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Because of outdated technology, eXtension, which maintains Ask an Expert, will be retiring the current system and replacing it with a new system on Feb. 1.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,

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 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 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
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.

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