In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension vaccination outreach and education updates

Letters to the editor in your local or regional newspaper are a great way to reach a large audience with your message. Generally, letters to the editor are short (150-200 words) and respond to an article in the paper or a current news event. This template encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations can be used as a jumping off point for a positive, solution-focused letter. Personalize it and make it your own or share with partners who may want to do the same. The template has been added to the COVID-19 communication toolkit and templates on the COVID-19 resources page for OSU Extension employees.

The Oregon Health Authority announced on Friday that Oregon’s vaccine eligibility timeline is being moved up. Group 7 will be eligible for vaccination starting April 5. Group 7 includes frontline workers, people ages 16 to 44 with underlying conditions and people living in multigenerational homes.

Also on Friday, OHA also announced changes to its vaccination tools:

  • All vaccination registrations and notifications will be handled through the Get Vaccinated Oregon (GVO) tool.
  • The GVO tool no longer accepts landline phone numbers as a method of contact. Using these automated calls as a response for the GVO was confusing to landline users who have been warned by the Oregon Department of Justice to be careful of automated calls. (For more on COVID-19 fraud schemes, consult this guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General).
  • There are approximately 200 people in the GVO who registered with a landline as their primary contact and no other way to contact them. In addition, approximately 300 people provided a landline and some other form of contact.
  • Anyone who registered for the GVO with a landline will be contacted for support with vaccine access. Many of those who registered in the GVO with a landline registered through 211. Anyone whose preferred method of contact is a landline can continue to call 211 for support in accessing vaccine (or toll free, 1-866-698-6155 or TTY dial 711 and 1-866-698-6155).

Finally, nationwide, white Republicans are more hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine than any other demographic group. OPB’s Think Out Loud discussed the topic with Malheur County Health Department Director Sarah Poe and Chunhuei Chi, professor and director of the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University.

New Publishing Project Request Process

Starting in April, Extension Communications is changing its process for submitting project requests to its Extension Catalog publishing team.

Going forward, we ask that authors wait to submit project requests until their materials have been peer reviewed and are ready to submit.

We are also asking program leaders to confirm the project is approved and has been peer reviewed before we begin work on it. (In the past, program leaders received only a courtesy notification when project requests were submitted.)

How it will work:

When an author submits a project request to Extension Communications, the appropriate program leader will automatically receive an email alerting them to the submission. If the project has been approved and peer-reviewed, the program leader will notify Extension Communications and we will assign a project manager. The project manager will contact the corresponding author with details on how to submit project materials and an estimate of when we are able to start work on the project.

If the program leader does not confirm their approval and indicate that the peer review has been completed, a project manager will not be assigned and work on the project cannot start.

These changes are necessary due to an increase in both the volume and scope of the project requests we have received over the last two years. The workload for our publishing managers has doubled since 2019, and these changes will make our process more efficient.

The changes will also allow us to give authors more precise timetables for completing their publishing projects. We still encourage authors to contact us anytime to discuss an upcoming or potential project. Just contact Sandy Reichhuber, and she’ll arrange for you to talk with a publishing manager.

Thanks for your support in helping us with this essential part of Extension’s work in Oregon. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Publishing Leader Jim Sloan.

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, April 2 2021 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita

Thursday, April 8 2021 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)

Friday, April 9 2021 @ 10:00 am: Child Abuse Prevention in Youth Programs Webinar

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8840, Phytophthora ramorum: A Guide for Oregon Nurseries
Hazel Daniels, Jennifer Parke, Jay W. Pscheidt, Chris Benemann
Revised. The funguslike organism Phytophthora ramorum has been causing severe plant disease problems for nurseries and homeowners in California and, now, in Oregon and Washington. This guide helps wholesale nursery personnel identify possible P. ramorum infections and advises on managing them.

EM 9312, Pest Alert: Spotted Lanternfly is an Invasive Insect That May Impact Oregon
Serhan Mermer, Gabriella Tait, Josh Vlach, Jana Lee, Man-Yeon Choi, Heather Leach, Linda J. Brewer, Vaughn M. Walton
New. Spotted Lanternfly has a broad range of plant hosts, including grape, stone fruits, apple, ornamental species, maple, black walnut, willow and rose. Nymphs and adults are phloem feeders.

EM 9313, Tasas de Aplicación de Estiércol para la Producción de Forraje en el Oeste de Oregón (Manure Application Rates for Forage Production)
Troy Downing, Dan M. Sullivan
New. En esta publicación se supone que el manejo de N se basa en un método conocido
como equilibrio de masa; el objetivo es mantener un equilibrio entre el N suministrado por el estiércol y la extracción de N mediante la cosecha de forraje.

EM 9316, How to Do Regular Maintenance on Air Blast Sprayers to Ensure Proper Care for Specialty Crops
Brent Warneke, Jay Pscheidt, Lloyd Nackley
New. Air blast sprayers are one of the most common sprayer types used in specialty crop production. These machines are designed for heavy use on farms, and like all machinery, require regular attention to function effectively. This publication highlights periodic maintenance tasks for air blast sprayers. This is a general maintenance guide meant to complement the manual that comes with many sprayers.

PNW 507, Growing Kiwifruit: A Guide to Kiwiberries and Fuzzy Kiwifruit for Pacific Northwest Producers
Bernadine Strik, Amanda Davis
Revised. Oregon is a leading producer of kiwiberries, also known as hardy kiwifruit. Learn what cultivars work best for commercial production, and study research-based techniques for site selection, planting, maintenance, harvest and storage.

PNW 736, Fruit Pie Fillings for Home Canning
Lizann Powers-Hammond
New. Imagine using home-canned fruits in pies, pastries, parfaits, cobblers, crisps, or even as a topping for pancakes. Recipes for home-canned fruits found here!

Extension News and Impact 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 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,

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Trying to find something online? Top 4 tips for better search results

1. Use quotes around search terms for results that exactly match the terms.
(e.g. “Managing Moss in Lawns in Western Oregon”)

2. Add “site:” followed by a website URL in your search and it will only search that site.
(e.g. Pruning

3. Use a hyphen to exclude words from search results.
(e.g. Preserving jam -strawberry)

4. Use a wildcard placeholder by adding an asterisk if you don’t remember a word or need different endings.
(e.g. Better Bones and *; vaccin* could mean vaccine, vaccines, vaccination, vaccinated)

For more tips watch the past professional development webinar Internet Brower and Search Tips and Tricks. Also, Google’s Refine web search “cheat sheet” is also recommended.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, or suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

New CORA Learning programs, including “Dismantling Anti-Blackness on Your Campus: Core Competencies for Allies,” and “Course Design for Racial Equity.” Learn more and register here.

Webinar for Child Abuse Prevention Month: Join higher education and youth development professionals from throughout the U.S. for a free webinar on April 9 at 10 a.m. Expert panelists from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, YMCA USA, American Camp Association and The Salvation Army will address challenges they faced in 2020 related to child safety and youth protection, and lessons learned for 2021 programming and beyond. Register here

Nominations open: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women, Office of Institutional Diversity, Office of the Provost and OSU Athletics are accepting nominations for the Breaking Barriers awards. Categories include Breaking Barriers in Education, Breaking Barriers in Research, Breaking Barriers in Athletics, the PCOSW Community Builder and the Harriet “Hattie” Redmond awards. Learn more and submit nominations at Nominations close Tuesday, April 6. For questions, contact

DEI News

‘Fifteen boxes, 15 families.’ Hermiston groups bring supplies to thousands of essential farmworkers (East Oregonian)
“It’s an effort to help a community that has been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Garcia says. In 2020, residents reporting Hispanic ethnicity accounted for 41% of Umatilla County’s total COVID-19 cases.

AC&U Diversity Conference Kicks Off With Several Truth and Dares for Academia (Diverse Edu)
The theme of this year’s three-day, virtual conference was “Upholding These Truths: Equity, Diversity, and Democracy.” Keynote speaker, Dr. Lori Patton Davis, professor of higher education and student affairs and chair of the Department of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University, began by issuing uncomfortable truths about the current reality of diversity work in academia. She posed the question: When it comes to diversity work, who is actually doing the work?

Extension in the News

OSU Extension Service chickcam returns: 3 chicks hatched so far, 21 more to go
Oregon Fox 12
The popular “chickcam” has been set up at the OSU Extension Service in Clatsop County for the eighth year.

Above The Surface
Eugene Weekly
Amanda Gladics, a coastal fisheries extension agent for Oregon State University’s Oregon Sea Grant, says the market for dungeness crab in Oregon has become increasingly important due to its high value, especially as other stocks begin to account for a lower percentage of total catch.

Researchers study spent hemp biomass as animal feed
Capital Press
Jenifer Cruickshank, who works with OSU Extension Service as the regional dairy faculty for the Willamette Valley, said she is also contacting ranchers and consumers to gauge public acceptance of consuming products from animals fed with hemp.

Oregon’s post-wildfire reforestation efforts hampered by tree seedling shortage
Ryan Gordon is with the Oregon Department of Forestry. He says the agency is teaming up with the Oregon State University Extension Service and other organizations to help landowners meet their goals.

Eastern Oregon Livestock Show rides again
The Observer
The Eastern Oregon Livestock Show’s Main Street parade also is returning and starts at 2 p.m. June 11. Youth FFA and 4-H events will go on this year, but their schedules will be announced later.

Traditional county fair is in the works for 2021
Madras Pioneer
Plans are underway for the 4-H and FAA youth livestock show and sale as well as all of the traditional fair activities such as the rodeo, exhibit entries, food and commercial vendors, beer garden, concerts, and a carnival with all safety guidelines in place.

‘Trees to Know in Oregon and Washington’ turns 70 with new edition
Trees to Know in Oregon and Washington,” the most popular publication in the Oregon State University Extension Service catalog, celebrates 70 years with a new edition.

OSU Master Gardeners offer virtual Q&A on growing vegetables in C. Oregon
The class also includes the free 24-page book, “Growing Vegetables in Central Oregon”,, published by the OSU Extension Service.

How to Prune Roses
Family Handyman
“Neglecting to prune your roses will lead to unproductive shrubs,” says Oregon State University professor and extension horticulturist Amy Jo Detweiler. Pruning roses promotes new growth and flowering, helps maintain plant health, and on some species encourages repeat blooming.

AG DAY: A day in the life of a ranching family
The Blue Mountain Eagle
McCracken’s wife, Didgette, the Open Campus coordinator at Oregon State University Extension office, is there to feed the cattle before her 9 a.m. conference call.

‘Kale master’ finds joy in helping fledgling gardeners
East Oregonian
Diana Romero, formerly OSU Extension’s master gardener program coordinator, called Hodge a “huge asset” to the program.

Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
A column by Chip Bubl.

New OSU Extension Fire Program to support wildfire preparedness, prescribed burning
The News-Review
A column by Chris Adlam.

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