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WSU Extension wins CSREES partnership award
September 28, 2009

A WSU Extension project aimed at increasing diversity in the country’s land-grant university system has received national recognition.

WSU Extension’s Change Agent States for Diversity project team is a member of a consortium that won the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension award for Multistate Efforts for 2009.

The Change Agent States (CAS) project is a consortium of land-grant institutions in 18 states collaborating to share technical skills and training. The consortium is working to develop successful models and systemic-change approaches to support greater diversity throughout the land-grant system. For the past several years, the consortium has shared challenges, struggles and accomplishments as they worked … » More …

Conferencing discussion on campus and online
September 15, 2008

As WSU expands its global presence, faculty members are seeking new ways to reach far-flung colleagues and audiences.

 

One crucial tool is conferencing, but the process can be fraught with difficulties. The event must be designed, speakers must be scheduled, and ideas must be refined into reality.

 

Help is now available on the Pullman campus. The Center for Distance and Professional Education is familiar with every facet of conference planning, from negotiating hotel contracts to setting up online meetings.

 

On September 26, the CDPE, in cooperation with WSU Extension, will present a live video stream that will discuss “the benefits of conferencing … » More …

Greener methods control cherry pest
August 13, 2008

WENATCHEE – Thanks to the efforts of Extension educator Tim Smith,
sweet cherry growers in central Washington are using new environmentally friendly materials and methods to control Cherry fruit fly.

Washington is the nation’s leading producer of sweet cherries and a third of the crop is exported. The key quarantine pest of sweet cherries is cherry fruit fly, for which there is zero tolerance. As recently as five years ago, organophosphate or carbamate insecticides were the most commonly used control products. By 2004, many of the most effective insecticides were strictly limited … » More …

Shear expertise
April 14, 2006

Imagine a job in which you must cut the coat off a 200-pound, wriggling creature without so much as scratching the animal or damaging the coat, then repeating that task 100 times or more. For sheep shearers, it’s all in a day’s work and, with the help of WSU Extension, the number of skilled and knowledgeable shearers in the Pacific Northwest is increasing.In operation since 1977, the Washington State Sheep Producers Shearing School at WSU Extension Grant-Adams Counties (in central eastern Washington) rates a shave above the rest.“Our school is established as one of the elite schools in the United States.” said Sarah M. Smith, … » More …

WSU Extension educators gather in Pullman March 1-3
February 28, 2005

Nearly 400 Washington State University Extension educators from throughout the state will gather on the Pullman campus March 1-3 for the biannual all-extension conference.”Creating A Culture of Change: Extension, Entrepreneurism and Engagement” focuses on how to affect and adapt to change in order to better serve extension clients, said WSU Extension Dean Linda Kirk Fox.“Many issues that affect our work have surfaced since we last met in October 2002 – mad cow disease, sudden oak death, record levels of obesity and expansion of the 4-H program aimed at supporting the families of soldiers in Iraq, for example,” Fox said. “This conference is an opportunity for … » More …