Topics in today’s issue of Extension Update:
ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE (APHIS) EMERGENCY ORDER
is placing all nurseries in WA and OR under an Emergency Order that
will prohibit the movement of plant material out of the state
unless it has been inspected and certified to be free of P. ramorum.
APHIS imposed a similar order on all CA nurseries last spring and
had considered including WA and OR in early June. Apparently APHIS
has made a number of changes to the inspection and certification
protocols that will make it much more difficult for state regulatory
agencies to complete the inspection and certification work. It is
also unclear if this order will only affect nurseries that sell regulated
hosts material or if all nurseries will have to be inspected given
the recent detection of P. ramorum in bark at a large bark processing
facility in OR. Conifer nurseries will be covered by the EO. Gary
Chastagner will let us know if there is any additional
information available in the future.
OCTOBER "EXTENSION ENGAGED" TO FEATURE THE DIVISION
OF GOVERNMENTAL STUDIES AND SERVICES
Three years ago WSU Extension and
the College of Liberal Arts entered into an agreement to sponsor
a combined Division of Governmental
Studies and Services (CGSS), Program for Local Government Education.
In this month's Extension Engaged program we'll hear about some exciting
results of this partnership, including the Natural Resources Leadership
Academy, the Certified Public Officials training program, and partnership
activities with the Center to Bridge the Digital Divide, the Western
Regional Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety, and the
Northwest Area Foundation.
Guests include Mike Gaffney, Acting Director, DGSS; Kelsey Gray,
Extension Specialist; and Nick Lovrich, Political Science Professor.
The program will air Friday, October 8th, from 10-11 PDT. To be
a member of the live audience, come to room T-101 in the Food Science
and Human Nutrition Building and plan to be seated by 9:45 a.m. For
information on how to watch via videostream or satellite, go to:
USDA SEEKS INPUT FROM WASHINGTON STATE FARMERS TO IMPROVE PROGRAMS
producers will have an opportunity to communicate directly with top
U.S. Department of Agriculture leadership during an event
on Thursday, October 7, 2004, at the Heritage University in Toppenish,
Washington. Deputy Secretary Jim Moseley, the department’s
second-ranking official, will participate in a listening session
that gives all producers the opportunity to learn about and comment
on USDA and its programs. Moseley will be accompanied by senior officials
from USDA agencies. The day’s events, which are free and open
to the entire agricultural community, include lunch and three afternoon
The day will begin with a listening session, especially directed
at small-acreage and minor crop producers, with the Deputy Secretary
and other USDA officials at 9:00 a.m. It will be held outdoors on
campus or in the Heritage University Annex, depending on the weather.
During the session, Deputy Secretary Moseley will make an announcement
about a significant new program for crop insurance that will benefit
livestock, specialty crop and minor crop producers. Participants
who register for the event before 9:00 a.m. are invited to remain
for a University-hosted lunch, which will be followed by three workshops.
The workshops will be indoors and registration will be at the south
end of the Library Learning Center. They will cover conservation
programs, farm credit, crop insurance, value added agriculture, county
extension assistance, and agricultural statistics. The workshops
will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and offered in English and Spanish.
They will be repeated so that producers can attend more than one
workshop. Additional information will be available at display tables.
Participating agencies include: Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service; Extension; Farm Service Agency; Forest Service; Natural
Resources Conservation Service; Risk Management Agency; Rural Development,
and Washington Agricultural Statistics. As the Deputy Secretary,
Moseley oversees the day-to-day activities of the U.S. Department
of Agriculture, one of the largest and most diverse departments in
the federal government. He is also USDA’s lead regarding the
Department of Homeland Security. USDA’s mission includes the
management of traditional farm programs, private lands conservation,
domestic food assistance, agriculture research and education, agricultural
marketing, international trade, meat and poultry inspection, forestry,
and rural development programs
Anyone who requires special accommodations to attend the workshop
may contact the USDA Farm Service Agency State Office in Spokane
(509-323-3000) by October 5th to request accommodations. More
information on USDA programs.
ANIMAL SCIENCE UPDATE
The WSU Central Animal Ag Team has organized
the 2004 Animal Science Update for October 27, 2004 at the Shilo
Inn in Moses Lake, WA from
9:45 AM until 4:00 PM. (The Shilo Inn is located just off of I90
at exit 179.) This update session will address critical and emerging
animal agriculture issues and practices in Washington State. Extension
educators and specialist and industry leaders are invited to participate.
The morning session will focus on the National Animal Identification
Program and the plans for implementation in Washington; presentations
will be made by speakers from Washington Department of Agriculture
and the Northwest Identification Pilot Program. Tip Hudson, Kittitas
Range/Livestock Educator, will give a brief update about the water
quality and animal feeding operation program the WSU Livestock Water
Quality Team is working on during the lunch session. The four Washington
livestock industry groups (Washington Cattlemen's Association, Washington
Pork Producers, Washington State Sheep Producers, and Washington
Cattle Feeders Association) will lead off the afternoon session by
providing an overview of priorities within their commodity group.
The objective of this session is to assist both WSU Extension and
the commodity groups in identify and prioritizing needs, and establish
working relationships to better serve the constituents of Washington
State. Dr. Clive Gay and Dr. Dale Hancock, from the WSU Veterinary
College, will provide presentations to update the participants about
the threat of zoonotic disease (on farm and at livestock exhibitions)
and anti-microbial resistance concerns. Dr. John Kugler, WSU Grant/Adams
Forage Educator, will conclude the session with a presentation on
no-till pasture renovation research taking place in Grant County.
At the completion of presentations participants have the options
of: 1) attending the Washington Extension Agents and Specialist Association
(WEASA) meeting 2) viewing the no-till pasture renovation plots with
Dr. Kulglar (approx. 10 miles from Shilo Inn), or 3) having a safe
trip home. A no-host lunch will be provided.
Please register with Jean Smith by
October 22nd. Phone at (509) 735-3551.
APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR 2005-2006 WELD PROGRAM
The Western Extension
Leadership Development (WELD) Program is seeking applications for
the next class of interns. Debra Kollock and Mark
Heitstuman just completed the WELD program. The program goal is for
participants to learn and apply leadership skills. Specific objectives
- Participants will develop awareness and appreciation of their own
and others' leadership styles and learn to apply appropriate techniques
in working with diverse individuals.
- Participants will develop skills and enable themselves and others
to develop, articulate, and implements organizational/group
- Participants will enable the organization/group to effectively
implement planned change.
- Participants will develop skills to enable others to work
- The program will contain four sequential learning experiences:
A self-analysis activity and leadership inventory exercise will
illustrate the dimensions of organizational leadership and the roles
played by all of its members. Participants will begin thinking about
elements of a personal plan for developing leadership skills. Pre-assessments
will begin early 2005.
An active conference will be held April 11-15, 2005. The conference
will include: discussion and application of leadership inventory
work, articulating vision and defining direction, motivating others
to take action and facilitating change, working together through
teams, effective communication, and initiation of an individual
project for skill application.
During the interval between the first and capstone conferences,
each intern will plan, implement and evaluate an appropriate
innovative project relevant to their professional responsibilities,
resources provided throughout the WELD experience.
A capstone conference will be held June 2006 where the interns
will share their individual projects and further develop their
WSU Extension will support up to two (2) participants in the
upcoming two-year program.
We are asking for your assistance in identifying, encouraging, and
promoting Extension leadership development in the Western United
States. An application is post on the Extension
Faculty/Staff Web site. Applications are due to email@example.com by October 29, 2004.
Should prospective WELD interns/participants want additional information
on past WELD programs, review these sites:
Overview of WELD:
Reference to the intern projects:
2001-2002 innovative projects
2003-2004 innovative projects
CAHNRS AWARDS NOMINATIONS SOUGHT
The "Call for Nominations" for the CAHNRS Excellence Awards
for Faculty, Staff, Teams, and Students was distributed to departments
recently. CAHNRS Departmental Faculty, Staff, and Students are encouraged
to submit nominations for the awards:
- Research Faculty Excellence Award
- Extension Faculty Excellence Award
- Team Excellence Award
- Staff Awards
- Classified Clerical/Fiscal Staff Excellence Award
- Classified Technical Staff Excellence Award
- Administrative Professional Staff Excellence Award
- R. M. Wade Teaching Excellence Award
- Outstanding Advisor Excellence Award
- Aggie of the Year Award and Family and Consumer Scientist of
the Year Award
- Outstanding Senior
- Outstanding Junior Agriculture and Outstanding Junior Family
and Consumer Sciences
- Outstanding Freshmen
If the CAHNRS Academic Programs office can provide
any information or if you would like to review previous nomination
Marilue Von Bargen, Academic Programs.
Deadline for all award nomination packets: January 21, 2005. Submit
completed packets to: Office of Academic Programs, Hulbert Hall 423
zip 6243. Guidelines,
Evaluation Criteria, and Selection Process information.
Award Announcements: April 9, 2005 Annual CAHNRS Awards Banquet
INVITATION TO ATTEND STATE 4-H FORUM IN IDAHO
University of Idaho
would like to invite faculty and staff, from Washington state, whose
major assignment is 4-H Youth Development
to attend the UI Statewide 4-H Youth Development training in Pocatello,
Idaho on October 19 - 20, 2004. Download
the training agenda.
Please note David Henderson, from National 4-H Council, will be working
with the group to help them develop local marketing plans.
The registration fee which covers two lunches, breaks and a Tuesday
evening reception is $45.00. Individuals attending only one day of
the training may register for $25.00.
Please register with Kris Kilgore in the Idaho State 4-H Office
no later than October 8, 2004 so lunch count and handouts will be
accurate in number. Kris can be contacted at or
called at (208) 885-6322. Her mailing address is P.O. Box 443015,
University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844-3015.
The Idaho State Leader Forum follows the statewide training. If
individuals would like to stay for the forum please ask Kris for
USDA/CSREES COMPETITIVE GRANTS WORKSHOP DECEMBER 6 IN TUCSON
Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors
(WAAESD) and the University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and
Life Sciences are hosting a Workshop on CSREES, USDA Funding Opportunities,
with emphasis on the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants
Program (NRICGP) and Higher Education Programs (HEP). The workshop
is designed for an audience of researchers, extension specialists
The morning session will provide a general overview of competitive
funding opportunities available through CSREES, USDA. This will include
a discussion of new developments and special issues that affect NRICGP
and HEP funding and grants administration. The session will also
include a discussion of ways to write proposals and grant applications
to be more competitive.
A working lunch will include a panel of faculty from the Western
Region who have been successful and received CRSEES, USDA awards.
The afternoon session will begin with a discussion on the integration
of research and extension programs. Breakout sessions will then be
offered to provide an opportunity for participants to interact with
CSREES program staff and address issues associated with specific
grants. A mock review panel will be conducted to provide a view into
the workings of proposal review and decision making.
Please notify your faculty and graduate student of this important
date. We look forward to your participation. If you have questions
please call Judy Smith at 520-621-7201.
USDA-CSREES SEEKS STAKEHOLDER INPUT FOR A SOIL SCIENCE AGENDA: ONLINE
SURVEY NOW AVAILABLE
CSREES and the Soil Science Society of America
(SSSA) will conduct a stakeholder forum during the 2004 ASA-CSSA-SSSA
in Seattle, WA. This forum will be held on Sunday, October 31 in
Grand Ballroom C of the convention center from 1 to 5 p.m.
The forum begins a process of engaging stakeholders from both the
public and private sectors to help identify priority issue areas
for funding soil science-related research, education, and extension.
A key component of this effort is a brief
online survey now posted
on the Society’s web site. Please take a moment to respond.
CSREES will utilize the information gathered from the survey and
forum participants to develop a comprehensive research, education,
and extension agenda for agency-wide soil science programs. Initial
feedback from the survey will be shared at the beginning of the forum
and will become an integral part of the overall discussion, including
break-out sessions from which a priority list of research, education,
and extension issues will be generated.
Contact Mervalin Morant, CSREES national program leader for soil
science, at 202-401-6602.
NATIONAL EXTENSION CONFERENCE ON VOLUNTEERISM
The Registration and
Information Package for the 2005 National Extension Conference on
Volunteerism is now available on the Leadership and
Volunteer Development web site. Go to http://web.aces.uiuc.edu/lvd and click on the Announcement, scroll down to the Registration and
Information Package and click to find out all about the Conference
schedule, Workshops, planned agenda, etc. The Conference will be
held April 11 – 14, 2005 at the C. A. Vines 4-H Center outside
Little Rock, Arkansas. Check the LVD web site over the next few months
for more information about the Conference, including speakers, special
events and more. See you in April. Contact: Chuck
Program Coordinator, National 4-H Headquarters.
IOM REPORT, PREVENTING CHILDHOOD OBESITY
This week a press conference
was held to showcase the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report, Preventing
Childhood Obesity. You will
be able to order the hard bound book in January 2005 from National
Academy of Sciences. In the meantime, the PDF file of the executive
summary is available to be downloaded for free through the National
Academies Press Web site or through the link on
the IOM Web site. Prepublication
copies of the entire report can be ordered from the National Academies
CREATING A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE CONFERENCE
April 27-29, 2005 in Greensboro,
North Carolina will provide a forum for sharing evidence-based knowledge
and successful strategies for
impacting organizational change to meet the challenges of an increasingly
diverse society. Proposals for workshop presentations are due October
15th. More information.
CONGRESS PASSES CONTINUING RESOLUTION
On Wednesday, September 29th
Congress passed a short term FY 2005 continuing resolution (CR) which
provides funding through November
20 for most government agencies including the Department of Agriculture.
The CR funds programs at FY 2004 levels. It is anticipated that the
President will sign the bill.
Congress is targeted to adjourn on October 8 and will take up FY
05 funding bills, including the Agriculture appropriation bill, when
they return after the November election.
We will provide additional information on Congressional action on
the FY 2005 appropriation as it becomes available. However, Congressional
action can be tracked by going to the Library
of Congress Web site.
Scroll down and click on Status of FY 2005
Appropriations Bills. The chart provides information on the status
of Congressional action on continuing resolutions and appropriations
Because we’ve had numerous people wanting to
order marketing items after the deadline date of September 17, we
are extending the
deadline to October 8, 2004. Please be sure not to miss this opportunity
to order at http://ext.wsu.edu/marketing. If you have any questions,
please contact Christy Fitzgerald.
Elaine Mayes, director of Food $ense and Expanded Food
and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is relocating to the Westside
October 4. Her new office will be at Puyallup.
Next week, Tuesday through Thursday, both Linda and Ed will
be participating in the County Directors conference at the joint
Association of Counties (WSAC) / Washington Association of County
Officials (WACO) meeting. In addition, Ed will be at Heritage College
next week attending the listening session for USDA with USDA Undersecretary
Jim Mosley on the topic of Small Acreage and Minority Crops.
Linda Kirk Fox, PhD
Interim Dean and Director
Washington State University Extension
PO Box 646230
Pullman WA 99164-6230
(509) 335-2933 Office
(509) 335-9223 Desk/Voicemail
FAX (509) 335-2926