In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension wildfire response and ways to help

As Anita mentioned in her Sept. 11 message, we have a new internal webpage of wildfire information and resources for Extension employees. It outlines guidance for volunteering, donating and other ways to help and links to resources for reporting expenses, documenting activity/impact, and using Extension’s website as a tool for curating and sharing credible content.

With the OSU Foundation, are working to establish a fund to accept donations to support affected employees. We’ll share more information as it is available.

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9297, Asian Giant Hornet: A potential threat to honeybee colonies in Oregon
Ellen Topitzhofer, Chris Hedstrom, Priyadarshini Chakrabarti, Andony Melathopoulos, Silvia I. Rondon, Gail A. Langelloto-Rhodaback, Ramesh R. Sagili
New. The Asian giant hornet was detected in British Columbia and Washington in 2019. This publication outlines identification, life cycle, and predatory habits of the Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) for beekeepers. It also provides recommendations for reporting a suspected sighting in the Pacific Northwest.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. This story was published in the last 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.
Upcoming sessions:
Friday, September 25 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update
This is an interactive post about how we plan to share CRM data all across Extension, how we will protect that data, and a request for people to contribute their thoughts and ideas on sharing data today!

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Constitutional Crises: Past, Present, Future
Presented by OSU’s School of History, Philosophy and Religion and the College of Liberal Arts. In 2004, the United States Congress designated Sept. 17 as “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day” and required educational institutions receiving federal funds to host programming for students on that day annually. This year, in the midst of a global pandemic, mass uprising against white supremacy and racial injustice, increasingly bold and violent white nationalism, and profound threats to democratic norms and processes, OSU’s Constitution Day event will explore the theme of “Constitutional Crises: Past, Present, Future.” Remote event on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Register.

Live webcast: Creating Accessibility Across Industries

Join Oregon State alumni and industry leaders who are advancing inclusivity and accessibility in the design field and learn how you can make a difference in your own field. In the “Creating Accessibilities Across Industries” webcast panel at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, learn about adaptive and inclusive designs that impact everyday life. This free live event is hosted by the OSU Design Network and OSU Alumni Association. Register at Language Access Resources

The Interagency Working Group on Limited English Proficiency (LEP) created in 2002 to share resources and information to help expand and improve language assistance services for individuals with limited English proficiency, in compliance with federal law. is maintained by the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS) in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. Recent updates incorporate Census COVID-19 information.

DEI In the News

Diversity Without Dollars (The Chronicle)
While wealthier, more prestigious institutions, including Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania, have made widely publicized diversity investments on the order of $140-million and more, Houston started with a $3.3-million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Report Finds Disparities Among Students Earning Paid Internships (Diverse Edu)
New research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found disparities among students who work at unpaid versus paid internships based on their race, gender and parents’ education.

Extension in the News

As wildfire smoke and ash linger, are garden vegetables safe to eat?
The Oregonian
Fruits and vegetables in the garden that have been showered with ash from wildfires should be safe to consume, according to Oregon State University Extension Service experts.

Animal Evacuation Shelter Ready in Gold Beach
Curry Coastal Pilot
It might be time to call Ruth Dixon at Curry County 4-H at the OSU Extension, located at the Event Center in Gold Beach.

‘Green rush’: Cannabis boom squeezing farmland in North America
In recent years, leasable farmland has been harder to come by “because cannabis farmers could pay so much more,” said Maud Powell, an associate professor in the Small Farms Program at Oregon State University.

Looking for answers in the desert
Powell Tribune
The Big Horn Basin working group, upon hearing Kayla Ruth’s presentation, awarded $55,000 to fund the study along with co-principal investigators John Dinkins (OSU Extension) and Jimmy Taylor.

Why Now? OSU Experts Weight in on Wildfire Debate
Daniel Leavell is an associate professor of practice at Oregon State College of Forestry and the extension State Fire Specialist.

New Boardman food pantry off to a solid start
East Oregonian
Anna Browne, Oregon State University Extension’s open campus coordinator in Umatilla and Morrow counties, said she didn’t think the pantry would exist today if it hadn’t been for the pandemic.

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