Western SARE 2020 in Washington State

Progress report for WSP19-017

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2019: $28,686.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2022
Host Institution Award ID: G239-20-W7506
Grant Recipient: Washington State University
Region: Western
State: Washington
State Coordinator:
Chad Kruger
Washington State University
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Project Information

Abstract:

The SARE PDP in Washington is designed to help Extension, Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other agricultural professionals increase their ability to respond to the needs of farmers, ranchers, and the public regarding sustainable agriculture concepts and systems.

In Washington State, SARE PDP is part of WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR).  The goal of our professional development program is to help WSU Extension, CDs, NRCS, and other agency personnel to gain knowledge and skills that will help them serve their constituents in these areas to promote the health of Washington’s people, land, and communities. This is accomplished through mini-grants to attend conferences and workshops; mini-grants to host professional development events; regional and statewide educational events; and the development of webinars and other emerging educational and communication tools.

 

Project Objectives:
  1. Facilitate knowledge gain for 100 agricultural professionals by providing mini-grants for attending and hosting professional development events. Topics will vary but will include priority areas described above and other sustainable agriculture areas of need. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and events will be completed before the end of the grant period.
  2. Facilitate knowledge gain for 100 agricultural professionals by providing funding to coordinate larger educational events. Events will be completed before the end of the grant period.
  3. Facilitate knowledge gain for 50 agricultural professionals by providing sustainable agriculture presentations via webinar and other emerging technologies. Presentations will be online before the end of the grant period.

Advisors

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  • Jim Baird
  • Griffin Berger
  • Kevin Corliss
  • Brenda Book
  • Tim Crosby
  • Laurie Davies
  • Nichole Embertson
  • Joe Gies
  • Maurice Robinette
  • Derek Sandison
  • Anne Schwartz
  • Jill Smith
  • Bill Warren
  • Andy Wilcox

Education

Educational approach:

This proposal was focused primarily on in person training activities, both via mini-grants (attending and hosting) and facilitated educational trainings. This project was in it’s final phase with a handful of mini-grants planned for spring / summer 2020, all of which were impacted by COVID-19 shutdowns. We have re-tooled the project (along with a no-cost extension request) to pivoted toward using the funds to support planning for the SoilCon: Washington Soil Health Week which is a large virtual training event, and are shifting the funding for the final WSP19 mini-grant trainings to a future annual project.

Education & Outreach Initiatives

SoilCon: Washington Soil Health Week
Objective:

To train ag professionals in Washington State and the broader PNW on the latest research-based information related to managing soil health in the region.

Description:

This week long virtual event will cover all aspects of soil health in Washington State and beyond, February 8-12, 2021. It has 30 speakers broken down into all cropping systems and topics. The event was shifted to virtual after COVID-19 limitations closed the door on an in person event during winter 2021. Because we were not allowed to continue in person trainings for PDP, we shifted funding from selected in person trainings to SoilCon for this winter and will fund those trainings from future WSARE PDP projects.

Outcomes and impacts:

SoilCon happens in 2 weeks.

Educational & Outreach Activities

1 Online trainings
30 Webinars / talks / presentations

Participation Summary

537 Others

Project Outcomes

537 Agricultural service provider participants who used knowledge and skills learned through this project (or incorporated project materials) in their educational activities, services, information products and/or tools for farmers
Additional Outcomes:

COVID-19 required us to pivot our plan for completion of the PDP19 project. We had to shift to on-line events, and thus transitioned our plan to supporting SoilCon: Washington Soil Health Week. The event occurs the second week of February, so we don’t have outcomes to report yet.

Success stories:

Nothing to report yet.

Recommendations:

Nothing to report yet.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.