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.

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

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.

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