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October 24, 2008

Topics in today's issue of Extension Update:

Because of the success of those who have participated in his program over the past 3 years, the Office of Research has sponsored Dr. Stephen Russell’s world-class seminar on proposal development for 2008.  There is still seating available for this seminar.   

Write Winning Grants Seminar
November 6th from 8:30 – 5 pm
Pullman Campus: CUB, Jr. Ballroom
for details:

The instructor, Dr. Stephen Russell, D.V.M., Ph.D. was a well funded researcher and academician for 30 years before beginning this second career; teaching faculty how to support their research and scholarly activities by obtaining extramural funding.  You can learn more about Dr. Russell on his website // He is an interesting and dynamic speaker.

At the conclusion of the one-day seminar, tenured and tenure-track faculty may competitively apply to enter Dr. Russell’s follow-up Mentored Proposal Writing Workshop: Write and Submit a Competitive Grant Application. In this series, selected faculty will personally work with Dr. Russell over a five month period to write a proposal to be submitted for funding.  For more information see   //   The Office of Research will cover half the tuition cost for those selected to participate in the workshop, provided that the participant’s college and/or department commits to paying the other half of the cost. Please check with your supervisor regarding the cost of participation.

If you have further questions about any of these programs, please contact Esther Pratt, the on-site coordinator, at 509-335-3796.

The State of Organic Agriculture in Washington will be the topic of the keynote presentation at the Washington State University symposium on its biologically intensive and organic agriculture program, or BIOAg.

A program of WSU's Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, BIOAg is a comprehensive research and educational program focused on biological processes in farming that are renewable, non-polluting and that provide multiple benefits for farmers and society. Organic farming is one well-developed example of the concept.

The symposium will be held on Tuesday, Oct 28, in the Junior Ballroom of the renovated Compton Union Building on WSU's Pullman campus. The symposium will begin at 10:10 am with a session of poster presentations by faculty involved in BIOAg research projects.  The keynote presentation will begin shortly after noon starting with an introduction by John Reganold, Regents Professor of Soil Science, who spearheaded the establishment of the nation's first organic agriculture major at WSU. That will be followed by a presentation by Jessica Goldberger, assistant professor of Community and Rural Sociology, and David Granatstein, WSU sustainable agriculture specialist. Goldberger recently completed the first comprehensive statewide survey of Washington's organic producers and Granatstein is lead author of WSU's annual state organic profile.
The keynote will be followed by an address by WSU Vice President for Extension and Economic Development John Gardner. His topic will be "Engaging the University in Sustainability Research, Education and Extension in the 21st Century."  The symposium is open to the public and free of charge.

The agenda can be found at //  Contact Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, WSU BIOAg Program Coordinator, 509-335-1553; if you have questions.

Announcing the Fall 2008 issue of Sustaining the Pacific Northwest - Food, Farm, & Natural Resource Systems quarterly electronic newsletter, jointly sponsored by the WSU Small Farms Team, WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the WSU Small Farms program. Sustaining the Pacific Northwest provides a discussion forum for people working towards community-based sustainable food, farm, and natural resource systems using interdisciplinary oriented research and practitioner knowledge.

This issue can be viewed or downloaded from //

The current issue is 1.5 MB in size.

For those on dial-up service, it would likely be best to download the file to look at the newsletter. Go to //, put your cursor on this issue, right click, and choose "Save Target As" to a folder on you pc. Then you can open it off your pc.  The newest version of Adobe Reader (ver 9) can be downloaded free from // ( 33.5 MB).

WSU Extension educators have a great opportunity to develop their leadership skills through The Western Extension Leadership Development (WELD) Program. This is a call for applications for the WELD V. A limited number of WSU educators will be selected to represent WSU Extension. WELD Applications due to the WSU Extension Associate Vice President and Dean’s office November 10th.

WELD is the Western Region Extension Leadership Development. The broad goal of the WELD Program is for participants to learn and apply leadership skills. As part of the program, participants will develop awareness and appreciation of their own and others' leadership styles and learn to apply appropriate techniques in working with diverse individuals, develop skills and enable themselves and others to develop, articulate, and implement organization/group direction, enable the organization/group to effectively implement planned change and develop skills to enable others to work together effectively. Past WSU Extension participants include Karen Poulin, Cliff Moore, Drew Betz, Debra Kollock and Mark Heitstuman. Any of the past participants can answer specific programmatic questions and the benefits of participating.

The first WELD V Seminar will be held March 30 – April 3, 2009, in Denver, Colorado.  The WELDV Seminar 2 will be held in June 2010 at a location to be announced.  The application form and a brochure regarding the program can be accessed through the WSU Extension PD website. WSU Extension’s representative to the WELD planning committee, Doug Stienbarger can answer question about the process. You can contact him by phone (360)397-6060 or email

WSU will once again sponsor the Imagine Tomorrow program designed to engage high school students in creative solutions to today’s energy challenges.  The May 29 - 31, 2009 event will allow students to compete for thousands of dollars in awards to both individuals and schools.  It is also a tremendous opportunity to connect WSU Extension programs such as 4-H SET with a major WSU initiative.  Additional information can be accessed at the Imagine Tomorrow web site, //  A flier can be downloaded at // .

The 2009 National Extension Conference on Volunteerism is April 27-30, at the General Butler State Park, KY. Proposal submissions for workshops are due October 17, 2008. Submissions are encouraged from throughout USDA and CSREES that are related to volunteer related programs, volunteer management, or volunteer related research. Visit the conference website //   for more information.

Extension's Area Health Education Center of Eastern Washington (AHEC) has received a $350,000 grant from the State Department of Early Learning (DEL) to field test "Seeds to Success" in Spokane County, one of five locations across the state where the department's new voluntary childcare-quality rating and improvement system will be field tested. The Seeds to Success system offers childcare providers coaching and funding to improve their quality of care, while providing families with information about the childcare programs in their communities. AHEC, in partnership with Community-Minded Enterprises/ Childcare Resource and Referral, will lead the Spokane County field test, which runs through June 2009. The DEL is recruiting more than 100 childcare providers around the state to participate in the eight-month field test of the new system.

Read the full story on the Marketing and News Services web site //

Dr. John Navazio, Organic Seed Research & Extension Specialist

John Navazio joins WSU Extension for a two-year assignment based in Jefferson County Extension as the Organic Seed Research & Extension Specialist. John’s activities are funded in partnership with the Organic Seed Alliance (OSA). He has recently been a faculty member at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona where he taught courses in Ecological Agriculture and Plant Breeding for Sustainable Systems. John is a plant geneticist whose research and teaching is directed at the integration of innovative organic farming methods with breeding crops for decreased inputs and resistance to the environmental challenges of the 21st century. His field work includes increasing genetic breadth in several vegetable crops for their nutritional quality, flavor, texture, ability to scavenge nutrients, compete with weeds, and resist heat and drought. John develops participatory breeding projects with farmers across North America to improve crop germplasm for regional seed independence. He has also taught numerous classes and workshops on commercial scale organic seed production and is currently working on the Seed Manual for Organic Vegetable Seed Production which is due to be published in 2009. He holds a Ph.D in plant breeding from the University of Wisconsin. John’s email address is

OSA has 30 years of experience in seed work. Formed in 1973 as Abundant Life Seed Foundation, they are one of the vanguards in the conservation and use of heirloom and open-pollinated seed, developing a Seed Growers Network of over 100 farmers and gathering over 2,300 rare and endangered varieties of vegetables, grains, herbs and flowers. In 2003 OSA underwent a program shift and name change. OSA was formed to go “beyond conservation” to increase genetic diversity and develop  skills and knowledge in seed production and plant breeding. OSA’s education, research and advisory services programs are widely recognized for their innovative approach to seed stewardship.

Linda will be on annual leave on Monday. She will be attending the Multistate Research Project W-1005 meeting, “An Integrated Approach to Prevention of Obesity in High Risk Families” Tuesday through Thursday.  She will be in Pullman on Friday.

John will be in Pullman Monday through Thursday and on annual leave on Friday.

Linda Kirk Fox, PhD
Associate Vice President and Dean
Washington State University Extension
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