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Andy Bary

Andy Bary, Senior Scientific Assistant at Washington State University. Andy has a MS in Agronomy from Washington State University, a BS in Plant Science from University of Idaho, and an AAS in Agronomy and Environmental Protection from Alfred Agricultural and Technical College.

Andy has 26 years experience of research and extension in the area of organic byproduct management including biosolids, composts, and animal waste, and the effect of land application of the organic byproduct management in soil and water quality. Andy’s recent projects include on-farm composting, land application of biosolids on winter wheat – summer fallow, etc.

Nichole Embertson

Dr. Nichole Embertson joined the District in 2008 as a Nutrient Management Specialist and Science and Planning Coordinator, and has been an adjunct at Washington State University since 2012. Nichole received her B.S. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, M.S. from University of California Davis, and Ph.D. from Colorado State University in Environmental Management of Livestock Systems with a specialty in Air Quality. Dr. Embertson currently provides technical assistance on nutrient and environmental issues to farmers, agencies and industry and conducts research with livestock producers on effectiveness monitoring of conservation practices.

Dr. Embertson is leading the development of manure application risk management tools for producers including a real-time manure advisory, application risk management decision support tool, and on-line nutrient management planning. As of 2015, Nichole is also the Director of the new Washington Discovery FarmsĀ® program. Her experience with production needs, ecological systems, and manure management allows her a unique perspective in the development and delivery of information to producers, agencies, students, and communities alike.

Brad Joern

Brad Joern is a Professor of Agronomy at Purdue University, specializing in soil chemistry and crop nutrient management planning.

Dr. Joern is a national leader in comprehensive nutrient management planning in the USA, and his software, Manure Management Planner (MMP), is supported nationally by both the NRCS and the USEPA to develop and implement nutrient management plans for crop and livestock producers in accordance with the specific requirements of these government agencies. MMP has been developed for use in 45 states, with the ultimate goal of supporting all 50 states in the next 2-3 years.

Joern also has developed an internationally renowned research program that has significantly advanced our mechanistic understanding of nutrient dynamics in agroecosystems. His current research projects include evaluating how phosphorus moves from soil to water in tile drained landscapes and using a process-driven model to improve in-season fertilizer nitrogen recommendations for corn.

Dr. Joern is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America and he received the Secretaries Group Honor Award and the Technology Transfer Award from the USDA for his phosphorus index research. He also received the Spirit of the Land Grant Award from Purdue University in recognition of his outstanding contributions to research, teaching and Extension and he has been selected the outstanding teacher in the Department of Agronomy multiple times.

Bill Pan

Bill Pan has served on the faculty in WSU Crop and Soil Sciences since 1984 after receiving degrees in biochemistry, agronomy and soil science at Universities of Wisconsin, Missouri and North Carolina State. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on soil fertility, nutrient management and soil-plant relationships while advising undergraduate and graduate students. Bill also leads the WA Oilseed Cropping Systems Research and Extension Project and he coordinates cropping systems efforts for the REACCH project. Recent research has focused on canola-wheat rotations with aims to improve rotational water and N use efficiencies and subsoil root exploration and nutrient availability, while increasing soil carbon storage.

Haiying Tao

Haiying Tao, Assistant Professor in Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, affiliated faculty in the Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems, Washington State University. Dr. Tao received her PhD from University of Connecticut in Soil Science, MS from China Agricultural University in Agronomy, and BSs from China Agricultural University in Agronomy and in Agricultural Economics.

Dr. Tao currently leads efforts in precision nitrogen application for wheat, soil health improvement strategies, and educational programs on land application of dairy manure. Prior joining to Washington State University, she was leading adaptive nutrient management strategies for continuous improvement of dairy manure management to reduce N loss from agricultural land in Connecticut. She was also a major contributor in a multi-state project conducted in the mid-west for site-specific risk evaluation for yield and economic returns from proposed change in N management practices.