Sarah Schaub

Staying the course

Thanks to Jeb Sheldon, a recent AgTM graduate, Ignite scholar, and employee of Northern Oyster Co., I know more about the oyster business than ever and have a strong appreciation for the challenges posed by burrowing shrimp and green crabs. Last week’s trip to the Long Beach Research and Extension Unit was great. I enjoyed meeting Laura Kraft, who is just under a year in her position as a cranberry and shellfish Extension specialist, as well as a couple of WSU Extension retirees.

A man stands next to a tank of oysters with his fingertips touching the surface of the water. Behind him is a chain link fence and a building.

Back on the road

We had a few beautiful days in Pullman before the heat returned. No complaints though, as it will cool off soon enough. Congratulations to Doug Walsh, who was recently inducted as a fellow of the Entomological Society of America. Congratulations, also, to Kristen Johnson, who was recently inducted as an American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) […]

A group of seven people stands, holding shovels that are poised to dig into the ground. Two signs behind them read "USDA-ARS Plant Sciences Building, Washington State University Pullman, a partnership between the USDA Agricultural Research Service and Washington State University." The sign shows an artistic rendering of the building and the WSU and USDA logos.

Coming together

Groundbreaking on the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) building is less than a week away! The planning team, which includes many from WSU, CAHNRS, USDA ARS, and the Washington Grain Commission, is working hard to accommodate hundreds of guests. If you find your customary driving or walking route interrupted on Tuesday, Aug. 1, please be […]

Artistic rendering of the USDA ARS building concept design.

That’s impact!

We had good visits in Washington, D.C., last week with our commodity group and agency partners (the Washington State Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Conservation Commission). Thanks to Derek Sandison, Chris Voigt, Kristina Kelley, Mary Palmer Sullivan, Michelle Hennings, Marcie Green, Mark Powers, Kirk Robinson, and Gil Crosby for joining us! We were […]

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Back to work

Vacation’s over. I have racoon eyes from sunglasses, my shoulders are a bit sore from kayaking, and I am covered head to toe in “no-see-um” bites. It was great to spend extended time with family in Virginia. By all measures it was a success, despite the heat and humidity. I can’t wait to do it […]

A group of people dress professionally sits around a long table with notepads and pens in front of them. A chandelier hangs from the ceiling and there are professionally painted portraits and a book shelf with glass doors on the wall.

Building a resilient Washington

Last week was full of opportunities to see firsthand how CAHNRS faculty and staff are building a more resilient Washington. Throughout the latter part of the week and into the weekend, our programs and people were recognized for their important contributions. The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Western Region Joint Summer Meeting awards ceremony showcased […]

Kathleen Rodgers stands outside, holding her award, which says "The Western Academic Program Section presents the Western Region Regional Teaching Award of Excellence to Dr. Kathleen Boyce Rodgers, Associate Professor, Department of Human Services, Washington State University, June 2023."

An exciting and busy summer is underway

I hope everyone enjoyed the Juneteenth holiday weekend. The weather certainly did not make it feel like mid-June, but that did not affect the time I spent reflecting on the feelings I had around this time in 2020, following the murder of George Floyd. The real change I hoped for then has yet to manifest, […]

A group of teens stands on the stairs, holding a large WSU flag.

Field day season continues

Last weekend’s Master Gardener Program 50th anniversary celebration at the Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center (TFREC) went off without a hitch! The weather was perfect, the displays from master gardener groups in Chelan, Douglas, and nearby counties, the TFREC program exhibits, and the children’s area were all busy with visitors. Despite his short […]

Three people stand in a room next to a few tables. On the table between them is a box of apples. A shelf with magazines and books is in the background.

Fun with alumni

CAHNRS has great alumni! This is no surprise. It was so much fun to spend some time with graduates from the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s! We had a couple master gardener volunteers in the group and many attendees were 4-H’ers! We had a great turnout from a number of department chairs and faculty as […]

Wendy Powers and a man talk to a woman seated at a table. Others sit on the background.

No summer slowdown in CAHNRS

Thanks for the feedback on the photo by my sister that was included in last week’s post. I have passed on the comments to her. She has many nice photos from traveling around the world to places where the weather cooperated a bit more than it did during this trip. I need to clarify: When […]

A person crouches in a field. Others stand behind in the distance.