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Touria E. Eaton, Douglas A. Cox and Allen V. Barker

Consumer awareness of the environment and sustainability has increased in recent years. Market research shows that consumers are increasingly willing to pay premium prices for environmentally friendly products ( Behe et al., 2010 ; Lopez et al

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Carol A. Miles

Sales of organic foods are one of the fastest growing segments of Washington state's food industry. In response to grower demand for information on organic and sustainable production practices, Washington State University (WSU) created an Extension Agricultural Systems position. This position has been instrumental in helping WSU gain the trust and recognition of organic growers. The position enabled WSU to demonstrate that it has a commitment to organic and sustainable research and extension activities. This paper describes the key activities of this position: 1) finding out research needs, 2) on-farm research approaches, 3) formation of regional research programs, and 4) creation of the WSU Food and Farm Connections Team. Grant funded on-farm research, interdisciplinary teams, and extension publications have been major emphases of the position.

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Tanya J. Hall, Roberto G. Lopez, Maria I. Marshall and Jennifer H. Dennis

, thus spurring discussions about sustainable floriculture production ( Botts, 2007 ; Krug et al., 2008 ; Stewart, 2007 ). A definition for sustainable floriculture production has been developed by the Floriculture Sustainability Research Coalition

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Kristen A. Saksa, Thomas W. Ilvento and Susan S. Barton

Sustainable landscapes include design, construction, operations, and maintenance practices that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs ( Sustainable Sites Initiative, 2009

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Tanya J. Hall, Jennifer H. Dennis, Roberto G. Lopez and Maria I. Marshall

produce floriculture crops can cause a greenhouse operation to negatively affect the environment, thus spurring discussions about sustainability in the floriculture industry ( Krug et al., 2008 ; Stewart, 2007 ). The Floriculture Sustainability Research

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Jennifer H. Dennis, Roberto G. Lopez, Bridget K. Behe, Charles R. Hall, Chengyan Yue and Benjamin L. Campbell

) reported production practices of 2484 U.S. nursery firms as of 2005. Although sustainable production practices were not explicitly asked, several questions indicated some early adoption of them, especially for pest management decisions. One-third to one

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R.K. Striegler, M.A. Mayse, U. O'Keefe and D.R. Wineman

165 ORAL SESSION 49 (Abstr. 363–370) Sustainable Agriculture/Cross-commodity

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Bhimanagouda S. Patil, Kevin Crosby, David Byrne and Kendal Hirschi

to specific nations but have a global impact. Therefore, in light of these projections, food security requires a sustainable global approach to overcome these challenges. Food insecurity encompasses the inability to access adequate food calories and

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Kent D. Kobayashi, Theodore J.K. Radovich and Brooke E. Moreno

We are seeing increasing interest in trade and popular media about the environmental degradation from agriculture. Policy makers, educators, students, and the public are concerned about the environment, food safety, and sustainable agriculture

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S. Sansavini

165 ORAL SESSION 49 (Abstr. 363–370) Sustainable Agriculture/Cross-commodity