In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension vaccination outreach and education updates

Thanks to those of you participating locally to meet county educational needs around promoting vaccination and containment and assuring collaboration with county partners. In her Feb. 9 e-mail, Anita shared that we are growing a collection of sharable resources and toolkits, many in multiple languages, available on our COVID-19 internal resources page. Public-facing information is also curated on the OSU Extension COVID-19 page (and displayed in other places throughout our site).

Here are some more ideas for you:

  • The vaccine rollout
    • Older adults are joining the eligibility ranks. The 80+ group joined two weeks ago, 70+ this week. All 65+ will be eligible by the first week in March. This rollout has come with some confusion. State health officials have asked for patience as more than 700,000 seniors age 65 and older become eligible for vaccines over the next four weeks. See the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Health Talking Points below.
    • Consider reaching out to other groups you work with, volunteers, for example, who can extend our reach particularly to harder-to-reach populations. You might use this letter written by Lauren Kraemer to her StrongWomen and StrongPeople groups as an example for how you might engage other groups.
  • Subscribe to OHA COVID-19 Health Talking Points.
    • OHA updates these frequently and it’s a great way to stay on top of this changing landscape.
    • This week’s update talking points provides information about how to schedule appointments by phone, though we acknowledge that getting through is difficult.
  • Know your audience
    • Select and adapt as needed materials appropriate to the audience and their needs and concerns – language, literacy level, organizational vs individual, any specific-vaccine related concerns.
  • Messaging tips

Evidence suggests that it is best to focus on the positive reasons for getting vaccinated and to avoid restating misinformation or “myths.”  For examples, refer to this resource.

You’re Invited: Extension Employee Listening Sessions in March!

Join one or more of these Zoom sessions to learn about current efforts, and provide input in three key areas to help shape Extension’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals. These focus areas have been developed over the past year, based on your feedback and institutional priorities:

  • Session 1: People: Building capacity and supporting professional development
    March 10, 2021, 3-4:30 p.m., register
  • Session 2: Work Environment: Creating and sustaining an inclusive organizational culture
    March 11, 2021, 3-4:30 p.m., register
  • Session 3: Expanding access to Extension programs and services
    March 17, 2021, 3-4:30 p.m., register

Past and current participants of the Diversity Champion program are invited to sign up to volunteer as facilitators and/or note takers for breakout group activities during the sessions. Anyone who is unable to attend, or wishes to share feedback anonymously, may do so any time using this form.

Quarterly Conversation

The February Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. Topics of the conversation include the following (numbers denote where you will find the segment on the video):

  • Welcome and Recognition (Bright Spot and Director’s Coins: 1:29) – Anita Azarenko
  • IT Strategy and Commitment to Link Oregon/Broadband (6:07) – Andrea Ballinger
  • Leadership Update, including status of Vice Provost and 4-H program leader searches, vaccine education update and legislative update (29:08) – Anita, Roberta Riportella, Marion Ceraso
  • DEI: Engaging Diverse Communities across the State (57:45) – Allison Davis-White Eyes
  • Farm to School (1:16:46) – Michelle Markesteyn

A PDF of the Presentation Slides are available for download.

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:

Friday, March 5 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8832, Post-Harvest Soil Nitrate Testing for Manured Cropping Systems West of the Cascades
Dan M. Sullivan, Craig G. Cogger, Andy I. Bary, Shabtai Bittman, Linda J. Brewer
Revised. Describes the use of postharvest soil nitrate testing as a tool for assessing nitrogen management in manured cropping systems west of the Cascades.

EM 9314, Year-round Field Identification of Common Northern Great Basin Grasses
Lori Ziegenhagen, Vanessa Schroeder
New. This guide provides detailed identification information for common grass species found throughout the northern Great Basin. Many of these grasses are found throughout the Great Basin. Several can be found throughout the West.

PNW 751, Pollinators in Canola in the Inland Pacific Northwest
Rachel L. Olsson, Karen Sowers, Dr. David W. Crowder
New. Canola grown in the Pacific Northwest is a great food source for bees: bees then pollinate the canola, increasing overall canola yields.

Extension News Stories

Producing news and impact stories is the No. 1 priority for the Extension Communications’ news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. These storoes 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 and Our Impact site as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, Extension Communications’ news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Learn how to ensure your content meets accessibility standards and the needs of all members of your audience. The recording (appx. 30 minutes) of our webinar “How content authors can improve digital accessibility” is now available.

The main takeaways from this session are:

  • Write content using plain language
  • Make sure text alternatives are available for all multimedia
  • Use the new Digital Content Accessibility Checklist to ensure your content is designed and formatted correctly to be compatible with assistive technology

The Extension Communications Web and Content Strategy team is happy to talk with you about digital accessibility. Please use our support ticket form if you have any questions or would like advice or assistance.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact inclusive.outreach@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and to submit Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Race in America Discussion Series: “Navigating While Black and Bi/Multi-Racial”: Hosted by OSU’s Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. This iteration of the series will focus on Black and Bi/Multi-Racial identity and the challenges those individuals face within and outside of the Black community. Feb. 24, 6 p.m. Zoom link: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/98946191744?pwd=YTlBbXRlL01za1liLzhqSVpwQ0p6Zz09 Password: BLM21

OSU Changemakers webcast: Empowering farmworkers and working Latinx families
Mobilizing communities is what Laura Galindo, ’17, does best. She’s former 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 career spent advocating at the intersection of immigration, undocumented workers’ rights and electoral organizing. Join a conversation with Galindo Feb. 24 at osualum.com/Changemakers, presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the OSU Alumni Association.

OSU study on gendered impact of COVID-19: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women’s (PCOSW) Work-Life Fit Committee would like to better understand the gendered impact of COVID-19 within OSU’s community, focused on caregiving responsibilities. Your responses will directly inform PCOSW advocacy. We are looking at the effects that the pandemic is having on people who identify as women, but we do not discount the effect it has had on all faculty and staff at OSU. Take the survey.Questions? pcosw@oregonstate.edu.

Book club reading: Join OSU’s Association of Faculty and Staff for the Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC) for a book club reading of “How to be an Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi in advance of the April 14 Provosts Lecture with Kendi. Register by Feb. 24. The book club will meet every two weeks on Fridays from 3-4 p.m. beginning on Feb. 25. AFAPC encourages you to purchase books through Bookshop.org, a Black-owned business or through a local business like Grass Roots & Music or the Book Bin. The e-book is also available through the OSU Libraries for a 3-day loan period. For questions, contact mealoha.mcfadden@oregonstate.edu.

DEI In the News

Mudbone Grown reimagines Black farming in Oregon (OPB)
Moved by the dream that they could revive their families’ farming roots and raise their kids in a more rural setting, the couple quit their jobs and enrolled in Oregon State University’s Beginning Urban Farming Apprenticeship Program to learn market farming.

Extension in the News

Mudbone Grown reimagines Black farming in Oregon
OPB
Moved by the dream that they could revive their families’ farming roots and raise their kids in a more rural setting, the couple quit their jobs and enrolled in Oregon State University Extension’s Beginning Urban Farming Apprenticeship Program to learn market farming.

Fraught scene over discarded food at Fred Meyer highlights hunger, challenges of distribution in storm
The Oregonian
Joy Waite-Cusic, an Oregon State University professor of food safety systems and Extension specialist, said Fred Meyer could have opened itself up to litigation if people consumed food the store threw away and then got sick.

Oregon hazelnut orchards sustain severe ice damage
Capital Press
Damage was sustained throughout the Willamette Valley but it’s too early to tell how it will affect the region’s overall hazelnut output, said Nik Wiman, an Extension specialist in orchard crops at Oregon State University.

Innovative harvesting system developed for the blueberry industry
hortidaily
New harvesting technology developed by Wei Qiang Yang, associate professor and berry Extension agent for Oregon State University Extension Service, could reduce the average cost of harvesting fresh blueberries from more than $12,000 to $3,000 an acre.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension vaccination outreach and education updates

Thanks to those of you participating locally to meet county educational needs around promoting vaccination and containment and assuring collaboration with county partners. In her Feb. 9 e-mail, Anita shared that we are growing a collection of sharable resources and toolkits, many in multiple languages, available on our COVID-19 internal resources page. Public-facing information is also curated on the OSU Extension COVID-19 page (and displayed in other places throughout our site).

Here are some more ideas for you:

  • The vaccine rollout
    • Older adults are joining the eligibility ranks. The 80+ group joined last week, 75+ this week. All 65+ will be eligible by the first week in March. This rollout has come with some confusion. State health officials have asked for patience as more than 700,000 seniors age 65 and older become eligible for vaccines over the next four weeks. See the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Health Talking Points below.
    • Consider reaching out to other groups you work with, volunteers, for example, who can extend our reach particularly to harder-to-reach populations. You might use this letter written by Lauren Kraemer to her StrongWomen and StrongPeople groups as an example for how you might engage other groups.
  • Subscribe to OHA COVID-19 Health Talking Points.
    • OHA updates these frequently and it’s a great way to stay on top of this changing landscape.
    • This week’s update talking points provides information about how to schedule appointments by phone, though we acknowledge that getting through is difficult.
  • Know your audience
    • Select and adapt as needed materials appropriate to the audience and their needs and concerns – language, literacy level, organizational vs individual, any specific-vaccine related concerns.
  • Messaging tips

Evidence suggests that it is best to focus on the positive reasons for getting vaccinated and to avoid restating misinformation or “myths.”  For examples, refer to this resource.

In Memoriam

Dale Friedemann passed away February 5.  He worked for Oregon State University Extension from 1966-91. Dale worked as a 4-H Youth & Education Extension Agent in Tillamook, Jackson, and Clatsop Counties. He served in a variety of professional leadership roles in the OSU Extension Association. Dale was inducted into the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame in 2004, recognizing his significant impact upon the 4-H program, and it’s members and leaders.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the OSU Foundation Dale H. Friedemann Scholarship Endowment, 4238 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR 97333, or via osufoundation.org.

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, February 18 @ 10:00 am: How content authors can improve digital accessibility

Thursday, February 18 @ 1:00 pm: Ask an Expert Training Session

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9308, How to Use Compost in Gardens and Landscapes
Weston Miller, Jeremiah Mann
New. Compost is a soil amendment consisting of partially broken-down organic material. Use compost to improve soil for vegetable gardens, landscape areas and lawns. Learn how to apply the correct amount of compost and how to avoid common compost mistakes.

Extension News Stories

Producing news and impact stories is the No. 1 priority for the Extension Communications’ 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 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 and Our Impact site as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, Extension Communications’ news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Takeaways from the Copyright Essentials for Extension Employees webinar:

Photos and other images are essential for creating effective and engaging content. And Extension employees are creating more content than ever—in marketing and educational materials and on digital platforms including websites and social media. It’s vital that we all use and credit images appropriately. It’s the law, and this also helps protect our organization from financial and reputational damage.

Does the image you want to use make the cut? It’s as easy as…

  1. If it’s not yours, be sure you have permission to use it.
  2. Follow copyright license conditions, and attribute (credit) appropriately.
  3. Use known and approved sources:
  • OSU employees in the course of their employment.
  • Contracts with “work for hire” contracts.
  • OSU-licensed databases, federal government image collections, other reputable sites with clear terms/conditions.

When adding the photo to the Extension website, you now can:

  • Choose image permission
  • Enter photo credit name
  • Enter photo credit link

Those who have previously uploaded images will get an email in the next weeks with easy-to-use instructions on accessing your images to fill in these fields.

Watch the webinar recording or download the Powerpoint. It also shows an example of how to best access the Creative Commons image database and find the license and credit information. For any specific questions, send to: https://beav.es/extension-support.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

OSU is celebrating Black History Month with series of free events: Learn more here!

APLU Webinar Celebrating Black History Month
Join the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities on Monday, February 22, 2021 for a special hourlong webinar in celebration of Black History Month featuring Black leaders in public higher education. 

Webinar Recording: Encouraging Collaborations with Indigenous Communities, Experiences of Extension Educators
Hosted by The MSU Racial Equity in the Food System committee. Katie Hartmann recently defended her PhD dissertation in the School of Education at Colorado State University in Education, Equity, and Transformation. On February 4, 2021 she presented her research findings to the Racial Equity in the Food System committee.

DEI In the News

New ‘Black in Oregon’ exhibit awaits opening at Benton County Historical Museum (Democrat Herald)
“It wasn’t easy for city officials in Philomath to have a frank conversation about race, recalled Eric Niemann, whose term as mayor ended in December. Like Oregon asa whole, he noted, Philomath is made up largely of white people. And many of those white people weren’t used to reflecting on, let alone publicly discussing, issues concerning people who aren’t white.”

OSU works to meet mental healthcare needs of African American and Indigenous students (KEZI)
Oregon State University administration is hiring four new mental health professionals to assist students during this pandemic. Two of the staff members to be hired will work closely with African American and Indigenous students.

Extension in the News

Lane County to ask voters to renew, increase property tax supporting 4-H and OSU Extension
The Register-Guard
Lane County officials will ask voters to approve a levy that would raise an estimated $5.2 million for 4-H and Oregon State University Extension programs.

Small woodlands group bringing back Willamette Valley Ponderosa pine
Capital Press
Dozens of other board members and OSU Extension Service personnel have been involved through the years.

OSU Extension steps up to address the needs of Oregon’s organic farms
Vegetable Growers News
Since 2017, Oregon Tilth has contributed $25,000 a year to support the development of an Organic Extension Program under the auspices of OSU’s Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems.

UC Davis Olive Center Appoints New Director
Olive Oil Times
Javier Fernandez-Salvador, an assistant professor at the agricultural extension service of Oregon State University, has been appointed as the new executive director of the University of California, Davis Olive Center.

Garden Plots: Optimism, frost, and micro-climates
The Chronicle
A column by Chip Bubl.

Developing Oregon’s Winter Vegetable Market project fills need
Vegetable Growers News
The OSU Extension Small Farms Program has grown seven crops and 52 varieties for the winter vegetable project at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) in Aurora.

Oregon Season Tracker: Community Collaborative Citizen Science
KMTR 16
Find out about this OSU Extension program which is helping climate researchers learn about weather patterns and how it affects native plants across the Oregon landscape.

How to control moss on lawns, roofs and sidewalks
The News-Review
A column by Steve Renquist.

Ice takes a terrible toll on trees in Portland, Willamette Valley
The Oregonian
“A half-inch of ice on every branch of a tree adds tremendous weight,” said Glenn R. Ahrens, a forester with Oregon State University’s Extension Office, which offers expert help regarding natural resources across the state.

In this week’s issue:

Ask an Expert 2.0

As a reminder, eXtension has retired the current Ask an Expert system and replaced it with a new system (called “Ask Extension”) as of Feb. 1. Our OSU Extension website widget now directs all incoming questions to the new system. All experts need to claim their accounts in the new system to be able to accept questions.

What do I need to do?

We’ve added two more drop-in Q&A sessions, where we can screen share and walk you through the process, and answer questions.

Thursday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. Add to calendar Join via Zoom

Thursday, Feb. 18, 1 p.m. Add to calendar Join via Zoom

If you have any questions contact Kym Pokorny (kym.pokorny@oregonstate.edu; Lucas Turpin (lucas.turpin@oregonstate.edu) or Sandy Reichhuber (sandy.reichhuber@oregonstate.edu)

Welcome New Employees

Marti Deyo, 4-H, 4-H Program Coordinator, Malheur County

Maria-Ximena Williams, FCH, SNAP Program Coordinator, Umatilla County

Abigail Tomasek, Crop & Soil Science, Assistant Professor

Lahaina Phillip, FCH Education Program Assistant 2, Clackamas County

First Monday Update

The very important topic of Save a life: helping farmers and ranchers cope with stress in tough times was addressed this month. If you missed it here is the URL for the February blog.

OSU Extension Service brand alignment review

OSU Extension is embarking on a brand alignment review. This review of current marketing tools will help Extension Communications and University Marketing gain an accurate understanding of where we are in the adoption of the OSU brand and Extension sub-brand so that we can enhance support and resources for brand adoption. Please review the instructions for what should be submitted by the February 19, 2021, deadline.

In conversations with several regions, some things popped up that need clarification:

  • Email signatures can be shared individually, or a few examples can be gathered in a Word document at the county level and uploaded by the office manager.
  • Not everyone will have an example for each category. That is okay.
  • We want a collective view of the outward-facing marketing materials being created at the county and the program level. If there are multiple people supporting a program in a county, we don’t need examples from each person; collaborate on which examples to upload.
  • If someone is supporting more than one county and the document or URL are the same across the counties, only one example needs to be shared.
  • If a flyer, for example, is translated into another language, but the design of the piece doesn’t change, share just one example; however, if the piece reflects cultural differences, then you might want to submit both examples.
  • Assuming our most recent work reflects our best understanding of the brand, we would like to see your most recent work.

If you have questions about the process or types of materials we are asking you to share, please contact Ann Marie Murphy, marketing manager for OSU Extension.

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, February 9 @ 2:00 pm: Copyright essentials for Extension employees
In this session, learn about:
• Copyright essentials and resources
• Tips on finding and using images
• New functionality on the OSU Extension website to help ensure compliance

Thursday, February 11 @ 10:00 am: Ask an Expert Training Session

Thursday, February 11 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)

Thursday, February 18 @ 10:00 am: How content authors can improve digital accessibility

Thursday, February 18 @ 1:00 pm: Ask an Expert Training Session

OSU Extension vaccination outreach and education updates

Refer to Anita Azarenko’s Feb. 9 email to OSU Extension employees for additional details. Watch this space in the coming weeks for additional reminders and updates.

Everyone in Extension can—and should—play a role in sharing credible information, being aware of current local happenings related to the vaccines, and promoting continued personal and public health measures. Extension professionals are uniquely positioned, as trusted partners in our communities, to do this in collaboration with our local public health and other partners.

Everyone is encouraged to:

  • Be aware of and share current, local information related to vaccine eligibility and access and/or direct people to the state’s resources, such as the new “Get Vaccinated Oregon” tool to check eligibility and sign up to receive updates.
  • As appropriate, extend information to your audiences and networks about vaccine eligibility, access and safety/efficacy. A growing collection of sharable resources and toolkits, many in multiple languages, is available on our COVID-19 internal resources page. Public-facing information is also curated on the OSU Extension website COVID-19 page (and displayed in other places throughout our site).
  • Stay informed of vaccine-related information that’s relevant to the OSU community. Read official OSU emails and see the vaccination FAQs on the university’s COVID-19 safety and success website.

A workgroup with leadership from our Family and Community Health Extension educators is working collaboratively to curate these resources, assess and respond to education and access needs and gaps in our communities, and evaluate the impacts of our collective outreach and education efforts. Please contact Roberta Riportella with questions and suggestions.

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9307, Herbicide-Contaminated Compost and Soil Mix: What You Should Know – and What You Can Do About It
Weston Miller, Kaci Buhl
New. Compost and soil mix products sometimes contain herbicide residue. This residue can damage certain vegetable, fruit and flower crops. The residue likely comes from contaminated hay, grass clippings or manure. Watch for stunted growth and distorted, curled leaves. Here are the steps to follow if you applied purchased compost or planting mix and notice these symptoms.

EM 9309, Measuring the Economic Impact of Pests and Pest Management on Oregon Peppermint
Katie Murray, Isaac Sandlin, Paul C. Jepson, Darrin L. Walenta, Peter Ellsworth
New. This summary demonstrates the yield and economic impacts of pests and pest management practices on the 2018 crop of Oregon peppermint. Researchers, Extension workers and crop consultants will benefit from this graphical look at real-world data on the impacts of pests on a key Northwest crop.

Extension News Stories

Producing news and impact 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 and Our Impact site as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, Extension Communications’ news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Learn from these good webpage examples!

During this legislative season, our website often will get shared with elected officials and other stakeholders. Is your county page ready for prime time? This recent best practices webinar included tips to help show your county’s and program’s impact and all that Extension offers.

Jefferson county is an example shared that works well. Also, a look at good design on 4-H Clackamas and Umatilla Master Gardeners program pages among others.

Help people find what they are looking for and make it easier to scan. As shown in this best practices webinar, one way you can do this through clear headings and engaging language on the page. Also, it shows how to include testimonials from your volunteers or others who experience our programs.

Quality photos also make a difference, so learn where you can find good photos (and where you shouldn’t) in our next webinar: Tues, Feb. 9, 2 pm Copyright essentials for Extension employees.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact inclusive.outreach@oregonstate.edu with any questions, or to submit Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Black Heritage Month Conversation Series | Mental Health and Wellness: Staying close with the supportive OSU community has lifelong benefits for Beavers. Build connections as you dive into mental health and wellness on Feb. 11 with the Black Alumni & Friends Network. Kick off OSU Black Heritage Month celebrations and move toward a happier and healthier life at https://oregonstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrcO6tqD8uG9PbanIhqYuipyRR-nXCME34 

Public Health Insider | Making Outdoors Accessible for Everyone: As we strive to recover community health, a unique partnership between Oregon State and AARP aims to make outdoor recreation accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Join presenters Erwin Tan from AARP, Lee Davis with the OSU Outdoor Recreation Economy Initiative and Joshua Norris with the OSU Adventure Leadership Institute to learn more about the interdisciplinary effort. Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. Register.

Black Minds Matter Webinar: Addressing Disproportionate School Suspension of Black Children and Youth
In recent years, there has been increasing attention and educational policy efforts designed to address the disproportionate suspensions of Black children and youth. Using data from California public schools, the presenters will highlight persistent disparities in the application of exclusionary discipline. A reactor panel will then provide insights on how schools and educational leaders support ongoing efforts for change. Feb. 17, 1:00 p.m.

Visualization tool: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Access and Eligibility information
A new visualization produced by the U.S. Census Bureau with support from the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, the USDA’s Economic Research Service, and data from multiple state partners shows estimates of SNAP eligibility and access rates at the state and county levels for 16 states for select years. The visualization, which uses American Community Survey (ACS) and state administrative records data, aims to increase understanding of access to SNAP and inform future outreach.

DEI In the News

It’s a Desert Out There (The Source)
According to a 2019 Oregon State University study, families with children under the age of 3 in every county in Oregon live in a child care desert. Less than a quarter of Oregon’s children 5 and under have access to a regulated child care—12% of infants and toddlers and 29% of preschool-age children.

Prof. Christopher Stout: The political importance of talking about race (Corvallis Advocate)
Dr. Christopher Stout, an associate professor of political science at Oregon State University, has written two books related to this topic, with his pioneering research about how race intersects with politics on the campaign trail.

Extension in the News

How Native Plants Might Change The Trajectories Of Fires
The Jefferson Exchange
The events of Almeda Drive and other urban fires raise questions about local vegetation and how it burns. Chris Adlam at Oregon State University Extension has been studying the questions and reporting on his findings.

Pandemic drives increase in direct to consumer sales
Woodburn Independent
A column by Scott Duggan.

Stories Of Southern Oregon: The Value Of Knowing Bugs
The Jefferson Exchange
There are plenty of critters that will eat us out of house and home and pass diseases to boot. Richard Hilton knows them well from his work as an agricultural entomologist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

In this week’s issue:

Wildfire Refresher for Agricultural Producers

OSU Extension Service is putting on a free webinar to cover wildfire safety and prevention for agricultural operations and small landowners. The webinar will feature Jacob Powell, general agriculture extension agent in Wasco/Sherman counties and Katie Wollstein, OSU rangeland fire specialist. The Lone Pine Rangeland Fire Protection Association and their partners will also discuss their fire prevention plan. In addition, the webinar will feature a roundtable discussion with fire managers in North Central Oregon on what producers should do when they have a wildfire and how they can best collaborate with first responders in suppression efforts. This webinar is one option for producers to attend an annual agricultural wildfire refresher in 2021 to meet Oregon OSHA requirements for producers with employees who engage in fire suppression on their property. An online class will also be available soon as another option. Certificates will be available for attendees. Producers and employees need to also receive some sort of initial wildfire training, though not expected to go through the same training as wildland firefighters. Additional OSHA requirements include having an emergency action plan for medical and fire emergencies, fire prevention plan, and job hazard analysis. If you are currently in an RFPA and participating in wildfire training and refreshers you do not need additional training, however you do need to complete the required plans. You can register for the webinar here: https://beav.es/Jxe 

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:

Friday, February 5 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Tuesday, February 9 @ 2:00 pm: Copyright essentials for Extension employees

Thursday, February 11 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EC 1657, Living on the Land: Managing Soil pH
Garrett Duyck, Elli Korthuis, Susan Kerr, Hannah Brause, Shilah Olson, Ellen Hammond
New. The acidity or alkalinity of the soil in which crops grow can influence how well they grow. We measure this characteristic with a pH scale. Each crop has its own ideal pH range. If you want to grow healthy plants, it’s important to understand the effect that pH has on the nutrients available to your crop.

EM 9301, Guide to Ground Beetles in Grass Seed Crops Grown in the Willamette Valley, Oregon
Inga Reich, Casi Jessie, Andrew Colton, Mike Gormally, Rory McDonnell
New. Ground beetles are an integral component of biological control in agricultural fields,
but information on the species that are present in Oregon and throughout the United
States is surprisingly limited. This guide was created as a quick reference for common
ground beetles found in grass seed crops in the Willamette Valley.

EM 9310, Integrated Pest Management Strategic Plan for Pears in Oregon and Washington
Katie Murray, Paul Jepson, Chris Hedstrom
New. To identify pest management priorities and increase the use of integrated pest management in pear production, Pacific Northwest growers, commodity-group representatives, pest control advisors, processors, university specialists and other technical experts from the pear industry in Oregon and Washington outline major pests, current management practices, critical needs, activity timetables and efficacy ratings of various management tools.

EM 9311, Irrigation Rates and Frequencies for Western and Eastern Oregon Turfgrass
Alyssa Cain, Alec Kowalewski, Brian McDonald, Clint Mattox
New. When trying to minimize irrigation inputs, the best turfgrass species for the Oregon climate include perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) in Western Oregon, Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis) in Central/Eastern Oregon and tall fescue (Schedonorus arundinaceus) in Western, Central or Eastern Oregon.

PNW 511, Worksheet for Calculating Biosolids Application Rates in Agriculture
Dan Sullivan, Deirdre, Griffin LaHue, Biswanath Dari, Andy Bary, Craig Cogger
Revised. Biosolids are a byproduct of municipal wastewater treatment. Raw sewage solids must be processed to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards before they can be called biosolids. This worksheet provides step-by-step instructions for calculating an application rate of municipal biosolids, based on satisfying crop nitrogen need.

PNW 753, Biodiesel in the Pacific Northwest
Noelle Hart, Patricia Townsend
New. What is the role of biodiesel fuel in the Pacific Northwest? The economic, environmental, agricultural, and future prospects are explored in this pub.

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Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Have a new grant project with outreach as a critical piece? Virtual Extension can help.

The Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network, featured in this month’s First Monday video, connected with Extension Communications at the start of their work.

“Some of my responsibilities to meet the grant objectives are to gather and create resource materials that can be distributed with OSU branding, organize and publicize trainings and webinars, and to set up and maintain a website of crisis resources,” says Julie Leep, Education Program Assistant. “So having a team with expertise in these different areas has been a great help.”

Watch this 10-minute webinar on how they set up a project web page and designed a branded brochure.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

TONIGHT! Let Me Be a Good Ancestor: Rooting Social and Environmental Justice in Song and Spirit 
Register now for this talk with Mazin Jamal and KJ Song, members of Thrive Choir, a diverse group of vocalists, artists, activists, educators, healers and community organizers. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. Learn more and register here. This event is part of the nine-week series “Pandemic as Portal: Creating a Just Future on Earth” hosted by the Spring Creek Project and Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative.

Social Action Works: Community Networks of Care for Reproductive Justice – Community Doula Program and Partners Panel talk featuring Marit Bovbjerg, Ph.D., M.S., assistant professor, College of Public Health & Human Sciences; Alicia Bublitz, program administrator, Community Doula Program; Melissa Cheyney, Ph.D., LDM, professor of clinical medical anthropology, licensed midwife, co-director of Uplift; Cristof Del Aquelarre Errante, doctoral student in applied medical anthropology; Micknai Arefaine, doula, Community Doula Program; Helen Wong, OSU Honors College and the URSA Engage Experience; Analuz Torres Gutierrez, case manager, care coordinator, Benton County; Alexandra Lape, anthropology, midwife; Jeanette McCullough, Birthswell. Thursday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Free, open to all. Register for link to view at: https://beav.es/JfP

Provost’s Lecture: Provost’s Lecture featuring Mae C. Jemison, former NASA astronaut and first woman of color in space, entrepreneur, engineer, physician, social scientist and educator, Jemison is at the forefront of integrating the physical and social sciences with art and culture to solve problems and foster innovation. Join us for the Provost’s Lecture on Feb. 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required and the event is open to the public. More information regarding the Provost’s Lecture Series can be found here.

DEI In the News

The steep cost of gender bias (Oregon Business)
A study from Oregon State University College of Business suggests the best way to eliminate gender bias is to remove humans partially from the hiring process

‘It’s just a matter of time’: Inmates detail horrid conditions amid COVID spike in Oregon prisons (Oregonian)
Courtney Campbell, a professor who has taught medical ethics at Oregon State University for the past 30 years, said risk of infection is so much higher in prisons that the argument for moving inmates ahead in the vaccine queue is a compelling one.

Extension in the News

Oregon State University receives $1.58 million from Northwest Farm Credit Services to support agriculture programs
The Register-Guard
The OSU Foundation secured the grant, which will support agricultural sciences programs such as: The North Willamette Research and Extension Station, by helping to fund operations at the station which provides local research and extension services.

Redwood plantings trending up in Oregon
Morning Ag Clips
“We have landowners in western Oregon growing redwood trees for one reason or another,” said Alicia Christiansen, Oregon State University Extension Service forestry specialist. “There’s everything from something that’s cool in the yard to small woodland owners who plant several acres.”

Sea Grant uses survey results to guide its work
The News Times
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.

OSU Extension holds month-long food drive for Clatsop County
Cannon Beach Gazette
While the office doors are locked, they have a few totes placed outside the back doors of the Extension Office/Seafood Lab entrance at 2001 Marine Drive in Astoria.

Watershed Council debuts informational video
Lake County Examiner
The Oregon State University Extension Office helped contribute an animated portion which shows the importance of forest health, and why forests need to be thinned to help prevent catastrophic wildfires.