In this week’s issue:

Registration is now open for Innovate Extension

Have great ideas for Extension that are ‘outside of the box’? Interested in strengthening your creativity and innovation skills? Want to connect with like-minded peers? Want to receive coaching from innovation experts? Want a chance to win funding?

Plan to attend the INNOVATE Extension event: May 23rd in Corvallis.

The event is free, open to all Extension faculty/staff (and includes great swag), but space is limited to 100 participants.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Deadline to sign up is 4/10.

Want to know more about Innovate Extension? Check out the FAQ for all the details or visit the event website:

Save the Date for the Outreach and Engagement Awards Celebration

April 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
CH2M Hill Alumni Center

Join colleagues from across OSU as they receive Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards of Excellence. Ignite-style presentations will feature ten exceptional, award-winning outreach and engagement projects. Five additional projects will receive honorable mention recognition. The outstanding projects were selected from a pool of almost 60 nominations. Registration opens this week for the awards celebration and luncheon.

OSU Agriculture amongst the top in the world

According to Agri Marketing Magazine, Oregon State University is ranked as the 13th Best Agricultural College in the World. Look at their complete list here.

Congratulations OSU College of Agriculture.

Extension in the News

Residents give input to committee
The Argus Observer
March 17, 2017
Featuring Malheur County Extension

In this week’s issue:

Condolences: Jane Capizzi and Amy Peters  

It is with sadness we share the passing of E. Jane Capizzi and Amy Peters.

E. Jane Capizzi, retired 4-H faculty,  passed away on Feb. 25 in Corvallis. Jane was a 4-H agent in Douglas County, and also served as a 4-H leader and later as coordinator for the OSU state 4-H International Foreign Youth Exchange program in Corvallis.

A memorial service was held on March 12 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corvallis.

Amy Peters, Ag Extension Faculty in Coos County, passed away on March 3rd 2017 at her home in Myrtle Point Oregon.

Her service will be held at the Pavilion located at the Myrtle Point Fair grounds on March 25th 2017, at 2pm. Pastor Lloyd Pounds of the First Christian Church, where she regularly attended, will be officiating.

Outdoor Summit Postponed

The Outdoor Summit has been postponed to allow for more planning time. More information to come.

Vice Provost Awards for Excellence: Save the Date

The Vice Provost Awards for Excellence Luncheon will be held on Monday, April 17 at CH2M Hill on the Oregon State main Campus.

Spring O&E Magazine is now available

The spring 2017 edition of O&E magazine is available in print and online. The publication also will appear in the spring edition of the Oregon Stater alumni magazine, which mails in early April. Copies of O&E will be mailed to each Extension office and Agriculture Experiment Stations. Applied research is the publication’s theme and include stories about engaging coastal communities in wave energy development; better-fed honeybees fight off harmful effects of parasite; 30-day lifestyle intervention lowers risk factors for chronic disease; and Cattle spend limited time in streams. Readers are also encouraged to download the Extension free book on “Coping with Caregiving: How to Manage Stress When Caring for the Elderly.

Share the publication with stakeholders, community partners and learners. Contact Jill Wells ( or Ann Marie Murphy ( for copies.

Chick Cam

The Clatsop County Chick Cam is LIVE!

The chicks were expected to hatch today, March 13, but an early bird hatched yesterday and it appears she has been joined by a sibling already.

To watch the rest of chicks hatch, go to 

OSU begins live stream of chick hatching

Extension in the News

Wallowa County’s emerging food movement is apparent at the FEAST gathering
Wallowa County Chieftain
March 8, 2017
Featuring Ann Bloom, Wallowa County Extension

Teens as Teachers 4-H program opportunity
Tillamook Headlight Herald
March 10, 2017
Featuring: Jessica Linnell, Tillamook County Extension

In this week’s issue:

What does it take to enable students to see the planet as one interdependent ecosystem?

This July, youth and their educators from up to 23 countries will meet here in Oregon for the 31st year to share their team science-based projects reflecting the conference theme, “Following Nature’s Design” in one of three categories: Food Systems, Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Design.. They will also share their culture and commitments to their communities, learn about and tour Oregon innovations and best practices, and work together to design their sustainable future.

Since 2004, Oregon youth have traveled around the planet, engaged in this annual global conversation and have come away with a life-changing experience and renewed confidence in our ability to resolve our environmental challenges. Most of these youth performed 4-H based service work to raise funds for expensive airfares. This year’s conference is hosted by Caretakers of the Environment International/ USA Branch (CEI USA) in partnership with OSU Extension Service – Marion County. No airfare required.

On March 31st, our final Oregon teams – up to 40 youth – will meet in Salem in a workshop setting to refine their project outcomes, and begin to develop our cultural presentation. They then celebrate their Oregonness the following day, April 1st at Winema Wayside/ Pacific City at the SOLVE beach clean-up. Are there deserving Oregon youth who shouldn’t miss out on what could be their only opportunity for an authentic global experience? We have room for a few more teams who believe that this is a worthwhile effort . Contact Dan Hoynacki at

Journal of Extension, February 2017 issue

Marc Braverman recently shared the February issue of the Journal of Extension and highlighted Oregon State Faculty featured:

Lynette Black, 4-HYD faculty in Wasco County, has co-authored an article on using pop culture – specifically, zombies – to teach life skills to youth. As Lynette says in the article’s introduction: “Creatively repackaging topics through a twist such as a zombie apocalypse theme can attract hordes of adolescents to Extension youth development programs.”

To read Lynette’s article as well as the others in the February issue, please visit

Linn County Japanese Activity Night

Linn County 4-H organized an event to learn about hosting a Japanese student through the 4-H Global Citizenship Program. Participants were able to learn about Japanese culture through activities such as Sumi-e (Japanese brush painting), Origami (Japanese art of folding paper), decorating Koinobori (carp windsocks) and Furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloth).

Japanese native and 4-H Global Citizenship Program host, Shunske Yamamoto, taught the students how to make inari (seasoned tofu skin stuffed with sushi rice), onigiri (rice balls) and mochi (rice cake). There was also a variety of Japanese crackers and candies for the attendees to enjoy.

This summer, many 4-H members and their families will host students from Japan who will spend their summer vacation learning about our customs and culture. Visitors are paired with 4-H members of the same gender and age and will spend the summer doing the same activities (and chores) as their host siblings. Volunteers such as Shunske have hosted adults chaperoning the students who travel here.

If you, or someone you know, are interested in hosting a student or chaperone, more information about the Global Citizenship Program is available online.

If any county office would like to host a similar evening, you may contact Jill Wells for ideas.


Linn County 4-H and Origami
Linn County 4-H members learning origami.
Linn County 4-H members making Japanese onigiri.
Linn County 4-H members making onigiri.

Extension in the News

Tree School to offer useful tips for woodland owners
The News-Review
March 4, 2017
Featuring Douglas County Extension