In this week’s issue:

National Agriculture Week

March 18-24 is National Agriculture Week, a time Oregonians and citizens across the United States have a chance to say thank you to our farmers and ranchers. Alexis Taylor, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, has listed seven adjectives –  one for each day – to describe agriculture in Oregon.

  • Sunday: Oregon agriculture is diverse
  • Monday: Oregon agriculture is thriving
  • Tuesday: Oregon agriculture is authentic
  • Wednesday: Oregon agriculture is universal
  • Thursday: Oregon agriculture is innovative
  • Friday: Oregon agriculture is boundless
  • Saturday: Oregon agriculture is celebratory

We’re encouraging those who manage local Extension social media accounts to use these themes this week, and to follow and share OSU Extension’s posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Finding logos, letterhead, templates, and more

Finding OSU institutional, county and other Extension companion logos just got a little easier. Housed in OSU Box, a direct link to logos, letterhead, templates and other marketing tool is now available on the Extension Employee Intranet. Look for the first priority link. Bookmarking the link will make it even easier to access. Please review logo guidelines so that logos are used properly. If you have questions about logo use and placement, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Social media post idea

EESC’s own Phillip Brown created a moving two-minute video poem titled “A Field at Every Hour” for the latest issue of Oregon’s Agricultural Progress. It creatively shares the important work of Extension and Ag Experiment Stations. It, and other articles from OAP, would make excellent social media posts.

Extension Web Update

Monday’s blog post outlines what’s planned for the next two weeks, as well as new and “coming soon” resources, including a new FAQ about business cards and an updated office hours/open lab schedule.

Diversity highlights

Please contact with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events & Resources

Why are there so many Mexican immigrants in the United States?
In this History Pub talk, Julie M. Weise, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Oregon, will help answer this question. Her presentation will discuss the history of Mexican immigration to the United States, the “push” and “pull” factors that have brought so many here, and legal changes that have left so many vulnerable to deportation. The workshop will the 20th of March, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at 418 A St, Springfield, Oregon 97477.  For more information visit the event page:

Pacific Perspectives: The Only Islander In The Room: Join us for an evening of stories from members and friends of UTOPIA PDX (United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance) as they share what it’s like to be the only Pacific Islander in the room. This is an all ages event that is open to the entire community, fot a timeline of the event please refer to the Facebook event page: The event will be the 24th of March, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 936 34th SE Street, Portland, Oregon 97214.

History Pub: Women of the Civil Rights Movement: Event attendees will learn about the traditionally untold stories of the Civil Rights Movement, specifically the role of women of color. Speakers will share reflections on their work in the Oregon Civil Rights Movement — their struggles and greatest memories. This workshop will be the 26th of March, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97211.

Intercambio: a Spanish-English discussion group: Intercambio is an opportunity for speakers and learners of English and Spanish to gather together for conversation and language practice. The group meets at 3 p.m. each Saturday. If you want more information about the next meeting, visit their Facebook event page:

In the News

KCUR 89.3 Announces New Reporting Collaborative On Race, Culture and Identity (KCUR 89.3)
Talking about race and culture is hard for a lot of Kansas Citians. It’s hard everywhere in the United States where people from different backgrounds share space and resources. But when we dig into stories about our identities and how they affect our families, our politics, arts and health – it’s hard not to recognize that race, culture and identity is a central force our lives, and deserves special attention in our news coverage. That’s why KCUR 89.3 and three other stations across the country (St. Louis Public Radio in St. Louis, Missouri, Portland, Oregon and Hartford, Connecticut) have started a reporting collaborative called Sharing America, focused on the impact of race, ethnicity and identity on our cities.

National Geographic acknowledges past racist coverage (KOIN 6)
National Geographic acknowledged on Monday that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations, with its magazine portrayals of bare-breasted women and naive brown-skinned tribesmen as savage, unsophisticated and unintelligent.

UO is rated the most LGBTQ-friendly college in Oregon (AroundtheO)
The University of Oregon — already named one of the top 25 universities in the nation for LGBTQ students — has also been recognized as the most LGBTQ-friendly college in Oregon.

Cultural meals tie together communities, create connections (DailyBarometer)
Born and raised close to the ocean in Sumatra, Indonesia, Pyrena Luhur grew up predominantly on fish dishes that were traditional to that region. Now at Oregon State University, Luhur, who works as a student success peer facilitator at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, struggles with finding foods and ingredients in order to make and eat the cultural foods she is accustomed to.

OSU Chick Cam!

The popular Chick Cam from Oregon State University Extension Service, Clatsop County, returns for its third year March 14-23. The 24-hour video camera follows the fate of a dozen chicken eggs from hatching until they emerge on the expected date of March 20. Then we’ll follow the chicks in the brooding pen until March 23. Viewers can watch the LIVE feed at:

April permaculture courses online

OSU PACE announces that Department of Horticulture instructor Andrew Millison will teach two online permaculture courses beginning in April. See:

Programming for clientele with developmental disabilities

A research and practice-informed training program launched by Rutgers Cooperative Extension. eXtension webinar this Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10 a.m. PDT.

Communication and conversation opportunities

Is there anything about which you are interested, curious, or concerned? Here are some ways to share and ask:

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 1-408-638-0968, Meeting ID: 599 741 457
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

A reminder: As announced in January, we are continuing the open line and online question form through March, and will then evaluate whether to continue.

Extension in the news

OSU Extension adds pest management plans to catalog
Capital Press
Oregon State University Extension is adding several crop-specific pest management plans to its repertoire, working in collaboration with farmers, researchers, agribusiness and industry representatives.

Oregon wine grape pioneer honored
Capital Press
Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center on March 12 dedicated its first new wine grape planting in 30 years, naming it after Porter Lombard, the Oregon State University researcher who showed Oregon growers how to make vineyards pay off.

Armyworms surprise grass seed growers
Capital Press
“There was massive feeding to newly harvested fields; it was really an all-hands-on-deck type of situation,” said Nicole Anderson, Oregon State University Extension Field Crops Agronomist in Oregon’s North Willamette Valley. “I don’t know that anybody remembers something like the outbreak of the true armyworm this year.”

Survey Says: We Want to Hear from YOU! By Extension
Tillamook County Pioneer
The purpose of this survey is to find out what Tillamook County Pioneer readers think about the articles we have published so far.

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