In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Eastern Oregon parents are helped by Food Hero. Read about it here:

Share a Photo

We want to see you in your favorite face covering! Wearing a face covering shows that we care for others and ourselves. Email Ann Marie Murphy a photo of you in your favorite face covering by August 10. We will share a montage of the photos during the Quarterly Conversation on August 21.

New Gardening Newsletter from Extension Service and Professional and Continuing Education

OSU Extension Service and Professional and Continuing Education are joining forces on a new gardening newsletter. This newsletter contains the latest information from OSU to help your garden grow. It features helpful monthly gardening calendars, upcoming trainings and workshops, timely horticulture articles, and more. Launched in June, the newsletter is being sent to more than 80,000 on the west coast and beyond resulting in hundreds of Extension publication downloads and clicks on calls to action. Help us spread the word. Be sure to subscribe and grow your best garden throughout the year!

Extension News Stories

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,

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.

Wednesday, July 29 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Friday, July 31 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Please share your feedback to help us plan for future sessions. Is there a topic you’d like an “advanced” or follow-up version of? Would an open Q&A or office hours/help-type session on any previous topic be useful? Do you want to offer a statewide professional development session? Contact Victor Villegas to share feedback and coordinate.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

COVID-19 resources for the pandemic and beyond:

A look back at resources developed to support faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic and how these resources can serve us going forward: Virtual Extension, professional development webinars, public health and wellness resources, and innovative web and digital strategies.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Gobierno de Oregon ofrece línea de atención a comunidades indígenas afectadas por el COVID-19 (Vive NW) El COVID-19 está afectando a la comunidad hispana a niveles desproporcionados por diversas razones: muchos son trabajadores esenciales; otros no tienen acceso a beneficios de desempleo o tiempo libre debido a su estado migratorio; y también porque es común que los hogares de gente hispana estén compuestos por múltiples miembros familiares. Oregon Government Offers Hotline to Communities Affected by COVID-19.

Diversity, equity and inclusion workshop: Oregon State University – Cascades will host a three-day diversity, equity and inclusion workshop for business leaders and community members interested in furthering their knowledge of social equality. OSU-Cascades business instructor Erika McCalpine will lead the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intensive workshop. It will be offered via Zoom from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 3-5 and Aug. 17-19. Registration for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intensive is $300 per person and each three-day session is limited to 40 participants. Registration closes July 31 for the Aug. 3-5 session, and on Aug. 14 for the Aug. 17-19 session. To register, visit For information, contact

Author Ibram X. Kendi on “How to Be an Antiracist” (On Demand Until August 20, 2020)

Listen to 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Dukes is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the College and has 30 years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education. This event was presented by the Prince George County Memorial Library System.

DEI In the News

A ‘Final Crossing’ For John Lewis Across The Edmund Pettus Bridge (NPR)

The body of John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge one last time on Sunday in what organizers described as “The Final Crossing,” part of a multiday celebration of the life of the civil rights icon. In March 1965, a 25-year-old Lewis and hundreds of other civil rights advocates planned to march from Selma to Montgomery to draw attention to the need for voting rights in the state, which was infamous for denying African Americans the right to vote.

Higher Ed Institutions Rethink Relationships With Police Amid Nationwide Protests (Diverse Edu) Student movements are urging universities to separate from metro police and reform campus policing practices — or abolish university police departments altogether.

Extension in the News

A Portland farm seeks to restore Black people to the land


Eventually he took the Master Gardener course at Oregon State University, before helping found the Black Futures Farm.

Re-creating the home garden tour experience

The Bulletin

This would normally be the week of the Oregon State University-Extension High Desert Garden Tour. Our minds would be exploding with new design ideas and a plant list that would challenge the national budget.

Three from Yamhill County win Master Gardener honors


Three Yamhill County residents are among more than 40 Oregon State University Extension master gardener volunteers who have been recognized for their service.

Cluster-thinning grapes can achieve quality goals

Western Farm Press

On the West Coast, Patty Skinkis, Viticulture Extension Specialist at Oregon State University, notes that shoot thinning is done early season while cluster thinning happens about lag phase.

Scientists tracking bacterium that causes crown gall disease

Western Farm Press

“Agrobacterium causes crown gall, growths or galls on affected plants – plant tissue that grows in an unorganized manner disrupting water and nutrient flow,” says Melodie Putnam, Director of the Oregon State University Plant Clinic.

Oregon cherry growers weather rain, COVID-19 during harvest

Capital Press

This year, Ashley Thompson added the role of agriculture emergency response coordinator for Wasco County, surveying growers and communicating their needs to state agencies and local health departments.

OSU Extension adapts high-speed hand-washing technique for ag industry

Fruit Growers News

OSU Extension recently released a collection of resources for farmers and ranchers and food production or packing plant supervisors to use in the workplace.

Grant County Fair adapts amid coronavirus

The Blue Mountain Eagle

Bonni Booth, 4-H/SNAP-Ed Program coordinator for Grant County Oregon State University Extension Office, said they are following Oregon Health Authority guidelines for 4-H and FFA activities, which were updated July 17.

4-H court ready for Wallowa County Fair

Wallowa County Chieftain

“The girls go to various events in the county to represent 4-H and the fair,” said Debbie Warnock, who oversees 4-H for Oregon State University Extension. “We always have a lot of fun.”

‘Master Gardeners’ finally allowed back into their garden

East PDX

In their “new” Demonstration Garden – in a location hidden away in the northwest part of the property, and no longer visible from SE 60th Avenue –16 raised beds are used for edible crops, as well as blueberries, grapes, and an herb bed.

Tillamook County 4-H 2020 Horse Fair show results

North Coast Citizen

The 2020 Tillamook County 4-H Horse Fair was held July 9-10.

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