College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

CAHNRS News September 9, 2011

Resources and Best Practices for Teaching Large Classes

The Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning has put together a wonderful web site of resources and best practices for teaching large (or larger) classes. The individual items are short but full of good ideas, both on class instruction and on formative assessment – including first day/week issues, classroom management, in-class learning, online learning, clickers, and exams and grading, as well as classroom assessment techniques and midterm feedback surveys. Visit the site at

Riparian Grazing Workshops Target Statewide Water Quality Concerns

Oct. 17-18 in Colfax
Oct. 20-21 in Ellensburg

Non-compliance with environmental regulations, especially non-point-source water quality regulations, represent a financial and legal risk to range- and pasture-based livestock operations in the Pacific Northwest. Disagreement among regulatory authorities, technical experts, and ranchers over what the statewide approach to non-point source pollution mitigation should be, what management practices are sufficient to protect water quality, and which practices are reasonable to implement has heightened the legal risk of noncompliance with water quality regulations. The financial risk is real: failure to meet standards can mean fines of $10,000/day. Washington State University Extension is partnering with the interagency National Riparian Service Team to conduct 4 workshops around Washington State that will teach livestock producers how to accurately identify their risk of causing water quality problems and link risks to specific strategies that are proven to protect riparian function, plant/soil health, and water quality. These relationships are complex, and livestock exclusion may not be an effective solution. These two-day workshops will include both “classroom” instruction and field time assessing a grazed stream reach and designing management plans to protect water quality. Workshops offered this fall include one in Colfax on Oct. 17-18 and Ellensburg Oct. 20-21. Two more workshops will be offered in late spring of 2012, one of them in Skagit County. Registration is $40 to cover the costs of food. Space is limited — put your name on the list today with the WSU Kittitas County Extension office at 509-962-7507 or email

Land EKG Rangeland Monitoring Refresher Field Day

Join us Sept. 29 at the Colockum Natural Resource Center south of Wenatchee for a refresher course in the field on Land EKG. For many producers, the best is the enemy of the good and despite good intentions you’ve still not established any monitoring sites. Learn how to do the most important components quickly and begin utilizing this valuable range management tool. There is no cost, just show up at 9 a.m. at the CNRC (formerly a WSU research station). Go south from Wenatchee on the west side of the river on the Malaga Highway, turn right up Colockum Rd, and follow the signs into the facility. Bring your own lunch.


Entomology Professor Carol Anelli was elected to the 2012 Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America. She will represent the Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology section during her three-year term.

Dr. Lori Carris, associate professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, was recognized by the Mycological Society of America with The William H. Weston Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is given annually to an outstanding teacher of mycology at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels. The award was established in 1979 in honor of W. H. Weston (1890-1978), a beloved Harvard mycologist who was widely recognized as having a profound impact on the field of experimental mycology through his humorous and inspired teaching. Previous recipients of this award include Dr. Jack Rogers, professor of plant pathology.

Larry K. Hiller, Associate Professor Emeritus in the department of horticulture and landscape architecture, was recognized with the Honorary Life Member (HLM) award at the 95th annual meeting of The Potato Association of America Aug. 14-18, 2011, held in Wilmington, North Carolina. This is equivalent to a ‘Fellow’ award in other societies. Only 4 HLM awards can be given in any one year; Hiller was one of only two presented in 2011. He was recognized for his national and international research and teaching accomplishments to WSU and the potato industry, for over 38 years of service to the PAA society, and his commitment to preparing both undergraduate and graduate students as professionals in the vegetable and potato industries. Hiller was president of the society in 2005-2006 and is currently serving as its Treasurer.

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Inspiring Teamwork – Arron Carter

It started with a car, a ’69 Corvette Stingray to be exact.

When Arron Carter, the director of the Washington State University Winter Wheat Breeding Program, was in high school his agricultural teacher had a ’69 Corvette Stingray. Every year this teacher would let his favorite senior take the car to senior prom. Carter had never taken an agriculture class before, but he knew he wanted to drive that car.

“Well, if I’m going to be the favorite senior,” Carter said to himself, “I’d better start taking some ag classes.”…

Read More: Inspiring Teamwork – Arron Carter


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Mission Statement

The goal of the Washington State University CAHNRS Office of Research is to promote research beneficial to the citizens of Washington. The Office of Research recognizes its unique land-grant research mission to the people of Washington and their increasing global connections. The CAHNRS Office of Research provides leadership in discovering and applying knowledge through high-quality research that contributes to a safe and abundant food, fiber, and energy supply while enhancing the sustainability of agricultural and natural resource systems.

Featured Research

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Research for specialty crops boosted by $1.7 million

More than $1.7 million was awarded to Washington State University for specialty crop research including berries, potatoes, grapes, tree fruit, onions, carrots and Christmas trees.
Western bluebird with cricket. Photo by flickr user Kevin Cole.

Weighing the benefits, risks of wild birds on organic farms

Washington State University researchers will help organic growers protect human health by assessing the risks and benefits of wild birds on organic farms. Researchers received nearly $2 million from the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative to conduct the study.
Moyer Testimony 9.29.15

VIDEO: Jim Moyer testifies on specialty crop research before House Agriculture Committee

Jim Moyer, associate dean of research for CAHNRS and director of the Agricultural Research Center at WSU, presented specialty crop research innovations in Washington, D.C. this fall.
Winter Wheat May 2014 by McFarland

‘A quiet crisis’: The rise of acidic soil in Washington

Gary Wegner first noticed the problem in 1991, when a field on his family’s farm west of Spokane produced one-fourth the usual amount of wheat. Lab tests revealed a surprising result: the soil had become acidic.

Study: Small railroads important but costly to upgrade

More than half of Washington’s short-line rail miles aren’t up to modern standards, according to a recent study by the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Washington State University Freight Policy Transportation Institute.
A grizzly bear with her cubs at the WSU bear center.

Single hair shows researchers what a bear has been eating

By looking at a single hair, U.S. and Canadian researchers can get a good idea of a grizzly bear’s diet over several months.


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MudflatImpact: Burrowing Shrimp and Invasive Eelgrass

Shellfish production in Washington is a $60 million a year industry. Several major pests plague this industry, resulting in major crop loss. One of the most important pests is subterranean burrowing shrimp. These shrimp bioturbate (stir up) the sediment, causing the oysters to sink and die. For the past 60 years the industry has been using the insecticide Sevin to control this pest, but due to lawsuits its use was phased out in 2012. Without alternative control for shrimp, tens of millions of dollars in annual crop revenue will be lost and the industry will quickly lose its economic viability in southwestern Washington.

PoultryFarmImpact: The National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

The Environmental Protection Agency has identified agriculture as the leading contributor of pollutants to the nation’s rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs. These reports often do not separate animal agriculture from other agricultural enterprises, but they do note that pathogens, nutrients, and oxygen-depleting substances associated with manure are three of the top five pollutants. Some emerging issues related to manure management include: endocrine disruptors (hormones), pharmaceuticals (antimicrobials), and antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Adopting farm practices that minimize the environmental impact is important for food safety.

BiosolidsImpact: Biosolids and Compost

Biosolids are the solids produced during municipal wastewater treatment. Composts are made from a variety of organic materials, including both urban and agriculture sources such as yard trimmings, biosolids, storm debris, food waste or manure, and food processing residues. While these materials have traditionally been viewed as waste, they can play a valuable role as soil amendments in urban and agricultural settings. They provide nutrients and organic matter and they sequester carbon, thereby conserving resources, restoring soils, and combating climate change.

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What are you thankful for?

This holiday season, we know who we are thankful for—YOU!
Our family, friends, supporters, and alumni are so important to CAHNRS.
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You were an integral part in helping us complete the successful
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a quarter of the WSU Campaign goal of $1 billion.
Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today. And for that, we thank you.

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