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.