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.

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