In this week’s issue:

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,

Our commitments to helping end systemic racism

You will notice that our Extension homepage, as well as our DEI page, have been updated to more clearly state publicly our commitment. To carry this forward, you can help share these statements publicly along with program actions and outcomes.

For program coordinators creating calls to action

  • If your program web presence lives within the OSU Extension website, you could add your program’s actions on your subpages.
  • Once posted, send a link to your posts to and we will highlight this on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion page with Anita’s statement.
  • We will publish everything we have received by the end of this week and then update as you share more. It will look something like this.

  • This DEI page is in the About Us menu and linked to from the homepage. The DEI page can also be added as “featured content” to other pages (see instructions below).

County office group members who want to share the messages

    • Log in to the Extension website and go to your county page to edit it.
    • Scroll down to the “featured content” section and click the “select content” button.
    • In the pop-up title field type “Ed Ray” to find his statement and type “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” for the page with Anita’s message.
    • When you save, it will look like this.

If you would like more guidance for how you can do this on the pages within our Extension web presence that you are responsible for, please contact

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8421, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Walnuts: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in walnut orchards.

EM 9287, Survival Basics: Stress Less
Glenda Hyde, Lynette Black, Lauren Kraemer
New. In an emergency, fear and anxiety are a natural reaction. However, there are ways to prepare for those tense, anxious moments with an emotional toolkit that helps you cope and respond effectively during a disaster. This publication explores a sampling of mindfulness techniques to help you respond with resiliency in stressful times.

Healthy Community Outreach Grants of up to $25,000

Deadline to apply is July 1st, 2020! 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.

Each project proposal may request up to $25,000 through this competitive process and up to 4 projects will be funded this year ($100,000 total project funding statewide).  Grant information, instructions and application can be found of the Moore Family Center website at:

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 16 @ 3:00 pm: Designing with PowerPoint
Wednesday, June 17 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, June 19 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Check out some blog posts you may have missed in the past:
What is Everyone’s Role?
What exactly is a CRM… and why should I care?
Top 5 Tips for Program Pages
Email newsletter best practices you need to know
Better writing for easier reading
So, you want to make a video?

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Webinar Series: The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation
Join the leadership of the American Public Health Association in a webinar series about racism’s impact on health and disparities. View a guide to the series here.

Webinar: Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus: Implications for Educators and Institutions
In this webinar, the presenters will address tangible strategies for addressing anti-Blackness in schools, colleges, and universities. All educators and institutions looking for concrete strategies and next steps should attend. June 24, 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Webinar: New Census data tools for COVID-19
The Census Bureau has released an interactive data hub resource page on COVID-19. The resource page is designed to help federal agencies, businesses and communities make decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how to navigate through this interactive data hub at a webinar on June 17,  10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

DEI In the News

Civil Rights Law Protects Gay and Transgender Workers, Supreme Court Rules (NY Times)
The court said the language of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Universities Plan Fall Initiatives to Address Systemic Racism and Police Brutality (Diverse Edu)
“The students were very clear that they wanted to keep this momentum going in the sense that folks are paying attention and thinking strategically about these conversations,” said Dr. Charlene Alexander, vice president and chief diversity officer at Oregon State.

Extension in the News

Malheur land managers get early look at rangeland-threats course
Capital Press
Project Director Sergio Arispe, with OSU Extension in Ontario, said he’s offering an earlier version of the course to local land managers in light of several large-scale, public-lands proposals for southeastern Oregon with implications on livestock grazing, recreation and other uses. Instruction is planned via videoconferencing for up to 10 participants.

Good fences make good neighbors of humans, wildlife
Associated Press
“I think thoughtful management of shared habitat is the best option, both for us humans as well as the many wild species (vertebrate and invertebrate) that quietly support our ecosystem and economies via their ecological services and enjoyment value,” said Dana Sanchez, an Extension wildlife specialist with Oregon State University.

Fruit fly to emerge Sunday
The Observer
The Oregon State University Extension Service announced the pest should emerge Sunday in the La Grande area, with 50% of adult files emerging from the ground June 28.

HAREC hosts live potato research update
Hermiston Herald
Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center is hosting their first virtual live potato research update provided by university scientists from 6–8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17.

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