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Webinar tomorrow: Be Ready, Be Set, Go!

On April 28th at noon, we will host our fourth webinar on “Be Ready, Be Set, Go.” I hope you will help spread the word for that webinar too! Here are the details…

Title: Wildfire Wednesdays: Be Ready, Be Set, Go!

Date: April 28

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Description: Wildfire evacuations are becoming a reality that individuals and communities throughout Oregon are face each fire season. Want to learn how you can prepare for evacuation from a wildfire? Join us as we hear from fire and emergency managers in Oregon about what you and your community can do to be the most prepared to evacuation from a wildfire. We will talk about where to get updates and information on wildfire evacuation, how to create a 72-hour bag, and what to consider when creating an evacuation plan including contingencies for children, the elderly, pets, and livestock.

Registration: Register once for one or ALL webinars!

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Professional Development Fund Application Deadline: May 1, 2021

The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is May 1. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity. For more information, visit the fund webpage.

Nos gustaría saber si a usted le interesaría, y tiene disponibilidad de participar en una sesión de escucha en español

Nos gustaría saber si a usted le interesaría, y tiene disponibilidad de participar en una sesión de escucha en español con Ana Lucia Fonseca. Esta sesión es para todos los hispanos hablantes del sistema de Extension de OSU! Queremos saber su opinion acerca de que puede hacer la Administración para mejorar en tres temas: Gente, Ambiente de Trabajo y Acceso a programas. Esta sesión será el miércoles 28 de abril de 10 a 11 de la mañana. ¡Su opinión cuenta mucho! Por favor llene la encuesta antes del 30 de abril del 2021. Zoom:

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, May 7, 2021 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita

Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

WEED, 2021 PNW Weed Management Handbook
Ed Peachey
Revised. This comprehensive guide to weed management in the Pacific Northwest covers biological weed control agents; pesticide safety and disposal; agrichemicals and their properties; and control of problem weeds. Sections include subjects such as weed control in cereal grain crops; grass seed crops; forage and seed crops; legumes; oils and fiber; corn; hops; potatoes; sugar beets; aquatics; forestry; orchards and vineyards; small fruits; vegetable crops; vegetable seed crops; Christmas trees; nursery, greenhouse, and bulb crops; professional landscape maintenance; turfgrass; home landscapes and gardens; pasture and rangeland; and noncropland and right-of-way.

FS 304, Cover Crops for Home Gardens has been removed from the catalog. Please refer clients to WSU publications:

  1. Cover Crops for Home Gardens West of the Cascades
  2. Cover Crops for Home Gardens East of the Cascades
  3. Successful Cover Crop Management in Your Home Garden

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. 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 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

Communications to broaden your reach

Do you have a local initiative, new publication or program priority that could have statewide interest? This past quarter Extension Communications teamed up with others to coordinate such campaigns with good results.

Zebra mussels invasive species arrive in Oregon

    • Sea Grant wrote a web article, Master Gardeners did website and Instagram announcements, Extension Communications posted on Facebook and PACE shared in the gardening e-newsletter.
    • This helped to quickly get the word out with over 1000 website pageviews and 130 Facebook clicks and other engagements.

Livestream of chicks hatching over one week

    • Clatsop county worked with OSU IT and Extension Communications to get the webcam on YouTube and the campaign webpage set up, then did social media posts, news releases and other outreach statewide.
    • Over 5,400 pageviews with 44 minutes average watch time and 1000 clicks to explore other related resources.

Trees to Know in Oregon and Washington book launch

    • Extension Communications collaborated with PACE, ECTU, OSU University Press, the author and others across Extension to promote the new version of this book in newsletters, Facebook ads and a book launch webinar.
    • Over 15,000 pageviews of the campaign and catalog pages, more than 900 people registered for the book launch webinar, asked more than 400 questions upon registering and close to 1500 books sold so far. (Book sales raise funds for OSU Extension.)

Thank you to those who helped to get the word out in your communities by featuring these campaigns on your county web pages, on your social media or in your newsletters.

We also are hearing about successes led by programs in online webinar series from gardening to forestry. Please share these successes and other shout outs in Teams.

Do you have other ideas for statewide campaigns? Let’s talk.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Cabildos Speaker Series presents: A ‘Common Spectacle of the Race’: Garveyism’s Visual Politics of Founding, a talk by Adom Getachew, Neubauer Family assistant professor of political science at the University of Chicago. She is a political theorist with research interests in the history of political thought, theories of race and empire, and postcolonial political theory. In July 1920, just a month before the first annual convention of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), the association’s co-founder, Marcus Garvey, announced, “We are a new people, born out of a new day and new circumstance.” The convention, he argued, was a moment of political founding on the model of the Philadelphia Convention in 1787. This talk will examine the UNIA’s conception of political founding, with particular attention to central role of images, theatricality and performance. Wednesday, April 28 at 4 p.m. Register.

Trans Story Circles: Hosted by the HRWGC and the Pride Center. Happening Monday, May 3 from 5-7 p.m., for folx who identify within the trans umbrella to gather in a safe and brave space to share their stories and create connections. There is a mandatory Qualtrics form to participate:

OSU ADA30 Celebratory Symposium: Registration is open! The symposium is the culmination of a year-long celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at Oregon State University. This symposium combines poster and paper sessions with community-oriented workshops and facilitated discussions to create opportunities for dialogue across spheres of experience. This is a digital event that will be held on Zoom May 4-27. This symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Visit the OSU ADA30 Blog for more information about symposium accessibility, registration and sessions.

DEI In the News

OSU to recognize Juneteenth as a university holiday (KTVZ)
Oregon State University said Friday it will recognize Juneteenth as a university holiday on June 18, underscoring the university’s commitment to leading change and dismantling systemic racism. (see also The Skanner)

Report: Faculty Diversity Falling Behind Student Diversity (Diverse Edu)
Rates of underrepresented faculty in higher education have not been keeping up with the increasingly diversifying student demographics, according to a new report from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).

Extension in the News

Gale Gingrich, longtime ag researcher and extension agent, dies at 77
Capital Press
Gale Gingrich, a retired Oregon State University Extension agent who spent the last 15 years with Marion Ag Service, has died. He was 77.

LeCocq: OSU Extension Services is educating Oregonians about COVID-19 vaccine access, listen to them
The Daily Barometer
One group working to clarify information about COVID-19 and vaccines for Oregonians is the Oregon State University Extension Services.

Burning to protect and restore forest
The Nugget
While it makes citizens nervous to see the Forest Service burning on days with wind, the fires are fully staffed with wildland firefighting crews. And wind is actually essential to doing the work effectively, according to Oregon State University Extension Service Regional Fire Specialist Ariel Cowan.

Blue Mountain Land Trust sets virtual film dates
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Panel conversation will be moderated by Oregon State University Extension Forester John Punches.

Getting started with digital mapping tools
The News-Review
A column by Alicia Christiansen.

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