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Montana State University Extension News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:00am
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Crowning moment: 2016 Commencement in photos

Washington State University Extension News - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 5:30pm
School of Food Science chair Barb Rasco, left, with a fellow faculty member, enters Beasley Coliseum with her students.

Hundreds of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral scholars in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences received their diplomas on May 7, 2016, at WSU Pullman.

School of Economic Sciences graduate student Pitchayapom Tantihkarnchana, with loved ones, following commencement. Emily Turney, Animal Sciences grad, with her decorative mortarboard. Charles Diako, new PhD holder in Food Science, with mentor Carolyn Ross. Candie Wilcken, new Interior Design grad, with Orlando Sandoval. Global student Elaina Gonzales leads the Human Development delegation. Kris Johnson, interim chair of Animal Sciences, hugs a graduating doctoral scholar. Receiving his doctoral hood from Shulin Chen, graduate student Allan Gao receives a master’s degree in agricultural and biological engineering and a doctorate in chemical engineering. Carolyn Ross, School of Food Science professor, hoods Geyang Wu, doctoral graduate

 

School of Design and Construction chair Phil Gruen, right, with hard-hatted SDC students Daniel Clodfelter, School of Economic Sciences. Cougar moms, dads and grandparents celebrate during WSU commencement Yifei Kang, new Master of Animal Science, with her family. Paco Gonzalez and Marcello Martinez, both in Ag Tech and Production Management, snap a selfie Kim Kidwell, Acting Dean of CAHNRS, presents a diploma to a smiling student. Aggie of the Year Jenica Hagler receives her diploma from mentor Kim Kidwell, acting CAHNRS dean

Diploma in hand, CAHNRS grads cheer at the culmination of commencement ceremonies.


Integrated Plant Sciences bachelor’s candidates march into Beasley Coliseum. AMDT students boldly decorated their mortarboards Three current and former CAHNRS deans: Ron Mittelhammer, acting co-provost; Acting Dean Kim Kidwell; and Interim WSU President Dan Bernardo.

4-H Robotics Camp scheduled

Prior 4-H experience is not required!

Robotics group working on the Lego WeDo robots. The youth in the photo watched their drummer monkey successfully play a drum beat on the plastic cup.

It’s time to register for the annual 4-H Robotics Camp offered this summer by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. The camp, open to youth ages 9-13, is scheduled for June 20-21. The camp will start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. Every participant can expect to have fun and learn about robots. All youth will build and program a robot to take home.

Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center is located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev. Cost of the day camp is $90 per person and includes cost of supplies, T-shirt, snacks and refreshments. 4-H member registration is $80 per person. Each participant must bring their own lunch. Previous 4-H experience is not required.

Space is limited. Registrations will be confirmed by the order in which they are received. First come, first served. Full payment is needed to secure a spot ($25 is non-refundable). Registration is payable by cash, check and money order or online at Eventbrite.com (http://roboticscamp4-h.eventbrite.com). Make checks and money orders payable to Board of Regents. Registration forms must be received no later than June 1, 2016.

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H began a century ago as an educational program for the nation’s rural youth. Today, 4-H meets the needs of and engages young people in positive youth development experiences. 4-H participants are all youth, ages 5 to 19, taking part in programs.

4-H is the largest out-of-school youth organization in the United States with over 7 million members. There are over 49,000 young people engaged in 4-H programs across the state of Nevada. The 4-H program promotes life skills development through an expanding number of delivery modes: 4-H community and project clubs, military and 4-H afterschool programs; special interest groups; school enrichment; faith-based; camping and more.

For more information on the Robotics Camp, please email or call Jay Clyde at 702-940-5415.

Registration dates set for fall 2016 Master Gardener training

Do you love gardening and want to share your experiences?

Master Gardener Logo

Become a Master Gardener of Southern Nevada! University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will hold two registration sessions for fall 2016 Master Gardener Training. Registration sessions will be held on Wednesday, June 8 and Wednesday, June 22 at Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev.

No gardening background is necessary to become a Master Gardener! The most important qualifications are your commitment to complete the training and to share your knowledge through volunteer service. The Master Gardener program is open to adults who accept the stringent training and volunteer commitments.

The Master Gardener mission is to train community volunteers in appropriate desert gardening practices. Eighty hours of class training and 50 hours of volunteer work on approved projects are required in order to become a Master Gardener. Classes are scheduled on most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 — 12:30 beginning September 9 through October 26 (based on instructor availability). You must attend all 20 classes.

During the registration, an overview of the training and program requirements will be offered and the opportunity to fill out an application and have an interview with a current Master Gardener. Pre-registration is required. Email or call Lori Leas at 702-257-5501 to reserve a space; please indicate the registration date of your choice. Full details will be emailed to pre-registrants.

For questions about registration, training or volunteer requirements please email or call Ann Edmunds, Program Coordinator, at 702-257-5587.

Master Gardeners are volunteers who teach, assist and work with community partners on projects across the Las Vegas valley. Projects are on-going throughout the valley, including Acacia Park, the Springs Preserve, Community Gardens, the Master Gardener Orchard and Nellis AFB Environmental Grove. Additional program information is available on Facebook.

Scientists’ software crunches DNA data—sans supercomputer

Washington State University Extension News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 4:36pm
Richard Sharpe, Tyson Koepke

Molecular plant scientists Richard Sharpe, Tyson Koepke and colleagues in Amit Dhingra’s Genomics and Biotechnology lab in the Department of Horticulture published an article on next-generation software for biological and genetics research.

Published April 12 in PLOS One, the article looks at a new software tool, CisSERS—Customizable in silico Sequence Evaluation of Restriction Sites— that lets scientists evaluate DNA results without high-powered computers.

Collaborators included Ananth Kalyanaraman and colleagues from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Professor Kate Evans at the Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research Center, and Professor David Kramer at Michigan State University.

Scientists’ software analyzes DNA—sans supercomputer

Washington State University Extension News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 4:17pm
Richard Sharpe, Tyson Koepke

Molecular plant scientists Richard Sharpe, Tyson Koepke and colleagues in Amit Dhingra’s Genomics and Biotechnology lab in the Department of Horticulture published an article on next-generation software for biological and genetics research.

Published April 12 in PLOS One, the article looks at a new software tool, CisSERS—Customizable in silico Sequence Evaluation of Restriction Sites— that lets scientists evaluate DNA results without high-powered computers.

Collaborators included Ananth Kalyanaraman and colleagues from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Professor Kate Evans at the Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research Center, and Professor David Kramer at Michigan State University.

In Memoriam: Former WSU Horticulture chair Bill Ackley

Washington State University Extension News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 1:57pm
William Ackley

William B. Ackley, who taught horticulture at WSU for 35 years and chaired that department for a decade, has died at age 97.

Ackley, who passed away on April 18, was born June 5, 1918. He graduated from Kansas State College, served as an aerial photographer in World War II, and moved with his wife Margaret and newborn son, Richard, to WSU in 1947, where he finished his doctorate. His daughter, Kyanne, was also born in Pullman.

In 1948, Ackley joined WSU’s horticulture faculty for 35 years of teaching about fruit production, while developing treatments for tree-fruit disorders and refining irrigation methods. He travelled the state extensively, advising growers and in turn learning practical applications to share with students.

A talent for handling both detail and personalities was put to good use during his tenure as department chairman, from 1964 to 1974. Ackley’s experience in research and administration led to assignments expanding WSU’s contacts in Australia, New Zealand, and eastern Indonesia. The work in Indonesia took he and his wife, in their 60s, to a remote island, where they lived five months without running water or electricity, and hop-scotched in single-engine planes to unimproved airfields to help remote colleges set up agricultural programs.

For his contributions to the profession, he was elected Fellow of the American Society of Horticultural Science in 1970.

Larry Hiller, professor emeritus of horticulture at WSU, was Ackley’s last ‘new hire’ as department chair. He remembers Ackley helping him get started as an assistant and introducing him to students. “He was the perfect and wonderful collegiate mentor,” recalled Hiller.

A memorial reception is 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, May 23, at Ridge Point Clubhouse in Pullman. There will be an opportunity to share memories at 2 p.m. An obituary will run this month in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

Plant scientists build software that analyzes DNA—sans supercomputer

Washington State University Extension News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 1:42pm
Richard Sharpe, Tyson Koepke

Molecular plant scientists Richard Sharpe, Tyson Koepke and colleagues in Amit Dhingra’s Genomics and Biotechnology lab in the Department of Horticulture published an article on next-generation software for biological and genetics research.

Published April 12 in PLOS One, the article looks at a new software tool, CisSERS—Customizable in silico Sequence Evaluation of Restriction Sites— that lets scientists evaluate DNA results without high-powered computers.

Collaborators included Ananth Kalyanaraman and colleagues from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Professor Kate Evans at the Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research Center, and Professor David Kramer at Michigan State University.

Cooperative Extension offers workshop on keeping trees alive during drought

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers “Trees and Drought” May 20. The workshop will cover how to make trees more drought resilient.

University and Nevada Division of Forestry team up to provide information to preserve Nevada’s trees

Even though Nevada has received more moisture this year than in previous years, water levels are still below normal, and the state is still in a drought. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the Nevada Division of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service, presents a free “Trees and Drought” workshop May 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Classes will provide information on current threats to our trees, how trees respond to water stress and strategies to make our community trees more drought resilient.

“Nevada is the driest state in the United States,” said Heidi Kratsch, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension horticulture specialist. “We live in a desert and are always in a drought. Water conservation is always important in Nevada.”

According to Kratsch, trees may exhibit visible damage from drought in the short term. In the long term, they may reduce flower and fruit production and eventually die if damage is severe. Drought-stressed trees are also less able to protect themselves and become more susceptible to invasion by insects or disease.

“Learning to deal with one of our most valuable resources, our trees, is critical, because trees cool our landscapes, keep our homes cool, keep our cities cool, keep carbon in the ground and take carbon dioxide from the air, which fights global warming.”

Topics include:

  • 9 a.m.: Where does your water come from, taught by Customer Relations Director Andy Gebhardt, with the Truckee Meadows Water Authority
  • 10 a.m.: Native trees for drought-prone areas, taught by Landscape Horticulture Specialist Larry Rupp, with Utah State University Cooperative Extension
  • 1 p.m.: Trees, soils and mulch, taught by Water Conservation and Turfgrass Specialist Kelly Kopp, with Utah State University Cooperative Extension
  • 2:15 p.m.: Good and bad plant choices for wildfire-prone areas, taught by Horticulture Specialist Heidi Kratsch, with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
  • 3 p.m.: Panel discussion about Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) certification for Nevada

The workshop will be held in at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension Office, 4955 Energy Way in Reno. The workshop is free and provides certificates of attendance and International Society of Arboriculture Continuing Education Units. Register online at http://treesanddrought2016.eventbrite.com. Participants must register by May 17.

For more information, visit www.growyourownnevada.com. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the scheduled event.

Aggie of the Year ready to support farming

Washington State University Extension News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 2:09pm
Jenica Hagler is the Agricultural Student of the Year and a May 2016 graduate at Washington State University (WSU photo/Seth Truscott).

Growing up in the rural town of Kuna, Idaho, Jenica Hagler found chores like feeding livestock, helping newborn calves and showing animals at the fair to be life lessons — challenging but satisfying.

“I fell in love with agriculture,” said the 2016 Agricultural Student of the Year at Washington State University, who graduates Saturday, May 7, with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and food systems. “I loved the tie to the land, loved working with animals.

“Now, I realize the real reason I love the ag industry is the people,” she said. “The values and traditions, the passion that everyone has — whether they’re working with the soil every day or, in the role I aspire to, supporting farmers that grow our food, fuel and fiber.

“I’m looking forward to supporting the retailers who support our farmers,” said Hagler, who will work as a salesperson with Dow AgroSciences after graduation. “My biggest dream has always been to serve our farmers and ranchers.”

Research, teaching, international experiences

That dream came into focus through the academic and leadership experiences she enjoyed at WSU. Her agriculture and business economics track gave her a taste of both science and finances.

“It’s a great major, with many different experiences to get involved in,” she said.

Among them was research with WSU Extension economist Michael Brady, looking at trends in the organic fruit and vegetable industries, and a 2015 class trip to Rwanda to do economic research on coffee.

As a teaching assistant, she helped other ag and food systems students experience their senior capstone course.

Legacy of leadership

The most life-changing experience, Hagler said, was with the student organization Agriculture Future of America, which helps students become the ag industry’s next generation of leaders. As a freshman, she was one of two students who traveled to the AFA annual conference.

Afterwards, she campaigned for deeper WSU participation in AFA. WSU became one of three universities nationwide chosen for the University Growth Initiative, which helps students gain leadership training. Hagler became a national liaison and planned the AFA conference in 2014.

“The best part has been watching my friends experience AFA,” she said. More than 40 of her fellow students have taken part in professional development training, attended conferences and taken on national leadership roles.

“The real sign that you’re doing a good job is when you can leave a legacy,” she said.

Smart textile research to take off with new institute

Washington State University Extension News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 9:27am
AMDT Assistant Professor Hang Liu

Hang Liu, assistant professor in the WSU Department of Apparel, Marketing, Design and Textiles, will energize her research into smart textiles, wearable sensors and next-generation fabrics as part of a new innovation institute created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Liu connected with researchers at MIT to secure WSU’s involvement in the Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute, announced April 1. The hub leverages $317 million in funding from industry, universities and the federal government.

WSU is one of 38 universities—and the only one in Washington—to join the research hub, which integrates fibers and yarns with circuits, LEDs, solar cells and other capabilities to create fabrics that can see, hear, store energy, monitor health and change color.

“People don’t always relate textiles with high tech. But I’ve always believed textiles have a huge future,” says Liu, whose research focus is on conductive nanofibers—barely visible threads that act as sensors in clothing to monitor vital signs or detect chemical or biological agents.

“This is an area with huge potential,” says Liu.

She expects to gain funding and begin work on projects for the hub in the near future.

Learn more about the institute here.

 

Water conservation workshop set for May 12 in Bozeman

Montana State University Extension News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:00am
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Green Times – May 2016

Washington State University Extension News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 10:01am
Events etc.

WildBeeSense Biodiversity Project Training
May 7, 21, or 28 and July 8, 15, or 30 at six locations in Seattle.
July 23 in Woodinville, WA. Information.

2016 Plant and Microbe Adaptation to Cold Conference
May 22-25, Seattle. Information.

Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels + Co-Products Conference
May 3-4, Seattle. Information.

Vineyard care throughout the seasons
Jul 16, Sep 17, Bow, WA. Information.

Verify the disease or pest before you act

The WSU Plant Pest Diagnostic Clinic, and the Puyallup Plant and Insect Diagnostic Lab, provide plant problem diagnosis for the state of Washington and surrounding areas. Learn more. Citizen scientists collect data on urban wild bees

City dwellers concerned about recent declines in pollinators can contribute to WSU bee research as citizen scientists. Read More


Stormwater pollution: Solutions within reach

“The health of Puget Sound is threatened, and the time to act is now.” Read this Seattle Times Op-Ed by John Stark, WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center, and Christopher J. Keane, WSU vice president for research.

Read More


$11M funds food safety tech transfer to markets

WSU aims to meet growing demand for safe, high quality, additive-free packaged foods thanks to two recent investments in innovative food processing technology based on microwave energy. Read More WSU whey facility will clean waste, provide career training for students

The WSU Creamery is building a brand new whey processing facility, which will be attached to the existing creamery facility and Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe. It will process the waste product leftover from making cheese. Read More Soil meters make it easy to check acidity

Decreasing soil pH, also called soil acidification, is a growing concern in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. One simple way to check soil acidity is to use a soil pH meter. Read More

Registration now open for Wildfire Awareness Half Marathon and 5K Run May 29

A Nevada Division of Forestry helicopter drops water to signal the start of last year’s Northern Nevada Wildland Fire Awareness Half Marathon and 5K. This year’s event is May 29 at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno.

Event to raise money to help injured firefighters and the families of fallen firefighters

Registration is open for the Northern Nevada Wildfire Awareness Half Marathon and 5K Trail Run in Reno, hosted by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Living With Fire Program in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and Desert Sky Adventures. All proceeds from the race will be donated to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

The half marathon and 5K run is May 29, 8 a.m. — noon, at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St. in Reno. The race is limited to 300 participants. Cost is $40 and includes a tech t-shirt, goodie bag, finisher’s medal, snacks and refreshments. To register or for more information, visit http://desertskyadventures.com/wildlandreno/.

Participants will run through some of Nevada’s most infamous wildfire fuels, and there will be a variety of fire engines and displays of educational information. The public is invited to come out and cheer on the runners, visit with firefighter representatives, and enjoy Nevada’s beauty.

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to fallen firefighters’ families and to firefighters injured in the line of duty. The proceeds of the race will help families travel to see firefighters who were injured while aiding another state; help the families of firefighters unable to work because they’re still healing; and help the families of firefighters killed while working.

The race is part of activities for Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month in May, which is a collaborative effort by local, state and federal firefighting agencies, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and many others. This year’s wildfire awareness message, “Create Unity, Fire-Adapt Your Community!” stresses that when community members work together to prepare for wildfire, they can more effectively reduce the wildfire threat.

Cooperative Extension’s Living With Fire Program, which began in 1997, teaches homeowners how to live more safely with the wildfire threat. The program has received numerous national awards, and been credited with spurring actions that have saved many homes. For more information about Living With Fire, visit www.LivingWithFire.info, or contact Sonya Sistare at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, sistares@unce.unr.edu or 775-336-0271.

Homeowners urged to Junk the Junipers May 21 to prepare for wildfire

Residents are encouraged to “Junk the Junipers” May 21 in Washoe Valley and Silver Lake to prepare their homes for wildfire.

Part of collaborative Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month activities

Residents of local communities are encouraged to keep their neighborhoods safe from wildfires by participating in “Junk the Junipers,” 8 a.m.-1 p.m., May 21. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the Nevada Division of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, urge residents to bring their junipers, pines, rabbitbrush, sagebrush and other woody vegetation to one of two locations to be chipped for free. Participants will receive a coupon from Moana Nursery for 20 percent off a “good plant choice,” Moana-grown replacement shrub.

Residents can bring their woody vegetation to the Nevada Division of Forestry office, 885 Eastlake Blvd. in Washoe Valley, or to the lot adjacent to the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District’s Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Station, 11525 Red Rock Road in Silver Lake.

Junk the Junipers is a Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month event, and promotes the month’s message, “Create Unity, Fire-Adapt Your Community!” The event is sponsored by the Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management, Moana Nursery, Nevada Division of Forestry, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

“Though ornamental junipers can often be a good plant choice for Nevada’s climate and soils, they are highly flammable, and their presence in a landscape is a major factor in whether or not a home will survive a wildfire,” said Ed Smith, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension natural resources specialist and Living With Fire program director. “A good way to prepare your home for wildfire is to get rid of junipers that are within 30 feet of your home and bring them to be chipped.”

Vegetation chipped at the event will be used as mulch in various locations. Materials that will not be accepted for chipping are: construction lumber, hazardous materials, lawn clippings, sod, dirt-infested vegetation and tree stumps or limbs greater than 8 inches in diameter.

Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month is a collaborative effort of local, state and federal firefighting agencies; University of Nevada Cooperative Extension; and many others. Events and activities are being held across the state. For more information on Junk the Junipers, contact Sonya Sistare at sistares@unce.unr.edu or 775-336-0271. To learn more about Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month activities, visit www.LivingWithFire.info.

Desert plant adaptations

Desert Willow tree

When we speak about deserts and the things that can actually survive there, it is hard to imagine just how plants are able to do it! A few days that included gale force winds, followed by torrential downpours, and temperatures that bounced from the 50’s at night to well over 80°F during the day would definitely have been stressful.

Our common garden plants are able to thrive in large part because of the amounts of time, energy and resources that we are willing to donate to them. Since so many of them originated in very different environments from the Mojave, that is the only way they can grow well here. We get so much from our introductions; shade from tall, leafy trees, fruit from shorter ones, and masses of blossoms in any season that we choose.

Desert plants, at least those that are not growing around our homes, generally do not have anyone around who will protect them from the elements. Still, they have managed to endure and evolve characteristics that make them perfect for life in a harsh world.

While the desert does not have much in the line of tall shade trees, there are native trees here. The beautiful flowering desert willow is now in full bloom, for instance. The flowers appear as mini-orchids, pale pink, lavender and white blossoms. This gorgeous tree can be a terrific landscape plant. Given water and decent soil, it will grow better than 15 feet tall. It sheds its leaves in the winter, just like any other deciduous one. The leaves are slender, although not so narrow as one might expect in a Mojave native. It is not much of a shade tree, but it will filter light and provide a lovely screen. In the wild, when there are no people to coddle it, it will not grow so high or be quite so rich looking, but it will certainly survive.

Mesquite and acacia leaves are considerably smaller than those of the desert willow. These durable plants live when other trees will certainly succumb to heat and drought. Their tiny leaves do not lose much water, and their roots are able to grow far down into the soil, following moisture as deep as 80 feet. Contrary to some opinion, roots do not “mine” for water; they cannot grow in dry soil. They do make the most of whatever little amount there may be, however. Again, we would not plant them for their shade, but visually, they are amazing, and do have interesting flowers.

Adaptations keep plants alive through the extremes of the desert. Small leaves are often fuzzy. This fuzz protects the tender green tissue from sunscald, and acts as a baffle to slow water transpiration. Yuccas and agaves have tough leaves with a waxy layer to reduce water loss. Agave leaves also tend to be quite thick with stored water.

The differences among various desert plants, such as leaf size, shape and even the angle of their leaves are all ways for them to survive in a hostile world. They deserve our admiration.

Email or call Angela O’Callaghan, Social Horticulture Specialist for University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, at 702-257-5581.

Gardening in Small Places: organic gardening

Angela O’Callaghan discussing organic pest control at a workshop

Join University of Nevada Cooperative Extension on Saturday, June 11, for a one-day workshop on Gardening in Small Places: organic gardening. The class runs from 8 a.m. to noon.

There is a lot of talk about organic gardening, yet people have different ideas about what this means. Some think it means using no pesticides at all, while others think it means using non-GMO seeds. When in reality, organic gardening is so much more. If you are interested in finding out what organic gardening really means to your home garden, this is the class for you. Angela O’Callaghan, social horticulturist, will teach you the principles of organic gardening and how they apply to the home gardener. Homeowners and other interested parties are welcome to attend.

Class space is limited to 25 and pre-registration is required. There is a $25 fee per class which covers class materials.

To register for this class, held at the Lifelong Learning Center (8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev.), email or call Elaine Fagin at 702-257-5573. To register online, visit Eventbrite.com.

The next Gardening in Small Places workshop dates are July 16, Soils; August 22, Landscape design; September 19, Native plants; October 3, Tree selection; and November 21, Growing fruit at home.

MSU's Clain Jones wins soil fertility leadership award

Montana State University Extension News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:00am
<p>BOZEMAN <a href="mailto:clainj@montana.edu">Clain Jones</a>, soil fertility specialist for <a href="http://www.msuextension.org/">Montana State University Extension</a>and associate professor of nutrient management in...

Host families needed for Japanese youth and chaperones

Montana State University Extension News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:00am
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4-H to host friends and family events this summer

Come join us for some family fun

2015 4-H Baseball Night

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s 4-H will host two Friends and Family Night events on Friday, May 20 and on Saturday, June 25.

The May 20 event will feature a “Pajama Night” with several activities including family games, an organized pillow fight, a family movie, a pajama costume contest, a cooking project, a pancake creation station and a breakfast potluck. Participants are encouraged to bring a breakfast item(s) to share.

“Pajama Night” is from 6-9 p.m. and will be located at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev. Registration is encouraged but not mandatory. To register, visit Eventbrite.This event is free.

The June 25 event is “Baseball Night” and will be hosted by 4-H and the Las Vegas 51’s. Take your family out to watch the Las Vegas 51’s take on the Sacramento River Cats for some baseball fun and support a great cause.

“Baseball Night” begins at 7:05 p.m. at the Cashman Field located at 850 Las Vegas Blvd., North Las Vegas, Nev. The first visitors will receive a free Las Vegas 51’s jersey. The cost is $11 ($3 from each ticket sold will support 4-H). To purchase tickets, contact Eric Eisenburg at 702-943-7238.

4-H hosts Friends and Family Night events to help build strong families, youth and communities. For more information, email or call Best at 702-257-5538.