monday, July 23, 2012, 10:10 am, Johnson Hall 343. Broadcast via WECN to research stations, dial up: 5700512.

2012 Ice Cream Social

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

CAHNRS Fall Festival 2012

Come join us for food, fun, and games at the annual CAHNRS Fall Festival. The event will take place on Thursday, September 6 from 4-6 p.m. on Spillman Plaza (on Wilson Rd. next to Hulbert Hall). There will be student club exhibits, department displays, and an appearance from Butch T. Cougar. We will also be raffling off two $1,000 scholarships for an undergraduate and graduate student in CAHNRS. If your department/area would like to have a free table at the event, contact Sean McIlraith (, 509.335.9115). Check out a short video from the 2011 Fall Festival.


Marketa Halova will be joining the School of Economic Sciences the 2nd week of August as an Assistant Professor. Marketa’s area of expertise is International Macroeconomics and Finance, Energy/Environmental Economics, and Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics. She completed her PhD in Economics at the Boston College in Boston, MA this past year. She also worked for ten years in the private sector for firms including Conoco Phillips and JP Morgan Chase.

Jeanne Burritt, Administrative Manager in Mount Vernon, received the 2012 Administrative Professional Contribution Award. This award is in recognition of exceptional contributions and service to Washington State University and is sponsored by the Administrative Professional Advisory Council. Jeanne has worked for WSU for 31 years, five of those with WSU Mount Vernon NWREC. She was nominated by 5 different staff and faculty members in Mount Vernon.

Recent News Releases

Fish-Chucking Science Helps Washington State University Researcher Track Nutrients through the Food Chain
Cool, wet June weather statewide reminiscent of 2011
WSU Monarch Butterfly Project Underway with Help from Washington State Penitentiary Offenders
Student Food Product Development Team Wins National Competition, Addresses Nutrition Issues in Kenya

All our news releases are archived at

New in CAHNRS e-Newsletters

The July 12 issue of Green Times has stories on WSU’s “Perfect Score” in organic ag teaching and research, butterflies in prison, the student food product development team, the new climate change factsheet from Extension Publications, and more. Read and subscribe to Green Times at


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