In this week’s issue:

OSU Great Shake Out Pictures!

A photo of me on my way under my desk during the Great Shake Out today. We had 100% participation in our office – all three of us here today took shelter during the drill. (Kelly Redwine, Clackamas County)



We have limited staff at the office but we DID participate in the Great Shake Out at the Linn County office.  We have emergency kits under our desks so it gave us a little time to check those out too. (Michele Webster)

A selfie under my dining room table desk at Great Shake Out this morning at 10:15 am……it isn’t easy getting under an antique bulky table! But I’ll bet it would not crumble on me. (Vicki Campbell, Washington County)

Working remotely, so here’s a pic of my coworkers during the Great Shake Out. (Shevon Hatcher, Umatilla County)

Here’s a Great Shake Out pic…  taken at the Washington Co office. (Jennifer Halter)



Small Farm and Ranch Webinars offered

Grazing Management Webinar

Grazing management webinar on Wednesday, October 21st from 12:30 – 1:15 pm. The focus will be on cattle and horse grazing management for both small acreage landowners and large scale ranch operations in eastern Oregon. Register here:

OSU Event Webpage:

Using Google Earth Pro and Web Soil Survey Webinar

There will be a free webinar on Friday, October 23, from 1 – 2 pm covering how to use Google Earth Pro free mapping software on your farm for making maps, adding historical imagery, measuring distances and area, adding GPS points, and determining soils and productivity with web soil survey. See the attached flyer. Register here:

OSU Event Webpage:

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, October 23 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Examining the ways people in different age groups use the Extension website can help us ensure we are creating and promoting content that is relevant to all Oregonians. See analytics about interests and behavior of people of all ages in this week’s post.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Social Justice Education Initiative workshops are happening now, including new Tier Two workshops:
The SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. See the schedule and register for Zoom workshops here. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information:

Diversity, Leadership and Emotions – EI2020+ Webinar
Change, at its heart, is emotional. Explore how leaders and practitioners navigate the emotional roller coaster of implementing lasting change as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts inside organizations. Thursday, Oct. 22 at 10am.

OSU Provost Lecture: Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s lecture entitled The Collapse of Reconstruction and The Roots of White Supremacy will be held on November 9 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Register at the link above.

ACE Webinar: Language Translation and Online Interpreting
Victor Villegas, Technology and Media Support Coordinator for Oregon State University Extension, will present on tools and technologies that can be used to provide information in different languages online, including real-time interpreting in Zoom. He will also cover best practices for language interpretation and translation. Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Register here. $25 for non-members.

Extension in the News

Leaf drop after ash blackout shouldn’t be of concern
“With the heavy smoke that pushed air quality off the charts, we have seen unusual defoliation in plants,” said Jay Pscheidt, Oregon State University Extension Service pathologist. “Much of it was normal old leaf drop in response to stress conditions. What is new and concerning is the rapid defoliation of some species of sweet box (Sarcoccoca species), some holly (Ilex species) and possibly some burning bush (Euonymus species).”

Squirrel feeding irks neighbor. Are there better ways? Ask an expert
The Oregonian
Fall is here and all of those end-of-season projects are looming. If you’ve got questions, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

How does smoke, ash from wildfires affect chickens? Eggs? Ask an expert
The Oregonian
Ask an Expert is an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. OSU Extension faculty and Master Gardeners reply to queries within two business days, usually less.

Fall’s the time to control slugs as they lay eggs for next year
The Oregonian
“What slugs want is a place that’s warm and moist,” said Claudia Groth, an Oregon State University Extension Service master gardener.

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