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WSU Extension News

WSU’s Green Times – sheep, wheat, watermelon, mulch, and more – February 2015

You generally don’t find livestock among the hills in the Palouse region of eastern Washington where grain is grown. But wheat farmers Eric and Sheryl Zakarison are changing that – and making a profit.

WSU’s On Solid Ground: Nature appeal, Tree fruit website, Apple testing video, Genetic mapping, Forestry major, New farmer grants, Women in Ag Conference

February 2015

 

Nature appeal: Palouse conservation buffers please the eye, protect the landscape

Researchers know that adding natural buffers to the farm landscape can stop soil from vanishing.

Now, a scientist at Washington State University has found that more buffers can also please the eye.

Linda Klein, a recent doctoral graduate from WSU’s School of the Environment, worked with six other researchers at the university, plus one at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Moscow Forestry Sciences Laboratory, to explore the role that buffers—strips or clumps of shrubs, trees and natural vegetation—play in the landscape and in people’s visual preferences.

Klein chose four sites ... » More ...

Voice of the Vine: clean vines, sparkling wine, Wine Science Center, wine webinar, cookbook contest (Feb. 2015)

Partnerships key to healthy Northwest vines | How many bubbles are needed in bubbly? | Wine Science Center nearly complete | Winery owner offers online info session | Find us on Facebook to win "The Crimson Spoon"

Partnerships key to healthy Northwest grapevines

Washington’s grape industry has seen accelerating growth over the past several decades. That momentum is owed, in part, to the vision and hard work of people like Gary Ballard, the retiring operations manager of Washington State University’s Clean Plant Center Northwest Grape Program. The center has been producing "clean" grapevines for Northwest growers since 1961. Now in its tenth year under its current name and structure, the center is a reliable source for growers to receive planting stock from 300 grapevine selections that are state-certified as being tested free of 30 targeted viruses.

Winery owner offers online info session

Learn about wine tasting, wine etiquette and how to pair food and wine in a free online presentation by Patrick Merry, owner of Merry Cellars Winery, at 6 p.m. on March 3. Merry will also provide an inside look at the process of wine production. (VIDEO)

Upcoming Events

Mar
5
Thu
6:00 pm 4-H Volunteer Leader Trainings @ WSU Franklin County Extension
4-H Volunteer Leader Trainings @ WSU Franklin County Extension
Mar 5 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 19 @ 8:00 pm
4-H Volunteer Leader Trainings @ WSU Franklin County Extension | Pasco | Washington | United States
  These classes are for any parents/volunteers wishing to become either Project or General 4-H Leaders.  Additionally, any leaders or youth leaders are welcomed to attend to get the rules and regulations and best practices[...]
Mar
14
Sat
8:30 am Spring Garden Day @ Bethel Church
Spring Garden Day @ Bethel Church
Mar 14 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Spring Garden Day @ Bethel Church | Richland | Washington | United States
Download registration form HERE
Mar
31
Tue
all-day Benton-Franklin Livestock 4-H Ta... @ Benton County Fairgrounds
Benton-Franklin Livestock 4-H Ta... @ Benton County Fairgrounds
Mar 31 – Jun 2 all-day
Benton-Franklin Livestock 4-H Tag Days! @ Benton County Fairgrounds | Kennewick | Washington | United States
    Steer Tag Day………………………… March 21, 2015 Lamb, Goat, and Swine Tag Day…. May 16, 2015 Swine Tag Photo Upload…………… June 2, 2015  
Apr
16
Thu
all-day Low Stress Cattle Handling Seminars @ Various locations - see below
Low Stress Cattle Handling Seminars @ Various locations - see below
Apr 16 – May 21 all-day
Low Stress Cattle Handling Seminars @ Various locations - see below
The way cattle are handled not only affects worker safety, but it also can dramatically impact animal health and profit margins of an operation. In addition, cattle care and handling is a top concern of[...]
Apr
25
Sat
8:00 am 22nd Annual Rada Rabbits & Cavie... @ Benton County Fairgrounds
22nd Annual Rada Rabbits & Cavie... @ Benton County Fairgrounds
Apr 25 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
22nd Annual Rada Rabbits & Cavies 4-H Youth April Seminar & Shows @ Benton County Fairgrounds | Kennewick | Washington | United States
Rada Rabbits & Cavies 4-H Youth April Seminar & Shows Saturday, April 25th, 2015 | 8-5pm Benton County Fairgrounds, Kennewick, WA Please see flyer for more details: Rada Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Youth Seminar &[...]
May
9
Sat
10:00 am Hypertufa Planter Class @ Master Gardener Demonstration Garden
Hypertufa Planter Class @ Master Gardener Demonstration Garden
May 9 @ 10:00 am
Hypertufa Planter Class @ Master Gardener Demonstration Garden | Kennewick | Washington | United States
Download flyer HERE
Jun
9
Tue
all-day Benton Franklin 4-H Camp @ Camp Wooten
Benton Franklin 4-H Camp @ Camp Wooten
Jun 9 – Jun 14 all-day
Benton Franklin 4-H Camp @ Camp Wooten
  IT IS OFFICIAL: Benton-Franklin 4-H Camp will be June 9 – 14, 2015. We do realize that this may overlap with several local schools, but we don’t have the flexibility to adjust by a[...]

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