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The Cluster January 3, 2024

WSDA Rulemaking Update: Chapter 16-470 WAC, Japanese Beetle Quarantine

The Washington State Dept. of Agriculture (WSDA) has extended the emergency rulemaking to amend chapter 16-470 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), Quarantine – Agricultural Pests, in order to expand the boundaries of the internal quarantine to limit the spread of Japanese beetle.

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Wine Magic

Jim Trezise, president of WineAmerica, shares an Expert Editorial celebrating the magic of wine.

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WSU Extension resources support ag workers' mental health

In Washington state, agricultural worker suicide rates are significantly higher than the national average. To address this concerning trend, Washington State University Extension is supporting the mental health of thousands of agricultural workers statewide through services, programming, and one-on-one financial counseling.

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Northwest Center for Small Fruit Research Review Panelists Needed

The NCSFR is looking for two sets of researcher peer reviewers for the 2024 research proposals: berry and grape reviewers.

All review panelists must be available for the discussion/final ranking meeting for a duration of two hours during the first week of March (March 4 - March 8, 2024). The main requirement is that there need to be no conflict of interest present.

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Northwest Center for Small Fruits Research announces 2024 Request for Applications

The NSCFR released the 2024 Request for Applications. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 19, 2024. Additional information can be found here.


New rules protecting Washington workers from wildfire smoke will start in January

The new regulations will require workplaces with outdoor workers to make sure safeguards are in place to help protect outdoor workers from wildfire smoke.

Workplaces with outdoor workers must take particular actions during smoky conditions based on air quality. Some protections in the new regulations include providing respiratory protection, requiring immediate medical attention and relocating someone to clean air who is having smoke exposure symptoms, and requiring N95 masks.

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Washington Wine Industry Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director

Effective January 1, Sara Higgins became the Executive Director of the Washington Wine Industry Foundation. Higgins brings over 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership with a focus on planning, program management, and community outreach.

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The IR-4 Project

This year, The IR-4 Project commemorates 60 years of operation. Since its establishment by land grant universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1963, IR-4 has championed specialty crop growers by facilitating the registration of safe, effective pest management solutions to meet their unique needs.

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Texas Tech University Offers Online Certificate Programs

TTU offers three professional Certificate programs, in Viticulture, Winemaking, and Wine Business. Courses also include continuing education credits (CEUs) necessary for many professionals working in the industry

Click here to register or learn more about their Certificate programs.

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