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February 2018

Brown Bag Seminar | Dr. Kirti Rajagopalan | Agricultural production in the PNW: Emerging issues under a changing climate

February 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Presented by Dr. Kirti Rajagopalan, Assistant Research Professor, Washington State University. Warming and elevated carbon dioxide concentrations have direct and indirect effects on various aspects of agricultural production—both positive and negative. This talk introduces our ongoing work in relation to changing crop yields, irrigation demands, and pest pressures in the Columbia River Basin.

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March 2018

Brown Bag Seminar | Eric Lee-Mäder | Farming with Pollinators and Beneficial Insects

March 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Presented by Eric Lee-Mäder, Pollinator Conservation Program Co-Director, the Xerces Society. Join the Xerces Society’s Eric Lee-Mäder for a contemporary review of farm-based pollinator and beneficial insect conservation. Specific topics include the latest science, public policy, and business trends that are driving this work, as well as specific challenges that arise when working in intensively managed agriculture. Case studies featuring large-scale habitat projects such as hedgerows, beetle banks, flowering field borders, and cover crops will be highlighted, along with major food…

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April 2018

Brown Bag Seminar | Justin O’Dea | Tales from the East Coast: Of Battles with Soil-Borne Vegetable Diseases and Reinventing Local Grain Economies in New York

April 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Presented by Justin O’Dea, Regional Agriculture Specialist Faculty. Justin O'Dea, an Extension Regional Agriculture Specialist in southwest WA, will share his work on two exploratory on-farm trials he led while working with Extension in New York State, which may eventually give rise to future trials here with WSU in western Washington. Justin will first discuss a trial where cucurbit growers in New York attempted to mitigate Phytophthora blight using biofumigation with brassica cover crops and reduced tillage strategies. Justin will then…

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May 2018

Brown Bag Seminar | Dr. Tim Miller | Weed Identification

May 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Presented by Dr. Tim Miller, Associate Weed Scientist, Washington State University Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (WSU NWREC). Annuals are the most common type of weeds in cultivated ground. Perennial weeds also impact weed management. In this hands-on field class, identification characteristics of the many annual and perennial weeds present in the area will be discussed, as well as their biology and aspects of control. Meet at the back door and then move immediately into the field. *One (1) Pesticide License…

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June 2018

Brown Bag Seminar | Drs. Lindsey du Toit & Walt Mahaffee | Fieldside Manners in Research and Extension

June 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Presented by Drs. Lindsey du Toit, Professor of Plant Pathology, WSU NWREC and and Walt Mahaffee, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS (Corvallis, OR). Serving and interacting effectively with stakeholders requires mindful communication and deliberate exchange of expertise for successful and collaborative relationships. Learn techniques to enhance your ability to interact effectively with stakeholders in professional development presentations by Drs. du Toit and Mahaffee, organized by the American Phytopathological Society. Pre-recorded webinar presentations.

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September 2018

Brown Bag Seminar | Huan Zhang, Weixin Gan and Yao Mu | Three Chinese Students and Three Chinese Provinces

September 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Presented by Huan Zhang, Weixin Gan and Yao Mu, Graduate Students in Horticulture. Are you ready to enjoy hearing about the history and agriculture of three different Chinese provinces? Yao, Weixin, and Huan will share their educational experiences and information about their hometown in Henan, Fujian and Shaanxi provinces.

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October 2018

Brown Bag Seminar | Small Ripples Can Create Big Waves

October 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Are you wanting to sharpen your leadership and collaboration skills?  Wanting to make a difference in your life?  WSU’s Tidal Leadership program is a 16-week online certificate course which won the 2016 Online Learning Consortium’s Outstanding Program Award for its content, access, overall satisfaction, and affordability. The course is designed for those who are eager to learn readily-applicable skills for working with diverse personalities, perspectives and conflict styles while developing personal awareness, courage and clarity. Join us for the upcoming…

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November 2018

Brown Bag Seminar | Dr. Haiying Tao | Nutrient Availability from Dairy Manure Applications

November 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Presented by Dr. Haiying Tao, Assistant Professor/Nutrient Management Specialist at Washington State University. Dairy manure applications provide nutrients for crop production and build up soil organic matter for long-term soil health improvement. This presentation will discuss nutrients availability from dairy manure applications and why we need to adjust nutrient management practices in long-term manured fields.

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