In this week’s issue:

A suite of tools is now available to promote safe food preservation

It started with an idea and a flyer, grew into a regional collaboration with Bi-Mart and Wilco, and now templates are available in Box and customizable with local contacts or co-branding with local retailers. Use them to reach out to local retailers and businesses that would like to promote safe food preservation. Here’s what’s available:

Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

PNW 750, Invertebrate Pest Management for Pacific Northwest Pastures
Amy J. Dreves, Navneet Kaur, Mylen Bohle, David B. Hannaway, Glenn Fisher, Silvia I. Rondon
New. A well-managed pasture has several ecological and economic benefits. However, several species of arthropods (insects, mites and garden symphylans), and gastropods (slugs) inhabit pastures of the Pacific Northwest of the United States and can diminish those benefits.

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. This story was published in the last week:

We encourage active sharing of this story 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? Please contact the news team.

OSU Clean Water Virtual Conference

Sept. 1, 2020

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PDT)

Free and open to the public*

The College of Engineering is hosting this innovative online event to bring together scholars and stakeholders from diverse disciplines, whose work is directed toward maintaining, preserving, and improving clean and sustainable sources of water for human and ecosystem use.


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:

Wednesday, August 12 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Weekly, statewide Extension meeting lead by Lindsey Shirley.

Thursday, August 13 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (2nd Thursday of each month)

Bring your lunch and join the discussion to get insights and support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited to share our ideas and hear yours as we delve into solving challenges and pursuing new opportunities for impactful outreach.

Friday, August 14 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

A bi-monthly opportunity to connect with Vice Provost Anita Azarenko for informal updates, Q&A and conversation.

In case you missed it, the Web analytics and visitor feedback dashboards webinar recording is available on the professional development webpages. Learn more about what your online audiences are doing and thinking, and how faculty are using this data in their work.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

You’ve often heard of the Extension Communications office as the “P.R. office.” While that’s true, the news and public issues team does much more than write news releases, pitch stories to the media and handle interview requests. In today’s blog, learn more about how the team uses other formats to tell the public about the great work you’re doing.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Recorded Webinar: Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society (NY Times)
A conversation with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and moderated by Francesca Donner, Gender Director at The New York Times, about the unique and devestating impacts of the current pandemic on women and girls.

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome; employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Aug. 25.

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. 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 Aug. 14 for the Aug. 17-19 session. To register, visit For information, contact

DEI In the News

Umatilla County officials stand with people of color (East Oregonian)
County officials adopted the resolution titled “Stance Against Racism, Discrimination and Social Injustices in Umatilla County” in response to the order placed on July 15 by advocates for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Oregon ‘Peace Trees’ become reminders of the resilience of life (KDRV)
A Medford resident and Hiroshima Survivor started the effort to plant seedlings from trees that survived the atomic bomb blast.

Extension in the News

Douglas County 4-H holds first in-person event since March
For the first time since March, the Douglas County 4-H program had its first in-person event Wednesday.

Some August summer camps and activities still a go during COVID-19
The News-Review
Food, Farm and Fun Camp For kids in grades 3-5, the Douglas County OSU Extension is providing free kits every Thursday for the next month.

Garden Plots: Excellent tomato weather
A column by Chip Bubl.

Pollinator project all the buzz in North Unit Irrigation District
The Bulletin
But Heike Williams, a bio-science technician for Oregon State University’s Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center, said gathering pollen from just one crop can lead to poor health in the colony.

Mariachi STEAM summer camp canceled due to COVID-19, community comes together, creates new program
The Mariachi Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics camp, one of the 4-H Youth Development programs at Oregon State University, has been cancelled due to COVID-19. OSU community members, members of other educational institutes, and volunteers have come together to create a new program for LatinX youth.

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