Washington State University Extension

Washington Extension Agents and Specialists Association

NACAA Western Regional 2016, Kona Hawaii

Mahalo from the NACAA Western Regional 2016 in Kona Hawai’i

Washington State Presenters and Posters*


Five of the fifteen speakers this year were from WSU!

Steve van Vleet, Walla Walla County, “Dalles Mountain Ranch Rangeland Restoration Project

Nicole Martini, WSU Puyallup, ” Community and Urban Tree Stewardship Online Training”

Aaron Esser, Grant County, ” On-Farm Testing in Today’s Environment”

Janet Schmidt, Walla Walla County, “Women, Farm and Food-Using Webinar Technology                                                                                 to Grow Agricultural Opportunities for Women”

Carrie Wohleb, Grant County, “WSU Potato Pest Alerts-Helping Growers Manage Insect                                                                                     Pests in the Columbia Basin of Washington”

Abstracts to all of the presentations at the conference.


Poster Session Participants

The poster session was also well represented by WSU, 6 out of 30!                                                                                                                   (Hawaii-9, Utah-6, Arizona-3,  Oregon-3, Montana-1, Ohio-1 and, Colorado-1)

Don McMoran, Skagit County, “Growing Parsnips in Western Washington”

Debbie Moberg-Williams, Walla Walla County, “Getting on Course with 4-H Orienteering  & Geocaching”

Sheila Gray, Lewis County, “AgriTourism from the Ground Up”

Mike Bush, Susan Kerr, and Dale Whaley, Yakima County, “Delusional Infestation Haunts Clinic Experiences for Extension Personnel”

Tipton (Tip) Hudson, Kittitas County, “Boundary Spanning” in Agricultural Water Quality Conflicts

Abstracts to all of the posters at the conference.

*For those of you who are not aware of the process. A call for proposals for this conference is sent out to all of the Western Region NACAA members to submit on a wide variety of topics relative to ag and extension. The submissions for both the presentations and posters are peer reviewed and selected to participate in the upcoming conference. Congratulations to everyone who applied and was successfully selected.

The Farm Tour(s) 1 & 2

Greenwell Coffee Farm in Kealakekua, from seedling grafting to outdoor drying tables to learning about coffee “peaberries” plus coffee tasting.

Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai’i Authority (NELHA) in Kailua included a tour of a sustainable shellfish system, Big Island Abalone Farm and the beginnings of a sustainable research fish operation, Kampachi Farms LLC.

Tour 1 then headed fro the Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary, a tropical forest flora walking tour including tropical birds (macaws). followed by a visit to Hui Ho ulu ulu-Kamehameha Schools Traditional Systems Restoration Project in Holualoa.

Tour 2 made their way to the University of Hawaii CTAHR Mealani Research Station in Mealani for tours of research on blueberries, tea and cattle.

A full day indeed, so much to see, take in and learn from our colleagues on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Mahalo!

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