In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots: National Recognition for Juntos and EESC

Congrats to the Juntos team, Jeff Sherman, Gina Galaviz-Yap, Nicole Strong, Andrea Flores, Anna Browne, Amy Young, Christina Diaz-Toledo, Jose Garcia, and Monse Alegria for receiving the Western Region Directors Award for Excellence.

Members of Extension and Experiment Station Communications received several awards from the national Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) for work done on behalf of OSU Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station. The awards will be presented at the June virtual ACE Conference.

  • Gold award in Media Relations, News Release: Cats, like children and dogs, develop attachments to their caregivers, study shows. Chris Branam
  • Gold award in Electronic Media, Video for Promotional, Recruitment, and Fundraising Products: Out There Video. Ann Marie Murphy, David Baker and Darryl Lai
  • Silver award in the Interactive Multimedia & Web Graphics: OPEnSampler – an interactive water-sampling instrument. Alan Dennis
  • Silver award in Marketing : OSU Extension Service Grocery Tote. Ann Marie Murphy, Erik Simmons and Pete Petryszak
  • Bronze award in Media Relations, News Release: Installing solar panels on agricultural lands maximizes their efficiency, new study shows. Chris Branam

Quarterly Conversation

The May 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):

A PDF of the presentation slides  and details of the Director’s Coin presentations are available for download.

OSU Extension Reopening Plans

As part of OSU’s resumption planning, OSU Extension is developing plans to resume in-person programming and enable a gradual restart of on-site work and activities statewide over the summer.

    • See OSU Extension’s reopening plan, including a county status map.
    • Find county office signage templates for baseline and phase 1 on the OSU Extension COVID-19 resource page, in the “COVID-19 communication toolkit and templates” section.
    • EESC will manage county website alerts (top banner) centrally as offices are approved to move to a different phase.
    • University Marketing is working on a university-wide toolkit that will include safe distancing floor stickers and more. The kit is expected to be available in early June.

May is Wildfire Preparedness Month

May is wildfire preparedness month and there are several online opportunities for people to start thinking about the upcoming fire season across eastern Oregon agricultural lands. There is a free online Agricultural Wildfire Course at: The course covers how to develop emergency action plans, powerline and fireline safety, defensible space, fire control, and fire behavior. This course provides training that meets the new annual Ag Wildfire refresher requirement from Oregon OSHA for producers with employees who may need to suppress wildfires on their operation.

In addition, there is an upcoming webinar that will be also be recorded and available via YouTube at

      • May 21st, 5-6:30 pm, An Evening of Fire Preparedness for Eastern Oregon Agriculture Producers. Join OSU Professionals Jacob Powell, Chris Schachtschneider, Jordan Maley, and Dustin Johnson online as they discuss fire preparedness in crops, CRP, and rangelands. In addition, the current fuel outlook, the use of livestock, and how to map and inventory fire resources will be covered. Register at:

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,

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8328, 2020 Hazelnut Pest Management Guide for the Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Learn how to control insects, weeds and disease during each stage of hazelnut growth.

EM 8329, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Cherries: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in cherry orchards of the Willamette Valley.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here. Please let Victor Villegas know what sessions you would like to see offered and what you would like to present in June. Sessions for this week are:

      • Tuesday, May 19 @ 2:00 pm: ¿Hablas Español? – Learn basic Spanish
      • Wednesday, May 20 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
      • Thursday, May 21 @ 11:00 am: CTAs, CTRs, CMS, oh my! Let’s talk newsletters!
      • Friday, May 22 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Many persistent myths about how visitors use websites have sprung up since the web’s inception. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few and use research and data from the field and the Extension website to determine whether or not they have a basis in reality.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Webinar: Serving Students with Basic Needs Insecurities During COVD 19
May 20, 2020 10:00 AM. The current research on underserved students in community colleges identifies acute basic needs insecurities as persistent barriers that threaten their health, wellbeing, and likelihood of success. In this webinar, the presenters will highlight patterns of acute basic needs insecurities that emerged from data collected via the Community College Success Measure and focus groups with community college students.

Faculty & Staff COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund Under IRS Code Section 139: In collaboration with the OSU Foundation, Oregon State University is offering emergency financial assistance grants through the OSU Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund. The purpose of this fund is to help regular classified and unclassified employees in our university community with unexpected needs during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic. All classified staff, professional faculty and academic/research faculty are eligible regardless of service time or FTE. An individual must be actively employed on the date of grant distribution. Read more about the details of the program here. Student hourly employees, graduate assistants, and stipend recipients (e.g., fellows) are not eligible. There are separate programs for students located here:

DEI In the News

Missouri’s 4-H youth provide company to seniors (Missourian)
Missouri 4-H youth volunteers have launched a pilot program to provide comfort to elderly members of their communities who are experiencing social isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Experts Provide Mental Health Tips Amid Pandemic-Related Stressors (Diverse Edu)
Over the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has uprooted the lives of people around the world. With social distancing policies and stay at home orders in place across the country, schools and businesses have transitioned to remote learning and work. The changes and uncertainties of the pandemic have negatively affected the mental health of young people and adults in the United States.

Extension in the News

OSU Extension creates youth education web page for families and educators
The youth education resources page on Extension’s website provides research-based lessons and activities for Oregon’s families, said Anita Azarenko, OSU’s interim vice provost for extension and engagement and director of the Extension Service.

Oregon 4-H, FFA members stay busy despite fairs closing
Capital Press
Marilyn Lesmeister, 4-H program leader for Oregon State University Extension Service, said counties are exploring their options. Virtual livestock shows and auctions are nothing new, but can be expensive to hire production crews and judges willing to evaluate animals on screens, rather than in person.

Harvest will bring unique challenges
The Dalles Chronicle
Oregon State University Extension Agent Ashley Thompson said somewhere between 4,500 and 6,000 people will come to Wasco County for cherry harvest, expected to begin June 6.

Oregon hasn’t seen Asian giant hornets yet
The Madras Pioneer
The Asian giant hornet should not be confused with either the Pacific cicada killer, Sphecius convallis, or the Western cicada killer, Sphecius grandis, wasps that are native to the western United States. There were many sightings in Jefferson and Crook counties that were reported to the local Oregon State University Extension offices and the Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Madras.

A Practical Guide to Starting a Pandemic Garden
Willamette Week
“Don’t lose heart,” says Weston Miller, a faculty member for Oregon State University’s Extension Service who runs the master gardener program for the Portland metro area. “Even people who are experienced vegetable gardeners run into problems, too, because we’re at the whims of weather and pests.”

UVAA uses art kits, social media to stay connected with the community during pandemic
The News-Review
The fourth week brought an opportunity to partner with Oregon State University Extension Program and Douglas County School Garden Hub for art and gardening lessons.

Prepare for preserving
The Oregon State University Extension Service is your best starting point for up to date, reliable and safe information.

Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
Guest column by Chip Bubl.

‘The Fire Within’: North Bend library to host health webinar online
“Stephanie Polizzi of the Oregon State University Extension Service will show how we can fight chronic inflammation and disease with simple food choices,” the Library said in a news release.

High-tech, gardening go online: Wasco Extension 4-H STEM classes go online, sewing and gardening added
Hood River News
Lu Seapy, Oregon State University Extension’s 4-H youth development STEM educator in Wasco County, tends to stay busy.

Texts, College Talk Tuesdays keep Juntos families informed
Tillamook Headlight-Herald
When the COVID-19 pandemic forces mass cancellations of large gatherings in Oregon, the folks who run Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service’s Juntos program knew they had to act fast and shift their strategy.

Coos County Fair, 4-H uncertain with continued suspension of social gatherings
4-H Youth Development Coordinator Elissa Wells says they’re keeping health and safety in mind and finding ways to continue the educational program, such as through Zoom call presentations and judging.

Deschutes County 4-H and FFA feel impacts of fair cancellation
Candi Bothum, Oregon State Extension 4-H statewide animal science coordinator, said planning is for 4-H youth to display their animals virtually.

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