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Dairy & Livestock


Dairy & Livestock website

The WSU Extension Northwest Washington livestock and dairy Extension program strives to be responsive to producers’ needs. Education helps livestock owners provide for their animals’ health and well-being while protecting natural resources, reducing expenses, and keeping neighbors happy. Producers, county Extension educators, 4-H leaders, aspiring livestock owners, and members of the public are encouraged to contact Dr. Susan Kerr with questions and program needs.


Micrograph of Spider Mite mouth parts.

Entomology website

Current research projects include insect and mite pest management in small fruits, nurseries, greenhouses, potato and the classic biological control of the exotic cherry bark tortrix. Research and extension activities are focused toward the facilitation and implementation of ecologically based integrated pest management to economically control arthropod pests of the above-mentioned agricultural commodities through selective pesticides, augmentative releases and conservation of predatory mites and parasitic wasps when deemed appropriate.

Small Fruit Horticulture

Blueberries growing on the bush.

Small Fruit Horticulture website

The Small Fruit Horticulture (SFH) program conducts physiological and production-oriented research that helps ensure the productivity and quality of small fruit crops, while ensuring the health of adjacent natural resources in the Pacific Northwest. Crops of emphasis include red raspberry, blueberry, and strawberry.

Small Fruit Pathology

Mummy berry

Small Fruit Pathology website

The small fruit pathology program is focused on biology and control of diseases affecting berries in the Pacific Northwest. Our research approaches are broad and include studies of pathogen biology and ecology, host-pathogen interactions, epidemiology, and pathogen population biology and genetics. Current crop emphases are blueberry, raspberry and strawberry and our latest research projects are focused on two major berry diseases caused by fungi, Botrytis fruit rot and mummyberry. Our goal is to develop sustainable and environmentally sound disease control strategies based on a better understanding of disease biology.

The Bread Lab

Sliced loaf of bread.

The Bread Lab website

The Bread Lab is an integral part of the Washington State University Mount Vernon Plant Breeding Program, which studies the diversity of locally grown grains to determine those that perform well for farmers, and that are most suitable for craft baking, malting, brewing, distilling, and other culinary creations. Professional bakers and chefs analyze and test their whole grain products under the technical guidance of Bread Lab Director and wheat breeder Dr. Stephen Jones and Bread Lab resident baker Jonathan Bethony.

Vegetable Horticulture

Winter lettuce growing in a hoop house.

Vegetable Horticulture website

The Vegetable Horticulture Program is focused on developing, testing and promoting high value, organic and sustainable vegetable production systems. The program contributes to the WSU Mount Vernon NWREC’s commitment to explore and create new agricultural products and systems that will be economically viable in a changing world. Through our program we have developed new information for numerous vegetable crops including edamame, niche market dry beans, wasabi, baby corn, bamboo, icebox watermelon, winter-grown lettuce, and high-tunnel tomatoes.

Vegetable Pathology

Tomato displaying symptoms of blossom-end rot.

Vegetable Pathology website

WSU’s Vegetable Pathology program at the WSU Mount Vernon NWREC, focuses on:

  1. Biology and management of fungal and oomycete diseases of fresh and processing vegetables with emphasis on red potatoes, green peas, and high-value specialty vegetables;
  2. Scientific publications and translating research findings to professional, agricultural and grower audiences;
  3. Vegetable disease diagnosis and control recommendations

Vegetable Seed Pathology

Close-up of onion seed.

Vegetable Seed Pathology website

The Vegetable Seed Pathology program focuses on diseases that affect small-seeded vegetable seed crops grown in the Pacific Northwest USA. These high value, high risk seed crops produce up to 50% of the US supply & 20-50% of the world supply of seed for ~35 vegetables. Approximately 90 countries import vegetable seed from this region. The vegetable seed pathology program helps contribute towards a sustainable and secure food supply by providing research and outreach on the etiology, biology, epidemiology, and management of diseases caused by fungal, viral, and bacterial pathogens of these crops.

Weed Science

Canadian thistle.

Weed Science website

The Weed Science program at the WSU Mount Vernon NWREC is focused on providing management solutions for problem weeds in western Washington. Controlling any one of the dozens of non-native weedy species in this region in any particular crop or in forest or rangelands is difficult, but control of all using any single herbicide or other weed control tactic is impossible. Consequently, weed control research at WSU Mount Vernon has centered on managing a changing weed spectrum through an integrated weed management strategy, including chemical, cultural, mechanical, and biological methods.