In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Jeanne Brandt made 50 masks out of scraps of fabric she had from other projects.  Twenty were sent to Samaritan through Joann’s Fabrics and 25 were delivered to the Linn County Sheriff’s Department who is currently collecting and distributing them to organizations that need them, such as GAPS childcare program.  Others have gone to friends and family who have not been able to purchase them. Masks slide flat into an envelope for mailing. Great work Jeanne!

Covering our Communities

The CDC now recommends the use of cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Through its Covering Our Communities initiative, OSU Extension seeks to provide credible information on face coverings so individuals can help keep themselves, their families and their communities safe and healthy.

This effort is featured on the OSU Extension homepage and county homepages with a link to an article in English and Spanish about how to wear, make and donate cloth face coverings to keep yourself, and our communities healthy. Volunteers can report their donations at

Please share the OSU Extension web article with your communities and networks.

OSU Extension is also coordinating internally to receive requests from county/tribal emergency operations centers for home-sewn items and share those directly with employees, volunteers and clients.

PILD Conference

Joint Council of Extension Professionals Conference Public Issues in Leadership Development (PILD) Conference was April 6-8 in a virtual format due to the COVID19 crisis. OSU Extension Professionals played a role on the planning committee for successfully adapting and delivering the virtual conference attended by more than 260 people from across the nation. Planning committee members from Oregon were Lyla Houglum, Lynette Black, and Mike Knutz. Two of the six breakout sessions were led by OSU Extension Professionals:

Building Rapport with Elected Officials – Richard Riggs & Mike Knutz

Decade of Disasters: Lessons Learned, Actions Taken, Extension Role – Lynette Black

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9282, Biology and Management of Beet Leafhopper and Purple Top in Potatoes in the Pacific Northwest
Silvia Rondon, Tiziana Oppedisano
New. Leafhoppers damage potatoes by feeding on the plants, or by transmitting viruses and phytoplasmas, which are small bacterial parasites of plant phloem tissue. Phytoplasmas cause purple top disease, which reduces yield and produces rolling of the leaves and purple discoloration. Producers should monitor pest populations and use a combination of controls to manage leafhoppers.

EM 9285, Survivor Basics: Water
Lynette Black, Glenda Hyde, Lauren Kraemer
New. Explore a variety of methods for purifying and storing water for an extended emergency. Learn how to find or make safe water from additional sources. This publication is a companion piece for Oregon State University Extension Service’s free online training, Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event. The training program is open to everyone. It includes videos, narrated presentations, virtual reality simulations, interactive maps, articles and other resources exploring what the earthquake and tsunami will be like and how those affected can manage the subsequent recovery.

PNW 581, Land Survey and Mapping: An Introduction for Woodland Owners
Norma Kline, Alicia Christiansen
Revised. Discusses types of plane surveys, including property surveys and cadastral surveys. Briefly sketches the history of the rectangular survey system in the United States and describes how the rectangular system works. Tells how to use certain types of maps, such as transportation maps and topographic maps, to locate on-the-ground features. Also discusses using aerial photos. Briefly defines geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).

OSU Extension helps Oregon Create a Culture of Preparedness

Oregon has many different types of natural disasters, but most, other than recent wildfires, are small when compared to other states. Oregonians really are not prepared culturally for any kind of major disaster. Thanks to scientists from Oregon State University and Washington State University, we now know much more about the Pacific Northwest’s naturally recurring disaster: the Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes.

There’s still time to enroll! The final module for the Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event free online sessions will be released on Thursday morning this week. Modules 1 to 3 can be viewed in about two hours for each module. Module 4 shows how OSU Extension professionals can be active, professionally, in disasters. Session 4.1 can be viewed in less than an hour.

The Extension team that developed the modules needs critical feedback before making the training available to the public, but you must enroll and review the sessions by April 30. Extension volunteers also are invited to view the sessions and provide comments and suggestions. The sessions are available at on You will need to “Create an Account” with your name and a password to view the sessions and return in the future. Certificates of Achievement can be obtained to record in Digital Measures.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

There are best practices we all can adopt to improve the effectiveness and accessibility of our email newsletters. Adopt these best practices and we’ll make significant strides in readability, effectiveness and accessibility.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.
Statewide Events & Resources
Reminder: Transport Translations platform available to Extension
OSU Extension is committed to ensuring that all people, including those with Limited English Proficiency, have meaningful access to our programs and activities. Transport is an online translations platform that you can use to submit documents for translation, or to get a price quote to help with program planning. More information, including a How-to Video and link to the portal can be found on the Extension Language Access webpage.
Wed., April 22, 10am-11am (PST). Join for COVID-19 specific guidelines and strategies to help ensure you continue and improve diversity recruitment efforts for faculty and staff, while maintaining your retention strategies that support your diverse faculty and staff and support the mission and values of your institution.
DEI In the News
After the Pandemic, the Office Dress Code Should Never Come Back (The Atlantic)
Women are rated by others as more competent when they wear formal attire, and racial bias has also been embedded in dress codes.
How the U of Minnesota, Twin Cities Doubled Its Retention of Native American Students (Diverse Edu)
Dustin Morrow was scrolling through the usual blur of posts and advertisements on Facebook when a commercial for the University of Minnesota caught his eye — and held it for ten minutes. The video was entirely in Ojibwe, the language his ancestors had spoken for centuries.

Extension in the News

Jackson Co. 4-H posts resources on social media
Jackson County 4-H is bumping up it’s online presence with resources for families.

Biological Control of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Organic Farmer
“We found the wasp in downtown Portland; we started moving it around,” said Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Orchard Specialist Nik Wiman.

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