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:

Tips for strengthening a face covering culture

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow in Oregon, science tells us that wearing face coverings is important to help protect ourselves and others. OSU Extension can encourage the use of face coverings in our offices and our communities.

Share additional ideas for encouraging the use of face coverings with Ann Marie Murphy.

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, July 22 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Whether you are writing an online article or a publication for the Extension Catalog, the title you craft goes a long way toward helping readers find your content. Read more about good online titles in today’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

Panel Discussion: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Mind, Community, and Institution
On July 22, 10-11:30 a.m., Join Dr. Shatomi Luster-Edward, Regional Director, Urban West Regional Office, University of Missouri Extension, Dr. Lindsey Lunsford, Sustainable Food Systems Resource Specialist, Tuskegee University, and Krystle J. Allen, Extension Associate (Emergency Preparedness & Special Programs), Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center for a panel discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion for social race relations (mind), community leader input (community), and Extension leadership input (institution).

Leading While Black, Food Share Zoom panel
Join Food Share Toronto on July 22, 3 – 4:30 p.m., for a conversation centred around the experiences of Black leaders. This conversation, will speak with Black leaders working and organizing in predominantly white spaces, who have taken the time – and in some cases, the risk – in their lives and careers to advocate on behalf of the Black community. We will explore the work that the panelists are engaged in, discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of Black leadership, and celebrate the successes they have realized in their work

OSU Search Advocate workshops are now available by Zoom! Search advocates are outside process advisors who participate on employee search committees; their goal is to encourage culture and practices that favor equity, validity, and diversity. Search advocacy offers faculty and staff an opportunity to work with colleagues in other parts of the university, build new skills and perspectives, and contribute to the university’s progress towards inclusive excellence. The initial workshop series is a sequence of four 4-hour Zoom workshops. Those who complete the series may choose to have their names added to the Search Advocate Directory and will be eligible to serve as advocates until September 2021. Three-hour continuing education workshops for current advocates are also available. To register, go to the Professional Development website. Questions? Contact Anne Gillies at anne.gillies@oregonstate.edu or 541-760-6160.

DEI In the News

Without clean water, Warm Springs struggles to curb coronavirus spread (Oregon Live)
Thousands of people on the Warm Springs reservation haven’t had clean water in their homes for weeks — a recurring symptom of aging infrastructure that tribal members fear could contribute to the spread of the coronavirus.

Charles R. Drew U of Medicine and Science Trains Doctors to Tackle Healthcare Disparities
Across Los Angeles County, in more affluent communities, COVID-19 testing centers were plentiful. But none existed in the predominantly Black and Hispanic neighborhoods in South Los Angeles until the historically Black Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science partnered with county officials to open a free testing center on its campus in early April.

Extension in the News

OSU Extension food preservation hotline opens for the season
KTVZ
As the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Food Preserver program turns 40, its hotline is once again ready to take calls.

At Our Best
Lebanon Express
More than 40 Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener volunteers were recently recognized for service to their counties.

Farm Fresh
Oregon Business
Amanda Jean Gladics, assistant professor at the Oregon State University’s Coastal Fisheries Extension, says that although a local seafood system is not a new concept, the Oregon Sea Grant is trying to expand a regional market for Oregon-caught seafood.

Hemp goes to college
The Mail Tribune
“Can we understand how to grow in a way that does not create so much waste, specifically plastic waste?” asked Richard Roseberg, director of the 84-acre Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center facility on Hanley Road.

Controlling Pacific Flathead Borer in Agricultural Crops
Organic Farmer
According to Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Orchard Specialist Nik Wiman, PFB tend to target the graft union.

OSU Extension: Demand for culinary resources soars during pandemic
Clackamas Review
COVID-19 has changed the way we eat, including more time spent in the kitchen and more meals eaten at home, said Kelly Streit, a registered dietitian with Oregon State University’s Extension Service in Clackamas County.

County Fairs In Oregon Try To Adapt In A Pandemic
OPB
Alli Dixson is in both the Future Farmers of America and 4-H, which are groups that help young people develop skills in a variety of areas including leadership, entrepreneurship, agriculture and more.

2020 Jackson County Fair begins to wind down, swine auction wraps up
KOBI
“We still wanted to be able to have something. We know that some counties couldn’t. So what was our fair gonna look like? Is it gonna be a virtual fair or are we gonna do it in-person?” Said 4-H Youth Development Specialist for Jackson County, Lena Hosking.

Despite health and economic concerns, Extension helps deliver successful cherry harvest in Wasco County
The Dalles Chronicle
The coronavirus pandemic hit just as Oregon State University Extension Service tree fruit expert Ashley Thompson was preparing for the upcoming cherry harvest.

Where We Live: Marionberries, the ‘Cabernet of Blackberries’
KOIN
Oregon’s berry industry is worth well over $100 million. For OSU’s Javier Fernadez-Salvador, the industry’s connection to the university has been critical as has its connection to the state’s farmers through the OSU Extension.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Resumption Resources

Find links to all tools and resources available to support OSU Extension’s resumption and modified operations on our Extension COVID-19 resources page under “Resources to use.”

The following modified operations resources have been added over the past week:

Spanish Resumption Signage now available

Many of the resumptions signs are now translated into Spanish and available in the Resumption Planning Toolkit in the OSU brand guide Download tab (the link is at the top of the page). Look for the Spanish Signage folder. Log into Box to access the files.

Virtual Extension Resources

The Virtual Extension resources on the employee intranet include how-to tips for delivering virtual and programming, and interviews with Extension faculty and staff on their lessons learned.

New Extension Out There videos available

Three new 30-second Extension Out There videos are available for sharing via social media, newsletters or other communication channels. The videos showcase the diverse programming offered by OSU Extension Service.

  • My Hair My Health PDX
  • Steens Mountain mule deer research
  • 4-H Wagon Train

You will find these along with the video featuring five Extension programs and six other 30-second videos from 2019 in the Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration Box folder (go to the Employee Intranet website and click on the second bullet under Popular Links). Look for the Out There Video folder. All videos are in English with English captioning and Spanish with Spanish captioning.

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 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.

Extension Professional Development Sessions

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

Wednesday, July 14 @ 3:00 pm: Habla Español – Extension Vocabulary and Phrases
Friday, July 17 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Tips on creating an engaging topic page, two great examples and some kudos. This post is helpful for topic committees and anyone who wants to learn more about topic pages.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

UW Accessibility Resources
The UW accessibility website provides a growing number of free how-to pages and guides with steps for making particular types of content accessible to a broad audience. Resources include, Creating accessible documents, Developing accessible websites and Creating accessible videos. (For OSU’s accessibility resources and policies, visit accessibility.oregonstate.edu.)

Black Women on Black Food Sovereignty Panel (FoodShare Toronto)
This conversation features four Black women leading the call for Black food sovereignty in Canada, the U.S.A., and the United Kingdom. Through the panelists’ uniquely valuable perspectives and experiences, we explore what Black food sovereignty means, why it is important, and how we can collectively work to advance it. The event recording includes ASL translation.

Inclusion in Remote Work Environments: The recent pandemic has caused a massive, sudden shift to remote work for many companies. This shift impacts efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace, both in positive and potentially challenging ways. The OSU Center for the Advancement of Women in Leadership created this short (15 minute), self-paced training directed at managers, employee resource group members, HR professionals, and anyone invested in DEI work in their organization. It provides an overview of remote work and DEI, ways in which remote work can promote and challenge DEI efforts, and a series of practical strategies designed especially for promoting inclusion in remote workplaces. Register for the training.

DEI In the News

Local universities support legal action against new ‘xenophobic’ ICE rules (OSU Today/Register-Guard)
Oregon State University has about 3,500 international students, said spokesman Steve Clark, and data shows its international student population has for the most part increased over the years. (see also Corvallis Advocate)

7 Inequities: A Weeklong Look at the Biases Women Face (NY Times)
Women are living in a world that’s made for men. Whether it’s the cars they drive or the medicines they take, they’ve almost all been developed with men in mind. And that can have life-threatening consequences for women.

Extension in the News

Stories Of Southern Oregon: A Wine Scientist
The Jefferson Exchange
There’s a lot of human knowledge accumulated from making wine over millennia; Dr. Alec Levin has a handle on a lot of it. He is a viticulturalist with the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, the Rogue Valley branch of Oregon State University Extension.

Haines Stampede Rodeo bucks trend of COVID-19 cancellations
La Grande Observer
“I’d never been to a rodeo before so this was exciting,” said Katie Hauser, who is the 4-H program coordinator at the Oregon State University Extension office in Baker City.

In Migrant Worker Camps, Wifi Is a Basic Utility
Daily Yonder
In April, Ashley Thompson, Fruit Horticulturalist at Oregon State University Extension Service in Wasco County, administered a survey to local orchardists to gauge interest in wifi hot spots.

Help is found at the Lincoln County Call Center
The News Guard
Shifting her attention from her work as program manager at Lincoln County Maternal Child Health, Paeth initially launched the call center with help from her staff and volunteers from the Newport Public Library, Lincoln County Behavioral Health, the Toledo Police Department and Oregon State University Extension.

Brianna Micka takes virtual grand championship showmanship title
Wallowa County Chieftain
The 4-H event would normally be held at the Eastern Oregon Stock Show in Union. But this year it was held via submitted video clips.

Study raises new honeybee concern
Western Farmer-Stockman
Bees might be exposed indirectly through pesticide drift, according to study co-author Ramesh Sagili, associate professor of apiculture and honeybee Extension specialist at OSU.

All About Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Hobby Farms
“A robust IPM program starts with good knowledge of the crop,” says Nicole Sanchez, assistant professor of horticulture at Oregon State University.

Column: Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
A column by Chip Bubl

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Resumption Resources

Find links to all tools and resources available to support OSU Extension’s resumption and modified operations on our Extension COVID-19 resources page under “Resources to use.”

The following modified operations resources have been added over the past week:

Find a link to the paper-based COVID-19 awareness training under the “COVID-19 training” heading.

The following article outlines new communication resources available.

New resumption communication tools

As Extension’s phased resumption continues, new communications tools and templates are added to COVID-19 resources for Extension. This week several new resources are available:

  • Communication tips for conversations with mask-less community members in OSU locations is a tool for Extension offices and volunteers. Look under the “COVID-19 communication toolkit and templates” section. As you have success reinforcing the value of wearing a face covering or see businesses in your community offering a positive approach, please share them with Ann Marie Murphy. We’ll keep the document updated with new and positive approaches.
  • In response to a request by the local health authority, OSU Extension in Hood River County developed a “Stay Safe” flyer and social media graphics in English and Spanish. Look under the “social media” section. You are encouraged to share it on your social media channels. Thank you Lauren Kraemer and intern Daniela Valle for being responsive to your community and sharing your good work with us!
  • The Spanish version of the modified access office sign is now available. Look under the “COVID-19 communication toolkit and templates” section.
  • To raise awareness about the importance of wearing face coverings, several toolkits are available through the CDC (English and Spanish) and #MaskUpOR, the State of Oregon’s social media campaign, which offers a wide range of images, themes and tones. Look under the “social media” section. You are encouraged to share on your social media channels.

Welcome New Employees

New People welcomed in July

Wendy Fekkers, Fiscal Coordinator, 4-H,
Kyle Mondron, Faculty Research Assistant, Botany & Plant Pathology
Thomas Stokely, Assistant Professor (Practice), Forestry—Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

New People welcomed in June

Avery Pheil, Biological Sciences Research Technician, Marion County
Karen Willis, Instructional Designer, PACE
Yasmeen Hossain, Oregon Natural Resource Education Program (ONREP) Coordinator, Forestry
Emily Blume, Administrative Office Manager, Lincoln County

New Extension PowerPoint presentation templates

The Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration folder in Box offers Extension templates and examples for flyers, brochures, posters, Out There videos, Take Five for Extension presentation and more. Now two new templates for PowerPoint presentations can be found in the Extension Presentation Templates folder: a streamlined twist relying on branded icons for visual interest and a more traditional—but updated—Out There collection of slide templates that rely on photographic imagery. Both templates are offered in systems fonts and branded fonts (preferred). Build your slides using the slide templates and delete the slides templates you choose not to use. Helpful how-to’s and resources are also offered as an introduction to each file and on individual slide templates. If you have questions about how to use or access the templates, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

OSU Extension Internship Blog

The inaugural OSU Extension Service Internship Program is off and running, with about a dozen interns working in offices throughout the state and on the OSU campus – at least virtually. The goals of the program are for the interns to have a community-based learning opportunity, learn about the Extension Service and the land grant mission, and to have the opportunity to be a valued team member.

Throughout the summer, OSU Extension’s interns will be sharing their experiences on this blog, providing a window into their work with our Extension professionals and the communities they serve.

We’ll be promoting their stories by sharing posts on OSU Extension’s Facebook account throughout the summer.

Please help support the interns by commenting on their blog posts and sharing the social media posts on your Extension accounts and with your networks, and check back as they post about their experiences over the next couple months.

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 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.

Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9250, Wildlife Habitat: Nurturing a Diverse Mix of Flora and Fauna
Rachel Werling, Cat Kizer
New.Property owners can play key roles in wildlife habitat. Learn how to manage your land to promote a diverse native habitat and support ecological systems. One of a series of Land Steward Rural Resource Guidelines.

Extension Professional Development Sessions

With no professional development sessions scheduled this week, now is a perfect time to catch up on past sessions you may have missed. Recordings and session resources, such as slides and handouts, are available. You can filter by topic or search to find sessions of interest.

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.

Thursday, July 9 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network

Add to calendar
Presented by: Mary Halbleib, CSS, Gordon Jones, SOREC, Cassie Bouska, Coos and Curry County Extension
Session Audience: Faculty and staff that engage in the design, instruction and evaluation of education programs

Join via Zoom
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.

Open Campus shares Antiracist Resources

Open Campus has assembled an amazing list of Antiacist resources including trainings, films, books, online news articles and podcasts discussing race issues in America.  Here they are: (https://oregonstate.box.com/s/m2l5ritnsi1qnmhnzucnwjcc0xjnsznt)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

The topic menu is often the first place that web visitors click on the Extension website. The topic pages provide opportunities to engage new visitors and to organize information in one place. Recently, we’ve added new features and identified point people in Extension program areas that can help faculty better organize topic pages that relate to their work. Find out how you can improve a topic page in this week’s 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

Oregon Department of Justice Community Conversations
Help open pathways to justice & support for marginalized & oppressed people in Oregon by joining sessions throughout the month of July to discuss your experiences with institutional racism and implicit bias, as well as Oregon’s new hate crime law, and how Oregon DOJ can engage with your community. Sessions are intended for participation and input from folks who identify in the specified population.  All are invited to attend, but please reserve input and speaking time for those folks who identify in the specified population. Session list/dates and connection information available here.

Remote delivery of (new!) 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.

Search Advocate Workshops available by Zoom!
The initial workshop series is a sequence of four 4-hour Zoom workshops. Those who complete the series may choose to have their names added to the Search Advocate Directory and will be eligible to serve as advocates until September 2021. Three-hour continuing education workshops for current advocates are also available. To register, go to the Professional Development website. Questions? Contact Anne Gillies at anne.gillies@oregonstate.edu or 541-760-6160.

DEI In the News

Why Latinx people are hospitalized from COVID-19 at four times the rate of whites (NPR)
Daniel López-Cevallos, a professor at Oregon State University who studies how health disparities affect Latinx communities, told NPR that another reason Latinx people are more at risk is that they’re less likely to trust the government.

The politics of race are shifting, and politicians are struggling to keep pace (Washington Post)
What will come of the gathering call for action? The civil rights movement produced landmark legislation, but black people continue to face discrimination in virtually all aspects of life. Economic gains for many black Americans are undeniable, yet huge disparities in jobs, housing, income and wealth still exist.

Extension in the News

Luisa Santamaria: A scholar of passion and drive
Capital Press
OSU Extension plant pathologist Luisa Santamaria: “I like to keep myself busy in some way, and I put my heart in everything I do.”

Shelby Filley: Love of animals feeds her career
Capital Press
Shelby Filley is an Extension livestock and forage specialist who provides information on those topics, but in her spare time she enjoys working with cows and their calves.

Barb Iverson: All-consuming passion for farming
Capital Press
“I loved growing up on the farm and enjoy the outdoors,” Iverson said. “I was active in 4-H entomology and would hunt insects all summer as well as ride Thistle, the horse I trained — of course, after all the work was done.”

Researchers study how grazing on invasive grasses can affect wildfire threat
Malheur Enterprise
The OSU Extension Service in Malheur County is examining the effectiveness of grazing on fine fuels as a tool for improving range health and reducing the threat of wildfires.

Beyond Factory Farms: ‘Big Meat’ Comes At High Cost
Natural Awakenings
“Our bodies are designed to be omnivores, and animal products are part of a diverse, real food diet,” says Rebecca Thistlethwaite, director of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network at Oregon State University.

When you can’t turn off the rain
Progressive Dairy
An article co-written by David Hannaway, professor and Extension forage specialist.

Summer lunches to-go
Herald and News
IYS hosted the distribution in conjunction with several community partners, including the city of Klamath Falls, Blue Zones Project, Sky Lakes Foundation, Oregon State University Extension, Klamath Falls City Schools, and Klamath County School District.

The Popular Mechanics 2020 Outdoor Awards
Popular Mechanics
Surface area is the key to a hotter fire,” says Daniel Leavell, an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management.

In this week’s issue:

PFLA Discussion

How can the Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA) help grow your own skills, connections and career? Join us on Wednesday, June 24, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for an interactive discussion and opportunity to connect. All OSU Extension professional faculty are especially invited to join! Non-members: Please contact Gretchen Dursch, PFLA Director of Professional Development to register & receive the ZOOM link.

Addition to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9247, The Home Ignition Zone: Protecting Your Property from Wildfire
Max Bennett, Clint Nichols
New. Wildfire is inevitable — learn what you need to know to prepare your home and property. Handy worksheets help you assess each zone of your property to reduce the threat wildfires pose. This publication is one of a series of Land Steward Rural Resource Guidelines.

New Food Preservation Marketing Tools and Initiatives

As the season for food preservation kicks into high gear, new tools are available that can be customized by county. Look for the “Food Preservation Tips” and “Safe Canning Do’s and Don’ts” brochures and a “Food Preservation – Help you can rely on” flyer in Box. You’ll find them in the Extension and AES/Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration/Templates/Food Preservation Templates folder. Consider sharing them with local retailers that sell food preservation supplies. For accessibility, Word documents with larger print are available. Spanish translations also are being explored.

Bi-Mart stores throughout Oregon now have OSU Extension resources and food preservations tip signage located in stores wherever food preservation supplies are for sale. Wilco will be sharing copies of the “Food Preservation Tips” brochure at each of their 15 Oregon locations. The brochures provide local Extension office contact information. EESC will keep a close eye on catalog and website metrics to gauge the impact of the promotions. This visibility for OSU Extension food preservation is thanks to the creative thinking of Family and Community Health faculty members Nellie Oehler and Jillian Drewes both with Extension in Lane County.

Updates: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — August 1, 2020

The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is August 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

  • “Growing the Endowment Fund”

Extension faculty and staff may help “GROW the Fund” at any time during the year. Keep the following in mind:

  • The principal of the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund is an endowment.
  • The earnings from the endowment feeds into the current-use-fund.
  • Each quarter, the amount in the current-use-fund pays for the professional development requests selected for funding.
  • The fund supports on average, about 100-160 different professional development opportunities a year.

The two ways individuals may currently contribute throughout the year are:

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation at: http://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=4353
  • Contributions may be made to the endowment as you complete the on-line process. Be sure to note the following information when completing the on-line process section called Gift Information (where it asks which program you would like your gift to support—please enter the following number and fund name): 6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

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, June 24 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, June 26 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

The resources in today’s blog are those that help us with those wide-distribution digital communications we rely on from time to time. We are talking about enewsletters.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus: Implications for Educators and Institutions
Wednesday, June 24, 2:00 p.m. In this webinar, presenters from the Equity Institute, Peralta Community College and CORA Learning will address tangible strategies for addressing anti-Blackness in schools, colleges, and universities. All educators and institutions looking for concrete strategies and next steps should attend.

Addressing Racism Through Youth Voice: Corvallis Boys & Girls Club recording
On June 15, BGCC hosted the “Addressing Racism Through Youth Voice” Zoom panel to share the realities of local youth experiencing racism and discrimination in Corvallis schools and communities.

Juneteenth Oregon 155th Anniversary livestream recording
The Juneteenth Oregon Celebration was founded 45 years ago by the late and beloved community leader Clara Peoples. Peoples introduced the tradition, from Muskogee, Oklahoma, to her co-workers at the Kaiser Shipyards in Portland after learning it was unknown in this part of the country. Visit the event webpage for a recording of musical preformances, speakers and interviews, and to learn more about the history and future of the event.

DEI In the News

Corvallis resident addresses rotary club on history of racism, how to be better allies (Gazette-Times)
“Growing up in Corvallis, I didn’t necessarily experience racism,” he said. “I experienced this other thing called ignorance.” A white girl in his Hoover Elementary School class told him he’d make more friends if he bleached his skin. She didn’t know what she said was racist. Neither did Carson, until years later. But that day, he ran to the bathroom and cried because her words hurt all the same.

Governor, senators, others react to U.S. Supreme Court ruling (KTVZ)
Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray released the following statement about the opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Are We Really Serious About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion? (Diverse Edu Views)
While I believe that most faculty members and leaders, no matter their race or ethnicity, value diversity and are committed to the concepts of equity and inclusion — and may even have specific goals to improve diversity — progress is stalled. Actions do not seem to match rhetoric. The question is, are we in higher education truly sincere in what we say about the value of diversity, equity and inclusion?

Extension in the News

Two pesticides found to shorten bee’s lifespan
New Food
Honeybees might be exposed indirectly through pesticide drift, said study co-author Ramesh Sagili, associate professor of apiculture and honeybee Extension specialist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Leaders working on modified plan to hold fair youth activities
Blue Mountain Eagle
Grant County Oregon Extension Office/4-H is working on modified plans to hold livestock auctions and youth activities that work within the Phase 2 state guidelines, 4-H Coordinator Bonni Booth said Monday.

UPDATED: HR Co. Fair will be 4-H, FFA event
Hood River News
As for 4-H and FFA events, Rice said, “We feel it is important to uphold long time community traditions, as well as give the youth in our community the opportunity to showcase their 4-H and FFA projects that they have worked so hard to prepare for fair.”

Deschutes County Fair…on a smaller scale
The Bulletin
Candi Bothum, the coordinator for the Deschutes County 4-H program, is trying to make it happen for the kids this year — though as a “mini-fair” that looks much different.

Farmers’ market set to launch Sunday for first of six weekends in Philomath
The Philomath Express
“I think the big thing is if folks want to see it in the future, this year is the year to show up and shop here and show us that you want this in your community,” said Pami Monnette, a steering committee member who works with the Oregon State University Extension Service’s Small Farms program.

In this week’s issue:

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.

Our commitments to helping end systemic racism

You will notice that our Extension homepage, as well as our DEI page, have been updated to more clearly state publicly our commitment. To carry this forward, you can help share these statements publicly along with program actions and outcomes.

For program coordinators creating calls to action

  • If your program web presence lives within the OSU Extension website, you could add your program’s actions on your subpages.
  • Once posted, send a link to your posts to https://beav.es/extension-support and we will highlight this on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion page with Anita’s statement.
  • We will publish everything we have received by the end of this week and then update as you share more. It will look something like this.

  • This DEI page is in the About Us menu and linked to from the homepage. The DEI page can also be added as “featured content” to other pages (see instructions below).

County office group members who want to share the messages

    • Log in to the Extension website and go to your county page to edit it.
    • Scroll down to the “featured content” section and click the “select content” button.
    • In the pop-up title field type “Ed Ray” to find his statement and type “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” for the page with Anita’s message.
    • When you save, it will look like this.


If you would like more guidance for how you can do this on the pages within our Extension web presence that you are responsible for, please contact https://beav.es/extension-support.

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8421, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Walnuts: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in walnut orchards.

EM 9287, Survival Basics: Stress Less
Glenda Hyde, Lynette Black, Lauren Kraemer
New. In an emergency, fear and anxiety are a natural reaction. However, there are ways to prepare for those tense, anxious moments with an emotional toolkit that helps you cope and respond effectively during a disaster. This publication explores a sampling of mindfulness techniques to help you respond with resiliency in stressful times.

Healthy Community Outreach Grants of up to $25,000

Deadline to apply is July 1st, 2020! The intent of the Healthy Community Outreach Program is to empower local communities to work together to improve the lifelong health of Oregonians where they live, work, learn and play in ways that stimulate INNOVATION and COLLABORATION.  Grant project teams can consist of cross disciplinary / cross program collaborations.

Each project proposal may request up to $25,000 through this competitive process and up to 4 projects will be funded this year ($100,000 total project funding statewide).  Grant information, instructions and application can be found of the Moore Family Center website at: https://health.oregonstate.edu/moore-center/hcop/rfp

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:

Tuesday, June 16 @ 3:00 pm: Designing with PowerPoint
Wednesday, June 17 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, June 19 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Check out some blog posts you may have missed in the past:
What is Everyone’s Role?
What exactly is a CRM… and why should I care?
Top 5 Tips for Program Pages
Email newsletter best practices you need to know
Better writing for easier reading
So, you want to make a video?

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Webinar Series: The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation
Join the leadership of the American Public Health Association in a webinar series about racism’s impact on health and disparities. View a guide to the series here.

Webinar: Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus: Implications for Educators and Institutions
In this webinar, the presenters will address tangible strategies for addressing anti-Blackness in schools, colleges, and universities. All educators and institutions looking for concrete strategies and next steps should attend. June 24, 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Webinar: New Census data tools for COVID-19
The Census Bureau has released an interactive data hub resource page on COVID-19. The resource page is designed to help federal agencies, businesses and communities make decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how to navigate through this interactive data hub at a webinar on June 17,  10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

DEI In the News

Civil Rights Law Protects Gay and Transgender Workers, Supreme Court Rules (NY Times)
The court said the language of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Universities Plan Fall Initiatives to Address Systemic Racism and Police Brutality (Diverse Edu)
“The students were very clear that they wanted to keep this momentum going in the sense that folks are paying attention and thinking strategically about these conversations,” said Dr. Charlene Alexander, vice president and chief diversity officer at Oregon State.

Extension in the News

Malheur land managers get early look at rangeland-threats course
Capital Press
Project Director Sergio Arispe, with OSU Extension in Ontario, said he’s offering an earlier version of the course to local land managers in light of several large-scale, public-lands proposals for southeastern Oregon with implications on livestock grazing, recreation and other uses. Instruction is planned via videoconferencing for up to 10 participants.

Good fences make good neighbors of humans, wildlife
Associated Press
“I think thoughtful management of shared habitat is the best option, both for us humans as well as the many wild species (vertebrate and invertebrate) that quietly support our ecosystem and economies via their ecological services and enjoyment value,” said Dana Sanchez, an Extension wildlife specialist with Oregon State University.

Fruit fly to emerge Sunday
The Observer
The Oregon State University Extension Service announced the pest should emerge Sunday in the La Grande area, with 50% of adult files emerging from the ground June 28.

HAREC hosts live potato research update
Hermiston Herald
Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center is hosting their first virtual live potato research update provided by university scientists from 6–8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Congratulations to the following list of Oregon ESP Members selected to present at the ESP National Conference Monday, October 5, 2020 – Thursday, October 8, 2020 in Rochester, New York

Concurrent Sessions
Shana Withee The 100 BEST Travel Tips
Sam Angima USA/China Small and Family Farms Blended Learning and Teaching Exchange
Susan Busler Taking That 1st STEP to Get Involved in 4-H

Poster Presentations
Katie Ahern Outreach and Education Increases Physical Activity
Susan Busler Can you DYG it? Dallas Youth Garden
Shana Withee Be Prepared, Reduce Risk – Extension First Aid Kit
Deb Warnock Productive Communication in the Workplace

Re-opening Signage

Re-opening signage created by University Marketing for OSU and Extension offices is now available. Spanish versions of the signage are being created and will be available soon.

Signs include:

  • Stay safe poster (which also can be made into a pull-up banner)
  • Enter and exit only signs and maximum occupancy posters for classrooms and conference rooms
  • Bathroom mirror hand washing reminder (which can be made into a mirror cling)
  • Floor sticker and window safe distance poster/window cling reminders

Use the PDF  to print items with office printers, share with local print companies, and/or order from OSU Printing and Mailing (P&M). P&M is ready to respond quickly to fulfill orders for posters, window and mirror clings and banners.

Face Coverings for Extension Employees

In support of the university’s efforts to keep employees, learners and communities safe and healthy, Extension administration is providing two reusable face coverings to each Extension employee. Distribution logistics are still being worked out, but we anticipate that OSU-branded face coverings will be shipped to Extension locations the week of June 22. (Some offices ordered additional face coverings for volunteers and others; we anticipate these will be included in the same shipment as the employee face coverings.)

EESC is coordinating with office managers on this initiative. If additional supplies are needed, work with your office manager. As a reminder, here is OSU’s face covering policy.

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.

2019-2020 OSU Extension Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to the following OSU Extension faculty for their promotion effective July 1, 2020! Their promotion follows rigorous analysis of their dossiers by peers and administration at several levels of the University, as well as external reviewers. We applaud their success and take pride in the accomplishments of our Extension faculty. Honorees are highlighted on the Faculty Excellence website.

Promoted to Senior Instructor II:
Tim Stock, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture

Promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant II:
Michaella Sektnan, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Promoted to Associate Professor of Practice:
Brooke Edmunds, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture
Amy Garrett, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture
Daniel Leavell, College of Forestry, Forest Engineering, Resources and Management

Promoted to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure:
Sergio Arispe, College of Agricultural Sciences, Animal and Rangeland Sciences
Jeremiah Dung, College of Agricultural Sciences, Botany and Plant Pathology
Rory McDonnell, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Amber Moore, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Leigh Torres, College of Agricultural Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife

Promoted to Professor:
Sam Angima, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Guillermo Giannico, College of Agricultural Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife
Andrew Hulting, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Patricia Case, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Biological and Population Health Sciences
David White, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8418, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Apples: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in apple orchards.

EM 9289, Enhancing Urban and Suburban Landscapes to Protect Pollinators
Andony Melathopoulos, Neil Bell, Signe Danler, Amy Jo Detweiler, Iris Kormann, Gail A. Langelloto-Rhodaback, Nicole Sanchez, Heather Stoven, Dave Smitley
New. The way we garden and manage the landscapes of the Northwest can help promote the health of bees, butterflies and other insects. Homeowners, gardeners, landscape professionals and volunteer groups all can work to attract a wide range of pollinators to their properties. This guide offers detailed plant lists, garden designs and advice on creating pollinator habitat. Once plants are in the ground, learn to keep them healthy without exposing pollinating insects to pesticides that are toxic to them.

PNW 660, Integrated Management of Feral Rye in Winter Wheat
Drew J. Lyon, Andrew G. Hulting, Judit Barroso, and Joan M. Campbell
Feral rye (Secale cereale L.), also known as volunteer rye, is a troublesome weed in winter wheat production in the low- and intermediate-rainfall zones of eastern Washington and Oregon and southern Idaho. This publication describes the plant and provides recommendations for its management in winter wheat. Color photographs are included to facilitate identification.

Thank you Experts!

Due to the pandemic, we have had record volume in our Ask an Expert system. Only Colorado and Texas get more questions than we do. With our great success we want to make sure no one is getting overwhelmed or stressed. First, check your tags. If you are getting questions out of the geographic area you want, there is a tag for that. If you are getting strange questions that you have no clue about, check your tags. Finally, if you aren’t sure why you are being assigned certain questions drop Kym Pokorny or Sandy Reichhuber a line and we will be glad to look at your settings. Please know that if you feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take a break and mark yourself out for a few days. We appreciate all of you and how you have stepped up to the plate with all the stay-at-home, first-time gardeners, as well as all the usual seasonal questions.

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:

Tuesday, June 9 @ 3:00 pm: Habla Español – Spanish Practice
Wednesday, June 10 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Thursday, June 11 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)
Friday, June 12 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

No new resource this week but review our top three:

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Extension Implicit Bias Conversation: June 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. REGISTER HERE to receive connection information

The COVID 19 pandemic positions OSU’s Extension as leaders while communities navigate persistent and complex changes, often with attending negative impacts. How do we inform and prepare as faculty to respond most effectively to these challenges?

If we pay attention to the research, we know that implicit bias is real and that it can most readily be seen in vulnerable decision points, such as when we are especially pressed or when the options are ambiguous. As a follow up to an Extension leadership team’s reading of Jennifer Eberhardt’s book Biased and Jane’s recent Life@OSU interview, join SJEI Director Jane Waite and Extension Leaders for a robust interactive discussion on implicit bias, why mitigation is important and strategies for achieving best outcomes. The event will be an open discussion format, where questions from participants will drive the conversation. Contact jane.waite@oregonstate.edu with any questions prior to the event.

Habla Español – Zoom Spanish Practice
Tuesday, June 9 at 3:00 p.m. Join this 30 minute session to learn or brush up on your Spanish speaking skills by practicing with others. Hosted by Victor Villegas, Technology & Media Support Coordinator. Join via Zoom or Add to calendar

Racial Equity Challenge Resources (Food Systems New England)
A wide variety of resources (general and specifically related to Food Systems), including curriculum materials, media/reading reccomendations for adults and children, and toolkits for outreach and implementation.

DEI In the News

Report: To Ensure Equity, Prioritize CARES Act Aid for Public Colleges (Diverse Edu)
While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is felt throughout higher education, a report from the Center for American Progress advocates that public colleges and universities deserve the largest allotment of aid to ensure that racial and economic inequalities don’t deepen.

Along With COVID, Racial Trauma Takes Extra Mental Toll on African Americans (NBC NY)
The protests breaking out nationwide, and even across the world, in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, are demonstrations of empowerment, anger, sadness, fear and depression, a result of racism against black Americans that has been simmering for decades.

Extension in the News

Oregon forest and ocean conservation, businesses suffer during pandemic
Wallowa County Chieftain
Kristopher Elliott, Outdoor School Program Leader for Oregon State University Extension, said school closures and cancellation of school trips meant that about 14,000 sixth-graders were unable to attend Outdoor School.

Oregon Garden Challenge: Free seeds and ongoing information to grow healthy food at home
The Oregonian
What’s the challenge? To plant different seeds, either ones you have or you receive from OSU Extension’s Food Hero team, and improve Oregon’s healthy food supply.

OSU Extension, Tillamook County Family YMCA hold Essentials Drive
Tillamook Headlight herald
The Oregon State University Extension Service in Tillamook and the Tillamook County Family YMCA are excited to announce a countywide effort to collect and distribute household essentials to food pantries and other sites June 1-19.

Food distribution event a trial run for future events
Argus Observer
Oregon State University Extension participated in the event.

U-pick farms reopening with safety features
Capital Press
Experts at the Oregon State University Extension Service say the additional practices will look different on each farm.

OSU Extension’s Food Hero to distribute 80,000 seeds as part of garden challenge
The News-Review
The Food Hero team at Oregon State University Extension Service is offering Oregonians a unique opportunity to grow vegetables and fruits at home.

Smart scouting for little cherry disease
Good Fruit Grower
New training materials are now available from WSU and OSU Extension, including fliers and booklets of symptoms.

How a break in the nation’s food supply caused regional food companies to soar
PBS News Hour
This piece features Lauren Gwin, associate director, Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems and Extension Community Food Systems Specialist.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Food Hero cooking classes go online and are a big hit. The videos, between six and 12 minutes long, walk participants through simple, nutritious recipes, such as a broccoli and beef stir fry or the Popeye Power Smoothie. Each recipe comes from the Food Hero website, where the Extension Service provides free, healthy recipes searchable by what ingredients families have on hand.

Congratulations on your National ESP Award!

Mid-Career Service Award –Patricia Skinkis
Early Career Service Award –Emily Henry
Administrative Leadership Award –Lindsey Shirley
International Service Award- Sam Angima
Diversity Multicultural Individual- Mario Magana

https://epsilonsigmaphi.wildapricot.org/2020-National-Award-Winners

Operation Pallet Drop

Last week, at 18 distribution sites across the state, Oregon State University Extension Service employees worked side by side with the Oregon Army National Guard to sort, load and deliver personal protective equipment earmarked for agricultural producers and farmworkers to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The initiative – part of Oregon’s $30 million investment to secure the state’s food supply chain and protect essential agricultural workers – resulted in the distribution of 915,000 N95 masks and 5,000 gallons of hand sanitizer in all 36 counties. It was a collaborative effort of OSU Extension, the Guard, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management.

Congratulations to those involved. There was significant media coverage, including:

Clackamas
OSU Extension serves as mask distribution site
Oregon National Guard distributes PPE to farmers across the state

Deschutes
State provides free PPE to agricultural businesses

Douglas
National Guard joins effort to hand out masks for farm workers at Oregon Serigraphics Thursday

Jackson
Ag Workers Prepare For Harvest Season Amid Pandemic
NATIONAL GUARD HELPS GIVE PPE TO FARMERS AND RANCHERS

Lincoln
National Guard delivery

 Linn
OSU Extension helps farm workers stay safe
FARMERS FACE BUSY SEASON WITH NEW CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS

Marion
In bid to protect workers, Oregon ag department hands out free masks, sanitizer
PHOTOS: Oregon National Guard, OSU extension distribute masks to farmers
Protective gear going to farmworkers, but needs still unmet

Washington
National Guard hands out PPE to Oregon farmers ahead of harvest

Virtual Extension Resources

The Virtual Extension resources on the employee intranet include our best how-to tips for delivering remote programming, and interviews with Extension faculty and staff on their lessons learned. As we plan to enter a new phase, Virtual Extension resources can help you blend remote and in-person programming.

Newly added information:

Welcome New and Promoted Employees

Emily Blume, Administrative Office Manager, Lincoln County
Carrie Berger, Forestry & Natural Resources Fire Extension Program Manager
Sarah Contreras, 4-H Education Program Assistant, Marion County
Daniel Jones, FCH Education Program Assistant,  Crook County,

Online Training for Extension Volunteers: Feedback needed!

Do you manage, train or work with Extension volunteers? If so, your insights are needed for a new online training for Extension volunteers that focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion. Please join us on June 9, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. to learn more about the goals of the training and to provide feedback that will shape its development. Register now to receive connection information.

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8419, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Peaches: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in peach orchards of the Willamette Valley.

PNW 737, Building resilience through engagement: Brenda and Tony Richards – Rancher-to-Rancher Case Study series: Increasing resilience among ranchers in the Pacific Northwest
Sonia A. Hall, Tipton Hudson, K. Scott Jensen, J. Shannon Neibergs, Matthew Reeves, Georgine Yorgey, Emily Jane Davis
New. This publication is part of the Rancher-to-Rancher Case Study Series: Increasing resilience among ranchers in the Pacific Northwest.

PNW 742, Revenue Sources for a Commercial Beekeeping Operation in the Pacific Northwest
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New. Pollination services and honey production are the primary revenue sources for a beekeeping business based in the Pacific Northwest. Those starting a beekeeping operation should focus on two to three revenue sources initially and diversify after gaining experience. This publication provides information for formulating a production plan and estimating sales for a PNW-based beekeeping business.

PNW 743, Operational Equipment Expenses for Commercial Beekeeping Operation in the Pacific Northwest
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New. When developing a business plan for a commercial beekeeping operation, a beekeeper must plan for honey production. Even if other income sources, such as pollination or nucleus/package/queen sales, are expected to be the primary revenue stream, honey bees almost always make honey in the PNW. The amount of honey will vary from year to year, but a plan for processing and selling honey is essential. The supplemental material includes two informational graphics that describe two forms of honey and wax extraction—the spinning method and the slurry method.

PNW 744, Beekeeping Equipment Expenses: Woodenware and Other Components
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New.Woodenware for a typical honey bee colony includes vertically stackable boxes with removable frames, a bottom board, lid and a queen excluder. The most common design is Langstroth equipment. Langstroth colony configuration varies widely among beekeepers but is generally standardized within an operation for ease of transport, storage and management.

PNW 745, Honey Bee Colony Maintenance Expenses: Supplemental Feed, Requeening and Medication.
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New.Success in pollination, honey production and other aspects of a beekeeping business depends on honey bee health. Strong, thriving colonies require many inputs from the beekeeper, including feed (carbohydrates and protein), medications and new queens when necessary.

Extension Teaching Network Monthly Meetup

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up! Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom June 11th at noon to discuss what you need to make your extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited share our ideas, discuss your lesson plans, and delve into the challenges and opportunities for impactful programs. Follow this link to join in the conversation and idea sharing: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/93498246542

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:

Tuesday, June 2 @ 3:00 pm: Microsoft OneNote Basics
Wednesday, June 3 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, June 5 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

It’s the two year anniversary of the Extension website launch. This week’s Navigator post includes two short videos that show the cool features of the web’s content management system, and other tips and reminders for frequently asked questions.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

DEI Response to COVID-19: From Principles to Action: On June 4, from 9:00 am – 10:30 am, Dr. Charlene Alexander, OSU’s vice president and chief diversity officer, hosts a conversation on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the time of COVID-19 with a distinguished group of leaders on this important topic.  Speakers include Dr. Yvette Gullatt, Vice Provost for Diversity and Engagement and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs in the University of California Office of the President. Dr. Gullatt along with Chief Diversity Officers from the University of California developed guiding Principles on Equity and Inclusion During COVID-19. Panelists will consider the application of DEI principles in their work, lived experiences and identify ways to move from thought to action. Click HERE to Register.

InclusiveExcellence@OSU: IE@OSU is a professional development program for STEM faculty to understand and confront inequities in STEM education. The IE@OSU team is recruiting interested faculty for the Fall 2020 cohort of Fellows. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fall Academy is shifting to a virtual format, which will take place over the course of Fall term. More information about the program can be found here. If you are interested in participating, please click here to complete a short survey; deadline to indicate interest is Friday, June 5. Please contact program coordinator Ann Sitomer with any questions.

DEI In the News

OSU President Ray addresses George Floyd killing (The Corvallis Advocate)
On Sunday, Oregon State University President Ed Ray released a statement concerning the George Floyd killing, and his views concerning policing.

Family Equity Story Series: The 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that made marriage equality the law of the land was life-changing for hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ families. The historic ruling, in Obergefell v. Hodges, granted every American the freedom to marry, and afforded same-sex couples and their children equal rights, benefits, and protections. As the five-year anniversary of this historic ruling approached, Family Equality brought together two LGBTQ+ families in Texas to explore what marriage equality means to them. These are their stories

Extension in the News

Keeping wearing your face masks to the grocery store, but you don’t need to have it on in the car
Salem Reporter
Yolanda Rodriguez, of Oregon State University Extension, poses for a photo in her mask on Wednesday, May 27 at a mask distribution event for farmworkers and the agricultural sector.

With fairs canceled, 4-H and FFA contenders face uncertain futures with livestock, competitions
Salem Reporter
Melanie McCabe, Marion County 4-H coordinator, is working with 4-H clubs and the county fair coordinators to create a virtual space for everything from breeding animal and market livestock classes to home economics and arts classes.

Getting set for a virtual auction
The Observer
“There wasn’t any other option but to go virtual,” Union County 4-H extension agent Carole Smith said, noting 4-H remains under closure orders because it is part of the university system.

‘Black Futures Farm’ grows food, fosters community
East PDX News
This particular location is ideal, Hill observed, because partners at the site include Portland State University, the Oregon State University Extension Service, Portland Public Schools, and the Multnomah County Master Gardeners program.

Easy Tips to Grow Your Best Garden
Consumer Reports
First, make a seed starter with compost, peat moss, and a drainage aid like perlite, using this recipe from Oregon State University.

Legal Ledger Brief: New resource for grazing management
Western Livestock Journal
Oregon State University Extension has developed a resource to assist livestock producers seeking to improve their pasture and grazing management.

In this week’s issue:

Training Update–Staying Safe in the Workplace

Last week you received updates on the OSU Extension office opening approval process during the Quarterly Conversation.  You can access the materials and resources that were presented during that session at the this website.

One of the core tasks that needs to be completed by OSU Extension employees (as outlined in the plan on slide 10) is a COVID-19 awareness training.  A team of FCH Program faculty have taken a lead role in developing the materials that are included in the training.  A special thank you to Dusti Linnell, Barbara Brody, Tracy Wilson, and Roberta Riportella.  You will notice that we are using a unique system for this training—this has provided us an easy, customizable format for quickly designing, developing, and deploying the training.  Further, we are able to confirm the completion of the training immediately.

You can access the training by clicking on this link.

This training will need to be completed before re-entering an OSU Extension Office.  Please note, completion of this training is only one step in the multi-step process.  Your supervisory team will provide other details as necessary.  Once you click on the link, you will be prompted to enter the system and I will receive a notification.  Your progress is automatically tracked.  A certificate of completion is generated for your records.  Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.  Thank you in advance for your patience.  All the best, Lindsey

Extension newsletter templates now available for MailChimp

Newsletter are a good way to convey information and create engagement with your audiences. Three Extension newsletter templates are now available for MailChimp. You will find the links in a document residing in the Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration/Newsletter Templates Box folder. Next up? Similar templates for Constant Contact. Look for those in June.

To learn about newsletter best practices, read the Email newsletter best practices you need to know blog post. And there was a professional development session recorded on May 21 you’ll want to watch about “CTAs, CTRs, CMS, oh my! Let’s talk newsletters!” Newsletters recorded video

If you would like guidance on converting your current newsletter to the new format, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

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.

Let Victor Villegas know what sessions you would like to see offered and what you would like to present in June. Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, May 27 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, May 29 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

It’s been a month since each county had a template “online resources and activities” focus area added to your county pages to show all that Extension is doing. Now is the time to select more recent resources and news to feature! Go into the edit screen, scroll down to the two “custom content lists,” click edit and remove what is there. Then click the “Select Content” button to see the chronological list of latest content on the site, and pick three new resources to add.

While we are on a path to reopening, people in your communities still need to know what resources there are to support them with essentials like summer meals or financial or health assistance. On May 1, a COVID-19 focus area template was pushed out to all counties, and so far only a handful have filled in your local information and published it. Please take steps to find this in your county office group (when logged in) and complete by the end of May.

Questions? Contact https://beav.es/extension-support to request a 1-on-1 Zoom meeting.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Celebrate API Heritage Month in community: Storytelling brings communities closer. In a time that calls for increased support and compassion, join together with friends for a live webcast and celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In this TED style talk, hear the stories of alumni and students that center the power of humility, connection and resiliency in the API community. May 27, 6-7:30 p.m. Online live webcast. Register at osualum.com/API-talk.

Women of Color Caucus Mental Health Summit: Storytelling and expanding your mental health toolkit. May 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Keynote by Charlene Martinez of Student Experiences and Engagement, panel with speakers from OSU and other institutions, and mental health workshops by licensed therapists including Shaznin Daruwalla from CAPS. Registration here with refundable fee: http://tinyurl.com/YC7287Q2

DEI In the News

Why Flexibility in Credit Transfers Is Crucial for Equity in a Post-COVID-19 World (Diverse Edu)
“We understand that curriculum is in the hands of faculty, but we have to be as compassionate and flexible as possible. We have to think about what students are going through.”

Who Paid for America’s Universities (NY Times Opinion)
“The University of Idaho, for instance, got started with 90,000 acres that had been taken from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, the Schitsu’umsh, the Te Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone and the Nez Percé tribe between 1855 and 1873.” 

Extension in the News

These 3 Common Gardening Mistakes Cause Harm to the Environment, Say Experts
Better Homes & Gardens
“In the not too distant past, the garden that many people aspired to have was one that was free of insects,” says Gail Langellotto, Ph.D., professor of horticulture at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. “Now many people, including me, view these types of gardens as biological dead zones,” she adds.

Will COVID-19 help save small slaughterhouses?
High Country News
Right now, it’s time to “make hay while the sun shines,” said Rebecca Thistlethwaite, an agricultural extension agent for Oregon State University and the director of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network.

Seafood industry seeks to weather coronavirus
The Astorian
Oregon Sea Grant Fisheries Extension, associated with Oregon State University, hopes to track and document the impacts of the coronavirus on Oregon’s seafood industry.

That’s no drone! Humble honey bees thriving in Bend
The Bulletin
Tracy Wilson, agricultural literacy coordinator for the Oregon State University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, said her office has received several calls from concerned citizens asking if the Western cicada killer wasps seen last summer were actually the murder hornets.

Lost River wins $10,000 Farm to School grant: Grant will help fund programs to grow food for Merrill, Malin, Lost River cafeterias
Herald and News
All schools in the Klamath County School District participate in Farm to School programs in partnership with Oregon State University-Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots: National Recognition for Juntos and EESC

Congrats to the Juntos team, Jeff Sherman, Gina Galaviz-Yap, Nicole Strong, Andrea Flores, Anna Browne, Amy Young, Christina Diaz-Toledo, Jose Garcia, and Monse Alegria for receiving the Western Region Directors Award for Excellence.

Members of Extension and Experiment Station Communications received several awards from the national Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) for work done on behalf of OSU Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station. The awards will be presented at the June virtual ACE Conference.

  • Gold award in Media Relations, News Release: Cats, like children and dogs, develop attachments to their caregivers, study shows. Chris Branam
  • Gold award in Electronic Media, Video for Promotional, Recruitment, and Fundraising Products: Out There Video. Ann Marie Murphy, David Baker and Darryl Lai
  • Silver award in the Interactive Multimedia & Web Graphics: OPEnSampler – an interactive water-sampling instrument. Alan Dennis
  • Silver award in Marketing : OSU Extension Service Grocery Tote. Ann Marie Murphy, Erik Simmons and Pete Petryszak
  • Bronze award in Media Relations, News Release: Installing solar panels on agricultural lands maximizes their efficiency, new study shows. Chris Branam

Quarterly Conversation

The May 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):

A PDF of the presentation slides  and details of the Director’s Coin presentations are available for download.

OSU Extension Reopening Plans

As part of OSU’s resumption planning, OSU Extension is developing plans to resume in-person programming and enable a gradual restart of on-site work and activities statewide over the summer.

    • See OSU Extension’s reopening plan, including a county status map.
    • Find county office signage templates for baseline and phase 1 on the OSU Extension COVID-19 resource page, in the “COVID-19 communication toolkit and templates” section.
    • EESC will manage county website alerts (top banner) centrally as offices are approved to move to a different phase.
    • University Marketing is working on a university-wide toolkit that will include safe distancing floor stickers and more. The kit is expected to be available in early June.

May is Wildfire Preparedness Month

May is wildfire preparedness month and there are several online opportunities for people to start thinking about the upcoming fire season across eastern Oregon agricultural lands. There is a free online Agricultural Wildfire Course at: https://campus.extension.org/course/view.php?id=1842. The course covers how to develop emergency action plans, powerline and fireline safety, defensible space, fire control, and fire behavior. This course provides training that meets the new annual Ag Wildfire refresher requirement from Oregon OSHA for producers with employees who may need to suppress wildfires on their operation.

In addition, there is an upcoming webinar that will be also be recorded and available via YouTube at https://beav.es/42a.

      • May 21st, 5-6:30 pm, An Evening of Fire Preparedness for Eastern Oregon Agriculture Producers. Join OSU Professionals Jacob Powell, Chris Schachtschneider, Jordan Maley, and Dustin Johnson online as they discuss fire preparedness in crops, CRP, and rangelands. In addition, the current fuel outlook, the use of livestock, and how to map and inventory fire resources will be covered. Register at: https://beav.es/42s

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.

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8328, 2020 Hazelnut Pest Management Guide for the Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Learn how to control insects, weeds and disease during each stage of hazelnut growth.

EM 8329, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Cherries: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in cherry orchards of the Willamette Valley.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here. Please let Victor Villegas know what sessions you would like to see offered and what you would like to present in June. Sessions for this week are:

      • Tuesday, May 19 @ 2:00 pm: ¿Hablas Español? – Learn basic Spanish
      • Wednesday, May 20 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
      • Thursday, May 21 @ 11:00 am: CTAs, CTRs, CMS, oh my! Let’s talk newsletters!
      • Friday, May 22 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Many persistent myths about how visitors use websites have sprung up since the web’s inception. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few and use research and data from the field and the Extension website to determine whether or not they have a basis in reality.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Webinar: Serving Students with Basic Needs Insecurities During COVD 19
May 20, 2020 10:00 AM. The current research on underserved students in community colleges identifies acute basic needs insecurities as persistent barriers that threaten their health, wellbeing, and likelihood of success. In this webinar, the presenters will highlight patterns of acute basic needs insecurities that emerged from data collected via the Community College Success Measure and focus groups with community college students.

Faculty & Staff COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund Under IRS Code Section 139: In collaboration with the OSU Foundation, Oregon State University is offering emergency financial assistance grants through the OSU Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund. The purpose of this fund is to help regular classified and unclassified employees in our university community with unexpected needs during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic. All classified staff, professional faculty and academic/research faculty are eligible regardless of service time or FTE. An individual must be actively employed on the date of grant distribution. Read more about the details of the program here. Student hourly employees, graduate assistants, and stipend recipients (e.g., fellows) are not eligible. There are separate programs for students located here: https://financialaid.oregonstate.edu/covid-19.

DEI In the News

Missouri’s 4-H youth provide company to seniors (Missourian)
Missouri 4-H youth volunteers have launched a pilot program to provide comfort to elderly members of their communities who are experiencing social isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Experts Provide Mental Health Tips Amid Pandemic-Related Stressors (Diverse Edu)
Over the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has uprooted the lives of people around the world. With social distancing policies and stay at home orders in place across the country, schools and businesses have transitioned to remote learning and work. The changes and uncertainties of the pandemic have negatively affected the mental health of young people and adults in the United States.

Extension in the News

OSU Extension creates youth education web page for families and educators
KTVZ
The youth education resources page on Extension’s website provides research-based lessons and activities for Oregon’s families, said Anita Azarenko, OSU’s interim vice provost for extension and engagement and director of the Extension Service.

Oregon 4-H, FFA members stay busy despite fairs closing
Capital Press
Marilyn Lesmeister, 4-H program leader for Oregon State University Extension Service, said counties are exploring their options. Virtual livestock shows and auctions are nothing new, but can be expensive to hire production crews and judges willing to evaluate animals on screens, rather than in person.

Harvest will bring unique challenges
The Dalles Chronicle
Oregon State University Extension Agent Ashley Thompson said somewhere between 4,500 and 6,000 people will come to Wasco County for cherry harvest, expected to begin June 6.

Oregon hasn’t seen Asian giant hornets yet
The Madras Pioneer
The Asian giant hornet should not be confused with either the Pacific cicada killer, Sphecius convallis, or the Western cicada killer, Sphecius grandis, wasps that are native to the western United States. There were many sightings in Jefferson and Crook counties that were reported to the local Oregon State University Extension offices and the Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Madras.

A Practical Guide to Starting a Pandemic Garden
Willamette Week
“Don’t lose heart,” says Weston Miller, a faculty member for Oregon State University’s Extension Service who runs the master gardener program for the Portland metro area. “Even people who are experienced vegetable gardeners run into problems, too, because we’re at the whims of weather and pests.”

UVAA uses art kits, social media to stay connected with the community during pandemic
The News-Review
The fourth week brought an opportunity to partner with Oregon State University Extension Program and Douglas County School Garden Hub for art and gardening lessons.

Prepare for preserving
Democrat-Herald
The Oregon State University Extension Service is your best starting point for up to date, reliable and safe information.

Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
Guest column by Chip Bubl.

‘The Fire Within’: North Bend library to host health webinar online
KMTR
“Stephanie Polizzi of the Oregon State University Extension Service will show how we can fight chronic inflammation and disease with simple food choices,” the Library said in a news release.

High-tech, gardening go online: Wasco Extension 4-H STEM classes go online, sewing and gardening added
Hood River News
Lu Seapy, Oregon State University Extension’s 4-H youth development STEM educator in Wasco County, tends to stay busy.

Texts, College Talk Tuesdays keep Juntos families informed
Tillamook Headlight-Herald
When the COVID-19 pandemic forces mass cancellations of large gatherings in Oregon, the folks who run Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service’s Juntos program knew they had to act fast and shift their strategy.

Coos County Fair, 4-H uncertain with continued suspension of social gatherings
KCBY
4-H Youth Development Coordinator Elissa Wells says they’re keeping health and safety in mind and finding ways to continue the educational program, such as through Zoom call presentations and judging.

Deschutes County 4-H and FFA feel impacts of fair cancellation
KTVZ
Candi Bothum, Oregon State Extension 4-H statewide animal science coordinator, said planning is for 4-H youth to display their animals virtually.