In this week’s issue:

Leadership Development Program (LDPE) deadline extended

It’s hard to believe it’s time for seventh cohort of the Leadership Development Program (LDPE). The program is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 cohort, due October 2. The application details and program outline are available here.

This year’s LDPE Cohort will be a specialized and virtual Extension-specific leadership development cohort with an intentional focus on social justice and equity programming. There will still be a collaboration with College of Agricultural Sciences, but the majority of the cohort will be Extension-based. The cohort is also open to all levels of employees, both faculty and staff, and not just those on an Executive track.

The virtual program, occurring from December 2020 through the summer of 2021, will include:

  • Ohio State Leadership Center deep-dive interpersonal assessment curriculum
  • Racial equity-based book clubs led by LDPE alumni and executives
  • Webinars throughout the year, including follow-up Ohio State workshops on conflict management and leading through change, as well as facilitated sessions on Myers Briggs-based meeting management, storytelling, and diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Mentor panel to provide leadership and social justice journey support
  • Optional two-on-one coaching
  • Virtual capstone and graduation

The application includes a brief biography and reference letters from your immediate supervisor, program leader/unit director, and a peer, which speak to your suitability and interest in this program.

Please let Jeff Sherman or Amanda Bielenberg-Hayes know if you have any questions about the program or application process.

Welcome New Employees

Yasmine Rifai, Office Specialist, Benton County

Andrea Stith, Ag, Horticulture & Master Gardener Coordinator, Wasco County

Breann Vandenberg, 4-H/FCH, Outreach Program Coordinator, Lake County

Tina Dodge, FCH, Associate Professor (Practice)

Natalie Macias, OSU Open Campus, Education Program Assistant, Tillamook County

Darla Foster, FCH, Education Project Assistant, Douglas County

Robert Middleton, 4-H, , Education Program Assistant, Wasco County

Elizabeth Gangwer, 4-H, , Education Program Assistant, Lane County

Julie Leep, Education Program Assistant, Coos County

Liliana Acevedo, Analyst Programmer, ECTU

Promotional items for now and later

With various states of reopening, budget restrictions and the need to keep volunteers engaged, we wanted to remind you of the free and low-cost promotional items available to you through the Extension promotional inventory. We continue to ship items on a timely basis.

Free stuff:
Temporary tattoos (50/month)
Ask an Expert business card
Extension Catalog Bookmarks
Extension Certificate Seals (100/month)
Extension Fast Facts (50/month)
Extension Mini-Catalog
Extension Mission and Values Card
Master Gardener Brochure (100/month)
Pencils (100/month)

Items under $2.00:
Beaver Decal: $.10
White Folder with printed logo: $.80
Healthy Living Totes: $1.00
Orange Jar opener: $1.00
Lip Balm: $.99
Luggage tag: $1.25
OSU Crest Lapel Pin: $1.40
Scratch Page: $.80

Place your order here while supplies last!

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EC 1303, Growing Blackberries in Your Home Garden
Bernadine Strik, Emily Dixon, Amy Jo Detweiler, Nicole Sanchez
Revised. Home gardeners can enjoy a choice of blackberry varieties with fruit far superior to that of wild blackberries. What’s more, home gardeners can pick fruit from early summer all the way to the first frost. Learn how to plant, prune and pick the best blackberries while avoiding many common problems.

EM 9286, Nonlethal Bird Deterrent Strategies: Methods for reducing fruit crop losses in Oregon
Scott Lukas, Logan Clark, Amanda Davis, Dana Sanchez, Linda J. Brewer
New. Bird predation is a significant threat to marketable yields in fruit crops. Loss estimates are about 10% to 20% in blueberries, 5% to 30% in cherries, and 5% to 10% in grapes. However, some vineyard sites have reported up to 50% losses. There are many avian deterrents on the market. Success with deterrents varies by site and bird species. In most cases, the best results come from a multipronged approach.

EM 9296, Managing Crane Fly in Lawns
Alec Kowalewski, Brooke Edmunds, Brian McDonald, Emily Braithwaite
New. Crane flies are large, gangly insects that do little damage as adults. But crane fly larvae are known for chewing through patches of lawn, damaging roots as grass starts growing in spring. Learn how to prevent damage to your grass with simple maintenance and irrigation practices.

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.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

You can now host events remotely and build community with OSU Extension Live. This isn’t just a piece of the solution for social distancing, this is a paradigm shift for offering accessible content to people with all sorts of reasons for not attending an event in-person. All the while, accessing powerful feedback to help you shape your future programming. Learn more 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: What does it mean to serve Latinx students?
Join this virtual forum on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 12:30pm. Hosted by Ohio State’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, as part of their Latinx Heritage Month events, the moderated discussion will focus on how to support Latinx success in higher education.

Diverse Live Webcast: Ensuring Equitable Access and Inclusion During a Pandemic
Thursday, October 22, 10:00-11:00am. We cannot lose focus on equitable access and inclusion amid the chaos that COVID-19 has wreaked on higher education and the current and prospective students we serve. During this session, expert panelists will discuss strategies that support and prioritize diversity and inclusion efforts in recruitment, admissions and retention.

New report on mental health support for students of color
A task force formed by The Steve Fund, a nonprofit focused on the mental health of youth of color, recently released a report that advises colleges and employers on how best to help students of color in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a struggling economy and ongoing racial strife.

DEI In the News

For Native Americans, fighting this year’s wildfires comes with the cost of exposure to coronavirus (Oregon Live)
When the first fire of the season broke out on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in Northern California in July, Greg Moon faced a dilemma. As Hoopa’s fire chief and its pandemic team leader, Moon feared the impact of the blaze on the dense coniferous forests of the reservation, near Redwood National and State Parks, where 3,000 tribal members depend on steelhead trout and coho salmon fishing.

Racism has cost the U.S. $16 trillion, Citigroup finds (CBS)
America could have been $16 trillion richer if not for inequities in education, housing, wages and business investment between Black and White Americans over the past 20 years, new research concludes. What’s more, the U.S. could have $5 trillion in gross domestic product over the next five years if those gaps and others were closed today, the study indicated.

The US government took the land of Oregon’s native people 170 years ago this week (OPB News)
“When white settlers began coming to Oregon, they brought a lot of really interesting things with them,” said David G. Lewis, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde who teaches anthropology and native studies at Oregon State University.

Extension in the News

City of Bend, OSU Extension Service offer landscaping tips during a drought
Tips for Plant Choice and Maintenance, Provided by Amy Jo Detweiler, Professor and Community Horticulturist, Oregon State University Extension Service

Gardening Grows More Than Food, Feeds the Soul
Tillamook County Pioneer
Consider drying and/or freezing – OSU Extension has several great publications available, including Freezing Fruits & Vegetables and Drying Fruits & Vegetables.

New Details / Food bank adapts to life amid a pandemic
The Chronicle
Community members offered to make masks by hand for the staff, the Oregon State University extension office donated sanitizer and the Oregon Food Bank donated gloves.

Learn to can tuna with new video
The News Guard
A new video from Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon State University Extension Service teaches tuna fans how to can the fish at home.

Nursery crops top list of Oregon commodities
Capital Press
According to Oregon State University Extension Service, there were 25,273 registered acres of outdoor hemp as of Aug. 21.

Soft-Catch Tech Wanted by Blueberry Growers
Growing Produce
A switch from hand- to machine-harvesting will become more practical with advancements in blueberry harvesting and packing technology, said OSU Extension berry crops specialist Wei Yang.

OSU Experts on Gardeners Coping with Smoke
The Corvallis Advocate
Oregon State University has an extension service called Ask an Expert, a question-answer tool designed to connect you to a faculty member with answers in two business days.

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