In this week’s issue:

International Master Gardener Conference a Huge Hit

July 7-17, the OSU Extension Master Gardener faculty, staff, and volunteers hosted 1,297 people from across the United States, Canada and South Korea at the International Master Gardener Conference in Portland, Oregon. Planning for this event began all the way back in 2012, when we submitted our bid to host. After five long years of planning thousands of details, we had one huge, fun party across 10 days (including pre-tours and post-tours). We shared Oregon’s best with others across the nation (and beyond!), and learned from experts we would not otherwise be able to bring to Oregon.

This conference set the record for the largest International Master Gardener Conference, ever, and yielded many positive comments and compliments from our visitors from across the United States. Preliminary evaluations (~400 people responding, thus far) rate the overall conference as 4.6 stars (out of 5.0). The conference venue (4.72), registration (4.63, managed by OSU Conference Services), keynote sessions (4.59), and conference newsletters (4.57) also received high marks.

Dr. Won-Suk Lee, Coordinator of the Master Gardener Program for the Byeonggido Agricultural Research & Extension Services, was the sole Korean participant at the 2017 IMGC. South Korea initiated its Master Gardener Program 5 years ago. It is a government-run initiative with training and service requirements much like those in the U.S. As of today, there are 500 Korean Master Gardeners.

Dr. Tom Bewick, National Program Leader for Horticulture at the USDA, also joined the party. He was on hand to deliver opening remarks, and to help award the International Search for Excellence awards. Dr. Bewick ended up actively participating in the conference, July 11-13, because he was having such a great time meeting with and mingling with Master Gardener faculty and staff, from all over.

Oregon was honored with FOUR International Search for Excellence Awards (Marion County, 1st place, Research; Clackamas County, 1st place, Workshop; Wasco County, 3rd place, Special Needs; Lincoln County, 3rd place, Youth). To read the short write-up about each awarded project, click here.

Key OSU Extension personnel involved in this Herculean effort include: Gail Langellotto (conference chair); Amy Jo Detweiler (speakers’ chair); Carrie Smith (speakers’ committee); Toni Stephan (speakers’ committee), Signe Danler (registration committee), and Donita Godwin (newsletters) ~ as well as many, many committed Master Gardener volunteers. Participating as speakers were: Weston Miller, Amy Garrett, Ramesh Sagilli, Heather Stoven, Neil Bell, Bernadine Strik, James Cassidy, and Master Gardener volunteers Patricia Kolling and Harry Olsen. Jordis Yost, Pami Monette, Kym Pokorny, and Patty Driscoll led some of the 18 tours that spanned out across the state ~ from Astoria to Crater Lake, and every place in between. Master Gardeners in Douglas County, Lincoln County, Tillamook County, Wasco County, Hood River County, Multnomah County, and Deschutes County welcomed us into their community and demonstration gardens.

Sponsors included the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, OSU Department of Horticulture, 21 Master Gardener Associations, and 10 Master Gardener volunteers and their families.

This event was truly a celebration of OSU Extension and the Master Gardener Program, and we thank all who were involved.

By the Numbers

1,294 registrations (3 countries, 46 states; 4 Canadian provinces);
18 tour with nearly 700 sign-ups;
48 presentations (3 keynote speakers and 45 breakout classes);
39 sponsors;
Over 100 volunteers;
50 trade show vendors;
3 meals
5 snack breaks
17 decorated bicycles ~ each representing the unique nature of a local Oregon Master Gardener Program; and
26 Search for Excellence awards.

Conference Photos:

Congratulations to Patricia Dawson: National Extension Diversity Award

Patricia Dawson is the recipient of the 2017 National Extension Diversity Award from ECOP. She will be honored at the APLU meeting.

Congratulations Patricia!

Branding Update

Finding Extension Logos

You can find links to logos in the “For Employees” section of the Extension website (same place they have always been!).

  • On the Extension homepage, select “For Employees” from the top menu and then “Employee Resources” in the dropdown menu.
  • Next click on “Marketing Tools” and then “Logos” in the right navigation bar. There, you will see the link to companion logos. Clicking this link opens the “Extension and AES” Box.

o The “Extension and AES” Box is the one-stop-shop for brand assets specific to University Outreach & Engagement, OSU Extension, and Ag Experiment Station.

o In this Box, there are three “pages” of unit folders. You can sort by name, and also use the pager arrows (upper right next to the Download button) to move to the next page.

o Each folder has logos in .png and .eps formats. Open the .eps logo folder and the logo art sheet to view logo color options and file names.

Tip: You can also use the “favorites” feature in Box for quick access to your commonly used files and folders. Here’s a short video from our friends at URM.

Please review the OSU brand guidelines before using the logo.

If you need assistance, please contact Ann Marie Murphy at or by calling 541-737-1327.

OSU Social Media Avatar and Picture

Do you manage an OSU-affiliated social media site? New brand guidelines ask us to use the OSU crest with the grey background for University Outreach and Engagement and OSU Extension. Look for the “Download Social Avatars” link at:

If you need assistance, please contact Ann Marie Murphy at or by calling 541-737-1327.

Leading with Cultural Intelligence

In this new online course, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the challenges of leading and working in culturally diverse teams, as well as the skills needed to maximize and elevate your team to new levels of success.

Go to for more information.

Extension in the News

Seniors find relief in “Walk with Ease” program
The Curry Pilot
July 18, 2017
Featuring: Curry County Extension

‘Try again’: youths put STEM skills to test building 2-wheeled kit vehicles at the library
The Argus Observer
July 20, 2017
Featuring: Barbara Brody, Malheur County

In this week’s issue:

NAE4HA Conference Awards and Recognition

The following Oregon Extension Professionals were recognized last week at the NAE4HA Conference in New Orleans, LA.

25 years of service: Susie Busler, Polk Co.
Meritorious Service Award: Mary Arnold, campus
Distinguished Service Award: Laurie Michaels, Douglas Co.
Distinguished Service Award: Melanie McCabe, Marion Co.
Achievement in Service Award: Trisha White, Clackamas Co.
Achievement in Service Award: Teresa Middleton, Douglas Co.

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Oregon Tilth Partners with Oregon State University to Launch Organic Extension Program

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon’s organic farmers will benefit from new research, education and outreach thanks to a new Oregon State University (OSU) Organic Extension program dedicated to building and sustaining organic agriculture—Oregon’s fastest-growing farm sector. Oregon Tilth, a Corvallis-based nonprofit organic certifier and advocate for sustainable agriculture, has pledged $100,000 in matching funds over four years to support the program. Oregon Tilth has provided $150,000 to OSU’s Small Farms Program since 2009.

OSU’s Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems will use the money to develop research and educational programs and help pay the salary of Nick Andrews, now OSU’s first Organic Extension Agent.

“We are excited to support the launch of OSU’s Organic Extension Program with this important first step,” said Chris Schreiner, Oregon Tilth’s executive director. “It recognizes organic as an important sector of Oregon agriculture that OSU will be better able to serve through a dedicated program.”

Garry Stephenson, director of the OSU Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems, said, “This is significant, yet we don’t plan to stop here. We envision an Organic Extension Program with four or more positions around Oregon, focused on different crop and livestock systems as well as local food system development.”

Nick Andrews, OSU’s Organic Extension Agent, said, “Not only does this new funding allow faculty like me to specialize, but we can aggregate and grow OSU’s work on organics – the most rapidly growing sector of agriculture – for bigger and broader benefit.” Organic research and Extension projects will initially focus on annual crops, but the scope of the program will increase to include perennial crops, livestock systems, local food systems and other topics as more Organic Extension agents come on board.

Oregon ranks sixth among U.S. states in the certified organic acreage, and fourth in farmgate sales, according to 2015 data from USDA. “We’re fortunate in Oregon to have favorable growing conditions for organic production,” said Stephenson. “And Oregonians are tremendously interested in local, sustainable food.”


Oregon Tilth is a leading nonprofit certifier, educator and advocate for organic agriculture and products since 1974. Our mission to make our food system and agriculture biologically sound and socially equitable requires us to find practical ways to tackle big challenges. We advance this mission to balance the needs of people and planet through focus on core areas of certification, conservation, policy and the marketplace.

The OSU Center for Small Farms and Community Systems was established in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences in 2013, building on two decades of the successful Extension Small Farms Program. The Center uses education, research, and collaboration to advance sustainable agriculture, community food systems, and economic progress for Oregon’s small farmers and ranchers.


Great Shake Out Drill

Join other OSU faculty, staff, and students in the Great Oregon Shake Out!

On October 20 at 10:20 am, join the rest of Oregon and the nation and Drop, Cover, and Hold-On for 60 seconds to simulate the response to an earthquake.

Participation is voluntary but encouraged. In previous years, several campus classes and organizations have:

  • Made participation a small group class project, to include a 5 minute research presentation
  • Made a class project to have students, wherever they are, encourage those around them to Drop, Cover, Hold-On (proof provided by videotaping the activity)
  • Prepared informational materials and distribute to staff/faculty/classmates
  • Planned an evacuation drill to high ground near Hatfield due to the tsunami threat

As part of the monthly OSU Emergency Preparedness Learning sessions, October’s fact sheet will review the response to earthquakes and other preparedness points – Great talking tips to present on 10/20, right before the Drop, Cover, and Hold-On event!

There will be a PowerPoint sent on Monday, October 17 that can be used in offices and classrooms to introduce the earthquake drill. It even has a 60 second timer to help with how long to run the drill.

If you do participate, please complete our Qualtrics Survey or send a count of participants to OSU Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Bamberger ( so we can update the OSU participation tally on the Shake Out website.

Additional information about the Shake Out can be found at:

Oregon is subjected to earthquakes daily, but the largest event forecasted has yet to occur within our life time. The Cascadia Subduction zone earthquake is forecasted to be a 9.0 or higher and to last for 5-7 minutes, followed by a 30-50 foot tsunami at the coast

Response to earthquakes is simple but important for everyone to perform correctly and automatically. When the shaking is felt, drop low to the ground, seek overhead cover to protect yourself from falling debris, and hold on to the cover so it does not move away from you. When the shaking has stopped, cautiously exit the building, watching for falling objects.

For more Cascadia Subduction Zone and earthquake information, please refer to these summary websites:

2017 International Master Gardener Conference

2017 International Master Gardener Conference: Oregon State University is hosting the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference, July 10-14, 2017 at the Oregon Convention Center. Join 1,200 Master Gardener volunteers, faculty and staff from across the United States, Canada and South Korea for a week of fun, networking and top notch keynotes, classes and tours. Early bird registration is now open. Register early to save. Read our latest newsletter for more details.

Call for Proposals: 2016-2017 Learning Innovation Grants

From Robin Pappas, Instructional Innovation Program Manager
Information Services

On behalf of the Office of the Vice Provost for Information Services, I am pleased to announce the opening of the call for proposals for the 2016-2017 Learning Innovation Grants.

In 2015-2016, $130,000 was awarded to support 16 Individual projects and nearly $300,000 was awarded to collaborative teams to support 3 Scaled projects. Consistent with last year, awards will be offered in two categories.

Individual Grants (up to $10,000)
10 to 15 individual grants will be awarded to faculty at the OSU Corvallis campus. These awards are intended to bring innovation to the learning experience by providing seed funding for pilot projects combining effective pedagogy with technology or other educational technology efforts.

These are one-time grants, not an ongoing service fund.

For more information about individual grants, please visit this url:

Scaled Grants (up to $100,000)
Scaled Grants will be awarded to multi-departmental teams at the OSU Corvallis campus who are launching new initiatives or expanding existing ones. Co-contributed resources of staff time and/or funds are expected, and a sustainability plan for maintaining the initiative should be included with the proposal. Deans need to review and actively support the project. Projects should directly contribute to student learning and experience: although research may be conducted on a funded project, the grant funds are not intended to support research itself.

Applications for Scaled Grants will be accepted in Fall 2016 and Winter 2017. (A separate RFP for Winter 2017 proposals will come out in January 2017.)

For more information about the Scaled Grants, please visit this url:

Descriptions of the Individual and Scaled Grants awarded last year will be available on the LIG web site shortly. If you are interested in learning more about the Learning Innovation Grants, an information session will be held in the upcoming weeks. Meanwhile, please feel free to contact Robin Pappas with questions at

We look forward to seeing your wonderful ideas!

The EESC Express

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EESC Express begins its second season with 30 minutes of pithy, useful ideas for communication, teaching and working differently. Brought to you by your friends at Extension & Experiment Station Communications. Join us on Webex on Thursday, October 20th, at 10am as we explore the fascinating world of 3-D printing, visit the new PNW Handbook website, and offer a fun tip on boosting your productivity.

Webex meeting number: 925 387 591

Questions? Contact Jeff Hino

Brought to you every 3rd Thursday at 10 a.m. by Extension and Experiment Station Communications
View previous episodes.

Extension in the News

Wolf plan review brings management zones, hunting to forefront
East Oregonian
October 13, 2016
Featuring John Williams, Wallowa County

Resource Available for Livestock Owners To Learn More About VFD Requirements
October 11, 2016
Featuring Sergio Arispe, Malheur County

Marcia Sherry
Marcia Sherry, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener of the Year


OSU Extension Retiree Opportunity

County Leader Changes for Wasco County

New hybrid Master Gardener class in Lane County

OSUEA Awards – Call for Nominations

Dale and Alice Hoecker Extension Innovative Grants – Apply now!

OSU Honors 25 Master Gardeners for dedicated service

Welcome to the Extension Family!

Save the Date: Retirement Reception for Deborah Maddy

Classes and Trainings


OSU Extension Retiree Opportunity

Following retirement, Fred Smith and his partner Consuelo created a company (Anglatin Ltd.) which has been organizing and operating study tours to North America, South America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. Anglatin Ltd. just completed an eight day tour to Chile for a group of Brazilian farmers. A wine tour to Chile, an agriculture tour to Chile, an energy tour to Oregon and a forestry tour to Ireland, Scotland and England are lined up over the next several months.

Fred is interested in adding to the Anglatin team and is reaching out to recently retired extension faculty with knowledge and experience in agriculture, natural resources, rural development , forestry or other natural resource related topics. International travel, work or living experience would also be of value, as well as multilingual skills. A network of professional colleagues, cooperators and “clients” would also be of value.

More information is available at, but specific questions can be emailed to


County Leader Changes for Wasco County

Beginning September 1, Lynn Long, who serves as an Extension faculty member and co-county leader for Wasco County, will be on sabbatical leave. Lynette Black, who serves as an Extension 4-H youth development faculty and co-county leader for Wasco County, will take on the full range of county leader duties during Lynn’s five-month leave. Thanks, Lynette, for agreeing to take on additional leadership responsibilities in the weeks ahead. And best wishes to Lynn as during his sabbatic . . . we’ll see you back in your CL role early in 2016!


New hybrid Master Gardener training underway in Lane County.

In the last few years OSU Extension Lane County has been offering Master Gardener training in the evening. Called MG@Night, this option is designed for participants who work or otherwise can’t commit to a traditional full day class. New this year is offering the class in the hybrid format utilizing the Canvas LMS. The goal of utilizing this technology is to be flexible in presenting course content as well as to encourage community building during the 22 week course. Students still receive in-person horticulture lessons, but also participate in volunteer skills development and program specific training online. The course is led by Brooke Edmunds (Extension Community Horticulturist for Linn, Benton and Lane County) and program coordinators Jet Eccleston & Linda Renslow. Brooke designed the new format while participating in the 2015 Extension Hybrid Learning Study Group. Offered by the Extension Hybrid Teaching Initiative and taught by Jeff Hino (EESC) and Cub Kahn (Center for Teaching & Learning), this program resulted in a full course outline, a finished module, exposure to new resources and new relationships with colleagues. This study group is highly recommended if you want to explore how to utilize the hybrid design in your programming.

You can see the MG@Night course in action here:

OSUEA Awards – Call for Nominations

The OSUEA Awards Committee is soliciting nominations for this year’s faculty and staff awards through October 15, 2015. The nomination process is fairly easy and there are numerous categories. Awards will be presented at the O & E Annual Conference to be held in Corvallis in December.

Categories for consideration are:

OSUEA Newer and Experienced Faculty/Professional Faculty (non-support) Achievement Awards
Purpose: To recognize superior and distinguished achievement of OSU Extension Association faculty qualify under one of the two categories below.

  • Newer Faculty Award for faculty with fewer than 7 years of experience
  • Experienced Faculty Award for faculty with 7 years or more of experience

OSUEA Classified Staff Award
Purpose: To recognize and reward outstanding and exceptional service by classified and management employees within the Oregon State University Extension Service.

OSUEA Educational Program Assistant Recognition
Purpose: To recognize and reward outstanding and exceptional service by educational program assistants (EPA) who manage and assist in many program

OSUEA Professional Faculty (no-rank) Award
Purpose: To recognize and reward outstanding and exceptional service to the organization by professional faculty (no-rank) members within the Oregon State University Extension Service. Professional (no-rank) faculty includes non-classified positions that provide support to program, administrative, or service operational functions of the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Purpose: To recognize outstanding efforts on the part of a team of Extension faculty, staff or both in responding to and incorporating into a specific educational program or effort within the Oregon State University Extension Service.

For more details on application process go to:

Deadline for OSUEA Awards is October 15, 2015


Dale and Alice Hoecker Extension Innovative Grants – Apply now!

The OSUEA Awards Committee is now accepting applications for the Dale and Alice Hoecker Extension Innovative and Replication Grants program.

Background: The Dale and Alice Hoecker family established the Extension Innovative Grants Program in 2001 to encourage creative Extension programming. Creative and innovative programs are a primary way in which Extension “pushes the envelope” and tests new ideas, programs, and/or approaches. Replication Grants provide opportunities for Extension to launch new ideas, programs or approaches within their respective assignments.

Grant selection will be based on a brief written proposal: (2 page limit)

Purpose: To encourage and support Extension faculty in developing/replicating and delivering programs that address a high priority need of an Oregon target audience through creative and innovative approaches. This grants program is only for new projects or programs (funding existing programs is not allowed). The project may be a replication program or new design but must be “new” for the respective applicant.

Award: Each grant award will be for a maximum of $4,000. The number of grants and/or amount of the grant may vary based on funds available, but it is anticipated that up to 4 grants may be awarded annually. Funds may be used to support program development, marketing, delivery, evaluation, and/or equipment related to the innovative/replication project.

Awards will be announced during O & E Annual Conference held in Corvallis in December 2015.

For more details on application process go to :

The Deadline is October 15, 2015.


OSU Honors 25 Master Gardeners for dedicated service

The OSU Extension Master Gardeners program honored their most dedicated ambassadors this year.  For a full list of those honored, please visit


Welcome to the Extension Family!

Leticia Varelas Baker/Union livestock and natural resource faculty

David Melville – Union 4-H SNACZ Coordinator


Save the Date: Retirement Reception for Deborah Maddy

You are cordially invited to a retirement reception to celebrate and recognize the work and achievements of Deborah Maddy, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement and Associate Director of the OSU Extension Service. Deb will retire on October 31, 2015, after 18 years of service.

Thursday, October 22, 2015
3:30 – 5 p.m.
MU 104 Joyce Powell Journey Room
Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Hosted by Scott Reed, Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement and Director of OSU Extension Service.

Also, planning is still in process, but be on the lookout for details of an Extension celebration for Deb that will be held at Extension Annual Conference.

Classes and Trainings

Search Advocate Workshops
La Grande (Eastern Oregon) – 9/24/15 – Full-Day Search Advocate workshop (9 hours)
Central Point (Southern Oregon) – 1/25/16 – Full-Day Search Advocate Workshop (9 hours)

Search Advocate Update Session (extends search advocate eligibility for 12 months)
OSU Cascades/Bend (Central Oregon) – 9/22/15 – 1 pm to 4:30 pm (3.5 hours)

Practical Introduction to Cheesemaking Short Course,
October 6-8, Oregon State University