In this week’s issue:
NAE4HA Conference Awards and Recognition
The following Oregon Extension Professionals were recognized last week at the NAE4HA Conference in New Orleans, LA.
25 years of service: Susie Busler, Polk Co.
Meritorious Service Award: Mary Arnold, campus
Distinguished Service Award: Laurie Michaels, Douglas Co.
Distinguished Service Award: Melanie McCabe, Marion Co.
Achievement in Service Award: Trisha White, Clackamas Co.
Achievement in Service Award: Teresa Middleton, Douglas Co.
Oregon Tilth Partners with Oregon State University to Launch Organic Extension Program
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon’s organic farmers will benefit from new research, education and outreach thanks to a new Oregon State University (OSU) Organic Extension program dedicated to building and sustaining organic agriculture—Oregon’s fastest-growing farm sector. Oregon Tilth, a Corvallis-based nonprofit organic certifier and advocate for sustainable agriculture, has pledged $100,000 in matching funds over four years to support the program. Oregon Tilth has provided $150,000 to OSU’s Small Farms Program since 2009.
OSU’s Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems will use the money to develop research and educational programs and help pay the salary of Nick Andrews, now OSU’s first Organic Extension Agent.
“We are excited to support the launch of OSU’s Organic Extension Program with this important first step,” said Chris Schreiner, Oregon Tilth’s executive director. “It recognizes organic as an important sector of Oregon agriculture that OSU will be better able to serve through a dedicated program.”
Garry Stephenson, director of the OSU Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems, said, “This is significant, yet we don’t plan to stop here. We envision an Organic Extension Program with four or more positions around Oregon, focused on different crop and livestock systems as well as local food system development.”
Nick Andrews, OSU’s Organic Extension Agent, said, “Not only does this new funding allow faculty like me to specialize, but we can aggregate and grow OSU’s work on organics – the most rapidly growing sector of agriculture – for bigger and broader benefit.” Organic research and Extension projects will initially focus on annual crops, but the scope of the program will increase to include perennial crops, livestock systems, local food systems and other topics as more Organic Extension agents come on board.
Oregon ranks sixth among U.S. states in the certified organic acreage, and fourth in farmgate sales, according to 2015 data from USDA. “We’re fortunate in Oregon to have favorable growing conditions for organic production,” said Stephenson. “And Oregonians are tremendously interested in local, sustainable food.”
Oregon Tilth is a leading nonprofit certifier, educator and advocate for organic agriculture and products since 1974. Our mission to make our food system and agriculture biologically sound and socially equitable requires us to find practical ways to tackle big challenges. We advance this mission to balance the needs of people and planet through focus on core areas of certification, conservation, policy and the marketplace.
The OSU Center for Small Farms and Community Systems was established in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences in 2013, building on two decades of the successful Extension Small Farms Program. The Center uses education, research, and collaboration to advance sustainable agriculture, community food systems, and economic progress for Oregon’s small farmers and ranchers.
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Great Shake Out Drill
Join other OSU faculty, staff, and students in the Great Oregon Shake Out!
On October 20 at 10:20 am, join the rest of Oregon and the nation and Drop, Cover, and Hold-On for 60 seconds to simulate the response to an earthquake.
Participation is voluntary but encouraged. In previous years, several campus classes and organizations have:
- Made participation a small group class project, to include a 5 minute research presentation
- Made a class project to have students, wherever they are, encourage those around them to Drop, Cover, Hold-On (proof provided by videotaping the activity)
- Prepared informational materials and distribute to staff/faculty/classmates
- Planned an evacuation drill to high ground near Hatfield due to the tsunami threat
As part of the monthly OSU Emergency Preparedness Learning sessions, October’s fact sheet will review the response to earthquakes and other preparedness points – Great talking tips to present on 10/20, right before the Drop, Cover, and Hold-On event!
There will be a PowerPoint sent on Monday, October 17 that can be used in offices and classrooms to introduce the earthquake drill. It even has a 60 second timer to help with how long to run the drill.
If you do participate, please complete our Qualtrics Survey http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_08SKgL8IqZ7F9pH or send a count of participants to OSU Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Bamberger (Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can update the OSU participation tally on the Shake Out website.
Additional information about the Shake Out can be found at:
Oregon is subjected to earthquakes daily, but the largest event forecasted has yet to occur within our life time. The Cascadia Subduction zone earthquake is forecasted to be a 9.0 or higher and to last for 5-7 minutes, followed by a 30-50 foot tsunami at the coast
Response to earthquakes is simple but important for everyone to perform correctly and automatically. When the shaking is felt, drop low to the ground, seek overhead cover to protect yourself from falling debris, and hold on to the cover so it does not move away from you. When the shaking has stopped, cautiously exit the building, watching for falling objects.
For more Cascadia Subduction Zone and earthquake information, please refer to these summary websites:
2017 International Master Gardener Conference
2017 International Master Gardener Conference: Oregon State University is hosting the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference, July 10-14, 2017 at the Oregon Convention Center. Join 1,200 Master Gardener volunteers, faculty and staff from across the United States, Canada and South Korea for a week of fun, networking and top notch keynotes, classes and tours. Early bird registration is now open. Register early to save. Read our latest newsletter for more details.
Call for Proposals: 2016-2017 Learning Innovation Grants
From Robin Pappas, Instructional Innovation Program Manager
On behalf of the Office of the Vice Provost for Information Services, I am pleased to announce the opening of the call for proposals for the 2016-2017 Learning Innovation Grants.
In 2015-2016, $130,000 was awarded to support 16 Individual projects and nearly $300,000 was awarded to collaborative teams to support 3 Scaled projects. Consistent with last year, awards will be offered in two categories.
Individual Grants (up to $10,000)
10 to 15 individual grants will be awarded to faculty at the OSU Corvallis campus. These awards are intended to bring innovation to the learning experience by providing seed funding for pilot projects combining effective pedagogy with technology or other educational technology efforts.
These are one-time grants, not an ongoing service fund.
For more information about individual grants, please visit this url: http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/technology-funding/learning-innovation-grant/individual-grants-learning-innovation-grant
Scaled Grants (up to $100,000)
Scaled Grants will be awarded to multi-departmental teams at the OSU Corvallis campus who are launching new initiatives or expanding existing ones. Co-contributed resources of staff time and/or funds are expected, and a sustainability plan for maintaining the initiative should be included with the proposal. Deans need to review and actively support the project. Projects should directly contribute to student learning and experience: although research may be conducted on a funded project, the grant funds are not intended to support research itself.
Applications for Scaled Grants will be accepted in Fall 2016 and Winter 2017. (A separate RFP for Winter 2017 proposals will come out in January 2017.)
For more information about the Scaled Grants, please visit this url: http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/information/tech-funding/innovation-grant/scaled
Descriptions of the Individual and Scaled Grants awarded last year will be available on the LIG web site shortly. If you are interested in learning more about the Learning Innovation Grants, an information session will be held in the upcoming weeks. Meanwhile, please feel free to contact Robin Pappas with questions at email@example.com
We look forward to seeing your wonderful ideas!
The EESC Express
EESC Express begins its second season with 30 minutes of pithy, useful ideas for communication, teaching and working differently. Brought to you by your friends at Extension & Experiment Station Communications. Join us on Webex on Thursday, October 20th, at 10am as we explore the fascinating world of 3-D printing, visit the new PNW Handbook website, and offer a fun tip on boosting your productivity.
Webex meeting number: 925 387 591
Questions? Contact Jeff Hino firstname.lastname@example.org
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