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May 2017

Brown Bag Seminar – Rebecca Brunn – Do mycorrhizal fungi have a role to play after dam removal?

May 24 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 WA-536
Mt Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Do mycorrhizal fungi have a role to play after dam removal? Rebecca Bunn, Western Washington University, Environmental Sciences. Restoration following dam removal projects may depend in part on recovery of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) and ectomycorrhizal (EM) fungal communities, which form symbioses with most land plants and perform important functions belowground. The removal of two dams from the Elwha River (Washington, United States) left 300 ha of dewatered reservoir sediments, an ideal study system for evaluating the availability and function of mycorrhizal inoculum in recently dewatered reservoirs.

Brown Bag – Weed Identification – Tim Miller

June 6th @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Tim Miller, Weed Scientist, WSU Mount Vernon NWREC. Annuals are the most common type of weeds in cultivated ground.  In this hands-on field class, identification characteristics of the many annual weeds present in the area will be discussed, as well as their biology and aspects of control. Meet in the lobby and then move immediately into the field.

Eligible for 1 pesticide credit. 

September 2017

Brown Bag Seminar – Chris Benedict – Working in Extension

September 14 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 WA-536
Mt Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Working in Extension. Chris Benedict, WSU Extension Whatcom County. Congress created the Cooperative Extension Service in 1914 in order to educate people about new developments from the growing land-grant university system. This seminar will talk about the function of Extension in the modern land-grant university system, the role of the area educator/specialist, and what it’s like as a career path.

Brown Bag – Growing A Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life. David Montgomery, Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington

September 26 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

MacArthur Fellow David R. Montgomery will discuss his latest book, Growing A Revolution, in which he visits farmers around the world at the forefront of a soil health revolution.  Combining ancient wisdom with modern science their regenerative practices translate into farms that use less water, generate less pollution, and can help feed us all, cool the planet and restore life to the land.

October 2017

Brown Bag – Biodegradable mulch impact on Pseudomonas and endophytes. Debra Inglis and Lydia Tymon

October 16 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Agricultural mulches are commonly utilized in pumpkin cropping systems to reduce weeds and insect pests, reduce water outputs, prevent soil erosion, and promote plant growth. Differences in mulches used could create unique soil environments, potentially selecting for distinct endophytes and plant pathogens. This presentation will discuss the effect of agricultural mulches on endophyte frequency of isolation and disease incidence and severity of pathogens on pumpkins.

Eligible for 1 pesticide credit. 


Brown Bag – Raccoons to Wireworms: Developing Programs and Responding to Needs in San Juan County Extension. Dr. Brook Brouwer

November 10 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

One year into a new position, Brook Brouwer, Director of WSU San Juan County Extension will discuss how he is assessing needs of the community and working to develop relevant Extension programs. Brook will also share some of the high lights, low lights and humorous moments of working in a County extension office.