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WSU Extension offers viticulture program online
February 4, 2005

Interested in growing grapes and producing wine? Learn how online. Washington State University Extension will offer its first on-line viticulture certificate program beginning Feb. 7.This distance-learning viticulture program will provide basic as well as applied information required for the production of high-quality grapes and wines in Washington state.”Individuals who complete this certificate program will acquire the necessary basic skills and information to begin their own vineyard operations or to be successful employees in the wine and grape growing industries,” said WSU Extension Food Scientist Sara Spayd, one of the course originators.She added, “Employers will be able to anticipate a specific level of knowledge from individuals who complete … » More …

Studies, services discussed in presentation
October 1, 2004

Washington State University Extension and the College of Liberal Arts entered into an agreement three years ago to sponsor a combined Division of Governmental Studies and Services/Program for Local Government Education. This month’s Extension Engaged will present the results of this partnership, including:*  the Natural Resources Leadership Academy * the Certified Public Officials training program* partnership activities with the Center to Bridge the Digital Divide* the Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety* the Northwest Area Foundation Guest will include: Mike Gaffney, Acting Director DGSS, Kelsey Gray Extension Specialist-Spokane County, Nick Lovrich, Political Science Professor.The program will air 10 a.m. to 11a.m. Friday, Oct. 8.  To … » More …

Clark County: Where the city meets the farm
September 22, 2004

The fast-paced city grind is being left behind by many Clark County residents for a life of small-acreage farming. Thanks to the award-winning “Living on the Land” program at Washington State University Clark County Extension, many ex-city slickers from the Portland, Ore.-Vancouver, Wash., area are learning to make the most of their new property. Douglas Stienbarger, extension director and program co-creator, said the curriculum was developed because of the rapid urbanization and land fragmentation that is occurring in the area. Stienbarger said his students have varied reasons for moving out to a rural community and taking the class. “Some students have always wanted to have … » More …

Beetle invades crops; Extension preparing for counterattack
July 7, 2004

Washington State University Extension is seeking information from farmers who have infestations of  cereal leaf beetles in their fields to aid a statewide biocontrol project. (Photo left)Biocontrol is the deliberate use of one living organism to control another.The cereal leaf beetle is a newcomer to the state, according to Diana Roberts, WSU Spokane County area extension educator.  “While it can infest most crops in the grass family, including Timothy hay, the insect prefers oats, wheat, and barley. Spring crops and irrigated fields usually experience most loss.”She said that both adult and larval stages of the insect feed on plants and damage appears as longitudinal white … » More …

Managing your on-line digital resources
April 23, 2004

“Managing Your On-Line Digital Resources” will be the focus of “Extension Engaged” from 9:30-10:30 a.m. May 4.The broadcast will explore the use of various software packages designed to assist someone in managing on-line resources that are gathered when they are doing research on the web.Guests will include Cindy Kaag, head of Science Libraries at WSU and Doug Calman, a science librarian. Faculty and staff who want to be a part of the live studio audience need to be seated by 9:20 a.m. in room T-101 in the Food Science and Human Nutrition building.For more information on how to view the program via satellite and videostream, … » More …

Scouting international projects
November 14, 2003

Trent Bunderson travels halfway around the world and back every two months. As associate director of International Programs at Washington State University and a manager of four natural resource Extension projects in Malawi, Africa, Bunderson has his hands full. “The travel is tough (an average of 40 hours each way), but you’ve got to stay in touch with both programs,” he said. In Pullman, Bunderson works primarily to secure grants and contracts for development projects overseas, which range from agriculture to veterinary sciences. This includes funding from the private sector, he said. With projects in Africa, central Asia, China, South America and the Middle East, … » More …

Extension promotes family mealtime
October 17, 2003

Scientific research continues to verify what many might consider common sense: Families that regularly eat together eat more nutritiously and the children are less prone to high-risk behaviors.With that in mind, Gov. Gary Locke has proclaimed October “Eat Better; Eat Together” month. He urges families in Washington state to use the month to establish a routine of regular family meals together. The effort to promote more family meals is being spearheaded in Washington state by the Nutrition Education Network, an alliance of public and private organizations coordinated through Washington State University Cooperative Extension. “The challenge to having regular family meals is the increasing demand on … » More …

Aggression in public schools focus of April 4 broadcast
March 28, 2003

In recent years, nonphysical aggression in schools has received increasing attention by the media and the popular press. In April and May of 2002, numerous journalists and talk show hosts discussed destructive forces in peer relationships including social exclusion, malicious gossip, and the formation of campaigns to destroy a child’s reputation.Authors of the books “Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls” (Simmons, 2002) and “Queen Bees and Wannabees: How To Help Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence” (Wiseman, 2002), went on the talk show circuit, claiming that covert aggression is widespread, far more common among girls than … » More …

Extension dean receives telecommunications award
December 2, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. — Muriel Oakes, dean for Extended University Services at Washington State University, received the Richard Jonsen Award earlier this month for her outstanding service to the educational telecommunications community.Oaks was presented the award during a Nov. 7 luncheon at the 14th Annual Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education in Denver.Criteria for selection include a long-standing willingness to nurture and assist others in the distance learning community, a significant contribution to the field, and innovative service to distance learning students.Representatives of higher education institutions, corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies from the United States and other countries attended the conference from Nov. 6-9.