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New from Extension: Field grafting grapes, rules for micro food companies, community risk prevention, and resilience after wildfire

Posted by Seth Truscott | June 15, 2020
Mounted cattle ranchers move cattle in the fieldEvery month, experts with WSU Extension share free online guides aimed at helping agriculture, community health, and Northwest industry. In May, scientists shared new information that helps grape growers graft vines, community professionals reduce health risks for youths and families, small food companies adjust to new rules, and shows cattle producers how to make their operations more resilient from wildfire.

  • Building resilience through engagement: Brenda and Tony Richards – Rancher-to-Rancher Case Study series (PNW737). This publication is part of the Rancher-to-Rancher Case Study Series, which helps increase resilience among ranchers in the Pacific Northwest. Learn how owners of a family cow-calf operation responded to a wildfire that burned the majority of their grazing lands, along with accompanying information on invasive annual grasses and fire, post-fire rehabilitation, grazing to improve rangeland health, engagement and resources such as Rangeland Fire Protection Associations, and more. Authors include Sonia Hall, Tipton Hudson, K. Scott Jensen, Shannon Neibergs, Matthew Reeves, Georgine Yorgey, and Emily Jane Davis.
  • Field Grafting Grapevines in Washington State (EM121E), by Eric Gale, viticulturist at Ste Michelle Wine Estates in Prosser, and WSU Viticulture Extension Specialist Michelle Moyer. Learn how to keep pace with market demands in the vineyard with this guide, which includes a field grafting overview, discussion of different types of grafts, and step-by-step how-to’s.
  • Washington State Very Small Food Processors: An Overview of What You Need to Know About FSMA (FS343E). Part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most significant update to food production laws in decades, the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule regulates all companies that process, pack, and hold food for human consumption. This free guide helps very small companies understand how the rule applies to them; by WSU School of Food Science interim director Girish Ganjyal, SFS research associate Ewa Pietrysiak, and WSDA Food Safety Program Manage David Smith.
  • Using NEAR Sciences to Address Community Health: A Primer (FS342E). This guide helps Extension professionals and prevention practitioners use and understand the NEAR sciences—neuroscience, epigenetics, adverse childhood experiences, and resilience—to address risk factors that impact life-long health. Authors are Joy Lile, Kitsap 4-H Extension Regional Specialist, and Laura Ryser, Director and Community and Economic Development Specialist, Kitsap County Extension.

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