In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Food Hero cooking classes go online and are a big hit. The videos, between six and 12 minutes long, walk participants through simple, nutritious recipes, such as a broccoli and beef stir fry or the Popeye Power Smoothie. Each recipe comes from the Food Hero website, where the Extension Service provides free, healthy recipes searchable by what ingredients families have on hand.

Congratulations on your National ESP Award!

Mid-Career Service Award –Patricia Skinkis
Early Career Service Award –Emily Henry
Administrative Leadership Award –Lindsey Shirley
International Service Award- Sam Angima
Diversity Multicultural Individual- Mario Magana

Operation Pallet Drop

Last week, at 18 distribution sites across the state, Oregon State University Extension Service employees worked side by side with the Oregon Army National Guard to sort, load and deliver personal protective equipment earmarked for agricultural producers and farmworkers to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The initiative – part of Oregon’s $30 million investment to secure the state’s food supply chain and protect essential agricultural workers – resulted in the distribution of 915,000 N95 masks and 5,000 gallons of hand sanitizer in all 36 counties. It was a collaborative effort of OSU Extension, the Guard, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management.

Congratulations to those involved. There was significant media coverage, including:

OSU Extension serves as mask distribution site
Oregon National Guard distributes PPE to farmers across the state

State provides free PPE to agricultural businesses

National Guard joins effort to hand out masks for farm workers at Oregon Serigraphics Thursday

Ag Workers Prepare For Harvest Season Amid Pandemic

National Guard delivery

OSU Extension helps farm workers stay safe

In bid to protect workers, Oregon ag department hands out free masks, sanitizer
PHOTOS: Oregon National Guard, OSU extension distribute masks to farmers
Protective gear going to farmworkers, but needs still unmet

National Guard hands out PPE to Oregon farmers ahead of harvest

Virtual Extension Resources

The Virtual Extension resources on the employee intranet include our best how-to tips for delivering remote programming, and interviews with Extension faculty and staff on their lessons learned. As we plan to enter a new phase, Virtual Extension resources can help you blend remote and in-person programming.

Newly added information:

Welcome New and Promoted Employees

Emily Blume, Administrative Office Manager, Lincoln County
Carrie Berger, Forestry & Natural Resources Fire Extension Program Manager
Sarah Contreras, 4-H Education Program Assistant, Marion County
Daniel Jones, FCH Education Program Assistant,  Crook County,

Online Training for Extension Volunteers: Feedback needed!

Do you manage, train or work with Extension volunteers? If so, your insights are needed for a new online training for Extension volunteers that focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion. Please join us on June 9, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. to learn more about the goals of the training and to provide feedback that will shape its development. Register now to receive connection information.

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8419, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Peaches: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in peach orchards of the Willamette Valley.

PNW 737, Building resilience through engagement: Brenda and Tony Richards – Rancher-to-Rancher Case Study series: Increasing resilience among ranchers in the Pacific Northwest
Sonia A. Hall, Tipton Hudson, K. Scott Jensen, J. Shannon Neibergs, Matthew Reeves, Georgine Yorgey, Emily Jane Davis
New. This publication is part of the Rancher-to-Rancher Case Study Series: Increasing resilience among ranchers in the Pacific Northwest.

PNW 742, Revenue Sources for a Commercial Beekeeping Operation in the Pacific Northwest
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New. Pollination services and honey production are the primary revenue sources for a beekeeping business based in the Pacific Northwest. Those starting a beekeeping operation should focus on two to three revenue sources initially and diversify after gaining experience. This publication provides information for formulating a production plan and estimating sales for a PNW-based beekeeping business.

PNW 743, Operational Equipment Expenses for Commercial Beekeeping Operation in the Pacific Northwest
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New. When developing a business plan for a commercial beekeeping operation, a beekeeper must plan for honey production. Even if other income sources, such as pollination or nucleus/package/queen sales, are expected to be the primary revenue stream, honey bees almost always make honey in the PNW. The amount of honey will vary from year to year, but a plan for processing and selling honey is essential. The supplemental material includes two informational graphics that describe two forms of honey and wax extraction—the spinning method and the slurry method.

PNW 744, Beekeeping Equipment Expenses: Woodenware and Other Components
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New.Woodenware for a typical honey bee colony includes vertically stackable boxes with removable frames, a bottom board, lid and a queen excluder. The most common design is Langstroth equipment. Langstroth colony configuration varies widely among beekeepers but is generally standardized within an operation for ease of transport, storage and management.

PNW 745, Honey Bee Colony Maintenance Expenses: Supplemental Feed, Requeening and Medication.
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New.Success in pollination, honey production and other aspects of a beekeeping business depends on honey bee health. Strong, thriving colonies require many inputs from the beekeeper, including feed (carbohydrates and protein), medications and new queens when necessary.

Extension Teaching Network Monthly Meetup

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up! Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom June 11th at noon to discuss what you need to make your extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited share our ideas, discuss your lesson plans, and delve into the challenges and opportunities for impactful programs. Follow this link to join in the conversation and idea sharing:

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Tuesday, June 2 @ 3:00 pm: Microsoft OneNote Basics
Wednesday, June 3 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, June 5 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

It’s the two year anniversary of the Extension website launch. This week’s Navigator post includes two short videos that show the cool features of the web’s content management system, and other tips and reminders for frequently asked questions.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

DEI Response to COVID-19: From Principles to Action: On June 4, from 9:00 am – 10:30 am, Dr. Charlene Alexander, OSU’s vice president and chief diversity officer, hosts a conversation on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the time of COVID-19 with a distinguished group of leaders on this important topic.  Speakers include Dr. Yvette Gullatt, Vice Provost for Diversity and Engagement and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs in the University of California Office of the President. Dr. Gullatt along with Chief Diversity Officers from the University of California developed guiding Principles on Equity and Inclusion During COVID-19. Panelists will consider the application of DEI principles in their work, lived experiences and identify ways to move from thought to action. Click HERE to Register.

InclusiveExcellence@OSU: IE@OSU is a professional development program for STEM faculty to understand and confront inequities in STEM education. The IE@OSU team is recruiting interested faculty for the Fall 2020 cohort of Fellows. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fall Academy is shifting to a virtual format, which will take place over the course of Fall term. More information about the program can be found here. If you are interested in participating, please click here to complete a short survey; deadline to indicate interest is Friday, June 5. Please contact program coordinator Ann Sitomer with any questions.

DEI In the News

OSU President Ray addresses George Floyd killing (The Corvallis Advocate)
On Sunday, Oregon State University President Ed Ray released a statement concerning the George Floyd killing, and his views concerning policing.

Family Equity Story Series: The 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that made marriage equality the law of the land was life-changing for hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ families. The historic ruling, in Obergefell v. Hodges, granted every American the freedom to marry, and afforded same-sex couples and their children equal rights, benefits, and protections. As the five-year anniversary of this historic ruling approached, Family Equality brought together two LGBTQ+ families in Texas to explore what marriage equality means to them. These are their stories

Extension in the News

Keeping wearing your face masks to the grocery store, but you don’t need to have it on in the car
Salem Reporter
Yolanda Rodriguez, of Oregon State University Extension, poses for a photo in her mask on Wednesday, May 27 at a mask distribution event for farmworkers and the agricultural sector.

With fairs canceled, 4-H and FFA contenders face uncertain futures with livestock, competitions
Salem Reporter
Melanie McCabe, Marion County 4-H coordinator, is working with 4-H clubs and the county fair coordinators to create a virtual space for everything from breeding animal and market livestock classes to home economics and arts classes.

Getting set for a virtual auction
The Observer
“There wasn’t any other option but to go virtual,” Union County 4-H extension agent Carole Smith said, noting 4-H remains under closure orders because it is part of the university system.

‘Black Futures Farm’ grows food, fosters community
East PDX News
This particular location is ideal, Hill observed, because partners at the site include Portland State University, the Oregon State University Extension Service, Portland Public Schools, and the Multnomah County Master Gardeners program.

Easy Tips to Grow Your Best Garden
Consumer Reports
First, make a seed starter with compost, peat moss, and a drainage aid like perlite, using this recipe from Oregon State University.

Legal Ledger Brief: New resource for grazing management
Western Livestock Journal
Oregon State University Extension has developed a resource to assist livestock producers seeking to improve their pasture and grazing management.

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