In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension wildfire response and ways to help

As Anita mentioned in her Sept. 11 message, we have a new internal webpage of wildfire information and resources for Extension employees. It outlines guidance for volunteering, donating and other ways to help and links to resources for reporting expenses, documenting activity/impact, and using Extension’s website as a tool for curating and sharing credible content.

With the OSU Foundation, are working to establish a fund to accept donations to support affected employees. We’ll share more information as it is available.

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9297, Asian Giant Hornet: A potential threat to honeybee colonies in Oregon
Ellen Topitzhofer, Chris Hedstrom, Priyadarshini Chakrabarti, Andony Melathopoulos, Silvia I. Rondon, Gail A. Langelloto-Rhodaback, Ramesh R. Sagili
New. The Asian giant hornet was detected in British Columbia and Washington in 2019. This publication outlines identification, life cycle, and predatory habits of the Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) for beekeepers. It also provides recommendations for reporting a suspected sighting in the Pacific Northwest.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. This story was 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.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Upcoming sessions:
Friday, September 25 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/extensionweb/2020/09/15/data-sharing-it-is-our-data/
This is an interactive post about how we plan to share CRM data all across Extension, how we will protect that data, and a request for people to contribute their thoughts and ideas on sharing data today!

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Constitutional Crises: Past, Present, Future
Presented by OSU’s School of History, Philosophy and Religion and the College of Liberal Arts. In 2004, the United States Congress designated Sept. 17 as “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day” and required educational institutions receiving federal funds to host programming for students on that day annually. This year, in the midst of a global pandemic, mass uprising against white supremacy and racial injustice, increasingly bold and violent white nationalism, and profound threats to democratic norms and processes, OSU’s Constitution Day event will explore the theme of “Constitutional Crises: Past, Present, Future.” Remote event on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Register.

Live webcast: Creating Accessibility Across Industries

Join Oregon State alumni and industry leaders who are advancing inclusivity and accessibility in the design field and learn how you can make a difference in your own field. In the “Creating Accessibilities Across Industries” webcast panel at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, learn about adaptive and inclusive designs that impact everyday life. This free live event is hosted by the OSU Design Network and OSU Alumni Association. Register at osualum.com/inclusivedesign.

LEP.gov: Language Access Resources

The Interagency Working Group on Limited English Proficiency (LEP) created LEP.gov in 2002 to share resources and information to help expand and improve language assistance services for individuals with limited English proficiency, in compliance with federal law. LEP.gov is maintained by the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS) in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. Recent updates incorporate Census COVID-19 information.

DEI In the News

Diversity Without Dollars (The Chronicle)
While wealthier, more prestigious institutions, including Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania, have made widely publicized diversity investments on the order of $140-million and more, Houston started with a $3.3-million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Report Finds Disparities Among Students Earning Paid Internships (Diverse Edu)
New research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found disparities among students who work at unpaid versus paid internships based on their race, gender and parents’ education.

Extension in the News

As wildfire smoke and ash linger, are garden vegetables safe to eat?
The Oregonian
Fruits and vegetables in the garden that have been showered with ash from wildfires should be safe to consume, according to Oregon State University Extension Service experts.

Animal Evacuation Shelter Ready in Gold Beach
Curry Coastal Pilot
It might be time to call Ruth Dixon at Curry County 4-H at the OSU Extension, located at the Event Center in Gold Beach.

‘Green rush’: Cannabis boom squeezing farmland in North America
Reuters
In recent years, leasable farmland has been harder to come by “because cannabis farmers could pay so much more,” said Maud Powell, an associate professor in the Small Farms Program at Oregon State University.

Looking for answers in the desert
Powell Tribune
The Big Horn Basin working group, upon hearing Kayla Ruth’s presentation, awarded $55,000 to fund the study along with co-principal investigators John Dinkins (OSU Extension) and Jimmy Taylor.

Why Now? OSU Experts Weight in on Wildfire Debate
KEZI.com
Daniel Leavell is an associate professor of practice at Oregon State College of Forestry and the extension State Fire Specialist.

New Boardman food pantry off to a solid start
East Oregonian
Anna Browne, Oregon State University Extension’s open campus coordinator in Umatilla and Morrow counties, said she didn’t think the pantry would exist today if it hadn’t been for the pandemic.

In this week’s issue:

Passcodes Required for Zoom Meetings as of September 10

All Zoom meetings will require passcodes starting on September 10th. Requiring passcodes on September 10th ensures meetings have a security measure in place prior to Zoom’s upcoming security requirement, minimizing potential disruptions.

What: Passcode Requirement for All Zoom Meetings

When: September 10, 2020

Learn More: The passcode requirement applies to all meetings, including instant meetings, scheduled meetings, and meetings using a Personal Meeting ID.

  • Passcodes will be required when scheduling new meetings.
  • Existing or recurring meetings that are not passcode protected must be edited to add a passcode. Updated meeting information must be provided to participants by sending new or edited invitations with a join link that includes an embedded passcode and the passcode.
  • Important note: If no action is taken to update an existing meeting, a passcodes will be automatically added, however, this information will not automatically shared with meeting participants. The passcode must be communicated for participants to join the meeting without an updated join link that includes an embedded passcode or for those who are manually joining the meeting using the Meeting ID.

For more details, including instructions to add passcodes to all meeting types, visit: https://beav.es/4CW.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Service Desk at 541-737-8787 or beav.es/help.

New Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EC 1306, Growing Raspberries in Your Home Garden
Bernadine Strik, Emily Dixon, Amy Jo Detweiler, Nicole Sanchez
Revised. Raspberries are delicious, and gardeners in Oregon can learn to grow this tart, fresh highlight of summer in their own gardens. Choose which type of raspberry to grow, and learn how to plant, prune, fertilize and water your berry patch to keep it healthy and productive.

EM 9288, What do the long-term experiments in the drylands Pacific Northwest tell us?
Santosh Shiwakoti, Valtcho Jeliazkow
New. A review and explanation of the long-term experiments at the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center (CBARC) over many years. The goals are how to work and protect the dryland soil over time so that healthy crops can continue to grow there. Their research shows that certain techniques work best to achieve that goal.

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.
Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, September 2 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Coming next week:
Thursday, September 10 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (2nd Thursday of each month)

Join this discussion to share insights and get support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging, led by Mary Halbleib, Gordon Jones, and Cassie Bouska.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Extension website analytics include data about visitor actions that are more complex than simple page views, such as clicks on links and form submissions. Learn about the types of actions that are measured and how to access the data in this week’s Navigator 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

Webinar – Delivering More Than Food: Understanding and Operationalizing Racial Equity in Food Hubs
This webinar from the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems shares results from a qualitative study led by a diverse group of food system practitioners as to how U.S. based food hubs understand and operationalize engagement in racial equity work. Learn examples of how food hubs operationalize equity within their business, and with their partners, and with the community they serve.

 How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race: 10 minute listen
Most people have heard about “the talk” — the conversation many African American parents have with their kids about how to avoid altercations with police or what to do and say if they’re stopped. The recent unrest sparked by anger over police brutality against African Americans has parents who aren’t black thinking more about how they talk to their kids about race.

DEI In the News

OHSU drops massive coronavirus study after failing to draw participants of color (East Oregonian)

A study intended to track the coronavirus in Oregon and understand its impacts on minorities is now dead after Oregon Health & Science University, which lead the research, found that not enough minorities signed up to participate.

 15 Ways Colleges Are Mobilizing to Support Their Communities (Chronicle)
It is an extraordinary time of daunting challenges, but also opportunities “to establish our higher-education institutions as pillars of the community,” says Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, president of Michigan’s Oakland University. Public trust in colleges and universities has been declining for years, fueled by rising tuition, concerns about the value of a degree, political and ideological debates, and doubts over whether the system still serves the common good. Making the case for higher education’s role in society means assuming public responsibility in a crisis

How Can Professors Bring Anti-Racist Pedagogy Practices Into the Classroom? (Diverse Edu)
A new guide to anti-racist pedagogy gives professors tools for facilitating conversations on race.

Extension in the News

Extension Spotlight: Bringing technology to the woods: digital mapping resources for forestland owners
The News-Review

A column by Alicia Christansen.

Gardening trivia competition offers prizes at library
Herald and News

Show off your gardening knowledge in our first-ever Gardening Trivia Tournament, co-hosted by the Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center.

Researchers build app to monitor irrigation water quality
Capital Press

The app — being developed as part of the Data Science for the Public Good initiative to aid rural communities — combines a farm’s location and water-usage season with data from nearby monitoring stations. It will generate a mean and a threshold value for on-farm water quality.

Hemp is still king of the crops
Mail Tribune

Gordon Jones, assistant professor for Oregon State University Extension Service, said last year’s stampede to grow hemp was something of a “gold-rush mentality.”

Lincoln County invited to join OSU’s free gardening webinar series
The News Guard

Join the Lincoln County Master Gardeners to expand your horticulture knowledge, ranging from soil amendments and controlling those pesky critters, to pruning roses and making wreaths.

LUBA reverses county’s marijuana ban near youth centers
Capital Press

Likewise, LUBA has ruled that Deschutes County wrongly denied the application of Waveseer of Oregon, a company that intended to build a 36,000-square-foot facility to grow and process marijuana near properties that host “youth oriented equestrian activities” and “4-H agricultural activities.”

Celebrate 10 Days of Tuna on the North Oregon Coast
Tillamook Headlight-Herald

Scientists Dr. Barb Muhling and Dr. Cat Nickels from the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center and Amanda Gladics from Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon State University Extension will be sharing their professional knowledge and will be available to answer your tuna questions.

How to harvest and prep pumpkins and squash for winter storage
The Oregonian

“Most squashes and pumpkins are warm-season crops and are susceptible to injury at temperatures less than 50 degrees,” said Gail Langellotto, an Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturist and professor. “If left out in the garden too long, they may decay prematurely in storage.”

Firefighters Exposed to More Potentially Harmful Chemicals than Previously Thought
Occupational Health and Safety

“We don’t have enough data to profile the source of the PAHs, but we know PAHs appear from combustion, and obviously combustion is their work,” study lead Kim Anderson, an environmental chemist and Extension specialist at OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, said.

Sanchez: Five gardening topics to study right away
Herald and News

A column by Nicole Sanchez.

In this week’s issue:

URSA Engage Program

Last year, four Extension faculty committed to mentoring students in the URSA Engage Program. For example, Wiley Thompson (Regional Director, OSU Extension Service) worked with an URSA Engage student who explored health care in Oregon’s rural communities. Barbara Brody (Assistant Professor of Practice) worked with an URSA Engage student who evaluated the impact and results of community poverty simulations and the impact of community change. We would love to have more Extension faculty to mentor early-career undergraduate students this school year!

Do you have a question that you don’t know the answer to? Do you need to collect data or information to answer that question? Bingo! A major goal of the program is for students to learn basic research skills (e.g. designing surveys, writing literature reviews, navigating IRB, synthesizing data, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, writing reports/grants, collaborating, etc.).

The mentor summary submission form can be accessed at this link (see “Step 1”) with a deadline of October 19th.

While this might seem like a natural fit to many of you, others may be thinking – but I don’t do research! While you may not consider your position to be centered in research, you likely have research components integral to your units that students could help with (and benefit from!), such as needs assessments and program evaluation. Students can connect to and support your existing program work as well.

If you have any questions about the URSA Engage Program or would like to brainstorm potential project ideas, please let us know! We’d love to connect.

Quarterly Conversation

The August Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. Topics of the conversation include the following (numbers denote where you will find the segment on the video):

  • Welcome and recognition (0:00) – Anita Azarenko acknowledged the recertification of Oregon Sea Grant and Lincoln County Extension building a coalition to inform Latino and indigenous communities about COVID-19. Three individuals and a team were recognized with Director’s Coins.
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice: Our commitments, resources and tools (9:24) – Anita, Ana Lu Fonseca and Elsa Curtis
  • OSU Budget Update (39:20) – Sherm Bloomer
  • Government Relations (55:25) – Katie Fast
  • Update: Extension Annual Conference and Leadership Development Program (1:25:10) – Amanda Bielenberg

A PDF of the Presentation Slides, details of the Director’s Coin presentations are available for download. Look for follow-up to the questions in the Quarterly Conversation Chat that we didn’t have time to address in a future ConnEXTion.

Director’s Coin Recipients

Director Coin Recipients for the fiscal year 2019, Congratulations to you all!

Ann Harris, Angela Robb, Juan Medina, Elissa Wells, Lindsay Davis, Elizabeth McGovern, Elizabeth Records, Alisha Atha, Diane Ostrom, Steve Mote, Roberta Lundeberg, Kaylyn Hymes, Carolyn Ashton, Andrea Leao, Melanie McCabe, Susie Bussler, Alisha Atha, Sarah Neuschwander, Becka Jenkins, Candi Bothum, Tammy Olds, Megan Deane McKenna, John Buzzard, Tiffany Gillis, Wayne Jardine, Wiley Thompson, Melanie McCabe, Josh Davalos, Carly Kristofik, Abby Lewis, Kelly Noack, Heidy Castillo, Elli Korthuis, Amanda Gladics, Samantha Clayburn, Ashley Thompson, Elsa Curtis, Lauren Kraemer, Kym Hamann, Grace Corry, Candi Bothum, Kelsey (KJ) Knight, Heather N Lilienthal

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9294, Omnivorous Leaftier A ubiquitous and often minor pest of small grains and other seed crops of Western Oregon
Navneet Kaur, Leonard Coop, Jessica Green, Bill Gerth, Nicole P. Anderson, Glenn Fisher
New. The omnivorous leaftier has a wide host range and is known to cause damage to species from more than 20 plant families. Native parasitoid wasps manage this pest in natural and cropland settings. The first appearance of this insect in Oregon was noted in 1929 on strawberries and Dutch bulbous iris plantations near Portland. Soon, it was reported in Washington and California feeding on strawberry and flax grown for seed, respectively.

PNW 668, Integrated Management of Downy Brome in Winter Wheat
Drew J. Lyon, Andrew G. Hulting, Judit Barroso, Joan M. Campbell
Revised. Learn about integrated weed management (IWM) strategies to control downy brome, also known as cheatgrass—a major weed management problem in winter wheat.

Open Campus Showcase Video Recording

Last Thursday, August 20, the Open Campus team showcased their various different programs. If you missed it, here is the link to the video recording of their presentation.

https://media.oregonstate.edu/media/1_xcw8hr81

Professional Development Resources

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

Wednesday, August 26 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Friday, August 28 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

You can add links to other people’s good resources on the Extension website. How you do it may be different than you are used to, but the value of adding links to useful resources is still the same. Learn more in this week’s blog post about the opportunities to add visibility through partner links, and the efficient content management system that helps avoid broken links.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Care.com Webinar: How to raise kids to be actively anti-racist
Tuesday Aug. 25, 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Parents tend to avoid conversations about race with their children. Too often, parents don’t fully understand it themselves, so they struggle to talk about it with their kids. Jennifer Harvey, award-winning author, educator and activist, will offer guidance on how to have constructive, age-appropriate discussions with children about race and racism. This live webinar – the second in a special series on talking to children about racial issues – will be hosted by Care.com CEO Tim Allen and will include a Q&A session. (OSU employees have access to Care.com for freeRegister Today.

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome; employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Aug. 25.

2020 University Day Keynote registration now open!

Register for the virtual keynote session, The Empowered University: Shared Leadership in Challenging Times, with Freeman Hrabowski, President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 10-11:30 a.m. For more info, contact Mealoha McFadden at Mealoha.mcfadden@oregonstate.edu or 541-231-2585, or visit the website: universityday.oregonstate.edu.

DEI In the News

Creating Antiracist Spaces Where Black Students Can Breathe and Thrive (Diverse Edu)
In order to succeed and thrive, Black students need vocal and committed antiracist educators who are intentionally creating antiracist spaces for them. The time for faculty to do this work is now because Black students on our campuses are not okay.

Portland Community College annouces new criminal justice scholarship (Oregonian)
She wondered what she could do to build better police forces, finding ways to have them mirror the communities they serve. That led to a new scholarship created for students of color interested in pursuing criminal justice as a major at Portland Community College.

Extension in the News

Lincoln County Reaches Out To Mam Speakers As Part Of Fight Against Virus

KLCC

Beatriz Botello of Oregon State University’s Lincoln County Extension helped organize the effort. She said some material for Mam speakers already existed, but it was in a different dialect than what was spoken locally.

A huckleberry by any other name: The story behind Westerners’ favorite wild berries

OPB

“Huckleberries are not technically huckleberries,” said Bernadine Strik, a professor of horticulture and a berry crops specialist at Oregon State University. “Common names can be misleading.”

Agricultural workers line up for free masks and sanitizer

KGW

“We’re really close to the [agriculture] community… and we’re happy to help anyway we can,” said Vicki Campbell with OSU Extension Service.

What to know as FDA resumes produce safety inspections

Capital Press

“I understand how hard this (rule) is. But farmers are ingenious — the best engineers of problem-solving on earth — and we’re here to help, too,” said Joy Waite-Cusic, food safety associate professor at Oregon State University.

Let there be light: The rise of high-tech farming and the light revolution

Capital Press

Lloyd Nackley, an assistant professor at Oregon State University’s Nursery Crops Research Facility, told the Capital Press he sees “enormous potential for urban food production” in greenhouses with artificial lighting.

Douglas County 4-H to offer September Science Series for children 9-19

The News-Review

Youth ages 9-19 will be able to participate in a series of science workshops throughout September, courtesy of Oregon State University Extension Services of Douglas County’s 4-H Positive Youth Development program.

Discovery Garden is a labor of love

The News-Review

Julie Stanbery, Master Gardener of 29 years and President of the Master Gardeners Association, said, “It’s a labor of love.”

Firefighters Exposed to More Potentially Harmful Chemicals than Previously Thought

OHS Online

A study led by Oregon State University found that firefighters might be exposed to more harmful chemicals than previously thought while on-duty as compared to off-duty.

Garden Plots: Spent roses, understanding compost

St. Helens Chronicle

A column by Chip Bubl.

Extension Spotlight: Fall Gardening in Douglas County

The News-Review

A column by Steve Renquist.

In this week’s issue:

Engagement Scholarship Consortium 2020

ESC 2020 Virtual Meetings

Though the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) Conference was postponed to 2021, ESC still wants to connect with you this fall and will be offering select virtual meetings.

Registration information will be coming soon, however, in the meantime, read more below about the 2020 virtual meetings, and don’t forget to and mark your calendars!

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9291, Fire FAQs — Are Structures Fuel? The Wildland Urban Interface and the ‘Built’ Environment
Daniel Leavell, Stephen A. Fitzgerald, Carrie Berger, Gavin Horn
New. We now need to consider structures themselves as a fuel type contributing to wildfires, along with other potentially hazardous fuel such as wood piles, propane tanks and automobiles. In this context, the home defense (ignition) zone and all the needed mitigation strategies take on a heightened importance and urgency.

Professional Development Resources

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

Wednesday, August 19 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Thursday, August 20 @ 10:00 am: Extension Program Showcase Series: Open Campus Program Youth, Family, and Learner Support

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

In this week’s blog learn some basic time saving tips that you can use on a daily basis to work more efficiently.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Race, Tenure, and Resource Allocation at Land Grant Institutions webinar
What are organizations and administrators working with land-grant institutions across the country doing to address inequities present since the inception of these institutions?

This August 18 webinar will discuss historical racial disparities between 1862, 1890, and 1994 land-grant institutions as related to tenure, quality of programs, and resource allocation. This webinar will also address ongoing efforts to create more equitable opportunities through food and agricultural programs for historically marginalized groups.

Webinar to Celebrate HBCU Land Grants 130th Annnivery
Join higher education and civic leaders for a webinar on August 31 celebrating the 130th Anniversary of the Morrill Act of 1890, which designated 19 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with land-grant status. This legislation gave states funds to establish state universities for persons of color if higher education wasn’t already open to all in the state. The webinar will be a chance to participate in a discussion of the legacy and future importance of the 1890s, led by 1890s leaders, policymakers, and others. Register here.

The History of White Supremacy and Resistance in Oregon recorded presentation
Understanding how both racism and justice are at the heart of Oregon’s history is crucial to our ability to build a better future. In this presentation, Oregon Historical Society (OHS) Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk and OHQ Editor Eliza Canty-Jones offer an overview of these subjects and invite attendees to access OHS resources for more learning. More information can be found in the OHS blog post: https://ohs.org/blog/history-is-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-the-way-we-are.cfm

DEI In the News

Lincoln County Extension builds coalition to inform Latino, indigenous communities about COVID-19 (The News Guard)
In a short time, Oregon State University Extension Service has built a collaborative team of professionals that’s reaching deep into Latino and indigenous communities in Lincoln County to provide culturally relevant COVID-19 information.

CARES ACT and Federal Funding Impact on HSIs (Diverse Edu)
In a new analysis, Excelencia in Education looked at current federal COVID-19 funding proposals as well as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and its impact on Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs).

Extension in the News

Extension Spotlight: OSU Extension available to help the public in a variety of fields
The News-Review
A column by Laura Corder.

Coalition formed to provide COVID-19 information
Newport News-Times
In a short time, Oregon State University Extension Service has built a collaborative team of professionals that’s reaching deep into Latino and indigenous communities in Lincoln County to provide culturally relevant COVID-19 information.

Phoenix School provides veggies for last Farm, Food and Fun camp activity
The News-Review
Erin Maidlow is the nutrition educator at the Douglas County Oregon State University Extension Service and has been in front of the middle school every Thursday morning for the past six weeks as part of the Farm, Food, and Fun Camp.

$1 million grant awarded to address opioid and substance use disorders in Tillamook County
Tillamook County Pioneer
Oregon State University’s local extension office and the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization were also involved in this planning process.

Oregon farm program cuts less severe than expected
East Oregonian
Lawmakers have cut funding for Oregon State University’s agricultural experiment station, Extension service and forest research lab, though not as drastically as originally proposed.

Sister act: Elizabeth, Autumn Collman work hard in school, on the family dairy farm in Boring
Sandy Post
When she’s not showing Jersey cows for 4-H, Elizabeth is practicing with the Sandy High dance team or getting additional agricultural leadership experience from FFA.

West-side native impressed with beef, kids at E. Oregon fair
Capital Press
Between the morning conformation and market classes and the afternoon showmanship, there were 30 Wallowa County 4-H’ers and FFA club members showing their animals.

Our view: Ag programs important in rural Eastern Oregon
Wallowa County Chieftain
The extension service plays an important role in rural counties and a holdup on agriculture research could create major problems in the future.

Fair week dawns bright and early
Hermiston Herald
Anna Browne, 4-H coordinator with the Oregon State University extension center in Hermiston, said 4-H participants were uploading homemade showmanship videos for judges to watch, and the community can watch confirmation of the animals each day through a video feed Hermiston School District has created on its YouTube Channel.

4-H and FFA leaders, volunteers and officials pull together to hold in-person youth livestock shows
The Blue Mountain Eagle
Doug said the Oregon State University Extension Office 4-H team has been awesome to work with, especially in putting together a plan that met the state’s guidelines to hold the livestock shows.

Commentary: OSU deserves support to produce next generation of farmers
Capital Press
State leaders should avoid pausing or stepping back on agricultural research and education.

Successful weed cessation
Nursery Management
Marcelo Moretti, assistant professor at Oregon State University’s Department of Horticulture, trialed Marengo in container-grown crops. He found that it performed well on annual grasses (crabgrass, foxtails, annual bluegrass) annual broadleaves like oxalis, bittercress, spurge and willowherb.

In this week’s issue:

A suite of tools is now available to promote safe food preservation

It started with an idea and a flyer, grew into a regional collaboration with Bi-Mart and Wilco, and now templates are available in Box and customizable with local contacts or co-branding with local retailers. Use them to reach out to local retailers and businesses that would like to promote safe food preservation. Here’s what’s available:

Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

PNW 750, Invertebrate Pest Management for Pacific Northwest Pastures
Amy J. Dreves, Navneet Kaur, Mylen Bohle, David B. Hannaway, Glenn Fisher, Silvia I. Rondon
New. A well-managed pasture has several ecological and economic benefits. However, several species of arthropods (insects, mites and garden symphylans), and gastropods (slugs) inhabit pastures of the Pacific Northwest of the United States and can diminish those benefits.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. This story was published in the last week:

We encourage active sharing of this story across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Please contact the news team.

OSU Clean Water Virtual Conference

Sept. 1, 2020

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PDT)

engineering.oregonstate.edu/cleanwater2020

Free and open to the public*

The College of Engineering is hosting this innovative online event to bring together scholars and stakeholders from diverse disciplines, whose work is directed toward maintaining, preserving, and improving clean and sustainable sources of water for human and ecosystem use.

PRE-REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED. Pre-register here

Professional Development Resources

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

Wednesday, August 12 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Weekly, statewide Extension meeting lead by Lindsey Shirley.

Thursday, August 13 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (2nd Thursday of each month)

Bring your lunch and join the discussion to get insights and support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited to share our ideas and hear yours as we delve into solving challenges and pursuing new opportunities for impactful outreach.

Friday, August 14 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

A bi-monthly opportunity to connect with Vice Provost Anita Azarenko for informal updates, Q&A and conversation.

In case you missed it, the Web analytics and visitor feedback dashboards webinar recording is available on the professional development webpages. Learn more about what your online audiences are doing and thinking, and how faculty are using this data in their work.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

You’ve often heard of the Extension Communications office as the “P.R. office.” While that’s true, the news and public issues team does much more than write news releases, pitch stories to the media and handle interview requests. In today’s blog, learn more about how the team uses other formats to tell the public about the great work you’re doing.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Recorded Webinar: Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society (NY Times)
A conversation with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and moderated by Francesca Donner, Gender Director at The New York Times, about the unique and devestating impacts of the current pandemic on women and girls.

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome; employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Aug. 25.

Diversity, equity and inclusion workshop: Oregon State University – Cascades will host a three-day diversity, equity and inclusion workshop for business leaders and community members interested in furthering their knowledge of social equality. OSU-Cascades business instructor Erika McCalpine will lead the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intensive workshop. It will be offered via Zoom from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Aug. 17-19. Registration for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intensive is $300 per person and each three-day session is limited to 40 participants. Registration closes Aug. 14 for the Aug. 17-19 session. To register, visit OSUcascades.edu/dei-intensive. For information, contact events@osucascades.edu.

DEI In the News

Umatilla County officials stand with people of color (East Oregonian)
County officials adopted the resolution titled “Stance Against Racism, Discrimination and Social Injustices in Umatilla County” in response to the order placed on July 15 by advocates for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Oregon ‘Peace Trees’ become reminders of the resilience of life (KDRV)
A Medford resident and Hiroshima Survivor started the effort to plant seedlings from trees that survived the atomic bomb blast.

Extension in the News

Douglas County 4-H holds first in-person event since March
KPIC
For the first time since March, the Douglas County 4-H program had its first in-person event Wednesday.

Some August summer camps and activities still a go during COVID-19
The News-Review
Food, Farm and Fun Camp For kids in grades 3-5, the Douglas County OSU Extension is providing free kits every Thursday for the next month.

Garden Plots: Excellent tomato weather
A column by Chip Bubl.

Pollinator project all the buzz in North Unit Irrigation District
The Bulletin
But Heike Williams, a bio-science technician for Oregon State University’s Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center, said gathering pollen from just one crop can lead to poor health in the colony.

Mariachi STEAM summer camp canceled due to COVID-19, community comes together, creates new program
Barometer
The Mariachi Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics camp, one of the 4-H Youth Development programs at Oregon State University, has been cancelled due to COVID-19. OSU community members, members of other educational institutes, and volunteers have come together to create a new program for LatinX youth.

In this week’s issue:

eXtension Connect Extension Podcast-Episode 3

On Episode 3, we had the chance to sit down and talk with Victor Villegas, Oregon State University Extension Service, who recently supported a potato research field day held virtually! We also discuss different approaches to using Zoom for engaging events, and some helpful tips and tricks for those looking to move their field days to a virtual format.

Key messages to share with public, stakeholders

Need a quick refresher or tips on what to share with the public and stakeholders about Extension’s operations and impact in communities during the COVID-19 pandemic? Following are key points you can incorporate in your messages, whether written or in conversation:

  • We’re here for you.
  • Safety and health of our employees, volunteers, learners and communities is our top priority.
  • We continue to serve our communities through remote work and virtual programming while gradually resuming onsite and in-person activities.
  • Resumption of our onsite work and in-person activities follows state law and guidance, university policies and OSU Extension’s resumption plan, and is responsive to local conditions.
  • When sharing stories of your activities, focus on the “why” and the impact.
    • See our COVID-19 communication toolkit, which includes sample templates and language, as well as a great example from Linn County.
    • Consider framing in terms of Extension’s impact areas:
      • Healthy communities and economies
      • Resilient and productive forestry and natural ecosystems
      • Sustainable agriculture, food systems, and gardening
      • Thriving youth, individuals and families
    • Contact Ann Murphy, marketing manager, with questions or for help using or customizing these tools for your local needs.

These, and a number of other useful tools and guidelines, are available on our OSU Extension COVID-19 Resources webpage.

Welcome New Employees

Kelsey Knight, Assistant Internship Coordinator, Extension Administration

Carrie Juchau, Education Program Assistant 2, Josephine County

Wendy Fekkers, Fiscal Coordinator, 4-H

Renee Menkens, We CAN Research Coordinator, Coos County

Kyle Mondron, Faculty Research Assistant, Botany & Plant Pathology

Thomas Stokely, Assistant Professor, Forestry—Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Extension Teaching Network

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up. Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom August 13 at noon. 

Bring your lunch and join the discussion to get insights and support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited to share our ideas and hear yours as we delve into solving challenges and pursuing new opportunities for impactful outreach.

Options for clear face coverings

For those who work with people with hearing impairments or more sensitive children/youth, it might be beneficial to have a clear mask so they can see your face (for reading lips and seeing your emotions). You’ve probably seen people wearing face shields (with and without masks), but a few other options are available that might serve your purposes in a more practical and protective way.

  • For those who have the skill, or know someone with the skill, there are videos and patterns on line that show you how to sew your own cloth face mask with a clear insert.
  • For those who have no sewing skills, there is Clear Mask (this is not an endorsement of the product). After looking at other options, Oregon Outdoor School ordered a few to test. According to Rita Bauer, the Clear Mask is good about not fogging, but it’s hot (aren’t all masks?), and stiff (no vertical flexibility).  It moves quite a bit if you’re talking, requiring fairly frequent repositioning. While this is perhaps the only option for a mass-produced clear mask at present, there are others being developed with newer materials that are both transparent and filtering, but likely not until next year at the earliest.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. This story was published in the last week:

Pandemic leads to unprecedented burst of questions to Ask an Expert tool

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EC 1307, Growing Strawberries in Your Home Garden

Bernadine Strik, Emily Dixon, Amy Jo Detweiler, Erica Chernoh, Nicole Sanchez

Revised. The strawberry patch in your home garden can produce ripe fruit for your family all through the growing season. Grow strawberries in containers, in hills or in raised beds. Grow strawberries that produce a big crop in June — or choose a variety that bears ripe berries all summer long. Ensure success by choosing the right type of strawberry and choosing a variety adapted to your garden. Here’s how to plant strawberries, fertilize them and solve the common problems that plague many gardeners.

EM 9273-S, La guía de buenas prácticas para el sacrificio al aire libre de aves de corral

Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Lauren Gwin

New. Los productores de aves de corral en Oregón que cumplen con ciertas condiciones pueden sacrificar sus pollos, pavos y otras aves de corral al aire libre. Sin embargo, deben cumplir con los requisitos para la sanitización, el monitoreo y el mantenimiento de registros, entre otros. Estos recursos podrán ayudar a los productores de aves de corral a operar de una manera segura, sanitaria y respetuosa del medio ambiente.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.

Wednesday, August 5 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Weekly, statewide Extension meeting lead by Lindsey Shirley.

Friday, August 7 @ 10:30 am: Analytics and feedback website dashboards: Understanding our online audiences

Presenters: Michele Scheib (Content Strategist), Amerie Lommen (Web Developer), Wendy Hein (Associate Professor of Practice, 4-H Clackamas County), Jessica Green (Sr. Research Asst., Ag Extension web content teams point person) Shifting to remote delivery has been a time investment and how can you know if putting resources on the Extension website helped? We’ll show you how to see your analytics and feedback dashboard by piece of content, author, or group. Find out if your resources are being viewed, how people are finding them, and who the online visitors are and what they think. Come see how your analytics and feedback dashboards help you report your successes, make decisions and know if you need to shift your content strategy.

Please share your feedback to help us plan for future sessions. Is there a topic you’d like an “advanced” or follow-up version of? Would an open Q&A or office hours/help-type session on any previous topic be useful? Do you want to offer a statewide professional development session? Contact Victor Villegas to share feedback and coordinate.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Learn how the right online tool can help you perform what we call “Broad Listening” all across popular social media outlets, helping you manage your own social media communications. Read more in this week’s blog.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Diversity, equity and inclusion workshop: Oregon State University – Cascades will host a three-day diversity, equity and inclusion workshop for business leaders and community members interested in furthering their knowledge of social equality. OSU-Cascades business instructor Erika McCalpine will lead the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intensive workshop. It will be offered via Zoom from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 17-19. Registration for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intensive is $300 per person and each three-day session is limited to 40 participants. Registration closes on Aug. 14 for the Aug. 17-19 session. To register, visit OSUcascades.edu/dei-intensive. For information, contact events@osucascades.edu.

“Right to Clean Air” Environmental Justice Webinar: Join us for an online panel including diverse perspectives on toxic air pollution issues facing the state of Oregon. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at noon. Free and open to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project. Learn more and register here. A Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you after you register.

Tier Two workshops, New Tier One dates, remote delivery of Social Justice Education workshops is happening now: See the schedule and register for Zoom workshops through fall 2020 here. See three brand new Tier Two collaborations created for our community today. The SJEI is an excellent foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin or expand your equity and inclusion journey. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu

DEI In the News

Research Finds Black, Latinx Students Still Excluded From Selective Public Institutions (Diverse Edu) As communities and institutions seek solutions to the nation’s racial inequities in the aftermath of protests surrounding George Floyd’s death in police custody, the Education Trust recently cited “continued and systematic exclusion of Black and Latinx students from the most selective public colleges and universities in the country” in an incisive report published on its website.

33 Books for Summer 2020 (Colorlines) Organzied into categories like, Memoirs, Activism and Graphic Novels, this article presents 33 books to help people of all ages escape into fantasy, brush up on history and discuss systemic racism this summer.

Extension in the News

Grant County Fair adapts amid coronavirus

The Blue Mountain Eagle

Bonni Booth, 4-H/SNAP-Ed Program coordinator for Grant County Oregon State University Extension Office, said they are following Oregon Health Authority guidelines for 4-H and FFA activities, which were updated July 17.

Five recent publications from OSU

Herald and News

A column by Nicole Sanchez.

Online Lee Allen Memorial auction starts Wednesday

Corvallis Gazette-Times

“We have about 194 4-H members participating,” said Carolyn Ashton, 4-H youth development faculty leader with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “Livestock was down a little bit, but not much.”

Blueberry boom: Worldwide growth creates challenges for NW producers

Capital Press

Bernadine Strik, a professor in OSU’s Department of Horticulture and extension berry crops specialist, has spent more than 30 years fine-tuning production systems at the station.

Make your own display of prize winning fair-worthy canned food

The Bulletin

An expert in canning, drying, pickling and freezing food, Nellie Oehler coordinates Oregon State Extension Service’s Master Food Preserver Program, which she created 40 years ago.

Oregon’s Oldest House Is Being Restored near Canby

Canby Now

Several forestry experts with the Oregon State University Extension Service serve on Forest Forever’s board or are involved with the educational programs at Hopkins.

Oregon State Professor and Viticulture Extension Specialist Confirmed as ASEV President for 2020-2021

Wine Industry Network

Patty Skinkis, Oregon State University’s viticulture Extension specialist and professor, has been confirmed as 2020-2021 president of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) as of July 1.

Getting 1,000 masks for La Grande schools

The Observer

Oregon State University Extension Service Family and Community Health Program is leading the effort to provide cloth masks for the upcoming school year with Robin Maille, an assistant professor of practice in the program, coordinating the project.

‘Master Gardeners’ allowed back into Brentwood-Darlington garden

Pamplin Media Group

Since their return, the garden has seen 194 volunteer hours contributed over 10 work days; and so far, 22 gardeners out of a maintenance crew of 26 have worked to bring the garden back into mid-March condition.

Make 2 Show 4-H Summer Series Workshops This Month

KQEN

The Oregon State University Extension Service of Douglas County 4-H Positive Youth Development program is offering a five-week series of expressive art workshops for youth ages 9-19 throughout this month.

Bidders rally around 4-H/FFA youth

Herald and News

The 84th Annual 4H/FFA Rotary Livestock Auction netted a record $855,000 in sales — and counting — on Sunday in its first ever virtual auction.

Cancelled horse show gallops to virtual success

Canby Herald

The Clackamas County Extension Service 4-H horse program delivered that creativity by organizing a virtual horse show to replace the six-day event held in Canby every July.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Eastern Oregon parents are helped by Food Hero. Read about it here:

https://www.eastoregonian.com/eoparent/food-hero-recipes-offer-un-beet-able-kitchen-fun/article_873f1746-cc78-11ea-a9a6-b3454ae2a0c9.html

Share a Photo

We want to see you in your favorite face covering! Wearing a face covering shows that we care for others and ourselves. Email Ann Marie Murphy a photo of you in your favorite face covering by August 10. We will share a montage of the photos during the Quarterly Conversation on August 21.

New Gardening Newsletter from Extension Service and Professional and Continuing Education

OSU Extension Service and Professional and Continuing Education are joining forces on a new gardening newsletter. This newsletter contains the latest information from OSU to help your garden grow. It features helpful monthly gardening calendars, upcoming trainings and workshops, timely horticulture articles, and more. Launched in June, the newsletter is being sent to more than 80,000 on the west coast and beyond resulting in hundreds of Extension publication downloads and clicks on calls to action. Help us spread the word. Be sure to subscribe and grow your best garden throughout the year!

Extension News Stories

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.

Wednesday, July 29 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Friday, July 31 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

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

COVID-19 resources for the pandemic and beyond: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/extensionweb/2020/07/27/covid-19-resources-for-the-pandemic-and-beyond/

A look back at resources developed to support faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic and how these resources can serve us going forward: Virtual Extension, professional development webinars, public health and wellness resources, and innovative web and digital strategies.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Gobierno de Oregon ofrece línea de atención a comunidades indígenas afectadas por el COVID-19 (Vive NW) El COVID-19 está afectando a la comunidad hispana a niveles desproporcionados por diversas razones: muchos son trabajadores esenciales; otros no tienen acceso a beneficios de desempleo o tiempo libre debido a su estado migratorio; y también porque es común que los hogares de gente hispana estén compuestos por múltiples miembros familiares. Oregon Government Offers Hotline to Communities Affected by COVID-19.

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. 3-5 and 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 July 31 for the Aug. 3-5 session, and on Aug. 14 for the Aug. 17-19 session. To register, visit OSUcascades.edu/dei-intensive. For information, contact events@osucascades.edu.

Author Ibram X. Kendi on “How to Be an Antiracist” (On Demand Until August 20, 2020)

Listen to 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Dukes is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the College and has 30 years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education. This event was presented by the Prince George County Memorial Library System.

DEI In the News

A ‘Final Crossing’ For John Lewis Across The Edmund Pettus Bridge (NPR)

The body of John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge one last time on Sunday in what organizers described as “The Final Crossing,” part of a multiday celebration of the life of the civil rights icon. In March 1965, a 25-year-old Lewis and hundreds of other civil rights advocates planned to march from Selma to Montgomery to draw attention to the need for voting rights in the state, which was infamous for denying African Americans the right to vote.

Higher Ed Institutions Rethink Relationships With Police Amid Nationwide Protests (Diverse Edu) Student movements are urging universities to separate from metro police and reform campus policing practices — or abolish university police departments altogether.

Extension in the News

A Portland farm seeks to restore Black people to the land

OPB

Eventually he took the Master Gardener course at Oregon State University, before helping found the Black Futures Farm.

Re-creating the home garden tour experience

The Bulletin

This would normally be the week of the Oregon State University-Extension High Desert Garden Tour. Our minds would be exploding with new design ideas and a plant list that would challenge the national budget.

Three from Yamhill County win Master Gardener honors

News-Register

Three Yamhill County residents are among more than 40 Oregon State University Extension master gardener volunteers who have been recognized for their service.

Cluster-thinning grapes can achieve quality goals

Western Farm Press

On the West Coast, Patty Skinkis, Viticulture Extension Specialist at Oregon State University, notes that shoot thinning is done early season while cluster thinning happens about lag phase.

Scientists tracking bacterium that causes crown gall disease

Western Farm Press

“Agrobacterium causes crown gall, growths or galls on affected plants – plant tissue that grows in an unorganized manner disrupting water and nutrient flow,” says Melodie Putnam, Director of the Oregon State University Plant Clinic.

Oregon cherry growers weather rain, COVID-19 during harvest

Capital Press

This year, Ashley Thompson added the role of agriculture emergency response coordinator for Wasco County, surveying growers and communicating their needs to state agencies and local health departments.

OSU Extension adapts high-speed hand-washing technique for ag industry

Fruit Growers News

OSU Extension recently released a collection of resources for farmers and ranchers and food production or packing plant supervisors to use in the workplace.

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.

4-H court ready for Wallowa County Fair

Wallowa County Chieftain

“The girls go to various events in the county to represent 4-H and the fair,” said Debbie Warnock, who oversees 4-H for Oregon State University Extension. “We always have a lot of fun.”

‘Master Gardeners’ finally allowed back into their garden

East PDX

In their “new” Demonstration Garden – in a location hidden away in the northwest part of the property, and no longer visible from SE 60th Avenue –16 raised beds are used for edible crops, as well as blueberries, grapes, and an herb bed.

Tillamook County 4-H 2020 Horse Fair show results

North Coast Citizen

The 2020 Tillamook County 4-H Horse Fair was held July 9-10.

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

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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

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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.