Topics in today's issue of Extension Update:
AGRICULTURAL WATER SECURITY INITIATIVE
AND WHITE PAPER: CSREES
quote our own WSU Extension specialist, Dr. James P. Dobrowolski,
who is working in CSREES, Washington D.C. on a temporary
assignment, “It’s been a banner week for the folks
working on agricultural water security (AWS) at CSREES.”
The water resources awards out of Cooperative State Research,
Education and Extension Service (CSREES), where both Request
For Applications were influenced by our efforts in AWS, were
announced by the Secretary of Agriculture (http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome,
click on the full article “USDA AWARDS MORE THAN $14 MILLION
IN WATER RESOURCES GRANTS.”
In addition, the CSREES Agricultural Water Security White Paper
has been prepared in response to a topic suggested by the Land
Grand University Partnership Working Group. This paper
charts a course towards sustainable water use by introducing
a new initiative to secure adequate water supplies for domestic
water consumption, ecosystem services, recreation, and aesthetics
while meeting the needs of food and fiber production; and by
describing national agricultural water security goals and partners
to create and enhance research, education, and extension programs
funded by CSREES.
paper is posted on the CSREES Web site.
Send comments on this document to Dr.
Michael P. O'Neill, National Program Leader for
Water Resources at
SEARCH COMMITTEE TRAINING BY CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
for Human Rights is offering monthly Search Committee Training.
The training will give an overview of the search process for faculty
and administrative professional positions. This training will be
the same every month. Scheduled trainings this year will occur
on Tuesday, November 15 and Thursday, December 8 in Lighty, Room
403 (WSU-Pullman) from 10:30-11:30 a.m. If you are interested in
attending training please contact Rebecca Armstrong
or Elissa Keim, EEO Representatives at the Center for Human Rights,
Arrangements will be made to accommodate training participants
not on the Pullman campus.
WSU TODAY FEATURES OKANOGAN COUNTY EXTENSION’S “HORIZONS” PROJECT
Friday, Oct. 28 issue of WSU Today at http://wsutoday.wsu.edu/ features
the Horizons project of NE WA Extension. The article is titled "WSU
at large: Building on strengths reduces rural poverty."
Combating poverty is never easy, but the WSU Okanogan County
Extension’s Horizons Program is making strides to facilitate
systemic poverty reduction from the inside out. See the complete
RURAL AMERICA AT A GLANCE, 2005
A recently-released report (September
2005) from the Economic Research Service (ERS), U. S. Department
of Agriculture, Rural America At A Glance, 2005 looks at current
indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas for
use in developing policies and programs to assist rural people
and their communities.
The report, Rural America At A Glance, 2005 (Economic Information
Bulletin Number 4), can be retrieved at the following Web sites:
AMBER WAVES, NOVEMBER 2005
Amber Waves presents the broad scope
of ERS's research and analysis. The magazine covers the economics
of agriculture, food and nutrition, the food industry, trade, rural
America, and farm-related environmental topics. Available on the
Internet and in print, Amber Waves is issued in print five times
a year (February, April, June, September, and November). The Internet
edition, or "eZine," includes links
to Web-only resources. See http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/November05/.
WESTERN INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT CENTER ANNUAL REPORT
annual report of the Western Integrated
Pest Management (IPM) Center is now available
on their Web site. This
report covers some of their accomplishments since the Center
was first funded in 2003. Hard copies of the report are available
Source: Rick Melnicoe, Director, Western Integrated Pest Management
Center, University of California-Davis
FACILITATING SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Sustainable Agriculture: A Participatory National Conference on
Post- Secondary Education. Pacific Grove, California January 24-25,
2006. The goal of the conference is to facilitate the continued
development of educational programs in sustainable agriculture
at U.S. colleges and universities.
Who Should Attend: Faculty, administrators, staff and
students involved or interested in courses, curricula and educational
programs in sustainable agriculture are encouraged to attend.
Information and Registration: Additional information,
registration materials and instructions are available at http://zzyx.ucsc.edu/casfs/ or http://studentfarm.ucdavis.edu/. Early
registration ends after November 15. Questions may be sent
Conference Format and Content: A combination of interactive
workshop formats and traditional presentation formats will be
used. Poster presentations, an instructional materials
exchange session and ample time for networking will be scheduled.
Conference content will reflect the needs and interests of conference
participants, as indicated through a needs assessment survey
of conference registrants (see paragraph below). Initial
survey results indicate strong interest in topics such as the
integration of natural and social sciences in courses and curricula;
the roles of experiential and practical learning, integrated
classroom and field learning, internships and student farms;
developing inter-institutional collaborations; developing and
maintaining institutional support; discussing existing programs'
curricula, instructional resources, teaching methods, strategies
and facilities; internal and external stakeholder participation
in curricula; and, funding opportunities for sustainable agriculture
Poster Session and Instructional Materials Sharing/Exchange:
The conference will include a poster session and an instructional
materials exchange session. Submissions of poster titles
are due by December 16, 2005. Submissions of space reservations
for the material sharing/exchange are due January 6, 2006. Later
submissions will be accommodated on a space available basis.
Sponsored by: UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental
Sciences & Student Farm: http://caes.ucdavis.edu/; http://studentfarm.ucdavis.edu/,
UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
The Farm Foundation: http://www.farmfoundation.org/.
BUSINESS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL UPDATES
BPPM revision memo
269 dated November 7, 2005 includes the following changes:
Addressing Pullman Mail 80.19
This revision updates the information
concerning street directions as indicated in the Pullman address
Mailing Services 80.20
The WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, and WSU
Vancouver campuses each have a mailing services department. This
revision adds an overview of mail services for these campuses to
the existing discussion of mailing services at WSU Pullman and
provides mail pickup, delivery, and preparation procedures.
Interdepartmental Mail 80.21
This revision adds an overview of
interdepartmental mail services for the WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities,
and WSU Vancouver campuses. Mailing and shipping procedures for
heavy or bulky items are also updated for all four campuses.
Incoming U.S. Mail 80.22
This revision adds contact information
for the WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, and WSU Vancouver mail services
departments and updates the WSU Pullman Mailing Services contact
information. Procedures for handling unidentifiable addresses and
personal mail are also updated.
Forwarding Mail 80.23
This revision updates the guidelines for
forwarding employee mail.
Outgoing Mail 80.24
Many of the procedures for preparing outgoing
mail are updated in this revision.
Addressing Foreign Mail 80.25
This revision updates the requirements
for processing foreign mail, in accordance with U.S. Postal Service
To access the latest revisions to the BPPM, go to: http://www.wsu.edu/~forms/RevisionMemo_Contents.html.
You may access the revision memorandum for BPPM Revision 269
from the above web page. The memorandum at the web site includes
direct links to the revised sections.
OFM PROVIDES RESOURCES TO AID IN FULFILLING TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS
Office of Financial Management (OFM) provides resources intended
to aid an agency in fulfilling travel requirements which can be
found on the Web at: http://www.ofm.wa.gov/policy/travel.htm.
From this site you can print a State of Washington Per Diem map
effective October 1, 2005 to assist in preparing travel expense
FEATURED PROGRAMS ON WSU EXTENSION WEB SITE
Reminder, please send
ideas and pictures for programs to be featured on the WSU Extension
Web site at http://ext.wsu.edu to
Ann Brelsford, Conference Manager/Extension Meeting Management
and Program Support (EMMPS), resigned from WSU effective October
Linda will at the annual meeting of the National Association
of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC) in Washington
DC Saturday through and Tuesday. Wednesday she will be at WSU
Puyallup for a meeting then Olympia for a training session on
energy efficiency and renewable energy. Linda will be in Pullman
Thursday and Friday.
Ed will be in Pullman Monday and Tuesday for the WSU Extension
Animal Science Update, Wednesday he’ll be in Puyallup for
meetings, Thursday he’ll be in Seattle for Homeland security
sub-committee on agriculture and food safety issues. Friday he
will be in Spokane.
Linda Kirk Fox, PhD
Dean and Director
Washington State University Extension
PO Box 646230, 411 Hulbert Hall
Pullman WA 99164-6230
(509) 335-2933 Office
(509) 335-9223 Desk/Voicemail
FAX (509) 335-2926