In this week’s issue:

Leadership Development Program (LDPE) deadline extended

It’s hard to believe it’s time for seventh cohort of the Leadership Development Program (LDPE). The program is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 cohort, due October 2. The application details and program outline are available here.

This year’s LDPE Cohort will be a specialized and virtual Extension-specific leadership development cohort with an intentional focus on social justice and equity programming. There will still be a collaboration with College of Agricultural Sciences, but the majority of the cohort will be Extension-based. The cohort is also open to all levels of employees, both faculty and staff, and not just those on an Executive track.

The virtual program, occurring from December 2020 through the summer of 2021, will include:

  • Ohio State Leadership Center deep-dive interpersonal assessment curriculum
  • Racial equity-based book clubs led by LDPE alumni and executives
  • Webinars throughout the year, including follow-up Ohio State workshops on conflict management and leading through change, as well as facilitated sessions on Myers Briggs-based meeting management, storytelling, and diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Mentor panel to provide leadership and social justice journey support
  • Optional two-on-one coaching
  • Virtual capstone and graduation

The application includes a brief biography and reference letters from your immediate supervisor, program leader/unit director, and a peer, which speak to your suitability and interest in this program.

Please let Jeff Sherman or Amanda Bielenberg-Hayes know if you have any questions about the program or application process.

Welcome New Employees

Yasmine Rifai, Office Specialist, Benton County

Andrea Stith, Ag, Horticulture & Master Gardener Coordinator, Wasco County

Breann Vandenberg, 4-H/FCH, Outreach Program Coordinator, Lake County

Tina Dodge, FCH, Associate Professor (Practice)

Natalie Macias, OSU Open Campus, Education Program Assistant, Tillamook County

Darla Foster, FCH, Education Project Assistant, Douglas County

Robert Middleton, 4-H, , Education Program Assistant, Wasco County

Elizabeth Gangwer, 4-H, , Education Program Assistant, Lane County

Julie Leep, Education Program Assistant, Coos County

Liliana Acevedo, Analyst Programmer, ECTU

Promotional items for now and later

With various states of reopening, budget restrictions and the need to keep volunteers engaged, we wanted to remind you of the free and low-cost promotional items available to you through the Extension promotional inventory. We continue to ship items on a timely basis.

Free stuff:
Temporary tattoos (50/month)
Ask an Expert business card
Extension Catalog Bookmarks
Extension Certificate Seals (100/month)
Extension Fast Facts (50/month)
Extension Mini-Catalog
Extension Mission and Values Card
Master Gardener Brochure (100/month)
Pencils (100/month)

Items under $2.00:
Beaver Decal: $.10
White Folder with printed logo: $.80
Healthy Living Totes: $1.00
Orange Jar opener: $1.00
Lip Balm: $.99
Luggage tag: $1.25
OSU Crest Lapel Pin: $1.40
Scratch Page: $.80

Place your order here while supplies last!

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EC 1303, Growing Blackberries in Your Home Garden
Bernadine Strik, Emily Dixon, Amy Jo Detweiler, Nicole Sanchez
Revised. Home gardeners can enjoy a choice of blackberry varieties with fruit far superior to that of wild blackberries. What’s more, home gardeners can pick fruit from early summer all the way to the first frost. Learn how to plant, prune and pick the best blackberries while avoiding many common problems.

EM 9286, Nonlethal Bird Deterrent Strategies: Methods for reducing fruit crop losses in Oregon
Scott Lukas, Logan Clark, Amanda Davis, Dana Sanchez, Linda J. Brewer
New. Bird predation is a significant threat to marketable yields in fruit crops. Loss estimates are about 10% to 20% in blueberries, 5% to 30% in cherries, and 5% to 10% in grapes. However, some vineyard sites have reported up to 50% losses. There are many avian deterrents on the market. Success with deterrents varies by site and bird species. In most cases, the best results come from a multipronged approach.

EM 9296, Managing Crane Fly in Lawns
Alec Kowalewski, Brooke Edmunds, Brian McDonald, Emily Braithwaite
New. Crane flies are large, gangly insects that do little damage as adults. But crane fly larvae are known for chewing through patches of lawn, damaging roots as grass starts growing in spring. Learn how to prevent damage to your grass with simple maintenance and irrigation practices.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past week:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

You can now host events remotely and build community with OSU Extension Live. This isn’t just a piece of the solution for social distancing, this is a paradigm shift for offering accessible content to people with all sorts of reasons for not attending an event in-person. All the while, accessing powerful feedback to help you shape your future programming. Learn more in this week’s Navigator blog post.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Webinar: What does it mean to serve Latinx students?
Join this virtual forum on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 12:30pm. Hosted by Ohio State’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, as part of their Latinx Heritage Month events, the moderated discussion will focus on how to support Latinx success in higher education.

Diverse Live Webcast: Ensuring Equitable Access and Inclusion During a Pandemic
Thursday, October 22, 10:00-11:00am. We cannot lose focus on equitable access and inclusion amid the chaos that COVID-19 has wreaked on higher education and the current and prospective students we serve. During this session, expert panelists will discuss strategies that support and prioritize diversity and inclusion efforts in recruitment, admissions and retention.

New report on mental health support for students of color
A task force formed by The Steve Fund, a nonprofit focused on the mental health of youth of color, recently released a report that advises colleges and employers on how best to help students of color in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a struggling economy and ongoing racial strife.

DEI In the News

For Native Americans, fighting this year’s wildfires comes with the cost of exposure to coronavirus (Oregon Live)
When the first fire of the season broke out on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in Northern California in July, Greg Moon faced a dilemma. As Hoopa’s fire chief and its pandemic team leader, Moon feared the impact of the blaze on the dense coniferous forests of the reservation, near Redwood National and State Parks, where 3,000 tribal members depend on steelhead trout and coho salmon fishing.

Racism has cost the U.S. $16 trillion, Citigroup finds (CBS)
America could have been $16 trillion richer if not for inequities in education, housing, wages and business investment between Black and White Americans over the past 20 years, new research concludes. What’s more, the U.S. could have $5 trillion in gross domestic product over the next five years if those gaps and others were closed today, the study indicated.

The US government took the land of Oregon’s native people 170 years ago this week (OPB News)
“When white settlers began coming to Oregon, they brought a lot of really interesting things with them,” said David G. Lewis, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde who teaches anthropology and native studies at Oregon State University.

Extension in the News

City of Bend, OSU Extension Service offer landscaping tips during a drought
KTVZ
Tips for Plant Choice and Maintenance, Provided by Amy Jo Detweiler, Professor and Community Horticulturist, Oregon State University Extension Service

Gardening Grows More Than Food, Feeds the Soul
Tillamook County Pioneer
Consider drying and/or freezing – OSU Extension has several great publications available, including Freezing Fruits & Vegetables and Drying Fruits & Vegetables.

New Details / Food bank adapts to life amid a pandemic
The Chronicle
Community members offered to make masks by hand for the staff, the Oregon State University extension office donated sanitizer and the Oregon Food Bank donated gloves.

Learn to can tuna with new video
The News Guard
A new video from Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon State University Extension Service teaches tuna fans how to can the fish at home.

Nursery crops top list of Oregon commodities
Capital Press
According to Oregon State University Extension Service, there were 25,273 registered acres of outdoor hemp as of Aug. 21.

Soft-Catch Tech Wanted by Blueberry Growers
Growing Produce
A switch from hand- to machine-harvesting will become more practical with advancements in blueberry harvesting and packing technology, said OSU Extension berry crops specialist Wei Yang.

OSU Experts on Gardeners Coping with Smoke
The Corvallis Advocate
Oregon State University has an extension service called Ask an Expert, a question-answer tool designed to connect you to a faculty member with answers in two business days.

In this week’s issue:

OSUEA Award Nominations – Deadline October 15th

The OSUEA Awards Committee is soliciting applications for Staff Awards and the Oscar Hagg Communication Award.  Annually these awards are given at the OSU Extension Annual Conference in recognition of the great work our staff are doing.

In such a crazy year, what a great time to nominate a colleague in recognition of their outstanding work.  This year the OSUEA Awards will be presented “virtually” at the OSUEA Awards Program during Extension Annual Conference on Friday, December 11.

Nominations are being solicited for:  Experienced Faculty, Newer Faculty, Professional Faculty (Administrative Support), Educational Program Assistant, Classified Staff, OSUEA Team and Oscar Hagg Communication Award.  Detailed descriptions of each award category as well as application process can be seen on our website at  http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/osuea/recognition/.  The application process is fairly easy.

If you have questions, please let us know.  Deadline for applications is October 15th.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. These stories were published in the last week:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Friday, September 25 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Design tips for program pages: See all the design options for displaying text and images on program pages. And check out some great examples.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Oregon COVID-19 Farmworker Study Press Conference
The Oregon COVID-19 Farmworker Study Team (a consortium of 11 farmworker-serving organizations and academics from PSU, University of Oregon, and Oregon State University) will announce the preliminary survey findings from more than 200 farmworkers living across all of Oregon. Register here for the Tuesday, September 22, 11:00 a.m. event.

Unpacking Race, Wealth, and Individual Power
Join this conversation, hosted by Chicago Beyond on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., with Dr. Andre Perry and David Axelrod, to explore race, wealth, individual power and how the decisions of our nation’s past allowed for the unjust policies we see today. More information and event registration can be found here.

Gardening for the Future: Diversity and Ecology in the Urban Landscape Forum
On October 8, 2020 symposium registrants will receive an email with links to recordings of the five symposium lectures to view at your convenience prior to the live panel discussion on October 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM.  There will also be a link for you to submit questions for the panel discussion with all five speakers. To allow the moderator to be prepared, it may not be possible to include questions received after October 14. A recording of the panel event will be sent to all registrants.

THIS WEEK! Sustaining All Life/United to End Racism Climate Week
Sustaining All Life (SAL) and United to End Racism (UER) are international grassroots organizations working to end the climate emergency within the context of ending all divisions among people. This week-long event will present interactive workshops and forums that address barriers to resolving the climate emergency. Sessions will also show participants how to exchange effective listening to free themselves from the emotional and mental harm resulting from oppression and other hurtful experiences—harm that can interfere with thinking about and responding effectively to the climate crisis.

All the sessions and forums are free and 90 minutes. FYI, times listed are East coast times.

Extension in the News

To all the forestland owners affected by the Archie Creek Fire
The News-Review
A column by Alicia Christiansen.

Fall’s the best time to harvest discounts at garden centers
The Columbian
“Containers are vulnerable to freeze damage,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “Overall, I would recommend planting things right away if you buy in fall sales. Overwintering them is not worth it if you’re going with planters. Most people are not willing to deal with all that.”

Wildfire ash and smoke leave Oregon gardeners with questions: Ask an expert
The Oregonian
Fall is coming right up and all of those end-of-season projects are looming, and now gardeners are wondering what they need to do to help their plants and soil after the smoke, ash and heavy winds that came with Oregon’s devastating wildfires.

Wildfires and forest management: What experts say
KOIN
Carrie Berger, the Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Fire Program Manager for Oregon State University, joined AM Extra with insight into forest management, how communities can prepare, some of the challenges and what lessons we’ve all learned.

Clatskanie Grows: Plants, winds, ash and bats
The Chief
A column by Chip Bubl.

OSU Extension again distributes masks for farmworkers
Pamplin Media Group
Oregon State University’s Extension Service in Clackamas County once again handed out masks for farmworkers, this time for helping prevent smoke inhalation from wildfires.

Volunteers help evacuate animals from wildfires
The Astorian
Lindsay Davis, the office manager for the Oregon State University Extension Service in Clatsop County, said the office decided to help the volunteers coordinate the evacuation.

John Day approves funding for Grant County Coworks
The Blue Mountain Eagle
Didgette McCracken, the Open Campus Coordinator at Oregon State University Extension, presented Grant County Coworks — a shared workspace for educational and entrepreneurial pursuits and technology — during the John Day City Council on Aug. 25.

New Boardman food pantry off to a solid start
Hermiston Herald
Anna Browne, Oregon State University Extension’s open campus coordinator in Umatilla and Morrow counties, said she didn’t think the pantry would exist today if it hadn’t been for the pandemic.

New ag business program focuses on direct meat sales
Western Farmer-Stockman
The program is a project of the Niche Meat Processing Assistance Network at Oregon State University.

With wildfire smoke outside, how do you keep air in your home as clean as possible?
KCBY
Both are among the tips offered to improve indoor air quality by Glenda Hyde, associate professor at Oregon State University.

An Expert Shares Precautions For Cleaning Ash
KLCC
Ash, especially the tiny particles from burned homes or other manmade items, can contribute to an array of health problems. Brooke Edmunds is with OSU Extension. She recommends misting affected areas with water, then gently sweeping.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension wildfire response and ways to help

As Anita mentioned in her Sept. 11 message, we have a new internal webpage of wildfire information and resources for Extension employees. It outlines guidance for volunteering, donating and other ways to help and links to resources for reporting expenses, documenting activity/impact, and using Extension’s website as a tool for curating and sharing credible content.

With the OSU Foundation, are working to establish a fund to accept donations to support affected employees. We’ll share more information as it is available.

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9297, Asian Giant Hornet: A potential threat to honeybee colonies in Oregon
Ellen Topitzhofer, Chris Hedstrom, Priyadarshini Chakrabarti, Andony Melathopoulos, Silvia I. Rondon, Gail A. Langelloto-Rhodaback, Ramesh R. Sagili
New. The Asian giant hornet was detected in British Columbia and Washington in 2019. This publication outlines identification, life cycle, and predatory habits of the Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) for beekeepers. It also provides recommendations for reporting a suspected sighting in the Pacific Northwest.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. This story was published in the last week:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Upcoming sessions:
Friday, September 25 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/extensionweb/2020/09/15/data-sharing-it-is-our-data/
This is an interactive post about how we plan to share CRM data all across Extension, how we will protect that data, and a request for people to contribute their thoughts and ideas on sharing data today!

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Constitutional Crises: Past, Present, Future
Presented by OSU’s School of History, Philosophy and Religion and the College of Liberal Arts. In 2004, the United States Congress designated Sept. 17 as “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day” and required educational institutions receiving federal funds to host programming for students on that day annually. This year, in the midst of a global pandemic, mass uprising against white supremacy and racial injustice, increasingly bold and violent white nationalism, and profound threats to democratic norms and processes, OSU’s Constitution Day event will explore the theme of “Constitutional Crises: Past, Present, Future.” Remote event on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Register.

Live webcast: Creating Accessibility Across Industries

Join Oregon State alumni and industry leaders who are advancing inclusivity and accessibility in the design field and learn how you can make a difference in your own field. In the “Creating Accessibilities Across Industries” webcast panel at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, learn about adaptive and inclusive designs that impact everyday life. This free live event is hosted by the OSU Design Network and OSU Alumni Association. Register at osualum.com/inclusivedesign.

LEP.gov: Language Access Resources

The Interagency Working Group on Limited English Proficiency (LEP) created LEP.gov in 2002 to share resources and information to help expand and improve language assistance services for individuals with limited English proficiency, in compliance with federal law. LEP.gov is maintained by the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS) in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. Recent updates incorporate Census COVID-19 information.

DEI In the News

Diversity Without Dollars (The Chronicle)
While wealthier, more prestigious institutions, including Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania, have made widely publicized diversity investments on the order of $140-million and more, Houston started with a $3.3-million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Report Finds Disparities Among Students Earning Paid Internships (Diverse Edu)
New research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found disparities among students who work at unpaid versus paid internships based on their race, gender and parents’ education.

Extension in the News

As wildfire smoke and ash linger, are garden vegetables safe to eat?
The Oregonian
Fruits and vegetables in the garden that have been showered with ash from wildfires should be safe to consume, according to Oregon State University Extension Service experts.

Animal Evacuation Shelter Ready in Gold Beach
Curry Coastal Pilot
It might be time to call Ruth Dixon at Curry County 4-H at the OSU Extension, located at the Event Center in Gold Beach.

‘Green rush’: Cannabis boom squeezing farmland in North America
Reuters
In recent years, leasable farmland has been harder to come by “because cannabis farmers could pay so much more,” said Maud Powell, an associate professor in the Small Farms Program at Oregon State University.

Looking for answers in the desert
Powell Tribune
The Big Horn Basin working group, upon hearing Kayla Ruth’s presentation, awarded $55,000 to fund the study along with co-principal investigators John Dinkins (OSU Extension) and Jimmy Taylor.

Why Now? OSU Experts Weight in on Wildfire Debate
KEZI.com
Daniel Leavell is an associate professor of practice at Oregon State College of Forestry and the extension State Fire Specialist.

New Boardman food pantry off to a solid start
East Oregonian
Anna Browne, Oregon State University Extension’s open campus coordinator in Umatilla and Morrow counties, said she didn’t think the pantry would exist today if it hadn’t been for the pandemic.

In this week’s issue:

Extension participates in virtual expo at University Day

University Day on September 15 is virtual this year, which offers everyone around the state an opportunity to participate. OSU Extension is one of the event’s virtual exhibitors. Thanks to Victor Villegas and Nicole Strong, Extension is sharing several short PowerPoint presentations about its digital resources, statewide educational and outreach response to COVID-19, and a quick Take 2 (minutes) for Extension targeted to OSU employees and students. You will also find the Extension Out There video. A PowerPoint recording about the Extension internship program is also planned thanks to KJ  Knight and Chris Branam. Register for the September 15 event (10 to 11:30 a.m.) to hear the keynote speaker or visit the University Day virtual expo to learn about other units across the University. Here is a sneak peek at Extension’s presentations:

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

PNW 636, Estimating Plant-Available Nitrogen Release from Cover Crops
Dan Sullivan, Nick Andrews, Linda Brewer
Revised. This publication assists western Oregon farmers and agricultural professionals in determining the nitrogen fertilizer replacement value of winter cover crops. Includes information on plant-available nitrogen (PAN) basics; a site-specific, step-by-step method to estimate PAN; Willamette Valley case studies; and appendices summarizing Willamette Valley cover crop research that supports these PAN estimates.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past week:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Thursday, September 10 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (Join this discussion to share insights and get support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging, led by Mary Halbleib, Gordon Jones, and Cassie Bouska).

Friday, September 11 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Solve the credibility problem with science writing that makes sense. This week’s blog post provides writing tools to help solve the communication gap.

Diversity Highlights

For questions and to submit content for Diversity Highlights, please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu.

Statewide Events & Resources

MANRRS Webinar: How Social Justice Protests Represent a Momentous Opportunity for Students
Register through the link above to join this September 15 webinar and hear from student activists about their roles pushing for change within agriculture, natural resources and related sciences.

Webinar recording: Racial Equity in Food Hubs (MSU)
This webinar from MSU’s Center for Regional Food Systems shares results from a qualitative study led by a diverse group of food system practitioners as to how U.S. based food hubs understand and operationalize engagement in racial equity work. 

DEI In the News

To Be BIPOC, Disabled and Fighting for Justice (Colorlines)
Last month, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated its 30th anniversary since becoming law on July 26, 1990. The ADA made it illegal to discriminate against anyone who is disabled, and much like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which it was modeled after, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which says that the disabled cannot be denied federal funding, the ADA was a result of a long- and hard-fought battle.

College Promise, ETS Report Identifies the Needs of Five Student Populations
The College Promise and Educational Testing Service (ETS) have published the results of a multi-year study intended to identify and understand the “supports and services” essential to student success in five different student populations:  traditional students (high school to college – predominantly first generation); new and returning adult studentsDREAMersstudent veterans; and justice-impacted students.

Extension in the News

Farms prepare for damage as strong winds move into C.O.
KTVZ
Meyer said Clare Sullivan, an assistant professor with the Oregon State University Extension Service, uses some of her farmland to plant blackberries and other crops.

Stories Of Southern Oregon: Watching The Timber Industry Transform
Jefferson Public Radio
But the social, ecological, and economic framing for the industry has changed tremendously. Max Bennett can tell you, and will. Max works for the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) of Oregon State University, with a focus on forestry and natural resources.

Pressing Forward: Oregon’s budding olive industry
The Newberg Graphic
To address those roadblocks, a few of these early olive growers, including owner of Durant Olive Mill, Paul Durant, approached Javier Fernandez-Salvador in 2017. Fernandez-Salvador is a berry, and now olive, specialist in Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Virtual 4-H Clackamas County fair a success
Pamplin Media Group
“This is a tough time for young people,” said Wendy Hein, 4-H Faculty with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “They feel lonely and lost without their usual activities. We were able to create a positive activity that challenged them and kept them engaged with their 4-H friends.”

Clatskanie Grows: Carrots and potatoes
The Chief
A column by Chip Bubl.

Oregon 4-H leaders adapt to restrictions
Western Farmer-Stockman
In all of Dusty Shelden’s years of showing livestock for 4-H — as a youth, parent and club leader — this was a season of livestock shows unlike any other.

Local chefs support Oregon seafood initiative
Our Coast Magazine
Oregon-caught seafood is consumed at restaurants more than in homes, according to Amanda Gladics, an Oregon State University professor and fisheries extension agent at Oregon Sea Grant.

OSU seed, cereal crop meetings go virtual; others canceled
Oregon State University Extension’s fall seed and cereal crop production meetings are going virtual and the Oregon Seed League’s annual meeting has been canceled.

OSU offers canning expertise
Herald and News
“Preserving food is such a meaningful activity. I encourage families to participate in the process together — much learning and memories are created and shared,” says Patty Case, OSU Klamath Extension Educator.

Coastal woodland management webinar series starts in September
Cannon Beach Gazette
This is a free series brought to you by Oregon State University Extension Service.

Food preservation resources help save COVID Victory Garden produce
Hood River News
A column by Lauren Kraemer.

In this week’s issue:

Passcodes Required for Zoom Meetings as of September 10

All Zoom meetings will require passcodes starting on September 10th. Requiring passcodes on September 10th ensures meetings have a security measure in place prior to Zoom’s upcoming security requirement, minimizing potential disruptions.

What: Passcode Requirement for All Zoom Meetings

When: September 10, 2020

Learn More: The passcode requirement applies to all meetings, including instant meetings, scheduled meetings, and meetings using a Personal Meeting ID.

  • Passcodes will be required when scheduling new meetings.
  • Existing or recurring meetings that are not passcode protected must be edited to add a passcode. Updated meeting information must be provided to participants by sending new or edited invitations with a join link that includes an embedded passcode and the passcode.
  • Important note: If no action is taken to update an existing meeting, a passcodes will be automatically added, however, this information will not automatically shared with meeting participants. The passcode must be communicated for participants to join the meeting without an updated join link that includes an embedded passcode or for those who are manually joining the meeting using the Meeting ID.

For more details, including instructions to add passcodes to all meeting types, visit: https://beav.es/4CW.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Service Desk at 541-737-8787 or beav.es/help.

New Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EC 1306, Growing Raspberries in Your Home Garden
Bernadine Strik, Emily Dixon, Amy Jo Detweiler, Nicole Sanchez
Revised. Raspberries are delicious, and gardeners in Oregon can learn to grow this tart, fresh highlight of summer in their own gardens. Choose which type of raspberry to grow, and learn how to plant, prune, fertilize and water your berry patch to keep it healthy and productive.

EM 9288, What do the long-term experiments in the drylands Pacific Northwest tell us?
Santosh Shiwakoti, Valtcho Jeliazkow
New. A review and explanation of the long-term experiments at the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center (CBARC) over many years. The goals are how to work and protect the dryland soil over time so that healthy crops can continue to grow there. Their research shows that certain techniques work best to achieve that goal.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past week:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, September 2 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Coming next week:
Thursday, September 10 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (2nd Thursday of each month)

Join this discussion to share insights and get support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging, led by Mary Halbleib, Gordon Jones, and Cassie Bouska.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Extension website analytics include data about visitor actions that are more complex than simple page views, such as clicks on links and form submissions. Learn about the types of actions that are measured and how to access the data in this week’s Navigator blog post.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Webinar – Delivering More Than Food: Understanding and Operationalizing Racial Equity in Food Hubs
This webinar from the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems shares results from a qualitative study led by a diverse group of food system practitioners as to how U.S. based food hubs understand and operationalize engagement in racial equity work. Learn examples of how food hubs operationalize equity within their business, and with their partners, and with the community they serve.

 How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race: 10 minute listen
Most people have heard about “the talk” — the conversation many African American parents have with their kids about how to avoid altercations with police or what to do and say if they’re stopped. The recent unrest sparked by anger over police brutality against African Americans has parents who aren’t black thinking more about how they talk to their kids about race.

DEI In the News

OHSU drops massive coronavirus study after failing to draw participants of color (East Oregonian)

A study intended to track the coronavirus in Oregon and understand its impacts on minorities is now dead after Oregon Health & Science University, which lead the research, found that not enough minorities signed up to participate.

 15 Ways Colleges Are Mobilizing to Support Their Communities (Chronicle)
It is an extraordinary time of daunting challenges, but also opportunities “to establish our higher-education institutions as pillars of the community,” says Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, president of Michigan’s Oakland University. Public trust in colleges and universities has been declining for years, fueled by rising tuition, concerns about the value of a degree, political and ideological debates, and doubts over whether the system still serves the common good. Making the case for higher education’s role in society means assuming public responsibility in a crisis

How Can Professors Bring Anti-Racist Pedagogy Practices Into the Classroom? (Diverse Edu)
A new guide to anti-racist pedagogy gives professors tools for facilitating conversations on race.

Extension in the News

Extension Spotlight: Bringing technology to the woods: digital mapping resources for forestland owners
The News-Review

A column by Alicia Christansen.

Gardening trivia competition offers prizes at library
Herald and News

Show off your gardening knowledge in our first-ever Gardening Trivia Tournament, co-hosted by the Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center.

Researchers build app to monitor irrigation water quality
Capital Press

The app — being developed as part of the Data Science for the Public Good initiative to aid rural communities — combines a farm’s location and water-usage season with data from nearby monitoring stations. It will generate a mean and a threshold value for on-farm water quality.

Hemp is still king of the crops
Mail Tribune

Gordon Jones, assistant professor for Oregon State University Extension Service, said last year’s stampede to grow hemp was something of a “gold-rush mentality.”

Lincoln County invited to join OSU’s free gardening webinar series
The News Guard

Join the Lincoln County Master Gardeners to expand your horticulture knowledge, ranging from soil amendments and controlling those pesky critters, to pruning roses and making wreaths.

LUBA reverses county’s marijuana ban near youth centers
Capital Press

Likewise, LUBA has ruled that Deschutes County wrongly denied the application of Waveseer of Oregon, a company that intended to build a 36,000-square-foot facility to grow and process marijuana near properties that host “youth oriented equestrian activities” and “4-H agricultural activities.”

Celebrate 10 Days of Tuna on the North Oregon Coast
Tillamook Headlight-Herald

Scientists Dr. Barb Muhling and Dr. Cat Nickels from the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center and Amanda Gladics from Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon State University Extension will be sharing their professional knowledge and will be available to answer your tuna questions.

How to harvest and prep pumpkins and squash for winter storage
The Oregonian

“Most squashes and pumpkins are warm-season crops and are susceptible to injury at temperatures less than 50 degrees,” said Gail Langellotto, an Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturist and professor. “If left out in the garden too long, they may decay prematurely in storage.”

Firefighters Exposed to More Potentially Harmful Chemicals than Previously Thought
Occupational Health and Safety

“We don’t have enough data to profile the source of the PAHs, but we know PAHs appear from combustion, and obviously combustion is their work,” study lead Kim Anderson, an environmental chemist and Extension specialist at OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, said.

Sanchez: Five gardening topics to study right away
Herald and News

A column by Nicole Sanchez.

In this week’s issue:

URSA Engage Program

Last year, four Extension faculty committed to mentoring students in the URSA Engage Program. For example, Wiley Thompson (Regional Director, OSU Extension Service) worked with an URSA Engage student who explored health care in Oregon’s rural communities. Barbara Brody (Assistant Professor of Practice) worked with an URSA Engage student who evaluated the impact and results of community poverty simulations and the impact of community change. We would love to have more Extension faculty to mentor early-career undergraduate students this school year!

Do you have a question that you don’t know the answer to? Do you need to collect data or information to answer that question? Bingo! A major goal of the program is for students to learn basic research skills (e.g. designing surveys, writing literature reviews, navigating IRB, synthesizing data, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, writing reports/grants, collaborating, etc.).

The mentor summary submission form can be accessed at this link (see “Step 1”) with a deadline of October 19th.

While this might seem like a natural fit to many of you, others may be thinking – but I don’t do research! While you may not consider your position to be centered in research, you likely have research components integral to your units that students could help with (and benefit from!), such as needs assessments and program evaluation. Students can connect to and support your existing program work as well.

If you have any questions about the URSA Engage Program or would like to brainstorm potential project ideas, please let us know! We’d love to connect.

Quarterly Conversation

The August Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. Topics of the conversation include the following (numbers denote where you will find the segment on the video):

  • Welcome and recognition (0:00) – Anita Azarenko acknowledged the recertification of Oregon Sea Grant and Lincoln County Extension building a coalition to inform Latino and indigenous communities about COVID-19. Three individuals and a team were recognized with Director’s Coins.
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice: Our commitments, resources and tools (9:24) – Anita, Ana Lu Fonseca and Elsa Curtis
  • OSU Budget Update (39:20) – Sherm Bloomer
  • Government Relations (55:25) – Katie Fast
  • Update: Extension Annual Conference and Leadership Development Program (1:25:10) – Amanda Bielenberg

A PDF of the Presentation Slides, details of the Director’s Coin presentations are available for download. Look for follow-up to the questions in the Quarterly Conversation Chat that we didn’t have time to address in a future ConnEXTion.

Director’s Coin Recipients

Director Coin Recipients for the fiscal year 2019, Congratulations to you all!

Ann Harris, Angela Robb, Juan Medina, Elissa Wells, Lindsay Davis, Elizabeth McGovern, Elizabeth Records, Alisha Atha, Diane Ostrom, Steve Mote, Roberta Lundeberg, Kaylyn Hymes, Carolyn Ashton, Andrea Leao, Melanie McCabe, Susie Bussler, Alisha Atha, Sarah Neuschwander, Becka Jenkins, Candi Bothum, Tammy Olds, Megan Deane McKenna, John Buzzard, Tiffany Gillis, Wayne Jardine, Wiley Thompson, Melanie McCabe, Josh Davalos, Carly Kristofik, Abby Lewis, Kelly Noack, Heidy Castillo, Elli Korthuis, Amanda Gladics, Samantha Clayburn, Ashley Thompson, Elsa Curtis, Lauren Kraemer, Kym Hamann, Grace Corry, Candi Bothum, Kelsey (KJ) Knight, Heather N Lilienthal

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9294, Omnivorous Leaftier A ubiquitous and often minor pest of small grains and other seed crops of Western Oregon
Navneet Kaur, Leonard Coop, Jessica Green, Bill Gerth, Nicole P. Anderson, Glenn Fisher
New. The omnivorous leaftier has a wide host range and is known to cause damage to species from more than 20 plant families. Native parasitoid wasps manage this pest in natural and cropland settings. The first appearance of this insect in Oregon was noted in 1929 on strawberries and Dutch bulbous iris plantations near Portland. Soon, it was reported in Washington and California feeding on strawberry and flax grown for seed, respectively.

PNW 668, Integrated Management of Downy Brome in Winter Wheat
Drew J. Lyon, Andrew G. Hulting, Judit Barroso, Joan M. Campbell
Revised. Learn about integrated weed management (IWM) strategies to control downy brome, also known as cheatgrass—a major weed management problem in winter wheat.

Open Campus Showcase Video Recording

Last Thursday, August 20, the Open Campus team showcased their various different programs. If you missed it, here is the link to the video recording of their presentation.

https://media.oregonstate.edu/media/1_xcw8hr81

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, August 26 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Friday, August 28 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

You can add links to other people’s good resources on the Extension website. How you do it may be different than you are used to, but the value of adding links to useful resources is still the same. Learn more in this week’s blog post about the opportunities to add visibility through partner links, and the efficient content management system that helps avoid broken links.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Care.com Webinar: How to raise kids to be actively anti-racist
Tuesday Aug. 25, 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Parents tend to avoid conversations about race with their children. Too often, parents don’t fully understand it themselves, so they struggle to talk about it with their kids. Jennifer Harvey, award-winning author, educator and activist, will offer guidance on how to have constructive, age-appropriate discussions with children about race and racism. This live webinar – the second in a special series on talking to children about racial issues – will be hosted by Care.com CEO Tim Allen and will include a Q&A session. (OSU employees have access to Care.com for freeRegister Today.

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome; employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Aug. 25.

2020 University Day Keynote registration now open!

Register for the virtual keynote session, The Empowered University: Shared Leadership in Challenging Times, with Freeman Hrabowski, President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 10-11:30 a.m. For more info, contact Mealoha McFadden at Mealoha.mcfadden@oregonstate.edu or 541-231-2585, or visit the website: universityday.oregonstate.edu.

DEI In the News

Creating Antiracist Spaces Where Black Students Can Breathe and Thrive (Diverse Edu)
In order to succeed and thrive, Black students need vocal and committed antiracist educators who are intentionally creating antiracist spaces for them. The time for faculty to do this work is now because Black students on our campuses are not okay.

Portland Community College annouces new criminal justice scholarship (Oregonian)
She wondered what she could do to build better police forces, finding ways to have them mirror the communities they serve. That led to a new scholarship created for students of color interested in pursuing criminal justice as a major at Portland Community College.

Extension in the News

Lincoln County Reaches Out To Mam Speakers As Part Of Fight Against Virus

KLCC

Beatriz Botello of Oregon State University’s Lincoln County Extension helped organize the effort. She said some material for Mam speakers already existed, but it was in a different dialect than what was spoken locally.

A huckleberry by any other name: The story behind Westerners’ favorite wild berries

OPB

“Huckleberries are not technically huckleberries,” said Bernadine Strik, a professor of horticulture and a berry crops specialist at Oregon State University. “Common names can be misleading.”

Agricultural workers line up for free masks and sanitizer

KGW

“We’re really close to the [agriculture] community… and we’re happy to help anyway we can,” said Vicki Campbell with OSU Extension Service.

What to know as FDA resumes produce safety inspections

Capital Press

“I understand how hard this (rule) is. But farmers are ingenious — the best engineers of problem-solving on earth — and we’re here to help, too,” said Joy Waite-Cusic, food safety associate professor at Oregon State University.

Let there be light: The rise of high-tech farming and the light revolution

Capital Press

Lloyd Nackley, an assistant professor at Oregon State University’s Nursery Crops Research Facility, told the Capital Press he sees “enormous potential for urban food production” in greenhouses with artificial lighting.

Douglas County 4-H to offer September Science Series for children 9-19

The News-Review

Youth ages 9-19 will be able to participate in a series of science workshops throughout September, courtesy of Oregon State University Extension Services of Douglas County’s 4-H Positive Youth Development program.

Discovery Garden is a labor of love

The News-Review

Julie Stanbery, Master Gardener of 29 years and President of the Master Gardeners Association, said, “It’s a labor of love.”

Firefighters Exposed to More Potentially Harmful Chemicals than Previously Thought

OHS Online

A study led by Oregon State University found that firefighters might be exposed to more harmful chemicals than previously thought while on-duty as compared to off-duty.

Garden Plots: Spent roses, understanding compost

St. Helens Chronicle

A column by Chip Bubl.

Extension Spotlight: Fall Gardening in Douglas County

The News-Review

A column by Steve Renquist.

In this week’s issue:

Engagement Scholarship Consortium 2020

ESC 2020 Virtual Meetings

Though the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) Conference was postponed to 2021, ESC still wants to connect with you this fall and will be offering select virtual meetings.

Registration information will be coming soon, however, in the meantime, read more below about the 2020 virtual meetings, and don’t forget to and mark your calendars!

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9291, Fire FAQs — Are Structures Fuel? The Wildland Urban Interface and the ‘Built’ Environment
Daniel Leavell, Stephen A. Fitzgerald, Carrie Berger, Gavin Horn
New. We now need to consider structures themselves as a fuel type contributing to wildfires, along with other potentially hazardous fuel such as wood piles, propane tanks and automobiles. In this context, the home defense (ignition) zone and all the needed mitigation strategies take on a heightened importance and urgency.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, August 19 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Thursday, August 20 @ 10:00 am: Extension Program Showcase Series: Open Campus Program Youth, Family, and Learner Support

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

In this week’s blog learn some basic time saving tips that you can use on a daily basis to work more efficiently.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Race, Tenure, and Resource Allocation at Land Grant Institutions webinar
What are organizations and administrators working with land-grant institutions across the country doing to address inequities present since the inception of these institutions?

This August 18 webinar will discuss historical racial disparities between 1862, 1890, and 1994 land-grant institutions as related to tenure, quality of programs, and resource allocation. This webinar will also address ongoing efforts to create more equitable opportunities through food and agricultural programs for historically marginalized groups.

Webinar to Celebrate HBCU Land Grants 130th Annnivery
Join higher education and civic leaders for a webinar on August 31 celebrating the 130th Anniversary of the Morrill Act of 1890, which designated 19 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with land-grant status. This legislation gave states funds to establish state universities for persons of color if higher education wasn’t already open to all in the state. The webinar will be a chance to participate in a discussion of the legacy and future importance of the 1890s, led by 1890s leaders, policymakers, and others. Register here.

The History of White Supremacy and Resistance in Oregon recorded presentation
Understanding how both racism and justice are at the heart of Oregon’s history is crucial to our ability to build a better future. In this presentation, Oregon Historical Society (OHS) Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk and OHQ Editor Eliza Canty-Jones offer an overview of these subjects and invite attendees to access OHS resources for more learning. More information can be found in the OHS blog post: https://ohs.org/blog/history-is-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-the-way-we-are.cfm

DEI In the News

Lincoln County Extension builds coalition to inform Latino, indigenous communities about COVID-19 (The News Guard)
In a short time, Oregon State University Extension Service has built a collaborative team of professionals that’s reaching deep into Latino and indigenous communities in Lincoln County to provide culturally relevant COVID-19 information.

CARES ACT and Federal Funding Impact on HSIs (Diverse Edu)
In a new analysis, Excelencia in Education looked at current federal COVID-19 funding proposals as well as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and its impact on Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs).

Extension in the News

Extension Spotlight: OSU Extension available to help the public in a variety of fields
The News-Review
A column by Laura Corder.

Coalition formed to provide COVID-19 information
Newport News-Times
In a short time, Oregon State University Extension Service has built a collaborative team of professionals that’s reaching deep into Latino and indigenous communities in Lincoln County to provide culturally relevant COVID-19 information.

Phoenix School provides veggies for last Farm, Food and Fun camp activity
The News-Review
Erin Maidlow is the nutrition educator at the Douglas County Oregon State University Extension Service and has been in front of the middle school every Thursday morning for the past six weeks as part of the Farm, Food, and Fun Camp.

$1 million grant awarded to address opioid and substance use disorders in Tillamook County
Tillamook County Pioneer
Oregon State University’s local extension office and the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization were also involved in this planning process.

Oregon farm program cuts less severe than expected
East Oregonian
Lawmakers have cut funding for Oregon State University’s agricultural experiment station, Extension service and forest research lab, though not as drastically as originally proposed.

Sister act: Elizabeth, Autumn Collman work hard in school, on the family dairy farm in Boring
Sandy Post
When she’s not showing Jersey cows for 4-H, Elizabeth is practicing with the Sandy High dance team or getting additional agricultural leadership experience from FFA.

West-side native impressed with beef, kids at E. Oregon fair
Capital Press
Between the morning conformation and market classes and the afternoon showmanship, there were 30 Wallowa County 4-H’ers and FFA club members showing their animals.

Our view: Ag programs important in rural Eastern Oregon
Wallowa County Chieftain
The extension service plays an important role in rural counties and a holdup on agriculture research could create major problems in the future.

Fair week dawns bright and early
Hermiston Herald
Anna Browne, 4-H coordinator with the Oregon State University extension center in Hermiston, said 4-H participants were uploading homemade showmanship videos for judges to watch, and the community can watch confirmation of the animals each day through a video feed Hermiston School District has created on its YouTube Channel.

4-H and FFA leaders, volunteers and officials pull together to hold in-person youth livestock shows
The Blue Mountain Eagle
Doug said the Oregon State University Extension Office 4-H team has been awesome to work with, especially in putting together a plan that met the state’s guidelines to hold the livestock shows.

Commentary: OSU deserves support to produce next generation of farmers
Capital Press
State leaders should avoid pausing or stepping back on agricultural research and education.

Successful weed cessation
Nursery Management
Marcelo Moretti, assistant professor at Oregon State University’s Department of Horticulture, trialed Marengo in container-grown crops. He found that it performed well on annual grasses (crabgrass, foxtails, annual bluegrass) annual broadleaves like oxalis, bittercress, spurge and willowherb.

In this week’s issue:

A suite of tools is now available to promote safe food preservation

It started with an idea and a flyer, grew into a regional collaboration with Bi-Mart and Wilco, and now templates are available in Box and customizable with local contacts or co-branding with local retailers. Use them to reach out to local retailers and businesses that would like to promote safe food preservation. Here’s what’s available:

Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

PNW 750, Invertebrate Pest Management for Pacific Northwest Pastures
Amy J. Dreves, Navneet Kaur, Mylen Bohle, David B. Hannaway, Glenn Fisher, Silvia I. Rondon
New. A well-managed pasture has several ecological and economic benefits. However, several species of arthropods (insects, mites and garden symphylans), and gastropods (slugs) inhabit pastures of the Pacific Northwest of the United States and can diminish those benefits.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. This story was published in the last week:

We encourage active sharing of this story across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Please contact the news team.

OSU Clean Water Virtual Conference

Sept. 1, 2020

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PDT)

engineering.oregonstate.edu/cleanwater2020

Free and open to the public*

The College of Engineering is hosting this innovative online event to bring together scholars and stakeholders from diverse disciplines, whose work is directed toward maintaining, preserving, and improving clean and sustainable sources of water for human and ecosystem use.

PRE-REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED. Pre-register here

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, August 12 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Weekly, statewide Extension meeting lead by Lindsey Shirley.

Thursday, August 13 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (2nd Thursday of each month)

Bring your lunch and join the discussion to get insights and support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited to share our ideas and hear yours as we delve into solving challenges and pursuing new opportunities for impactful outreach.

Friday, August 14 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

A bi-monthly opportunity to connect with Vice Provost Anita Azarenko for informal updates, Q&A and conversation.

In case you missed it, the Web analytics and visitor feedback dashboards webinar recording is available on the professional development webpages. Learn more about what your online audiences are doing and thinking, and how faculty are using this data in their work.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

You’ve often heard of the Extension Communications office as the “P.R. office.” While that’s true, the news and public issues team does much more than write news releases, pitch stories to the media and handle interview requests. In today’s blog, learn more about how the team uses other formats to tell the public about the great work you’re doing.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Recorded Webinar: Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society (NY Times)
A conversation with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and moderated by Francesca Donner, Gender Director at The New York Times, about the unique and devestating impacts of the current pandemic on women and girls.

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome; employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Aug. 25.

Diversity, equity and inclusion workshop: Oregon State University – Cascades will host a three-day diversity, equity and inclusion workshop for business leaders and community members interested in furthering their knowledge of social equality. OSU-Cascades business instructor Erika McCalpine will lead the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intensive workshop. It will be offered via Zoom from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Aug. 17-19. Registration for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intensive is $300 per person and each three-day session is limited to 40 participants. Registration closes Aug. 14 for the Aug. 17-19 session. To register, visit OSUcascades.edu/dei-intensive. For information, contact events@osucascades.edu.

DEI In the News

Umatilla County officials stand with people of color (East Oregonian)
County officials adopted the resolution titled “Stance Against Racism, Discrimination and Social Injustices in Umatilla County” in response to the order placed on July 15 by advocates for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Oregon ‘Peace Trees’ become reminders of the resilience of life (KDRV)
A Medford resident and Hiroshima Survivor started the effort to plant seedlings from trees that survived the atomic bomb blast.

Extension in the News

Douglas County 4-H holds first in-person event since March
KPIC
For the first time since March, the Douglas County 4-H program had its first in-person event Wednesday.

Some August summer camps and activities still a go during COVID-19
The News-Review
Food, Farm and Fun Camp For kids in grades 3-5, the Douglas County OSU Extension is providing free kits every Thursday for the next month.

Garden Plots: Excellent tomato weather
A column by Chip Bubl.

Pollinator project all the buzz in North Unit Irrigation District
The Bulletin
But Heike Williams, a bio-science technician for Oregon State University’s Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center, said gathering pollen from just one crop can lead to poor health in the colony.

Mariachi STEAM summer camp canceled due to COVID-19, community comes together, creates new program
Barometer
The Mariachi Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics camp, one of the 4-H Youth Development programs at Oregon State University, has been cancelled due to COVID-19. OSU community members, members of other educational institutes, and volunteers have come together to create a new program for LatinX youth.

In this week’s issue:

eXtension Connect Extension Podcast-Episode 3

On Episode 3, we had the chance to sit down and talk with Victor Villegas, Oregon State University Extension Service, who recently supported a potato research field day held virtually! We also discuss different approaches to using Zoom for engaging events, and some helpful tips and tricks for those looking to move their field days to a virtual format.

Key messages to share with public, stakeholders

Need a quick refresher or tips on what to share with the public and stakeholders about Extension’s operations and impact in communities during the COVID-19 pandemic? Following are key points you can incorporate in your messages, whether written or in conversation:

  • We’re here for you.
  • Safety and health of our employees, volunteers, learners and communities is our top priority.
  • We continue to serve our communities through remote work and virtual programming while gradually resuming onsite and in-person activities.
  • Resumption of our onsite work and in-person activities follows state law and guidance, university policies and OSU Extension’s resumption plan, and is responsive to local conditions.
  • When sharing stories of your activities, focus on the “why” and the impact.
    • See our COVID-19 communication toolkit, which includes sample templates and language, as well as a great example from Linn County.
    • Consider framing in terms of Extension’s impact areas:
      • Healthy communities and economies
      • Resilient and productive forestry and natural ecosystems
      • Sustainable agriculture, food systems, and gardening
      • Thriving youth, individuals and families
    • Contact Ann Murphy, marketing manager, with questions or for help using or customizing these tools for your local needs.

These, and a number of other useful tools and guidelines, are available on our OSU Extension COVID-19 Resources webpage.

Welcome New Employees

Kelsey Knight, Assistant Internship Coordinator, Extension Administration

Carrie Juchau, Education Program Assistant 2, Josephine County

Wendy Fekkers, Fiscal Coordinator, 4-H

Renee Menkens, We CAN Research Coordinator, Coos County

Kyle Mondron, Faculty Research Assistant, Botany & Plant Pathology

Thomas Stokely, Assistant Professor, Forestry—Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Extension Teaching Network

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up. Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom August 13 at noon. 

Bring your lunch and join the discussion to get insights and support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited to share our ideas and hear yours as we delve into solving challenges and pursuing new opportunities for impactful outreach.

Options for clear face coverings

For those who work with people with hearing impairments or more sensitive children/youth, it might be beneficial to have a clear mask so they can see your face (for reading lips and seeing your emotions). You’ve probably seen people wearing face shields (with and without masks), but a few other options are available that might serve your purposes in a more practical and protective way.

  • For those who have the skill, or know someone with the skill, there are videos and patterns on line that show you how to sew your own cloth face mask with a clear insert.
  • For those who have no sewing skills, there is Clear Mask (this is not an endorsement of the product). After looking at other options, Oregon Outdoor School ordered a few to test. According to Rita Bauer, the Clear Mask is good about not fogging, but it’s hot (aren’t all masks?), and stiff (no vertical flexibility).  It moves quite a bit if you’re talking, requiring fairly frequent repositioning. While this is perhaps the only option for a mass-produced clear mask at present, there are others being developed with newer materials that are both transparent and filtering, but likely not until next year at the earliest.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. This story was published in the last week:

Pandemic leads to unprecedented burst of questions to Ask an Expert tool

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EC 1307, Growing Strawberries in Your Home Garden

Bernadine Strik, Emily Dixon, Amy Jo Detweiler, Erica Chernoh, Nicole Sanchez

Revised. The strawberry patch in your home garden can produce ripe fruit for your family all through the growing season. Grow strawberries in containers, in hills or in raised beds. Grow strawberries that produce a big crop in June — or choose a variety that bears ripe berries all summer long. Ensure success by choosing the right type of strawberry and choosing a variety adapted to your garden. Here’s how to plant strawberries, fertilize them and solve the common problems that plague many gardeners.

EM 9273-S, La guía de buenas prácticas para el sacrificio al aire libre de aves de corral

Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Lauren Gwin

New. Los productores de aves de corral en Oregón que cumplen con ciertas condiciones pueden sacrificar sus pollos, pavos y otras aves de corral al aire libre. Sin embargo, deben cumplir con los requisitos para la sanitización, el monitoreo y el mantenimiento de registros, entre otros. Estos recursos podrán ayudar a los productores de aves de corral a operar de una manera segura, sanitaria y respetuosa del medio ambiente.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.

Wednesday, August 5 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Weekly, statewide Extension meeting lead by Lindsey Shirley.

Friday, August 7 @ 10:30 am: Analytics and feedback website dashboards: Understanding our online audiences

Presenters: Michele Scheib (Content Strategist), Amerie Lommen (Web Developer), Wendy Hein (Associate Professor of Practice, 4-H Clackamas County), Jessica Green (Sr. Research Asst., Ag Extension web content teams point person) Shifting to remote delivery has been a time investment and how can you know if putting resources on the Extension website helped? We’ll show you how to see your analytics and feedback dashboard by piece of content, author, or group. Find out if your resources are being viewed, how people are finding them, and who the online visitors are and what they think. Come see how your analytics and feedback dashboards help you report your successes, make decisions and know if you need to shift your content strategy.

Please share your feedback to help us plan for future sessions. Is there a topic you’d like an “advanced” or follow-up version of? Would an open Q&A or office hours/help-type session on any previous topic be useful? Do you want to offer a statewide professional development session? Contact Victor Villegas to share feedback and coordinate.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Learn how the right online tool can help you perform what we call “Broad Listening” all across popular social media outlets, helping you manage your own social media communications. Read more in this week’s blog.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Diversity, equity and inclusion workshop: Oregon State University – Cascades will host a three-day diversity, equity and inclusion workshop for business leaders and community members interested in furthering their knowledge of social equality. OSU-Cascades business instructor Erika McCalpine will lead the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intensive workshop. It will be offered via Zoom from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 17-19. Registration for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intensive is $300 per person and each three-day session is limited to 40 participants. Registration closes on Aug. 14 for the Aug. 17-19 session. To register, visit OSUcascades.edu/dei-intensive. For information, contact events@osucascades.edu.

“Right to Clean Air” Environmental Justice Webinar: Join us for an online panel including diverse perspectives on toxic air pollution issues facing the state of Oregon. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at noon. Free and open to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project. Learn more and register here. A Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you after you register.

Tier Two workshops, New Tier One dates, remote delivery of Social Justice Education workshops is happening now: See the schedule and register for Zoom workshops through fall 2020 here. See three brand new Tier Two collaborations created for our community today. The SJEI is an excellent foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin or expand your equity and inclusion journey. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu

DEI In the News

Research Finds Black, Latinx Students Still Excluded From Selective Public Institutions (Diverse Edu) As communities and institutions seek solutions to the nation’s racial inequities in the aftermath of protests surrounding George Floyd’s death in police custody, the Education Trust recently cited “continued and systematic exclusion of Black and Latinx students from the most selective public colleges and universities in the country” in an incisive report published on its website.

33 Books for Summer 2020 (Colorlines) Organzied into categories like, Memoirs, Activism and Graphic Novels, this article presents 33 books to help people of all ages escape into fantasy, brush up on history and discuss systemic racism this summer.

Extension in the News

Grant County Fair adapts amid coronavirus

The Blue Mountain Eagle

Bonni Booth, 4-H/SNAP-Ed Program coordinator for Grant County Oregon State University Extension Office, said they are following Oregon Health Authority guidelines for 4-H and FFA activities, which were updated July 17.

Five recent publications from OSU

Herald and News

A column by Nicole Sanchez.

Online Lee Allen Memorial auction starts Wednesday

Corvallis Gazette-Times

“We have about 194 4-H members participating,” said Carolyn Ashton, 4-H youth development faculty leader with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “Livestock was down a little bit, but not much.”

Blueberry boom: Worldwide growth creates challenges for NW producers

Capital Press

Bernadine Strik, a professor in OSU’s Department of Horticulture and extension berry crops specialist, has spent more than 30 years fine-tuning production systems at the station.

Make your own display of prize winning fair-worthy canned food

The Bulletin

An expert in canning, drying, pickling and freezing food, Nellie Oehler coordinates Oregon State Extension Service’s Master Food Preserver Program, which she created 40 years ago.

Oregon’s Oldest House Is Being Restored near Canby

Canby Now

Several forestry experts with the Oregon State University Extension Service serve on Forest Forever’s board or are involved with the educational programs at Hopkins.

Oregon State Professor and Viticulture Extension Specialist Confirmed as ASEV President for 2020-2021

Wine Industry Network

Patty Skinkis, Oregon State University’s viticulture Extension specialist and professor, has been confirmed as 2020-2021 president of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) as of July 1.

Getting 1,000 masks for La Grande schools

The Observer

Oregon State University Extension Service Family and Community Health Program is leading the effort to provide cloth masks for the upcoming school year with Robin Maille, an assistant professor of practice in the program, coordinating the project.

‘Master Gardeners’ allowed back into Brentwood-Darlington garden

Pamplin Media Group

Since their return, the garden has seen 194 volunteer hours contributed over 10 work days; and so far, 22 gardeners out of a maintenance crew of 26 have worked to bring the garden back into mid-March condition.

Make 2 Show 4-H Summer Series Workshops This Month

KQEN

The Oregon State University Extension Service of Douglas County 4-H Positive Youth Development program is offering a five-week series of expressive art workshops for youth ages 9-19 throughout this month.

Bidders rally around 4-H/FFA youth

Herald and News

The 84th Annual 4H/FFA Rotary Livestock Auction netted a record $855,000 in sales — and counting — on Sunday in its first ever virtual auction.

Cancelled horse show gallops to virtual success

Canby Herald

The Clackamas County Extension Service 4-H horse program delivered that creativity by organizing a virtual horse show to replace the six-day event held in Canby every July.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Eastern Oregon parents are helped by Food Hero. Read about it here:

https://www.eastoregonian.com/eoparent/food-hero-recipes-offer-un-beet-able-kitchen-fun/article_873f1746-cc78-11ea-a9a6-b3454ae2a0c9.html

Share a Photo

We want to see you in your favorite face covering! Wearing a face covering shows that we care for others and ourselves. Email Ann Marie Murphy a photo of you in your favorite face covering by August 10. We will share a montage of the photos during the Quarterly Conversation on August 21.

New Gardening Newsletter from Extension Service and Professional and Continuing Education

OSU Extension Service and Professional and Continuing Education are joining forces on a new gardening newsletter. This newsletter contains the latest information from OSU to help your garden grow. It features helpful monthly gardening calendars, upcoming trainings and workshops, timely horticulture articles, and more. Launched in June, the newsletter is being sent to more than 80,000 on the west coast and beyond resulting in hundreds of Extension publication downloads and clicks on calls to action. Help us spread the word. Be sure to subscribe and grow your best garden throughout the year!

Extension News Stories

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.

Wednesday, July 29 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Friday, July 31 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Please share your feedback to help us plan for future sessions. Is there a topic you’d like an “advanced” or follow-up version of? Would an open Q&A or office hours/help-type session on any previous topic be useful? Do you want to offer a statewide professional development session? Contact Victor Villegas to share feedback and coordinate.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

COVID-19 resources for the pandemic and beyond: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/extensionweb/2020/07/27/covid-19-resources-for-the-pandemic-and-beyond/

A look back at resources developed to support faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic and how these resources can serve us going forward: Virtual Extension, professional development webinars, public health and wellness resources, and innovative web and digital strategies.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Gobierno de Oregon ofrece línea de atención a comunidades indígenas afectadas por el COVID-19 (Vive NW) El COVID-19 está afectando a la comunidad hispana a niveles desproporcionados por diversas razones: muchos son trabajadores esenciales; otros no tienen acceso a beneficios de desempleo o tiempo libre debido a su estado migratorio; y también porque es común que los hogares de gente hispana estén compuestos por múltiples miembros familiares. Oregon Government Offers Hotline to Communities Affected by COVID-19.

Diversity, equity and inclusion workshop: Oregon State University – Cascades will host a three-day diversity, equity and inclusion workshop for business leaders and community members interested in furthering their knowledge of social equality. OSU-Cascades business instructor Erika McCalpine will lead the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intensive workshop. It will be offered via Zoom from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 3-5 and Aug. 17-19. Registration for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intensive is $300 per person and each three-day session is limited to 40 participants. Registration closes July 31 for the Aug. 3-5 session, and on Aug. 14 for the Aug. 17-19 session. To register, visit OSUcascades.edu/dei-intensive. For information, contact events@osucascades.edu.

Author Ibram X. Kendi on “How to Be an Antiracist” (On Demand Until August 20, 2020)

Listen to 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Dukes is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the College and has 30 years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education. This event was presented by the Prince George County Memorial Library System.

DEI In the News

A ‘Final Crossing’ For John Lewis Across The Edmund Pettus Bridge (NPR)

The body of John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge one last time on Sunday in what organizers described as “The Final Crossing,” part of a multiday celebration of the life of the civil rights icon. In March 1965, a 25-year-old Lewis and hundreds of other civil rights advocates planned to march from Selma to Montgomery to draw attention to the need for voting rights in the state, which was infamous for denying African Americans the right to vote.

Higher Ed Institutions Rethink Relationships With Police Amid Nationwide Protests (Diverse Edu) Student movements are urging universities to separate from metro police and reform campus policing practices — or abolish university police departments altogether.

Extension in the News

A Portland farm seeks to restore Black people to the land

OPB

Eventually he took the Master Gardener course at Oregon State University, before helping found the Black Futures Farm.

Re-creating the home garden tour experience

The Bulletin

This would normally be the week of the Oregon State University-Extension High Desert Garden Tour. Our minds would be exploding with new design ideas and a plant list that would challenge the national budget.

Three from Yamhill County win Master Gardener honors

News-Register

Three Yamhill County residents are among more than 40 Oregon State University Extension master gardener volunteers who have been recognized for their service.

Cluster-thinning grapes can achieve quality goals

Western Farm Press

On the West Coast, Patty Skinkis, Viticulture Extension Specialist at Oregon State University, notes that shoot thinning is done early season while cluster thinning happens about lag phase.

Scientists tracking bacterium that causes crown gall disease

Western Farm Press

“Agrobacterium causes crown gall, growths or galls on affected plants – plant tissue that grows in an unorganized manner disrupting water and nutrient flow,” says Melodie Putnam, Director of the Oregon State University Plant Clinic.

Oregon cherry growers weather rain, COVID-19 during harvest

Capital Press

This year, Ashley Thompson added the role of agriculture emergency response coordinator for Wasco County, surveying growers and communicating their needs to state agencies and local health departments.

OSU Extension adapts high-speed hand-washing technique for ag industry

Fruit Growers News

OSU Extension recently released a collection of resources for farmers and ranchers and food production or packing plant supervisors to use in the workplace.

Grant County Fair adapts amid coronavirus

The Blue Mountain Eagle

Bonni Booth, 4-H/SNAP-Ed Program coordinator for Grant County Oregon State University Extension Office, said they are following Oregon Health Authority guidelines for 4-H and FFA activities, which were updated July 17.

4-H court ready for Wallowa County Fair

Wallowa County Chieftain

“The girls go to various events in the county to represent 4-H and the fair,” said Debbie Warnock, who oversees 4-H for Oregon State University Extension. “We always have a lot of fun.”

‘Master Gardeners’ finally allowed back into their garden

East PDX

In their “new” Demonstration Garden – in a location hidden away in the northwest part of the property, and no longer visible from SE 60th Avenue –16 raised beds are used for edible crops, as well as blueberries, grapes, and an herb bed.

Tillamook County 4-H 2020 Horse Fair show results

North Coast Citizen

The 2020 Tillamook County 4-H Horse Fair was held July 9-10.