In this week’s issue:

Extension participates in virtual expo at University Day

University Day on September 15 is virtual this year, which offers everyone around the state an opportunity to participate. OSU Extension is one of the event’s virtual exhibitors. Thanks to Victor Villegas and Nicole Strong, Extension is sharing several short PowerPoint presentations about its digital resources, statewide educational and outreach response to COVID-19, and a quick Take 2 (minutes) for Extension targeted to OSU employees and students. You will also find the Extension Out There video. A PowerPoint recording about the Extension internship program is also planned thanks to KJ  Knight and Chris Branam. Register for the September 15 event (10 to 11:30 a.m.) to hear the keynote speaker or visit the University Day virtual expo to learn about other units across the University. Here is a sneak peek at Extension’s presentations:

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

PNW 636, Estimating Plant-Available Nitrogen Release from Cover Crops
Dan Sullivan, Nick Andrews, Linda Brewer
Revised. This publication assists western Oregon farmers and agricultural professionals in determining the nitrogen fertilizer replacement value of winter cover crops. Includes information on plant-available nitrogen (PAN) basics; a site-specific, step-by-step method to estimate PAN; Willamette Valley case studies; and appendices summarizing Willamette Valley cover crop research that supports these PAN estimates.

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:

Thursday, September 10 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (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).

Friday, September 11 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Solve the credibility problem with science writing that makes sense. This week’s blog post provides writing tools to help solve the communication gap.

Diversity Highlights

For questions and to submit content for Diversity Highlights, please contact

Statewide Events & Resources

MANRRS Webinar: How Social Justice Protests Represent a Momentous Opportunity for Students
Register through the link above to join this September 15 webinar and hear from student activists about their roles pushing for change within agriculture, natural resources and related sciences.

Webinar recording: Racial Equity in Food Hubs (MSU)
This webinar from MSU’s 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. 

DEI In the News

To Be BIPOC, Disabled and Fighting for Justice (Colorlines)
Last month, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated its 30th anniversary since becoming law on July 26, 1990. The ADA made it illegal to discriminate against anyone who is disabled, and much like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which it was modeled after, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which says that the disabled cannot be denied federal funding, the ADA was a result of a long- and hard-fought battle.

College Promise, ETS Report Identifies the Needs of Five Student Populations
The College Promise and Educational Testing Service (ETS) have published the results of a multi-year study intended to identify and understand the “supports and services” essential to student success in five different student populations:  traditional students (high school to college – predominantly first generation); new and returning adult studentsDREAMersstudent veterans; and justice-impacted students.

Extension in the News

Farms prepare for damage as strong winds move into C.O.
Meyer said Clare Sullivan, an assistant professor with the Oregon State University Extension Service, uses some of her farmland to plant blackberries and other crops.

Stories Of Southern Oregon: Watching The Timber Industry Transform
Jefferson Public Radio
But the social, ecological, and economic framing for the industry has changed tremendously. Max Bennett can tell you, and will. Max works for the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) of Oregon State University, with a focus on forestry and natural resources.

Pressing Forward: Oregon’s budding olive industry
The Newberg Graphic
To address those roadblocks, a few of these early olive growers, including owner of Durant Olive Mill, Paul Durant, approached Javier Fernandez-Salvador in 2017. Fernandez-Salvador is a berry, and now olive, specialist in Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Virtual 4-H Clackamas County fair a success
Pamplin Media Group
“This is a tough time for young people,” said Wendy Hein, 4-H Faculty with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “They feel lonely and lost without their usual activities. We were able to create a positive activity that challenged them and kept them engaged with their 4-H friends.”

Clatskanie Grows: Carrots and potatoes
The Chief
A column by Chip Bubl.

Oregon 4-H leaders adapt to restrictions
Western Farmer-Stockman
In all of Dusty Shelden’s years of showing livestock for 4-H — as a youth, parent and club leader — this was a season of livestock shows unlike any other.

Local chefs support Oregon seafood initiative
Our Coast Magazine
Oregon-caught seafood is consumed at restaurants more than in homes, according to Amanda Gladics, an Oregon State University professor and fisheries extension agent at Oregon Sea Grant.

OSU seed, cereal crop meetings go virtual; others canceled
Oregon State University Extension’s fall seed and cereal crop production meetings are going virtual and the Oregon Seed League’s annual meeting has been canceled.

OSU offers canning expertise
Herald and News
“Preserving food is such a meaningful activity. I encourage families to participate in the process together — much learning and memories are created and shared,” says Patty Case, OSU Klamath Extension Educator.

Coastal woodland management webinar series starts in September
Cannon Beach Gazette
This is a free series brought to you by Oregon State University Extension Service.

Food preservation resources help save COVID Victory Garden produce
Hood River News
A column by Lauren Kraemer.

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