In this week’s issue:

Next Steps for OSU Extension Ask an Expert

Because of outdated technology, eXtension, which maintains Ask an Expert, will be retiring the current system and replacing it with a new system on Feb. 1. We are in the process of aligning our workflow with the new system, making the necessary technical changes to support a smooth transition, and testing.

What do I need to do?

  • You may have received an email this week from eXtension about the change and asking you to “claim your account” in the new system. No action is needed.
  • For now, we ask that you continue to use the current system.
  • In the coming weeks, we will provide additional information and Zoom training sessions to help all of our question monitors and experts transition to the new system.
  • You can find information about the transition on our Ask an Expert resources page.

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8585; Manure Application Rates for Forage Production
Revised. This publication provides estimates of crop removal of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium for forage crops grown on dairies in western Oregon. It also provides guidance on liquid manure application rates to meet crop nitrogen requirements.

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, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

During this holiday of gratitude, we take time to reflect on ten people who are currently critical in coordinating efforts on the Extension website. They have bridged a gap when content responsibilities shifted to Extension’s program areas. Recognize their contributions by reading this week’s Navigator digital strategy blog post.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact inclusive.outreach@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

 Indigenous academia and advocacy: A four-time Beaver and Coastal Band Chumash member, Luhui Whitebear has held an important community role as assistant director of the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws since 2013. Hear about her extensive work supporting Indigenous communities, from student leadership to political advocacy, in the OSU Changemakers series presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the OSU Alumni Association. Monday, Dec. 14, 5 p.m. Register and watch previous episodes.

 Dialogue Facilitation Lab Winter 2021 Applications: Applications for the winter 2021 session of the Dialogue Facilitation Lab (DFL) are open. DFL is a professional learning seminar for teaching and professional faculty, staff and graduate assistants looking to integrate critical dialogue facilitation skills into their daily practice. For winter term 2021, the Office of Institutional Diversity continues DFL in an online format. Each cohort consists of 12-16 participants that include perspectives from diverse roles and disciplines. Click HERE to apply. The deadline to complete an application is Dec. 2, 5 p.m. Winter DFL 2021 sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 3-4:30 p.m. starting on Jan. 6, 2021. 

 Angela Davis at OSU: Angela Davis, American political activist, philosopher, academic and author is the 2021 Keynote Speaker for the 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Keynote and Awards Celebration. The event is on Mon., Jan. 18 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Registration is free and required. For a schedule of all celebration events, visit the celebration website. For more info, contact events@oregonstate.edu or Mealoha McFadden at 541-231-2585.

 DEI In the News

The PhD Project Panel Focuses on Building the Pipeline (Diverse Edu)
The PhD Project — a non-profit organization working to increase the diversity of business school faculty since 1994 — held its annual conference virtually and hosted its second annual talk titled “Wonder Women Diversity Discussion” to strategize about how best to build the talent pipeline in diversity for unrepresented students pursuing business degrees and Ph.D.’s.

OSU’s new ‘inclusive’ police force to take over Jan. 1 (KEZI)
Oregon State University’s new police department will be taking over at the start of 2021, the university said in a statement this week.

Extension in the News

The Collective Farm Helping Oregon’s Latinx Farmworkers Weather the Pandemic
Civil Eats
The farm partners with the Master Gardener program through Oregon State University Extension Service, which provides workshops on everything from soil health to plant propagation techniques.

New program to help landowners recover from wildfires
RFD-TV
Oregon State University’s Extension Fire Program usually educates landowners on fire prevention, but they are shifting their focus to help people navigate the post-fire process, so they do not miss out on any of the resources as they try to rebuild.

Holiday light display coming in December
Wallowa County Chieftain
The idea for the event has been in the works for some time, according to Debi Warnock, OSU Extension Service 4-H/FCH agent, and Tera Elliott, Wallowa County Fair manager.

Free KN95 masks available for Oregon ag workers
Capital Press
The state Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University Extension Service are again partnering to distribute free KN95 masks to farmers, ranchers, food processors and fishers amid a surge of COVID-19 cases statewide.

Christmas: COVID ‘Grinch’ on holiday tree sales
The Chronicle
The COVID-19 impact will affect the estimated multimillion Oregon Christmas tree sales and operations, according to Oregon State University Extension Service Christmas tree specialist professor Chal Landgren.

Meal kits and menus: Nearly 300 families sign up to receive food to stretch thru holiday break
Argus Observer
Suyematsu reached out to the OSU Extension office in Ontario and the Oregon Daily and Nutrition Council. The entities in turn helped curate the menus, print them and provide measuring spoons.

Extension awareness campaign: High speed handwashing explained
Columbia Gorge News
In a celebration of Global Handwashing Day on Oct. 15, Oregon State University Extension Service has been bringing attention to a technique it developed to ensure groups large and small can efficiently and effectively wash their hands.

Hermiston teacher cooks up new ideas amid virtual learning
East Oregonian
Treadwell just started as a teacher at Hermiston High School, but she is extremely familiar with teaching cooking, particularly using Food Hero recipes, after years of teaching SNAP education classes to families receiving food stamps, visiting schools and carrying out other educational activities as the Oregon State University Extension Service’s SNAP Education coordinator for Umatilla and Morrow counties.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Women’s Giving Circle Grant Proposals

The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is now accepting proposals from the OSU community for grant funding to be awarded in May 2021. Please check our website for complete information and an application. Applications may be submitted that are relevant to Oregon State University including the OSU Cascades Campus, 4-H, and Extension.
Applications are due by Monday, January 11, 2021.

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, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Everything you want to know about creating video but were afraid to ask is covered in this week’s blog post. Have you ever shot a video with your phone or hosted a virtual meeting and wondered if there was anything you could do to make it look better? Or perhaps even more importantly – have you ever felt intimidated to start? If yes, then this essential guide on video is for you!

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, or suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Are You IN(clusive) Read, Reflect, Reform: The Center for Teaching & Learning holds it’s final “book club” session on Nov. 20 at 11:30, with a special guest speaker: Cyndi Kernahan, author of “Teaching About Race and Racism in the College Classroom – Notes from a White Professor” via Zoom Webinar. The session will be followed by a group discussion of Beverly Daniel Tatum’s book “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in The Cafeteria.” All are welcome, and it is recommended you view her recording about her book and/or her interview on YouTube. Please register to attend.

Social Justice Education Initiative workshops 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: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu

Search Advocate Workshops: OSU Search Advocate workshops are now available by Zoom. Search advocates are outside process advisors who participate on employee search committees; their goal is to encourage culture and practices that favor equity, validity and diversity. The initial workshop series is a sequence of four 4-hour Zoom workshops. Those who complete the series may choose to have their names added to the Search Advocate Directory and will be eligible to serve as advocates until September 2021. Three-hour continuing education workshops for current advocates are also available. To register, go to the Professional Development website. Questions? Contact Anne Gillies at anne.gillies@oregonstate.edu or 541-760-6160.

DEI In the News

Native American Studies Programs Focus on Leadership Development, Community Building (Diverse Edu)
Native American studies departments and programs in higher education do more than just teach about the oppression of Native Americans in U.S. history. They are working to preserve indigenous cultures by introducing and expanding coursework that offers strong ties to community building.

Latino voters turned out in huge numbers this election. But we shouldn’t generalize the ‘Latino vote’ (KGW)
“It’s important to challenge a little bit what I’m hearing as this national narrative and take this ‘Latinos as single voting bloc’ and let’s try to make sure we keep poking holes in that,” said Oregon State University Assistant Vice Provost and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies Daniel López-Cevallos.

Extension in the News

NW youth to explore agriculture through virtual reality, online activities
KTVZ
Oregon State University’s Precollege Programs and the SMILE Program are partnering with the OSU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program to lead the effort to implement an innovative Agriculture Distance Education Toolkit.

Needs met through OSU Extension Service
Wallowa County Chieftain
A column by Ann Bloom.

Column: Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
A column by Chip Bubl.

Invasive Asian jumping worms have been found in Indiana
Tribune Star
Asian jumping worms have been in North America for a while, having first been recognized as a problem about a decade ago when they were discovered in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, said Sam Chan, an invasive species specialist with Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University.

Yes, Christmas Tree Bugs Are Real—Here’s How to Get Rid of Them
The Pioneer Woman
Chal Landgren, resident Christmas tree specialist at the Oregon State University Extension Service, agrees: “It’s a very minor problem.”

OSU study: Tiny insect that liquifies slugs may be key to control invasive pest
KTVZ
In Oregon, at least half of the 20 top agricultural commodities suffer from slug damage, including the important grass seed industry with an estimated $60 million in losses annually, according to Rory Mc Donnell, associate professor in crop and soil science in the College of Agricultural Sciences and slug specialist for OSU Extension Service.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Greg Aronoff and Gail Langellotto made a great video to say “Thank You” to Master Gardeners after a very busy gardening season. Thank the Master Gardeners in your area.

Office Holiday Closures

Just in time for Veteran’s Day, standardized, branded holiday office closure signs are now available for the remaining holidays in 2020 and for 2021. Please note, there are two versions of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, one of which is appropriate for the Extension office in Warm Springs. You will find them in the Ready to Use folder in Box.

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, November 12 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)

Presented by: Mary Halbleib, CSS, Gordon Jones, SOREC, Cassie Bouska, Coos and Curry County Extension
Session Audience: Staff and faculty that engage in the design, instruction or evaluation of education programs

Bring your lunch and join the discussion to get insights and support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited to share our ideas and hear yours as we delve into solving challenges and pursuing new opportunities for impactful outreach.

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9300, Quinoa Production for the Willamette Valley
Kristine Buckland, Ann Rasmussen, Eliza Smith
New. In the Willamette Valley, the adoption of quinoa in cropping systems has been hampered by production, processing and marketing difficulties. To help address those challenges, Extension tested 17 quinoa varieties and four planting dates to identify the most suitable options for the region. Researchers also tested harvesting and processing methods.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Need a landing page for an event? We can help with that. Check out this week’s blog.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

OCFSN Food Charter Presentations
We are starting our convening with a series of presentations from Indigenous Black, Latinx, and immigrant and refugee communities who will be sharing their visions and priorities for a more just and resilient food system.  These presentations are part of the network’s Food Charter Process.  These presentations are open to anyone, so please share with your network. Register here for Day 1 (Tuesday, November 17th, 1-5pm) and Register here for Day 2 (Wednesday, November 18th, 9am-1pm).

OSU ADA30 Celebratory Symposium: The OSU Americans with Disabilities Act 30th (ADA30) Anniversary Committee is presently accepting proposals for the ADA30 Celebratory Symposium to be held remotely in May 2021. Campus and community members are encouraged to submit proposals for workshops, posters, artist talks, and other session types on a wide array of disability-related topics by Dec. 1. For more information about ADA30 and the Symposium, including proposal submission details, please visit blogs.oregonstate.edu/ada30.

Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion: Oregon State University is committed to building a more equitable and inclusive community. As part of this university-wide commitment, the OSU Foundation and OSU Alumni Association – in partnership with Provost Ed Feser and Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Charlene Alexander – have launched an effort to inspire giving and engagement in support of impactful programs now and in the future for students, faculty and staff of color and other underrepresented groups. Learn more. 

Extension in the News

Weather, fire impair pear harvest
Mail Tribune
Many growers wrapped up most of the harvest a little earlier than usual, in early September, but that was because the volume was lower than normal, said Rick Hilton, an entomologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service office near Jacksonville.

OSU Program Reaching Rural Communities for Mental Health Support
The Corvallis Advocate
The program is called Coast to Forest Oregon, and has received a $1.1million two-year grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to train, and provide tools and information to community members in the state as well as OSU Extension educators.

After the fires: Farm animals face long-term feed shortages
Capital Press
“When we did the initial call-out, it felt like this, this onslaught of hay,” said Jenifer Cruickshank, OSU Extension dairy management expert who has been managing donations on the ground.

Jumping ‘snake worms’ are invading U.S. forests
Science News for Students
What’s left is bare soil whose structure and mineral content has changed, notes Sam Chan. He studies invasive species with Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

In this week’s issue:

New Outdoor School online course – Critical Orientations: Indigenous Studies and Outdoor Education

This course supports outdoor educators in engaging with culturally responsive incorporation of indigenous studies concepts into outdoor education curriculum and programming. While outdoor school programs in Oregon serve 5th and 6th grade students, this course’s content applies broadly to all outdoor and experiential education.

It is open-access, on-demand, and self-paced.

Co-created and facilitated by Drs. Spirit Brooks (OSU Extension Outdoor School) and Leilani Sabzalian (Asst. Professor of Indigenous Studies in Education, University of Oregon).

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, November 6 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity

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:

Also, this story was published and distributed by our colleagues in the OSU News and Research Communications office:

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, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

At the beginning of the pandemic when we left our offices and began quarantining, PACE’s gardening newsletter audience tripled due to the free Master Gardener Vegetable Gardening promotion. Find out how they joined forces with folks in Extension to revitalize the content and deliver helpful information in stressful times. This week’s digital strategy blog post tells the story “From grain to gain: Growing a gardening newsletter.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Where do we go from here: Battle ground or sacred ground?
Join an intergenerational conversation and collective reflection with justice and equity leaders of the Oregon State University community. The virtual panel discussion is intended as a moment to gather and reflect, allow for critical conversations to emerge, and center care as we make meaning of the election amidst multiple pandemics. Thursday, Nov. 5 4-5:30 PM. The event is a Collaboration among colleagues in Student Experiences & Engagement (SEE), Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) and more.

Move Beyond “Veteran Friendly” Rhetoric: “Implement Systemic Initiatives to Embrace Military Culture and Foster A Supportive Community for Veterans and Military-affiliated Students” Nov. 9, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. An interactive webinar where expert presenters share the support strategies and initiatives — such as the successful Green Zone — they have implemented on their campus. These programs have moved them beyond talking the talk to walking the talk. They are meeting and exceeding the unique academic, social and career goals of their veterans and military-affiliated students — and so can you. To register: https://paperclipcomm.adobeconnect.com/veteran11920. For instructions on how to log in and receive materials, contact William Elfering at William.Elfering@oregonstate.edu.

Emotional Intelligence 2020 webinar recording: Diversity Leadership and Emotions
This panel conversation, led by Dr. Heidi Brooks from the Yale School of Management, explored how leaders can bring authenticity and awareness to their roles to foster environments of equity and inclusion.

DEI In the News

COVID-19 could erase parenting gains of the last 30 years (Brookings Institute)
Since the mid-1980s, low-income parents have greatly increased the time they spend on their children’s learning activities, including reading to them, telling them stories, and taking them to the library. Now, the ongoing economic and health crisis is threatening to undo decades of progress. Rebecca Ryan, Ariel Kalil, Susan Mayer, and Rohen Shah shed light on the problem and highlight several ways to support low-income families amid COVID-19.

Native American Agriculture Fund Releases Vision for the Future of Native Agriculture Infrastructure
Fayetteville, Arkansas- The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) released a report entitled Reimagining Native Food Systems: A Vision for Native Food and Agriculture Infrastructure Rebuilding and Recovery that calls for a minimum of $3.4 billion investment to support Native food and agriculture.

Extension in the News

Planning for College in Covid time
Columbia Gorge News
Great article by Ann Harris for high school seniors.

Two Oregon Schools And CTCLUSI Team Up To Steer More Native Students Into Higher Ed
KLCC
Jeff Sherman, OSU’s principal investigator on the USDA grant, says this initiative will open up more pathways to college for Indigenous people.

Crunch time! Students crunch – and munch — local greens
Klamath Falls news
A second community Zoom Crunch, hosted by OSU Extension, Blue Zones Project, the district, and KFOM, will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Master Gardeners Recognize Members
KQEN
The Douglas County Master Gardeners program recently recognized a number of members for their efforts.

Garden Plots: Fruit and Vegetable Gardening Year in Review
The Chronicle
A column by Chip Bubl.

Drone imagery focus of Extension bulletin
Western Farmer-Stockman
Oregon State University has published a new UAS bulletin and offers a guide to finding the right system for an Oregon farm. For anyone in the West, the tips offered provide some insight on how best to deploy these airships on the farm.

New OSU program improves rural outreach to promote mental health, well-being
Tillamook Headlight Herald
The program, Coast to Forest Oregon, recently received a $1.1 million, two-year grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to train both OSU Extension educators and community members throughout the state.

Land restoration, one paddock at a time
The Bulletin
The benefits of regenerative grazing include increased diversity of plant, animal, and microbial life, said Scott Duggan, an assistant professor with Oregon State University Extension’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Researcher finds pesticide label discrepancies, could hurt honey bees
Capital Press
More than 30% of pesticide labels fail to follow Environmental Protection Agency recommendations and provide incorrect information about their toxicity to pollinators, according to a study by Oregon State University Extension Service.

OR hay donation efforts for those affected by wildfires
Western Livestock Journal
In counties throughout the state, semi-trucks stacked with hay bales pull into Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service facilities. They unload much of it by hand for ranchers who lost feed in the devastating wildfires in September.