In this week’s issue:

Passcodes Required for Zoom Meetings as of September 10

All Zoom meetings will require passcodes starting on September 10th. Requiring passcodes on September 10th ensures meetings have a security measure in place prior to Zoom’s upcoming security requirement, minimizing potential disruptions.

What: Passcode Requirement for All Zoom Meetings

When: September 10, 2020

Learn More: The passcode requirement applies to all meetings, including instant meetings, scheduled meetings, and meetings using a Personal Meeting ID.

  • Passcodes will be required when scheduling new meetings.
  • Existing or recurring meetings that are not passcode protected must be edited to add a passcode. Updated meeting information must be provided to participants by sending new or edited invitations with a join link that includes an embedded passcode and the passcode.
  • Important note: If no action is taken to update an existing meeting, a passcodes will be automatically added, however, this information will not automatically shared with meeting participants. The passcode must be communicated for participants to join the meeting without an updated join link that includes an embedded passcode or for those who are manually joining the meeting using the Meeting ID.

For more details, including instructions to add passcodes to all meeting types, visit:

If you have additional questions, please contact the Service Desk at 541-737-8787 or

New Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EC 1306, Growing Raspberries in Your Home Garden
Bernadine Strik, Emily Dixon, Amy Jo Detweiler, Nicole Sanchez
Revised. Raspberries are delicious, and gardeners in Oregon can learn to grow this tart, fresh highlight of summer in their own gardens. Choose which type of raspberry to grow, and learn how to plant, prune, fertilize and water your berry patch to keep it healthy and productive.

EM 9288, What do the long-term experiments in the drylands Pacific Northwest tell us?
Santosh Shiwakoti, Valtcho Jeliazkow
New. A review and explanation of the long-term experiments at the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center (CBARC) over many years. The goals are how to work and protect the dryland soil over time so that healthy crops can continue to grow there. Their research shows that certain techniques work best to achieve that goal.

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,

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, September 2 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Coming next week:
Thursday, September 10 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (2nd Thursday of each month)

Join this discussion to share insights and get support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging, led by Mary Halbleib, Gordon Jones, and Cassie Bouska.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Extension website analytics include data about visitor actions that are more complex than simple page views, such as clicks on links and form submissions. Learn about the types of actions that are measured and how to access the data in this week’s Navigator blog post.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Webinar – Delivering More Than Food: Understanding and Operationalizing Racial Equity in Food Hubs
This webinar from the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems shares results from a qualitative study led by a diverse group of food system practitioners as to how U.S. based food hubs understand and operationalize engagement in racial equity work. Learn examples of how food hubs operationalize equity within their business, and with their partners, and with the community they serve.

 How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race: 10 minute listen
Most people have heard about “the talk” — the conversation many African American parents have with their kids about how to avoid altercations with police or what to do and say if they’re stopped. The recent unrest sparked by anger over police brutality against African Americans has parents who aren’t black thinking more about how they talk to their kids about race.

DEI In the News

OHSU drops massive coronavirus study after failing to draw participants of color (East Oregonian)

A study intended to track the coronavirus in Oregon and understand its impacts on minorities is now dead after Oregon Health & Science University, which lead the research, found that not enough minorities signed up to participate.

 15 Ways Colleges Are Mobilizing to Support Their Communities (Chronicle)
It is an extraordinary time of daunting challenges, but also opportunities “to establish our higher-education institutions as pillars of the community,” says Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, president of Michigan’s Oakland University. Public trust in colleges and universities has been declining for years, fueled by rising tuition, concerns about the value of a degree, political and ideological debates, and doubts over whether the system still serves the common good. Making the case for higher education’s role in society means assuming public responsibility in a crisis

How Can Professors Bring Anti-Racist Pedagogy Practices Into the Classroom? (Diverse Edu)
A new guide to anti-racist pedagogy gives professors tools for facilitating conversations on race.

Extension in the News

Extension Spotlight: Bringing technology to the woods: digital mapping resources for forestland owners
The News-Review

A column by Alicia Christansen.

Gardening trivia competition offers prizes at library
Herald and News

Show off your gardening knowledge in our first-ever Gardening Trivia Tournament, co-hosted by the Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center.

Researchers build app to monitor irrigation water quality
Capital Press

The app — being developed as part of the Data Science for the Public Good initiative to aid rural communities — combines a farm’s location and water-usage season with data from nearby monitoring stations. It will generate a mean and a threshold value for on-farm water quality.

Hemp is still king of the crops
Mail Tribune

Gordon Jones, assistant professor for Oregon State University Extension Service, said last year’s stampede to grow hemp was something of a “gold-rush mentality.”

Lincoln County invited to join OSU’s free gardening webinar series
The News Guard

Join the Lincoln County Master Gardeners to expand your horticulture knowledge, ranging from soil amendments and controlling those pesky critters, to pruning roses and making wreaths.

LUBA reverses county’s marijuana ban near youth centers
Capital Press

Likewise, LUBA has ruled that Deschutes County wrongly denied the application of Waveseer of Oregon, a company that intended to build a 36,000-square-foot facility to grow and process marijuana near properties that host “youth oriented equestrian activities” and “4-H agricultural activities.”

Celebrate 10 Days of Tuna on the North Oregon Coast
Tillamook Headlight-Herald

Scientists Dr. Barb Muhling and Dr. Cat Nickels from the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center and Amanda Gladics from Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon State University Extension will be sharing their professional knowledge and will be available to answer your tuna questions.

How to harvest and prep pumpkins and squash for winter storage
The Oregonian

“Most squashes and pumpkins are warm-season crops and are susceptible to injury at temperatures less than 50 degrees,” said Gail Langellotto, an Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturist and professor. “If left out in the garden too long, they may decay prematurely in storage.”

Firefighters Exposed to More Potentially Harmful Chemicals than Previously Thought
Occupational Health and Safety

“We don’t have enough data to profile the source of the PAHs, but we know PAHs appear from combustion, and obviously combustion is their work,” study lead Kim Anderson, an environmental chemist and Extension specialist at OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, said.

Sanchez: Five gardening topics to study right away
Herald and News

A column by Nicole Sanchez.

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