The month-long feedback period regarding the university’s and CAHNRS’ budget reduction proposal comes to an end today. While none of these conversations are easy, I want to thank those of you who have shared your thoughts and ideas over the past several weeks.
President Floyd and Provost Bayly have said they will share final budget reduction decisions over the next couple of weeks. I will share as much as I can with you as early in the process as possible.
The past several months have been difficult for everyone in CAHNRS and WSU Extension and the university at large. My hope is that once final decisions are made and announced we can fully engage in making our remaining programs as strong, relevant and effective as possible.
Kevin Murphy was awarded $410,000 from the USDA-Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative for a project entitled: “Plant breeding and agronomic research for organic hop production systems”. Co-PI’s from WSU include Stephen Jones, Lori Hoagland and Scot Hulbert. This is a multi-state project that includes researchers and farmers from Michigan, Colorado and Vermont in addition to Washington.
Dori Emerson, Fiscal Technician for Crop and Soil Sciences, received the April 2009 Crimson Spirit Award. Dori was nominated by John Brabb and Jerry Brown for her noteworthy extra effort in customer service, her quality of work and excellence in productivity with handling the purchasing for the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. It was for this exemplary performance that Dori was selected for the Crimson Spirit Award.