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,

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 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, 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, 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?
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
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.

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