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May 2017

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

May 24, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount 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…

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June 2017

Brown Bag – Weed Identification – Tim Miller

June 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 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. Participants should dress appropriately.  1 Pesticide License Re-certification credit will be available

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September 2017

Brown Bag Seminar | Chris Benedict | Working in Extension

September 14, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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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.

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Brown Bag Seminar | David Montgomery | Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

September 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

David R. Montgomery, MacArthur Fellow and Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, 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.

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October 2017

Brown Bag Seminar | Debra Inglis & Lydia Tymon | Biodegradable mulch impact on Pseudomonas and endophytes

October 16, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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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. One (1) Pesticide License Recertification credit will be available

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Brown Bag Seminar | Dr. Jude Apple | Eelgrass, Blue Carbon and Ocean Acidification: Insight Into the Valuable and Surprising Ecosystem Services Provided by Nearshore Marine Habitats in PNW Waters

October 18, 2017 @ 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. Jude Apple, Estuarine Ecologist and Research Coordinator, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in nearby Bayview, WA is part of a national network of reserves that are dedicated to research, monitoring, stewardship and management of coastal ecosystems and their associated watersheds. As Research Coordinator at Padilla Bay, Dr. Jude Apple provides oversight and guidance for research efforts and collaborations to address local, regional and national priorities regarding coastal ecosystem science…

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November 2017

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

November 10, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Ten months into a new position, Dr. 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 highlights, low-lights and humorous moments of working in a County extension office.

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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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