OSU Extension Service has assembled a team of content experts, toxicologists, and communications specialists to develop this educational resource in both English and Spanish. The team includes faculty and staff from OSU’s Department of Horticulture, Extension and Experiment Station Communications, and Integrated Plant Protection Center with in-kind and administrative support from the College of Agricultural Sciences. Through the OSU Agriculture Research Foundation, we have nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax status for fund development. OSU already provides extensive information on pest management and pesticide safety for agriculture, forestry, and schools. Stakeholders have asked OSU to interpret this trove of information and make it available and accessible to audiences that are currently under-served by OSU’s pest management information resources.
OSU Project Team
This project will bring together the best of OSU, including
- Administrative support and permissions from the College of Agricultural Sciences and associated foundations.
- Content experts from Department of Horticulture across the state to set priorities, establish an outline and review content for factual accuracy.
- Toxicologists from the Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC) to analyze risk of pesticides to human health and the environment.
- Experts from Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC) to develop technology and communications strategies.
- A team of contractors and staff to build out at least 660 content pages.
We hope other OSU faculty and staff join the team!
As an inclusive process, we welcome and encourage anyone who wants to participate in this important response to the community. Here are ways that you can participate:
- Respond to planning documents contained in the website.
- Participate in biannual advisory council meetings (in-person in Portland or via web meeting service).
- Attend planning meeting in August and/or focus group meetings in September (see Timeline).
- Become a content expert to steward the assembly of world-class, science-based content (See content development plan).
- Provide In-kind contribution of time and expertise to help craft content.
- Become a project supporter by filling out this webform.
- Help to raise funds by talking to OSU units, businesses, organizations, and individuals in your networks to encourage them to make a contribution to this community supported information service.
- Help spread the word about this project!
Project Manager: Weston Miller, Community and Urban Horticulturist
Since 2007, Weston has provided effective management and leadership for the Master Gardener (MG) program in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. The MG program includes training over 175 volunteers per year in the process of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to help answer over 60,000 questions from the general public annually. This outreach program includes teaching MG volunteers to use existing IPM resources from OSU and other credible sources. As program manager, Weston has procured and administered total of $1,720,000 including $615,000 in competitive grants and non-competitive contracts offered on unsolicited basis, $573,000 generated through program fees and $532,000 in other monetary awards.
Project Coordinator: Linda Brewer, Technical writer and Project Manager, Department of Horticulture
On a routine basis since 2002, Linda has contributed to the smooth production of written content synthesizing multiple sources for the College of Agricultural Science, the Department of Horticulture, and for researchers seeking grant management services. To date, Linda is author or co-author of about 20 numbered publications in the OSU Extension catalog and 15 numbered technical papers, on topics ranging from entomology to organic waste management to niche marketing. She edits to give “one voice” to the work of multiple authors, and ensures content is at an appropriate information- and reading-level for the target audience. Using a goal-setting and goal-achieving approach, she works with groups to establish and reach reasonable deadlines for optimized group productivity and success.
Web Development and Communications:
The Extension and Experiment Station Communications department at Oregon State University is a leader in using innovative technology to educate the public about issues affecting their daily lives, including how to manage pests in less toxic ways. Every year, EESC’s skilled editors collaborate with authors to update and edit three Pacific Northwest handbooks on managing plant diseases, insects and weeds. Additionally, EESC’s web developers created and manage three websites for each of these publications. EESC’s editors collaborate with faculty to update the content on them. Click here to view the mobile-friendly website for the insect handbook. EESC’s web team also created and manages the Drupal-based website for the OSU Extension Service, the mobile-friendly Oregon’s Agricultural Progress website and OSU’s Bridges to Prosperity website of impact statements. Furthermore, EESC’s team of writers excels at translating complex science into layperson’s terms and developing effective communication strategies to distribute educational content to targeted audiences via news releases, social media and a database of thousands of journalists. In addition, EESC manages a catalog of 900 peer-reviewed, research-based Extension publications and a database of more than 20,000 photos and videos — all of which EESC uses to create compelling websites, apps, digital publications, news releases and other content.
Pesticide Risk Communications:
The Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC) was formed in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU) in 1967, and has been conducting research and outreach in a state, national and international setting ever since. The IPPC leads and coordinates a number of multi-investigator, multi-state research and outreach programs. Also, IPPC has developed and maintains the IPM Pesticide Risk Mitigation Engine (PRiME) http://ipmPRiME.org, which is an agricultural pesticide use risk assessment tool. IpmPRiME is a user-friendly, innovative online tool that ranks pesticide products for impacts on birds, earthworms, small mammals, aquatic ecosystems and worker/bystander health and safety. This tool applies best available science to permit producers, advisors and regulatory professionals to compare different pest management scenarios for any commodity and select options with the fewest potential environmental and health hazards.
Pollinator Health Content:
Andony Melathopoulos is a new Assistant Professor who, since 2016, has been leading OSU’s efforts to design, implement and evaluate a state-wide pollinator health program. OSU’s work around pollinator health comes out of a mandate from the Oregon Legislator. Each year he provides training to over 1000 pesticide applicators on how to reduce pesticide exposure to pollinating insects, he hosts a weekly podcast on pollinator health and is currently working on a number of education products designed for helping homeowners and landscapers better understand how to manage pests while minimizing impacts to pollinators. He also sits on the steering Committee of the Oregon Bee Project, which coordinates pollinator health work across state agencies. He has over fifteen years’ of experience in pollinator health extension, which includes over 30 peer-reviewed papers, speaking at industry and public meetings, writing for trade journals (over 40 articles), conducting qualitative risk assessments for government agencies and developing public education activities.