Friday, April 21, 2017

Graduate Assistantship - PhD - Available at University of Idaho!

A Graduate Research Assistantship is available for a PhD student at the University of Idaho, Southwestern Research & Extension Center, Parma, ID. Parma is located 30 min from Idaho's capital city, Boise. The assistantship is in the Cropping Systems Agronomy program lead by Dr. Olga Walsh. The research focus is development of sensor-based methodologies and cultural practices for improved water and nutrient use efficiency in various crops. The anticipated start date is August 21, 2017, and the assistantship is expected to run through August 31, 2019. The student is expected to work full-time, 40 hours a week on various field and lab assignments specifically related to the student's dissertation project, as well as assist in other research and extension projects lead by the Cropping Systems Agronomy program. The student is expected to work through breaks unless given a permission of the major professor to take a vacation. The student must maintain student health insurance either through the university or through an outside vendor policy. In addition, the student is expected to work full-time, 40 hours a week as a TH employee with the Cropping Systems Agronomy team during the summer semesters. As a TH employee, the student will be paid on hourly basis for summer semester at the rate of $12.00 per hour.
TO APPLY, please email a single pdf file containing: 1) letter of application detailing how you meet each of the required and/or preferred qualifications, 2) CV, 3) transcripts, and 4) contact information of three professional references to: Dr. Olga Walsh at

Please visit and contact Ms. Lana Unger at for admission protocols, and the departmental and college deadlines.

REQUIRED: 1) MS degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, Soil Fertility or closely related field 2) Excellent verbal and written communication skills 3) Strong interest in agriculture 4) Drive, focus, excellent work ethic, and ability to lead their research project 5) Experience and strong interest in conducting applied field research
PREFERRED: 1) Experience with precision agriculture tools and methodologies such as crop sensors and UAVs 2) Previous extension/outreach experience, working with ag producers 3) Experience with farm field research equipment

Additional Salary Information: Total value of the assistantship, including stipend, fee waiver and additional compensation = $42,355.40.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Western Society of Crop Science meeting - Parma, ID, June 6-7, 2017

The Western Society of Crop Science comprises the states and provinces of Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, American Samoa, Baja California, Baja California Sur, British Columbia, California, Chihuahua, Colima, Colorado, Durango, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Jalisco, Montana, Nayarit, Nevada, New Mexico, Northwest Territories, Oregon, Saskatchewan, Sinaloa, Sonora, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Yukon Territory. 

Western Society of Crop Science Annual Meeting
June 6-7, 2017
Parma, ID

The Western Society of Crop Science (WSCS) is pleased to announce the next annual meeting in Parma, ID on June 6-7, 2017. The meeting will be held at the University of Idaho Parma Research and Extension Center (29603 U of I Lane, Parma ID 83660). The meeting is an opportunity to network with colleagues and students from around the West and exchange scientific information. 

The meeting begins with a tour on Tuesday morning (June 6th) to highlight sites of agricultural significance in southwest Idaho. The tour will begin at the University of Idaho Parma Research and Extension Center where we will examine field experiments in beans, cereals, corn, cover crops, potatoes, and sugarbeets. Next, we travel to Obendorf Hop Yard to tour the largest hop producer in Idaho and discuss hop management and marketing. Then the group will tour Western Laboratories, a commercial laboratory for testing soils, plants, nematodes, plant diseases, manures, feed, and water. They are also the world's largest potato and onion testing laboratory. The final stop will be Watson's Packing Co., an onion growing, packing, and shipping company that is one of the oldest family owned and operated businesses in the produce industry. 

A professional presentation session will occur Tuesday afternoon. Student oral presentations will be held Wednesday morning. Additional professional presentations will occur in the afternoon, followed by a business meeting, poster presentations, and an awards dinner Wednesday evening.

The theme of the 2017 WSCS Meeting will be the same as that of 2017 ASA, CSSA, SSSA Annual Meeting, "Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future." We encourage you and your students to present a paper or poster around this theme. The deadline for submitting and editing titles/abstracts is May 15, 2017.

Student Competitions
The WSCS presents the A.K. Dobrenz Student Paper Awards with a cash award for the three best student oral presentations at its Society meetings. The student winners receive $200 (1st place), $175 (2nd place), and $150 (3rd place) awards. The 1st place winner also receives a $500 travel stipend to attend the CSSA International Annual Meetings in Tampa, FL! Graduate students may also present a poster; however, there will be no poster competition.

Pre-registration rates are $125 for professionals and $50 for students. Onsite registration rates will be $150 for professionals and $75 for students. These rates include breaks, Tuesday's tours and lunch, and the awards banquet on Wednesday evening.

Important Dates:
March 28, 2017: Abstract Submission Opens
April 3, 2017: Pre-registration Opens
May 15, 2017: Abstract Submission Closes 

Contact Mark Marsalis at and Earl Creech at
Contact Olga Walsh at for questions or additional information on the local accommodations.

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