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February 2019

Brown Bag Seminar | Dr. David Brown | A Vision for AgWeatherNet West of the Cascades

February 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Dr. David Brown, Director of WSU AgWeatherNet and Associate Professor of Crop and Soil Sciences, Washington State University. Lower cost, reliable, accessible environmental sensors are flooding the market at the same time Big Data analysis tools are changing the way we do science. How does the role and purpose of AgWeatherNet evolve at a time when weather sensors and data are widely available? Available to Island and San Juan County Extension offices via AMS.

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Brown Bag Seminar | Cindy Hansen | Preventing Extinction: The Story of Southern Resident Orcas

February 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Cindy Hansen, Education and Events Coordinator, Orca Network. From Namu to Free Willy to Blackfish, orcas have fascinated us for generations. But sadly our Washington State marine mammal is in serious trouble. Learn about the fascinating biology, social structure and culture of our local orcas and the events that have led to their ongoing decline. Find out how you can become involved and help in the ongoing efforts to prevent the extinction of this beloved icon of the Salish Sea.

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March 2019

Brown Bag Seminar | Steve Hinton | Swinomish Agland Management: Past, Present and Future

March 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Steve Hinton, Director of Habitat Restoration, Skagit River System Cooperative. This talk will review the history of agland development on the Swinomish reservation and modern efforts to manage the landscape for the benefit of fish, wildlife and the broader community for this generation and hose to follow.

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April 2019

Brown Bag Seminar | Abigail Attavar, Amit Bhasin, and Pinki Devi | From India to USA: Perspectives from Three Indian Graduate Students

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Abigail Attavar, Amit Bhasin, and Pinki Devi, Graduate Students from the Department of Horticulture at WSU NWREC and IAREC. These students will provide an overview of where they are from in India and previous life before coming to the USA for graduate study.

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May 2019

Brown Bag Seminar | Dr. Tim Miller | Perennial Weed Identification*

May 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Dr. Tim Miller, Associate Weed Scientist, Washington State University Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (WSU NWREC). Perennial weeds impact crop growth and weed management. In this hands-on field class, identification characteristics of perennial weeds present in the area will be discussed, as well as their biology and aspects of control. Meet at the front door and then move immediately into the field. *One (1) Pesticide License Recertification credit will be available.

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June 2019

Brown Bag Seminar | Alexander Baston | Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. spinaciae: What Makes This Fungus a Pathogen of Spinach?*

June 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Alexander Baston, MS Student in the Department of Plant Pathology at WSU NWREC. The disease spinach Fusarium wilt caused by the soilborne fungus Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. spinaciae (Fos) is the greatest limitation to spinach seed production in the maritime Pacific Northwest. Little is known about what genetically defines Fos as a pathogen of spinach. By better understanding the genetics behind pathogenicity of this fungus, it is possible to improve detection and management of this disease. *One (1) Pesticide License…

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September 2019

Brown Bag Seminar | Brad Felger | Bird Control Using Falconry*

September 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Brad Felger, Airstrike Bird Control. Birds are a serious pest of horticultural crops. Learn how falconry can be utilized to prevent crop damage and loss of yield from pest bird species. Presentation will be outside. Stay tuned for further location details. *One (1) Pesticide License Recertification credit will be available.

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October 2019

Brown Bag Seminar | Dr. Lydia Tymon | Powdery Mildew On Evergreen and Deciduous Rhododendron: Speciation In The Backyard*

October 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Dr. Lydia Tymon, Associate in Research and Plant Pathologist at WSU NWREC. In the Pacific Northwest (PNW), both deciduous and evergreen rhododendron occur sympatrically as landscape plants, and given their distinct overwintering strategies, it is possible that the number of powdery mildew fungi colonizing and infecting Rhododendron species in the PNW has been underestimated. Powdery mildew fungi infecting deciduous and evergreen rhododendron were collected from western Oregon, Washington, and Canada and morphologically and molecularly characterized. Analyses of concatenated ITS and…

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November 2019

Brown Bag Seminar | Ryan Solemslie | Improving Sweet Corn: Screening for Resistance to Early Season Seedling Diseases*

November 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Ryan Solemslie, MS Student in the Department of Plant Pathology at WSU NWREC. In northern growing areas, like the Pacific Northwest, sweet corn production is often limited by cold conditions at planting that favor seedling diseases. As a part of larger USDA SCRI Sweet CAP project to improve sweet corn production and marketability, the focus of this project is to isolate and identify possible seedling pathogens found on stunted and dying sweet corn seedlings grown in the Columbia Basin of…

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December 2019

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

December 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Dr. Lindsey du Toit, Professor of Plant Pathology at WSU NWREC, and Dr. Walt Mahaffee, Research Plant Pathologist at USDA-ARS in 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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