The government allows you what is called a standard deduction when you file your tax return. We know that saving money in taxes isn’t the sexiest way to save money, but we also know that every dollar you can save is a dollar that you can put towards some other expense or investment in your life. This informative article from Chatelaine Magazine gives a breakdown of the best times of the year to get deals on certain consumer goods.
Upcycling is a new green living trend that re-purposes old junk to make something creative for your office or home. The more furniture donations we get, the more homes we can furnish and lives we can empower! Farm management practices such as crop rotation and tillage can provide a real—though modest—contribution to carbon sequestration in the Pacific Northwest. The carbon cycle, along with similar cycles for water and nitrogen, contributes to an intricate web of interactions that are crucial to sustaining life on the planet. According to Georgine Yorgey of the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR), it’s difficult to produce an exact number for the amount of carbon that can be stored in Pacific Northwest soils, but the “modest” contribution is in the range of less than one percent of Washington’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
Given the complexity of the interrelated processes at work with agriculture and climate disruption, the tradeoffs between different management practices must be evaluated. Soil from an annual wheat field (left) compared to that from a perennial wheatgrass field (right). Chad Kruger, director of CSANR director, cautions that “before we promote a given system or practice as ‘good for the climate’ we need to more fully quantify the total impact.” Science-based information will be critical for developing policy, carbon markets, and sound farm management practices. Perspectives on Sustainability blog post “Can soil carbon storage really make a difference to our climate? WSU offers numerous educational avenues for those interested in exploring the interplay of climate and agriculture.
Several naturally occurring antibiotics can control root disease and promote crop health, offering an alternative to chemicals used in farming. But typically, science has concentrated on treating the above-ground parts of a plant, she said.
In recent years, Thomashow said, the tools of molecular biology have helped scientists understand the microbial and molecular workings of bacteria in the rhizosphere, the layer of soil next to roots, including how antibiotics there can suppress plant diseases.
One particular disease, Take-all, causes more than $1 billion per year in losses by rotting roots and depriving plants of water and nutrients. In some areas of eastern Washington, said Thomashow, farms have seen several decades of continuous wheat. The program pairs WSU Master Gardener volunteers with local residents who apply for the program and are accepted. Branderhorst was so inspired by her experience that she planted root vegetables in her gardening bed over the winter, banking on Longview’s tendency toward rain for another chance to stock up her larder. Master Gardener mentors like Jon Griffin enjoyed helping program participants uncover their green thumbs. Master Gardener Phyllis Hull, who worked with Longview’s Pam Atkinson, also appreciated helping others learn to grow their own food.
WSU beekeeping and queen-rearing workshops are coming up in June and July – and are filling up fast.
The queen-rearing workshops will provide an understanding of what it takes to raise high quality queen bees.
The HumanLinks Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to systematic improvements in education, healthcare and sustainable agriculture, is offering a micro-loan program to sustainable farmers to help strengthen the Washington state farming community.
Beginning in March 2013, HumanLinks Foundation will enable credit access to farmers who may not have been able to secure a loan through a conventional bank.
The discovery in Washington state of a parasitic wasp that kills its host like a scene from the “Alien” sci-fi movie has entomologists cheering from the west coast to the east.
Washington State University viticulturists Yun Zhang and Markus Keller are discovering promising ways to conserve water and improve production of white wine grapes. Thomas Henick-Kling, director of WSU's V&E program, provides a handy guide for holiday wine pairings. Students in linked biology and chemistry courses at WSU Tri-Cities worked with the Wine Science Center this semester to test “recipes” for composting wine pomace - the grape skins, stems and seeds left over from winemaking.
CAHNRS has 39 student clubs and organizations to enhance student experiences and opportunities. With 24 majors, 19 minors, and 27 graduate level programs, CAHNRS is one of the largest, most diverse colleges at WSU. Check out every department and program CAHNRS has to offer, from Interior Design to Agriculture to Wildlife Ecology. The CTLL is a student, faculty, alumni and industry partner collaboration for high quality learning and leadership beyond the classroom. Being a CAHNRS Coug is about having a life-changing experience and having fun along the way. CAHNRS knows how to throw a party, and there is not greater time to celebrate than when our students return to campus. The Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership makes it possible for students to secure that job-landing internship, experience another culture in the southern hemisphere, unlock their leadership potential through seminars and workshops, and find a mentor to coach them through their academic experience. When Arron Carter, the director of the Washington State University Winter Wheat Breeding Program, was in high school his agricultural teacher had a ’69 Corvette Stingray. After more than a half-century of largely failed efforts to thwart the Sherman’s march of cheatgrass, a researcher may have a powerful new weapon against it. The goal of the Washington State University CAHNRS Office of Research is to promote research beneficial to the citizens of Washington. More than $1.7 million was awarded to Washington State University for specialty crop research including berries, potatoes, grapes, tree fruit, onions, carrots and Christmas trees. Washington State University researchers will help organic growers protect human health by assessing the risks and benefits of wild birds on organic farms.
Jim Moyer, associate dean of research for CAHNRS and director of the Agricultural Research Center at WSU, presented specialty crop research innovations in Washington, D.C. Gary Wegner first noticed the problem in 1991, when a field on his family’s farm west of Spokane produced one-fourth the usual amount of wheat. More than half of Washington’s short-line rail miles aren’t up to modern standards, according to a recent study by the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Washington State University Freight Policy Transportation Institute. The RFP for the 5% Reallocation Grand Challenge and Student Success Initiative was recently released by the Provost’s Office.
The former Livestock Judging pavilion, now an events center, got an upgrade to its historic cupola this summer.
WSU researcher Dan TerAvest helped farmers find ways to sustainably feed a growing world during a three-year sojourn in Africa. I haven't been everywhere, but I've lived lots of places in the USA: the North, the South, the East, the West, and places in between.
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It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. Twice a week, Karin Slyker, 40, a married working mother of three in Lubbock, Texas, donates her plasma for extra money.

Donating plasma is one of those go-to strategies for anyone who needs extra money and especially anyone in a cash crunch. In Slyker's case, she says the lab technician scans the label on the bottle of blood, and the amount is immediately credited to her prepaid debit card. You could also simply spread the word among friends and family that you're looking to earn a little extra cash. If you have old computer equipment, you could also recycle that for money a€“ not much, though. With the mail-in option, you can typically expect to get your money in three to seven days after the website receives your card. I’m always searching for a beautiful, well-fitting, versatile dress, and I finally found it. To make your pattern, get packing paper, freezer paper, or a bunch of pieces of computer paper taped together. This is just an added perk that can come for doing something good for your community or for a charitable organization.
The three big numbers are always medical expenses (though a percentage of your medical expenses don’t count towards this), your mortgage interest and real estate taxes. Any cash contributions that you make are a part of your itemized deductions, but that means money going out of your pocket to get a tax break.
The truth of the matter is that you aren’t using all those clothes in the back of your closet any longer. If not, there are countless other ways in which we’d like to help make your spring cleaning efforts more productive. Looking ahead to tax season 2014 is probably the last thing on the minds of most Torontonians but truth be told, it’s never too early to start collecting credits for your next return.
For furniture, televisions and small electronics, the months of January through March were identified as your best opportunities for significant savings, citing surplus quantities stocked after the holiday rush and some urgency on the part of retailers to clear floor space for fresh shipments. It’s a way to express your creativity while contributing towards helping the environment. This is the conclusion suggested by two recently published studies by WSU researchers in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and the Department of Biological Systems Engineering.
To understand this, consider that globally, carbon moves between the land (including soil, plants, trees), the atmosphere, and the oceans.
Change in one part of the system can have significant and sometimes unexpected impacts in another part.
Basically, the more productive the soil—that is, the more plant life or biomass it can support—the more carbon the soil can potentially store (at least until it reaches a state of equilibrium, at which point the soil is holding all the carbon it can). Nonetheless, the promise of soil carbon sequestration is real enough (and the situation serious enough) to warrant further investigation. For example, using nitrogen fertilizer can increase nitrous oxide (a potent greenhouse gas) emissions and thus counteract the positive benefit of soil carbon sequestration, while including legumes in a cropping system requires less nitrogen fertilizer but produces less biomass and therefore stores less carbon than cereal-based crops.
Studying soil carbon storage offers plenty of opportunity to contribute to the evolving science behind the relationship between agriculture and climate change. The departments of Crop and Soil Sciences and Biosystems Engineering are good places to start your exploration.
Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service geneticist and adjunct professor in plant pathology at WSU. It’s often found in soils that are continuously replanted in wheat, whose money-making potential discourages farmers from planting alternative crops that might break disease cycles.
Those same soils have in turn seen high densities of the bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens producing a compound called DAPG that can suppress the Take-all fungus.
The Longview, Wash., resident planted pole green beans, Oregon pea pods, lima beans, three kinds of lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, carrots, bunching onions, white Spanish onions, chives, celery, cilantro, and beets.
He started a new program last year in Cowlitz County that promotes local food production through vegetable gardening while helping people financially or physically challenged to raise their own produce. She had knee replacement surgery in September 2011, effectively preventing her from digging in the dirt on her hands and knees. Griffin worked with Bob Griffith last year and found the Longview resident very willing to try new things—and learn that even one zucchini plant was too much.
But nothing beat the feeling Hull got when she visited Atkinson’s garden one day to take some pictures of her harvest. Partnering with Banner Bank, the foundation will give local, sustainable farmers the ability to borrow funds at a favorable interest rate of three percent (3%) for up to two years. With 24 majors, 19 minors, and 27 graduate level programs, we are one of the largest, most diverse colleges at WSU. Department of Agriculture are proving that living snow fences—windbreaks made of live trees—can protect Northwest roads and farms from winter’s fury. Many of these have very specific background requirements, so we suggest exploring the individual programs for academic guidelines. Free food (including Ferdinand’s Ice Cream), swag from each of our student clubs, activities, and a drawing for $1,000 scholarships—its all part of our annual Fall Festival.
The Office of Research recognizes its unique land-grant research mission to the people of Washington and their increasing global connections. Researchers received nearly $2 million from the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative to conduct the study. I spend half that on food AND gas and I drive 25 miles each way already 5 days a week to my job.
It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection. She began in the summer of 2010, receiving a check for her services, and then in March 2011, the plasma center began compensating her with prepaid cards, making it easy for her to track her earnings. So in honor of those who need to put money in their bank account, pronto, here's more information about Slyker's strategy and others that will help you boost your income quickly. It varies, but you can expect to make between $15 and $40, depending on how much you weigh. Keep in mind that you'll be competing against experienced sitters who likely have first aid training a€“ but in theory, you could land a job fairly quickly. It typically works out to a few cents per pound, but it often depends on the age of the electronics. You could get a garage sale going before the day's end if you're industrious, and certainly by tomorrow. It varies by what site you use, but typically, you'll get about 90 percent of the value on your gift card.
On the other hand, if you're losing 10 percent on a gift card to a restaurant you only were mildly interested in, you may feel like you're coming out ahead.
I hadn’t thought about them in a while and was really excited when I decided on making one for my Red Week challenge.
To cover your bust, measure from your breastbone, over the fullest part of your breast, and to the middle of your underarm.
For example, if you are in a 20% tax bracket, if you donate $500 to charity and have enough to itemize your deductions, you’d be saving $100 in taxes. If you get rid of them by donating them to charity, you can get some deductions for them (up to $50 per bag of clothes). Did you know that you do receive a charitable tax receipt for every item donated to Furniture Bank? Here’s 10 examples of easy upcycled crafts that you can try at home with step by step instructions for each.

Make Furniture Bank part of your spring cleaning ritual and help take this waste diversion train all the way to Montreal! Throughout the cycle, carbon is stored in various places in the system, including living plants, fossils, the deep ocean, the atmosphere – and soil, where it may be stored in residues of plants and animals, as well as in inorganic minerals. For example, a relatively small change in the amount of carbon stored in soil (for instance, due to tillage) could significantly influence greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere. Soil productivity is influenced by several key factors including precipitation, fertilization, crop rotation, the use of perennial crops, organic soil amendments, and tillage. While this is a small fraction of the region’s greenhouse gas footprint, storing that much carbon in our soils would make a substantial contribution to the sustainability of regional agriculture. And then again, organic farming systems tend to be more dependent on tillage to control weeds, and tilling soil requires fossil fuels and releases stored carbon. Thomashow said the door is open for scientists, farmers, and industry to develop commercial applications of root bacteria that can protect the rest of the plant. Participating growers maintain the garden for three years, attend a class on vegetable gardening, and do all the work to maintain the garden. Beekeepers will be involved in the various steps: setting up cell builders, grafting, and establishing mating nuclei. CAHNRS Cougs are making a difference in the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities, improving ecological and economic systems, and advancing agricultural sciences. And we just don’t limit the event to our CAHNRS majors, we welcome everyone across campus to learn more about what our college offers. Carter had never taken an agriculture class before, but he knew he wanted to drive that car. The CAHNRS Office of Research provides leadership in discovering and applying knowledge through high-quality research that contributes to a safe and abundant food, fiber, and energy supply while enhancing the sustainability of agricultural and natural resource systems. Since March 2011, she has made $6,690 a€“ which has gone toward paying off debt accrued from a failed business, says Slyker, who works in the marketing department at a university. For those who barely made it through science class, plasma is the liquid part of the blood that carries the red and white cells.
On your first visit, you'll be given an examination to make sure you're healthy enough to donate, which will add a little extra time.
If you're way past your teenage years, you may not have considered this as a fast money-making option, but it absolutely is. After all, if you were looking for a sitter, who would you rather hire: an inexperienced teenager or someone like you?
For aluminum cans, you will generally get 40 cents per pound, and maybe 50 cents a pound if you bring in 100 pounds or more of aluminum to a recycling center. The older the equipment is, the more likely it contains precious metals, like copper, which means you'll make a little more. On the plus side, not only might you earn extra money, you may clean out unwanted junk from your home. That said, this isn't as easy as it sounds, which is why this ranks as a rather desperate move if you're in a hurry. After all, if you have gift cards that are collecting dust, that's money left on the table a€“ or in a drawer or wallet. He is also the author of several books, including "Washed Away," about the great flood of 1913, "C.C. I got 5 yards, and with my 40% off 1 cut of fabric coupon, my total came to $15.87 after tax!!
To make that into a pattern, I needed to find the radius of a circle the size of my waist, so I divided by 6.28.
However, there are definitely some other reasons that community service can help remedy some tax issues as well. Sure, when you think about it, that’s only $10 of actual tax, but if you were just going to throw all of those clothes out, you may as well collect the $10 that Uncle Sam is going to give you.
Our team will assign your donation a dollar amount and you will receive an in-kind tax receipt that you can use when you file your taxes next season. Whether it’s a new couch or flat-panel television, Furniture Bank would love to be a secondary beneficiary of your new purchase and with all the features outlined above, we hope that residents from around the GTA will consider making us a part of their spring cleaning efforts now and in the future.
Who knows, it might motivate you to start making upcycled furniture items for your home. Make sure you Tweet or Facebook us a picture so we can share with our Furniture Bank community. Stored carbon can be released into the atmosphere through natural process (such as microbes decomposing organic matter) as well as human activities (fossil fuel burning). Thomashow was speaking to fellow scientists and media at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston.
It should be possible to get similar results with a commercially available soil amendment if scientists, industry members, and farmers rise to the challenge and expense of bringing a living thing to market. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. Mostly made up of water and dissolved proteins, plasma is used for a variety of medicines, medical treatments and medical research. Every plasma center is different, and there are more than 500 for-profit plasma centers throughout the country. For example, in San Francisco, babysitters tend to earn $14 per hour for one child, while in Denver, they generally make $10.25 per hour, per child.
Some people have had luck recycling old tires to tire retread stores, while others recycle printing cartridges.
You can wear this amazing dress basically any way you feel comfortable–and it can look like a new dress each time! All the directions were basically the same, but none took me step by step through the process.
Do this with the old pencil-on-a-string trick, or make a series of little marks and connect them with a line.
Don’t be shocked to see that there are ways to save taxes by performing community service. Carbon stored in soil accounts for roughly three times the amount stored in the atmosphere and more than four times the carbon stored in living plants and trees.
Once exposed, the carbon in the crop residues combines with oxygen, thus releasing CO2 into the atmosphere. Participants need to bring a bee veil and whatever protective clothing they are comfortable in.
We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread. And you are donating it; generally, plasma centers state that they pay people not for their plasma, but their time. If you have a relatively new iPhone, you might bring in a couple hundred dollars since it can be refurbished and resold.
That’s why evaluating the impact of alternative practices such as reduced-till and no-till farming is of great interest to scientists, growers, and policy developers alike.
You'll need to post signs or put an ad in the paper or on Craigslist, and if you're in a hurry, you may not have the time to market your sale properly.

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