In this week’s issue:

OSUEA Award Nominations – Deadline October 15th

The OSUEA Awards Committee is soliciting applications for Staff Awards and the Oscar Hagg Communication Award.  Annually these awards are given at the OSU Extension Annual Conference in recognition of the great work our staff are doing.

In such a crazy year, what a great time to nominate a colleague in recognition of their outstanding work.  This year the OSUEA Awards will be presented “virtually” at the OSUEA Awards Program during Extension Annual Conference on Friday, December 11.

Nominations are being solicited for:  Experienced Faculty, Newer Faculty, Professional Faculty (Administrative Support), Educational Program Assistant, Classified Staff, OSUEA Team and Oscar Hagg Communication Award.  Detailed descriptions of each award category as well as application process can be seen on our website at  The application process is fairly easy.

If you have questions, please let us know.  Deadline for applications is October 15th.

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. These stories were 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.
Sessions for this week are:

Friday, September 25 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Design tips for program pages: See all the design options for displaying text and images on program pages. And check out some great examples.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Oregon COVID-19 Farmworker Study Press Conference
The Oregon COVID-19 Farmworker Study Team (a consortium of 11 farmworker-serving organizations and academics from PSU, University of Oregon, and Oregon State University) will announce the preliminary survey findings from more than 200 farmworkers living across all of Oregon. Register here for the Tuesday, September 22, 11:00 a.m. event.

Unpacking Race, Wealth, and Individual Power
Join this conversation, hosted by Chicago Beyond on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., with Dr. Andre Perry and David Axelrod, to explore race, wealth, individual power and how the decisions of our nation’s past allowed for the unjust policies we see today. More information and event registration can be found here.

Gardening for the Future: Diversity and Ecology in the Urban Landscape Forum
On October 8, 2020 symposium registrants will receive an email with links to recordings of the five symposium lectures to view at your convenience prior to the live panel discussion on October 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM.  There will also be a link for you to submit questions for the panel discussion with all five speakers. To allow the moderator to be prepared, it may not be possible to include questions received after October 14. A recording of the panel event will be sent to all registrants.

THIS WEEK! Sustaining All Life/United to End Racism Climate Week
Sustaining All Life (SAL) and United to End Racism (UER) are international grassroots organizations working to end the climate emergency within the context of ending all divisions among people. This week-long event will present interactive workshops and forums that address barriers to resolving the climate emergency. Sessions will also show participants how to exchange effective listening to free themselves from the emotional and mental harm resulting from oppression and other hurtful experiences—harm that can interfere with thinking about and responding effectively to the climate crisis.

All the sessions and forums are free and 90 minutes. FYI, times listed are East coast times.

Extension in the News

To all the forestland owners affected by the Archie Creek Fire
The News-Review
A column by Alicia Christiansen.

Fall’s the best time to harvest discounts at garden centers
The Columbian
“Containers are vulnerable to freeze damage,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “Overall, I would recommend planting things right away if you buy in fall sales. Overwintering them is not worth it if you’re going with planters. Most people are not willing to deal with all that.”

Wildfire ash and smoke leave Oregon gardeners with questions: Ask an expert
The Oregonian
Fall is coming right up and all of those end-of-season projects are looming, and now gardeners are wondering what they need to do to help their plants and soil after the smoke, ash and heavy winds that came with Oregon’s devastating wildfires.

Wildfires and forest management: What experts say
Carrie Berger, the Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Fire Program Manager for Oregon State University, joined AM Extra with insight into forest management, how communities can prepare, some of the challenges and what lessons we’ve all learned.

Clatskanie Grows: Plants, winds, ash and bats
The Chief
A column by Chip Bubl.

OSU Extension again distributes masks for farmworkers
Pamplin Media Group
Oregon State University’s Extension Service in Clackamas County once again handed out masks for farmworkers, this time for helping prevent smoke inhalation from wildfires.

Volunteers help evacuate animals from wildfires
The Astorian
Lindsay Davis, the office manager for the Oregon State University Extension Service in Clatsop County, said the office decided to help the volunteers coordinate the evacuation.

John Day approves funding for Grant County Coworks
The Blue Mountain Eagle
Didgette McCracken, the Open Campus Coordinator at Oregon State University Extension, presented Grant County Coworks — a shared workspace for educational and entrepreneurial pursuits and technology — during the John Day City Council on Aug. 25.

New Boardman food pantry off to a solid start
Hermiston Herald
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.

New ag business program focuses on direct meat sales
Western Farmer-Stockman
The program is a project of the Niche Meat Processing Assistance Network at Oregon State University.

With wildfire smoke outside, how do you keep air in your home as clean as possible?
Both are among the tips offered to improve indoor air quality by Glenda Hyde, associate professor at Oregon State University.

An Expert Shares Precautions For Cleaning Ash
Ash, especially the tiny particles from burned homes or other manmade items, can contribute to an array of health problems. Brooke Edmunds is with OSU Extension. She recommends misting affected areas with water, then gently sweeping.

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