In this week’s issue:

What 2020 Taught Us

January’s First Monday Update kicked off 2021 with Anita asking what 2020 taught us that we can use in 2021. Thank you to Cindy Brown, Sherman County, who recorded and shared what she learned, and thank you to those that commented on the blog. Gifts of appreciation will be heading your way.

Ask an Expert Transition

As a reminder, eXtension is retiring the current Ask an Expert system and replacing it with a new system (called “Ask Extension”) Feb. 1. All experts need to claim their accounts in the new system during January 2021 to be able to accept questions.

We switched our website widget to direct questions to the new system on Monday, January 25, 2021. The old system will remain available until Feb. 1 for experts to respond to any pending public questions.

What do I need to do?

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for the next two weeks are:

Thursday, January 28 @ 9:00 am: Best practices for county and program page design

Thursday, January 28 @ 1:00 pm: Ask an Expert Training Session

Friday, February 5 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9305, Vegetable Degree-Day Models An Introduction for Farmers and Gardeners

Nick D. Andrews, Leonard Coop, Heather Stoven, Heidi Noordijk, Aaron Heinrich

New. Degree-days measure the amount of heat accumulated over time. Researchers have used years of this data to develop models that help farmers and gardeners predict harvest dates and other important events in select crops and weeds. Learn how to use an online tool known as Croptime to put these models to work for you.

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.

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

How can you reach more people when it’s urgent?

Digital strategy can play a role when an emerging issue strikes, such as the September 2020 wildfires. Extension Communications and ECTU worked with faculty across Extension program areas to post announcements, curate content, publish news stories and amplify information in social media.

“I worked with the Virtual Extension team to create infographics for Facebook. The post on ‘When fire nears you…’ had a reach of over 60,000! I could not have done that one on my own!” says Carrie Berger, Fire Program Manager.

Daily web visitors during the peak wildfires more than doubled. During September 62,000 people viewed Brooke Edmunds featured questions on ash in gardens. People were also taking time to read new and existing web articles on fire and smoke, spending about 5 minutes per page.

Watch this 14-minute webinar on collaborating on communications during critical times.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

OSU CLA Changemakers webcast series: There are Oregon State alumni passionately advancing justice and equity in every field. Join the OSU Changemakers webcast series for inspiring conversations with Beavers, hosted monthly by CLA Professor Susan Shaw. Part two of the series kicks off Jan. 27, and features alumni cultivating youth literacy, empowering Oregon’s farmworkers and creating pathways to economic prosperity. Learn more and register at osualum.com/Changemakers.

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 remote Tier One Platform workshops here. See the schedule and register for remote Tier Two Next Level workshops here. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu

Umatilla County residents discuss racism in MLK day panel (GoHermiston.com)
The virtual panel was hosted on Monday, Jan. 18, via Zoom by the Hermiston Cultural Awareness Coalition and moderated by Angela Pursel of KOHU/The Q radio. As they discussed what steps the community can take toward fulfilling King’s vision, many panel members said conversations about topics, such as privilege and institutional racism, can be difficult, but such conversations are how people learn and change.

DEI In the News

Census Changes For MENA Groups, LGBTQ People are first step to supporting ‘Invisible’ Groups (NPR)
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are expected to revive policy proposals that could change how LGBTQ people and people with roots in the Middle East or North Africa can identify themselves for the next U.S. census.

New Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government
Issued on January 20, 2021. “Equal opportunity is the bedrock of American democracy, and our diversity is one of our country’s greatest strengths.  But for too many, the American Dream remains out of reach.”

With Ban lifted, Transgender People Get a Long-Sought Chance to Enlist (NY Times)
The recent update creates opportunities for people whose dreams of serving in the military had been sidetracked.

Extension in the News

Marijuana ban near youth centers ruled unlawfully vague
Capital Press
Last summer, the state’s Land Use Board of Appeals ordered the county to approve two applications to commercially grow marijuana, which had been rejected because they’re within 1,000 feet of properties that offer horseback riding classes, 4-H agricultural activities and other amenities for children.

C.O. ‘Buttes to Basins’ forest resiliency project receives $3.3 million in federal funds
KTVZ
The project will engage both private landowners and local partners, including Lake County Umbrella Watershed Council, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University Extension, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Lake County Resources Initiative, and Lake County Cooperative Weed Management Area.

Extension’s experimental cider orchard
Morning Ag Clips
The orchard, established at Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center – 23 miles south of downtown Portland – is the brainchild of Nik Wiman, OSU Extension orchard crops specialist.

INSIDE DOUGLAS COUNTY 1.20.21
KQEN
Steve Renquist of the Oregon State University Extension Service talks about gardening and its increased popularity, and also about how they are  providing services differently during this time of COVID-19

In this week’s issue:

Extension and Engagement Briefing for OSU Board of Trustees

The Academic Strategies Committee of the OSU Board of Trustees will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 28. The agenda includes briefings on extension and engagement and research. You are welcome to watch and listen, and to read in advance the briefing document which includes updates and highlights about OSU’s Extension and engagement efforts over the past year. See agenda and meeting details.

Ask an Expert transition: What to do now so you are ready for February

As a reminder, eXtension is retiring the current Ask an Expert system and replacing it with a new system (called “Ask Extension”) by Feb. 1. All experts need to claim their accounts in the new system during January 2021 to be able to accept questions.

We will switch our website widget to direct questions to the new system on Monday, January 25, 2021. The old system will remain available until Feb. 1 for experts to respond to any pending public questions.

What do I need to do?

Online Valentine’s Masterclass – Dinner & Drinks

If you’re staying in on Valentine’s Day, you can still make it memorable with this new three-day online series. Learn live, interact with the Food Science experts, and impress your loved one with an amazing dinner and drinks experience! 

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for the next two weeks are:

Thursday, January 21 @ 10:00 am: Extension communications, informational technology and noncredit education: Orientation and refresher

Thursday, January 21 @ 1:00 pm: Ask an Expert Training Session

Thursday, January 28 @ 9:00 am: Best practices for county and program page design

Thursday, January 28 @ 1:00 pm: Ask an Expert Training Session

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 1450, Trees to Know in Oregon and Washington
Ed Jensen
Revised. NEW! 70th Anniversary Edition! For 70 years, people have turned to one book to learn about Northwest trees. This edition expands its scope, covering even more species of trees — including several rare species native to southwest Oregon. It also updates scientific names and adds a new section on how Northwest forests are likely to be affected by changing climates. Along with all the details on native conifers, broadleaves and more than 50 ornamental trees, readers will find:
• More than 400 full-color photos and 70 maps depicting habitat, range and forest type.
• Easy-to-follow identification keys.
• Handy guides to help distinguish one variety from another.
• The story of Northwest forests — past, present and future.

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. This story was published in the last week:

We encourage active sharing of this story 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

Consider Facebook ads for outreach campaigns for example:

This 12-minute webinar presentation shows how PACE, ECTU and Extension Communications collaborated with Food Hero and Family and Community Health faculty on a High Speed Hand Washing campaign for children. They already had the tools and the techniques, including bilingual posters. Then created targeted ads.

“In addition to Facebook ads, the parents and educators received a letter from faculty or staff known to them introducing the campaign and directed people to the website,” says Lauren Kraemer.

The 15-day campaign was cost effective – spent $500 on Facebook ads with an impressive 50,000 people who saw the ads and a strong 2% to 5% clickthrough rate depending on the audience. Watch their steps and lessons learned in creating a social media campaign.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Building Relationships Across Higher Education Institutions to Address Racism in the Food System
Register above for this webinar on February 11, 2021. The land grant system includes the 1862 (white-led), 1890 (historically Black) and 1994 (Tribal/Indigenous) colleges and universities. These land grants, as well as Hispanic Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities and other public/private higher education institutions all contribute to the advancement of a more sustainable and equitable food system. This webinar will use a racial equity lens to provide an overview of the history and policy that developed these institutions and using that same lens, reimagine an asset-based pluralistic model of collaborative research and outreach across these institutions to advance food system sustainability and resiliency. Panelists from the land grant system and a Hispanic Serving Ag Institution will provide brief remarks followed by a facilitated discussion across panelists and with the webinar audience about how to create a more sustainable and equitable food system future.

DEI Resources from The eXtension Foundation Impact Collaborative
“You may want to get ideas for a program that you are starting or implementing. Or you may want to know what is being done in the eXtension DEI program area. In either case, you have come to the right place! This site is designed to give you quick access to information, experts, training, and resources that can help you develop or conceptualize your program. Not involved in a program yet? This site will give you an excellent foundation for understanding the topic, and perhaps inspiring you to start a program.” 

DEI In the News

OSU-Cascades teams up with Facebook to help minority entrepreneurs (Bend Bulletin)
Minority entrepreneurs who have trouble navigating the requirements of obtaining a grant to help them through the pandemic will benefit from a partnership formed between Facebook and Oregon State University-Cascades.

The Role of Experimentation and Medical Mistrust in COVID-19 Vaccine Skepticism (Diverse Edu)
For many people in the United States, the approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines symbolize hope for the end of a virus that has plagued this country and the world. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 373,167 COVID-19-related deaths across the United States as of January 11, with Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) being disproportionately impacted.

Extension in the News

How pandemic altered what Oregonians eat and the way they think about food
Capital Press
The surveyors, according to Heidi Noordjik, a small farms coordinator at Oregon State University, received 624 responses.

Oregon Sea Grant Extension uses pandemic survey results to guide its work
The News-Guard
As the harvesters, processors, retailers and aquaculture practitioners took stock of their situations, a trio of Oregon Sea Grant Extension faculty – Amanda Gladics in Astoria, Angee Doerr in Newport and Jamie Doyle in Coos Bay – went to work.

Swanson honored by OSU Extension
Herald and News
OSU Klamath County Extension recently recognized Katie Swanson for her outstanding contributions to local farm to school efforts during an event at her Sweet Union Farm.

OSU Extension offers virtual babysitting classes for youth
Cannon Beach Gazette
This is a statewide effort by 4-H professionals to help youth get the skills they need during these times when siblings are needing to help watch family members.

Chemeketa Community College receives $200,000 donation for agricultural hub
Capital Press
The new hub is modeled after Oregon State University’s Extension Service, offering classes, workshops and other agricultural resources to college students and the community.

Timberland owners face challenges after 2020 fires
Capital Press
A coalition including Oregon State University Extension, the OSWA and the Oregon Department of Forestry has estimated that more than 100 million seedlings are needed to replant Oregon’s small woodlands alone.

Volunteers count bees in Oregon
Western Farmer-Stockman
Andony Melathopoulos is an OSU Extension pollinator health specialist, and he notes that the 600 number isn’t precise because no one has ever done a complete inventory of which bees the state calls home.

Sanchez: New year, new seeds
Herald and News
A column by Nicole Sanchez.

In this week’s issue:

Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — February 1, 2021

The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is February 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

  • “Growing the Endowment Fund”

Extension faculty and staff may help “GROW the Fund” at any time during the year. Keep the following in mind:

  • The principal of the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund is an endowment.
  • The earnings from the endowment feeds into the current-use-fund.
  • Each quarter, the amount in the current-use-fund pays for the professional development requests selected for funding.
  • The fund supports on average, about 100-160 different professional development opportunities a year.

The two ways individuals may currently contribute throughout the year are:

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation at: http://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=4353
  • Contributions may be made to the endowment as you complete the on-line process. Be sure to note the following information when completing the on-line process section called Gift Information (where it asks which program you would like your gift to support—please enter the following number and fund name): 6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

New Employees and Positions

Aaron Groth, Forestry, Assistant Professor of Practice, Clatsop County

John Rizza, Forestry, Assistant Professor of Practice, Union County

Denise Ashley, Administrative Office Manager, Lane County   (Current OSU Extension Employee Position Change)

Benjamin Antolin, Instructional Specialist, OSU Open Campus  (Current OSU Extension Employee Position Change)

Eric Niziol, Biological Sciences Research Technician, Wasco County

First Monday Update – What did 2020 teach us?

What did you learn in 2020 that you will apply to your work this year? That is what Anita Azarenko wants to know. View January’s First Monday Update video, which describes how to share what you learned by creating a short video using Zoom. The date for video (or blog comment) submissions has been extended until January 25. If you have questions about how to submit a video, please contact Victor Villegas.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for the next two weeks are:

Thursday, January 14 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)

Thursday, January 14 @ 1:00 pm: Ask an Expert Training Session

Thursday, January 14 @ 1:00 pm: Virtual Extension: Success in Collaboration

Friday, January 15 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity

Thursday, January 21 @ 10:00 am: Extension communications, informational technology and noncredit education: Orientation and refresher

Thursday, January 21 @ 1:00 pm: Ask an Expert Training Session

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9306, Testing and Tracking the Spread of Grapevine Red Blotch Virus in Oregon Vineyards
Daniel Dalton, Jessica Buser-Young, Samantha Nizich, Vaughn M. Walton, Richard Hilton, Linda J. Brewer
New. Grapevine red blotch virus (GRVB) is one of about 80 viruses infecting wine grapes worldwide. It may affect fruit ripening and thus impact the quality of finished wines. GRBV incidence increased from two to 10 times annually in the Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon vineyards sampled and studied from 2014 to 2016.

PNW 604, Sweet Cherry Cultivars for the Fresh Market
Ashley Thompson, Matthew Whiting, Lynn Long
Revised. Describes dark red and blush sweet cherry cultivars, including harvest timing, color when ripe, suggested pollinizers and rootstocks, size, firmness, yield potential, and other traits. Includes color photo of each cultivar.

PNW 749, Six Steps to Calibrate and Optimize Airblast Sprayers for Orchards and Vineyards
Gwen-Alyn Hoheisel, Lav Khot, Michelle Moyer, Steve Castagnoli
New. In six steps, learn how to calibrate, optimize, and verify coverage for an airblast sprayer to ensure that you are getting every drop to the crop.

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. This story was published in the last week:

We encourage active sharing of this story 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

What encouraging news did 2020 give us?

Engagement with the Extension website — both by the public and by our faculty and staff — has never been higher! Unique pageviews (3,491,035 in 2020) were up 29.16% from 2019. Groups doubled the amount of content they added to the website over the past year, which accounts for much of the increase in page views. News stories, web articles, catalog pubs and featured questions were the top viewed content types.

Traffic to the Extension website from social media has surpassed links coming from all other sites except search engines like Google. Our post about data-driven suggestions for social media from earlier this year includes more detailed information about social media analytics related to the Extension website.

  • Search (e.g. Google): 2,059,643 sessions
  • Social media: 146,910 sessions
  • Referral (links on other sites): 115,266 sessions

What did we learn to improve for 2021?

Gardening, soil/compost, berries, canning and 4-H content continues to be the most popular on the site as a whole, but within that we can see a couple more specific trends:

Content teams can consider adding more educational content like these topics in 2021.

Other lessons learned: curated pages with the most design options for content authors (program pages, county pages and collections) tend to have the lowest visitor satisfaction. The exception is focus areas on county sites, which have a higher than average satisfaction rating.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

TOMORROW! “Gather”: A Film and Panel about Native American Food Sovereignty: Register for the screening of “Gather,” an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide, on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 4-7 p.m. A panel discussion will follow featuring Chef Nephi Craig,  Samantha Chisholm Hatfield and Jeremy Ojua. Register at https://beav.es/gather2021. For accommodations, contact Amanda.Bielenberg@oregonstate.edu.

Difficult Conversations During Times Of Unrest: January 21, 2021 at 10 am:Times of protest and unrest can generate strong feelings, which often carry over to conversations at home, the workplace, and even family gatherings.  In this session, we will discuss ways to have healthy discussions about polarizing topics without damaging your close relationships.   We will also discuss productive ways to talk about these events with children. Register here.

Black Minds Matter: The Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) will host another Black Minds Matter winter course Tuesday, Jan. 19 through Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 9-9:50 a.m. This 5-week interactive course focuses on addressing issues affecting Black student success in secondary education. The intended audience for this course are teaching and professional faculty, staff and graduate/ professional students that have not previously participated in a BMM course over the past three years of its offerings. Space is limited to 30 participants so register today by clicking here. Should you have any questions please contact us at eop@oregonstate.edu.

DEI In the News

New “J-Term” at Loyola University New Orleans Puts Focus on Race, Equity and Inclusion (Diverse Edu)
For the first time in its history, Loyola University New Orleans is offering its students two weeks of accelerated learning during the month of January. All of the 3-credit courses offered during the “J-Term” are free and relate to topics tied specifically to race, equity and inclusion.

The Fight for Tenure an Uphill Battle for Minoritized Faculty (Diverse Webcast)
Black and other minoritized faculty have long complained about an implicit bias in the tenure and promotion process. That is why it came as no surprise when the tenure denial of Dr. Paul C. Harris, an education professor at the University of Virginia (UVA), struck a chord among minoritized groups during the summer of 2020. This incident galvanized the nation into a fight for his tenure and many others like Dr. Harris. Seen as a biased tenure review for many, Dr. Harris’ appeal with UVA’s Faculty Senate Grievance Committee saw a groundswell of support, with thousands signing a letter demanding “Tenure for Paul.” In this webcast replay, Dr. Harris will be in conversation with Dr. Jamal Watson, editor-at-large at Diverse, about his particular case.

Extension in the News

New OSU program first in nation to tackle statewide native bee inventory
Capital Press
“We were looking for people we could train to be entomologists in their own right,” said Andony Melathopoulos, OSU Extension’s pollinator health specialist, who runs the program.

Family farm finds a fruitful future
Good Fruit Grower
Adding agritourism ventures has always been a way to boost farm revenue, said Audrey Comerford, the agritourism specialist with Oregon State University Extension.

Western Innovator: Passion for bees helps agriculture
Capital Press
Andony Melathopoulos says his work is pretty sweet. Melathopoulos leads Oregon State University Extension’s statewide pollinator health program and is an assistant professor.

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

HDFFA, OSU Extension seek C.O. farmers, ranchers for feedback workshops
KTVZ
The High Desert Food and Farm Alliance and Oregon State University Extension Service are holding a series of workshops to better understand the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats currently facing Central Oregon farmers and ranchers.

Inspiring Girls Expeditions offers free trips
Lake County Examiner
Lake County young girls are encouraged to complete their application early for the Inspiring Girls Program, a program through the Oregon State University Extension office that is designed for 16 and 17 year old girls across Oregon.

In this week’s issue:

Training Opportunities for Ask an Expert

Ask an Expert, Extension’s online question-and-answer service, is in the process of migrating to a new system as of Feb. 1. To facilitate a smooth transition, there will be training sessions for faculty and volunteer experts every Thursday in January – Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Training for monitors will be held at 1 p.m. Tues., Jan. 5.

Farm and Ranch Assistance Network

OSU Extension has partnered with WSU Skagit County Extension on the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) grant, funded by the USDA.  Its focus is to establish a network that connects individuals who work in farming, ranching, and other agriculture-related occupations to stress and mental health assistance programs.  Go to the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network webpage to learn more about the project.

February is Food Drive Month

February is Food Drive month. Four Extension offices are currently signed up to participate: Clatsop, Lincoln, Tillamook (including Open Campus) and Wallowa. If your office would like to participate this year, contact Shelly Signs. Kickoff/orientation meeting is Friday January 15 at 10 a.m., if you can’t attend the meeting Shelly is happy to fill you in via phone or email. The OSU Food Drive website  offers suggestions on how to participate and an up-to-date list of participants. Together we can fight hunger in Oregon.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for the next two weeks are:

Tuesday, January 5 @ 1:00 pm: Ask an Expert monitor’s meeting

Thursday, January 7 @ 10:00 am: Ask an Expert Training Session

Thursday, January 14 @ noon: Extension Teaching Network

Thursday, January 14 @ 1:00 pm: Ask an Expert Training Session

Thursday, January 14 @ 1:00 pm: Virtual Extension: Success in Collaboration

Friday, January 15 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9302, Introduction to Pasture and Grazing Management in Western Oregon
Melissa Fery, David Hannaway, David Chaney, Maud Powell, Garry Stephenson
Farmers and ranchers new to pasture management in the Pacific Northwest can learn the basics of establishing and maintaining a productive pasture for their livestock.

EM 9303, Pastures: Strewarding a Working Landscape
Clint Nichols, Gordon Jones
Whether you’re growing hay for market or providing forage for livestock, a healthy pasture maintains soil health, produces high yields, excludes weeds and has a positive impact on the environment. Proper management is key to a healthy pasture. Make your own pasture plan with this set of worksheets and guides from Oregon State University’s Land Steward Program.

Em 9304, Soil: The Dirty Secrets of a Living Landscape
Gordon Jones, Scott Goode
Soil is a living ecosystem that includes minerals, air, water, habitat for creatures and the creatures themselves. Soil provides plants with nutrients, water, physical support and air for roots. Soil also houses macro- and microorganisms, which are nature’s prime recyclers. On a wider scale, soil plays a vital role in the global carbon cycle. Learn how to care for the soil you steward with this set of worksheets and guide, part of the Land Steward Rural Resource Guidelines series.

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 late December:

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

Time-saving tips for promoting content in 2021

Planning your new year’s outreach? Take note of our top 3 tips and tools from our Time-saving tips for promoting your content webinar:

  1. Save time producing newsletters and social media by reusing existing content and templates. The Extension website’s content bank(log in at bottom of the page) provides ready-made blurbs and images to use. Also use a Mailchimp e-news branded template for Extension.
  2. Build an editorial calendar to save you time. Blocking out time each month to create that month’s editorial calendar will save you time day-to-day. Use these calendar templates to plan in advance what you promote so it’s timely information and ready to go.
  3. Keep an eye out for new or popular resources to quickly select and feature on your webpages. The “Select content” feature content on Extension county office landing pages helps you filter for and add existing content easily to a page. Change it out for the most frequently asked questions in your region.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Gather: A Film Screening and Panel About Native American Food Sovereignty
On January 13, join the Zoom Webinar screening of the film “Gather,” an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political, and cultural identities through food sovereignty while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide. After the screening, hear from a panel — including Chef Nephi Craig, Dr. Samantha Chisholm Hatfield, and Jeremy Ojua—to discuss Native American resilience and the renaissance of Native food systems. Sponsored by OSU’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Extension and Engagement Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, NAL Eena Haws, and The Indigenous Peoples Work Group. For questions or accommodations, contact Amanda.Bielenberg@oregonstate.edu, or register now.

Changemakers Webcast: Empowering farmworkers and working Latinx families – CLA Changemakers webcast: Mobilizing communities is what Laura Galindo, ’17, does best. She’s director of communications and strategic partnerships at PCUN, one of Oregon’s longest standing Latinx-led organizations, and her impact reaches statewide. Learn about her current role and a career spent advocating at the intersection of immigration, undocumented workers’ rights and electoral organizing. Join the Feb. 24 conversation with Galindo, and view more upcoming webcasts at osualum.com/Changemakers, presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the OSU Alumni Association.

NEW! Crucial Conversations: Crucial Conversations is a 10-hour course that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement—by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics—at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment. This is a series of five (5) live, online sessions on Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m Feb. 10 through March 10. There is a $100 fee to attend Crucial Conversations; advanced registration is required. Learn more and register.

DEI In the News

Racial, ethnic disparities found in anti-smoking measures identified by OSU researcher (KLCC)
A professor at Oregon State University released a report last month that compared cigarette usage among racial and ethnic groups. Researchers found disparities in the effectiveness of anti-smoking measures.

Indigenous Scholars Celebrate Rep. Deb Haaland’s Nomination for Secretary of the Interior (Diverse Edu)
Indigenous scholars are celebrating President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland for secretary of the interior. A Democratic Congresswoman from New Mexico, Haaland would be the first Native American in the position.

Extension in the News

OSU receives grant to study carrot blight
Capital Press
Jeremiah Dung, an associate professor and plant pathologist at OSU’s Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Madras, is leading an 11-person team examining the disease and coming up with new tools for farmers.

Ask an Expert: Are home-preserved gifts safe to eat?
Columbia Gorge News
Re-published from Extension’s Ask an Expert featured question.

With chlorpyrifos on its way out, what’s next for Oregon farmers?
Capital Press
Silvia Rondon, Oregon State University Extension entomology specialist, recently received a $162,794 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant to explore chlorpyrifos alternatives.

Growing Organic Vegetables with Dry-Farming Practices
Organic Farmer
“There is a suite of practices to conserve water for our summer crop growth,” said Amy Garrett, Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Associate Professor of Practice, Small Farms Program.

It’s about health and wellness: Tips to stay healthy as we approach a new year
Wallowa County Chieftain
A column by Ann Bloom.

Does your Christmas tree have pesticides, and how dangerous are they?
Salon
Insecticides have been linked to affecting the human nervous system, so does this mean the Christmas trees are a threat to a person’s health inside the home, or your pet’s health? We asked Chal Landgren, Oregon State University’s Christmas tree specialist, who also has a seven-acre Christmas tree farm, to find out.

Corvallis’ Most Impactful for 2020
The Corvallis Advocate
When fires raged throughout Oregon in early September, those who evacuated their homes needed a place to house their animals while they found shelter. The Benton County 4-H jumped up to help under the leadership of Carolyn Ashton, Oregon State University associate professor and 4-H coordinator.

Christmas all year long: considerations for growing Christmas trees
The News-Review
A column by Alicia Christensen.

OSU Program Teaches Bee Mastery
KLCC
Now, OSU Extension has created a Master Melittologist program. Based on the Master Gardener format, it’s the first of its kind.

In A Child Care Desert, More Spots Dry Up
The Source Weekly
According to a 2018 study led by Dr. Megan Pratt, assistant professor of Practice, Extension Family & Community Health at Oregon State University, over half of children in Deschutes County under the age of 6 are the child of a single working parent or two working parents.

Editorial: Remembering those we lost in 2020
Albany Democrat-Herald
Steve Besse, a Corvallis High School graduate, later worked for the Oregon State University Extension Service and OSU.

Central Oregon Crossroads: Cannabis in our environment
The Bulletin
According to OSU’s Extension Agent in Jackson County, Gordon Jones, as of Aug. 21, 2020, there were 25,273 acres of hemp registered with ODA that are most prevalently cultivated in the Jackson, Josephine, Deschutes, Umatilla and Malheur counties.

New book from experts about sweet cherry production available
Fruit Growers News
Lynn Long is a retired Professor and an Extension Horticulturist, at Oregon State University. Clive Kaiser is a Professor at Oregon State University and Interim Director of Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center.

Seed, cereal crop meetings go virtual
Capital Press
Participants in an upcoming series of Oregon State University Extension seed and cereal crop virtual meetings will hear about new weed management technology, get insect management updates and meet Christy Tanner, OSU’s new south Willamette Valley field crops Extension agent.

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