In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

This week, six Oregon members of National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) learned that their projects or programs were recognized in one of four subcategories of the national impact reports, NEAFCS IMPACT 2020. These reports are delivered to Senator and Representative Offices on Capitol Hill by Extension state delegations during the Public Issues Leadership Development Conference in a normal year. Copies are also delivered to NIFA Program Leaders and JCEP leadership. This year, due to COVID-19 precautions, these nationally recognized project and program impacts will be delivered electronically.

In the Childhood Obesity Prevention category three projects from Oregon were highlighted. Cheryl Kirk submitted the Healthy School Celebrations Teacher Toolkit. Olivia Davis’ culturally adapted cooking classes during the School Holiday Break Camp was recognized. Cindy Brown’s Sherman County SKORE Afterschool Cooking Program was featured. Angie Treadwell’s Cooking Matters Expansion to older adults and mental health and drug addiction support groups was featured in the Food and Nutrition impact statement. In the category, Improving our Children’s Lives, Joanne Lyford’s Fix the Lunch Line Project with School Nutrition Assessment Tool for High Schools was chosen. In the Food Safety impact report, state survey data for two programs was submitted by Glenda Hyde. Impacts from Community Canning Classes and the Master Food Preserver volunteer program, two quotes from participants and a photo were featured. All ten NEAFCS IMPACT 2020 reports can be seen at

Virtual Extension

Three important links have been added to the Virtual Extension website.

  • Safe Virtual Programming for OSU Youth Programs – guidance that supports OSU units with developing and implementing virtual programming for participates younger than 18
  • OSU’s Zoom security info – Zoom is powerful virtual meeting platform, but things can go awry if you choose the wrong settings for your meetings.
  • OSU Extension Professional Development & Connection Opportunities – This page lists upcoming statewide professional development and connection opportunities for OSU faculty and staff, geared toward Extension and noncredit education. Please note: Advance self-study is required prior to Lynette Black’s April 21 session on Extension and community recovery following COVID-19. See the session description for details.

Virtual Extension complements OSU’s Keep Working and Keep Teaching websites, with information specific to our Extension and Engagement context. We are adding resources, revising guidance and sharing more case studies weekly.

The Virtual Extension team wants your feedback, and for you to share your needs and ideas so we can work together through this current situation and position us for even more ways to serve Oregonians in the future. Let’s talk!

Moore Family Center Grants

The Moore Family Center is happy to announce the request for proposals for 2020 Healthy Community Outreach Grants.  This year there are two opportunities that Extension professionals in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences can apply for to support projects related to improving nutrition and the local food environment. The intent of the Healthy Community Outreach Program is to empower local communities to work together to improve the lifelong health of Oregonians where they live, work, learn and play in ways that stimulate INNOVATION and COLLABORATION.  Grant project teams can consist of cross disciplinary / cross program collaborations.

1).  NEW – Mini Grants!

A new opportunity is available to request a mini grant of up to $5,000 for the continuation of a previously-funded Healthy Community Outreach project.  A list of previously funded projects can be found on the Moore Family Center’s website. Only projects that were funded in the 2014-2015 cycle are eligible for mini grants this year.  A maximum of 6 mini grants will be funded in 2020.  The Deadline to apply for mini grants is April 15, 2020.  Requests for mini grants must be submitted online through this link.

2).  Healthy Community Outreach Grants of up to $25,000

This grant opportunity will support the launch of a new project.  Each project proposal may request up to $25,000 through this competitive process and up to 4 projects will be funded per year ($100,000 total project funding statewide).  Grant information, instructions and application can be found of the Moore Family Center website . The deadline to apply for full grants is May 15, 2020.

ESC 2020 Conference Postponed

The 2020 conference planned for September 15-16 in Philadelphia, PA, has been postponed to fall of 2021 out of an abundance of caution amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.

The Conference Planning Committee is working diligently to provide more details around 2020 awards as well as scheduled pre-conference activities. We will be reaching out in the coming weeks as more information becomes available.

We look forward to connecting with all of our colleagues across higher education at the 2021 conference, where we will undoubtedly have much to discuss and learn from one another as a result of these unprecedented times.

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9231, Tribes & Climate Change
Michael Case, John Kim, Becky Kerns
New. Native Americans rely on tribally important ecosystem services such as traditional foods, hunting, timber production, non-timber forest resources (recreation, water), and cultural resources. Unfortunately, many of these resources may be highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. A research team sought to answer the question: Where and which tribally-important ecosystem services will be affected by climate change in the Pacific Northwest?

EM 9283, How to Spot Signs of X-Disease in Cherries
Ashley Thompson
New. Field workers picking cherries can use this card to identify signs of X-Disease in a cherry orchard. One side of the card is in English and the other side is in Spanish.
Los trabajadores de campo que recogen cerezas pueden usar esta tarjeta para identificar signos de enfermedad X en un huerto de cerezos. Un lado de la tarjeta está en inglés y el otro lado está en español. Se pueden comprar paquetes de 50 tarjetas.

PNW 133, Puncturevine
Kale Whaley, Robert Parker, Rick Boydston
Revised.With a spiny fruit capable of injuring hooves, feet, and vehicle tires, growers from across the spectrum can learn to effectively manage this weed.

PNW 739, Selling Logs from your Property: A Curriculum Package for Educators in the Western U.S.
Lauren Grand, Alicia Christiansen, Francisca Belart, Tamara Cushing, Chris Schnepf, Kelsey Ketcheson
New. Selling logs is one of the most important decisions a landowner can face. This curriculum package for forestry educators brings together consulting foresters, log buyers and loggers to teach participants how to get a fair deal for their timber, how to protect themselves from exposure to unnecessary liability and how to make sure their property looks the way they want it to when the operation is done. The package includes sample agendas, PowerPoint presentations, field trip how-tos and follow-up evaluations.

Teaching Network Monthly Meetup

Want to learn more and share ideas about how to transition your Extension programs online? Then join Cub Kahn, hybrid course design expert at our Center for Teaching and Learning, and your colleagues on Thursday April 9th at noon for the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up. Follow this link for our Zoom room:  For more information or questions please contact Mary Halbleib.

Welcome New Employees

In March, Extension welcomed or promoted the following employees:

  • Katie Hauser, 4-H Program Coordinator, Baker County
  • Shawna Horner, Administrative Office Manager, Coos County
  • Bonni Booth, 4-H and SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator, Grant County
  • Sierra Fell, Office Specialist 2, Klamath County
  • Jody Durighello, Office Specialist 2, Klamath County
  • Janice Schooler, Education Program Assistant 1, Klamath County
  • Diana Cardenas, Education Program Assistant 1, Linn County
  • Marilee Anderson, 4-H and SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator, Gilliam C.
  • Katherine Birkhauser, Education Program Assistant 2, Jackson County
  • Kristi Backe, ODS Curriculum & Prof Dev Coord, Outdoor School
  • Kara Young, Faculty Research Assistant, Deschutes County
  • Dale Hammack, Education Program Assistant 2, Wasco County
  • Ji Kim, Office Specialist 2, PACE
  • Cynthia Edison, Education Program Assistant 1, Union County
  • Maritza Leon Gutierrez, Education Program Assistant 1, Marion C.
  • Sara Hinkle, Office Specialist 2, Umatilla County
  • Mary McNamee, Education Program Assistant 1, Josephine County
  • Joshua Davalos, 4-H Program Coordinator, Marion County
  • Kim Deck, Ore. Parenting Education Collaborative Coordinator, FCH

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Want to learn how to engage online? We have some resources.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

Search Advocate Workshops via Zoom: All OSU Search Advocate workshops will be offered via Zoom for the next 2+ months. The initial workshop series is a full two-day sequence open to all OSU staff and faculty. 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 or 541-760-6160.

Inclusive Excellence @ OSU Fellows Program 
Inclusive Excellence @OSU is seeking applications for the 2020 cohort of Fellows! IE@OSU is a program for STEM faculty to develop their teaching practice around equity and inclusion. Please apply if you teach in a STEM descipline and are interested in exploring your own understanding of inclusion and equity and engaging in student-centered inclusive pedagogy. More information, including the application, are available here.

Indigenous Land is the Foundation of the Land-Grant University System (HCN)
Explore a new report from High County News on the expropriation of Indigenous land through the development of our land grant system.

DEI In the News

Clackamas County kids get free books, bites (Portland Tribune)
The Clackamas County nonprofit organization, Clackamas Bookshelf, has been distributing thousands of free books to children who are receiving free lunches during the COVID-19 closures.

Pendleton Area Hit By Floods, then COVID-19 (East Oregonian)
The February floods were the biggest disaster of 2020 before a worldwide pandemic arrived the following month and usurped it.

The Coronavirus Doesn’t Discriminate, But U.S. Health Care Showing Familiar Biases (NPR)
Most available coronavirus data doesn’t include ethnic or racial demographics, but public health experts say they fear the response to the pandemic will lead to predictable health care disparities.

Extension in the News

Oregon’s free online vegetable gardening course draws in 18,000 people following stay-home orders
The Oregonian
About 1,000 people a day are signing up for a free, online vegetable gardening course offered by Oregon State University Extension Service.

More people buying food directly from farms during virus
Capital Press
Heidi Noordjik, Oregon State University’s small farms coordinator, said she thinks CSAs are also gaining traction because more people are cooking at home and thinking about how they can support local businesses and producers.

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