NACAA Western Regional 2016, Kona Hawaii
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”
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
*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
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!