Spell out abbreviated terms at first use in running text; include the initialism in parentheses if it is used again in the publication. Do not use both the spelled out version and the initialism (in parentheses) in headlines. Exception: It is not necessary to include “(WSU)” after spelling out Washington State University at first use.
Example: Washington State Department of Energy (DOE).
For state agency abbreviations, see: www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/rp/factsheets/factsheets-htm/fs50acro.htm.
See also: www.k12.wa.us/siteinfo/glossary.pdf.
4-H’ers not 4-Hers or 4-H’rs
AWN. Agricultural Weather Network “AgWeatherNet”
CBB. Center for Bioproducts and Bioenergy
CMEC. Composite Materials and Engineering Center
CPAS. Center for Precision Agricultural Systems
CSANR. Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
CSREES. Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, now known as NIFA
IBC. Institute of Biological Chemistry
IMPACT. International Marketing Program for Agriculture Commodities and Trade
NIFA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture (formerly CSREES)
REC. Research and Extension Center
USDA. United States Department of Agriculture
WMEL. Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory (within the Composite Materials & Engineering Center)