In this week’s issue:

Passcodes Required for Zoom Meetings as of September 10

All Zoom meetings will require passcodes starting on September 10th. Requiring passcodes on September 10th ensures meetings have a security measure in place prior to Zoom’s upcoming security requirement, minimizing potential disruptions.

What: Passcode Requirement for All Zoom Meetings

When: September 10, 2020

Learn More: The passcode requirement applies to all meetings, including instant meetings, scheduled meetings, and meetings using a Personal Meeting ID.

  • Passcodes will be required when scheduling new meetings.
  • Existing or recurring meetings that are not passcode protected must be edited to add a passcode. Updated meeting information must be provided to participants by sending new or edited invitations with a join link that includes an embedded passcode and the passcode.
  • Important note: If no action is taken to update an existing meeting, a passcodes will be automatically added, however, this information will not automatically shared with meeting participants. The passcode must be communicated for participants to join the meeting without an updated join link that includes an embedded passcode or for those who are manually joining the meeting using the Meeting ID.

For more details, including instructions to add passcodes to all meeting types, visit: https://beav.es/4CW.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Service Desk at 541-737-8787 or beav.es/help.

New Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EC 1306, Growing Raspberries in Your Home Garden
Bernadine Strik, Emily Dixon, Amy Jo Detweiler, Nicole Sanchez
Revised. Raspberries are delicious, and gardeners in Oregon can learn to grow this tart, fresh highlight of summer in their own gardens. Choose which type of raspberry to grow, and learn how to plant, prune, fertilize and water your berry patch to keep it healthy and productive.

EM 9288, What do the long-term experiments in the drylands Pacific Northwest tell us?
Santosh Shiwakoti, Valtcho Jeliazkow
New. A review and explanation of the long-term experiments at the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center (CBARC) over many years. The goals are how to work and protect the dryland soil over time so that healthy crops can continue to grow there. Their research shows that certain techniques work best to achieve that goal.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past 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, 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.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, September 2 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Coming next week:
Thursday, September 10 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (2nd Thursday of each month)

Join this discussion to share insights and get support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging, led by Mary Halbleib, Gordon Jones, and Cassie Bouska.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Extension website analytics include data about visitor actions that are more complex than simple page views, such as clicks on links and form submissions. Learn about the types of actions that are measured and how to access the data in this week’s Navigator blog post.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Webinar – Delivering More Than Food: Understanding and Operationalizing Racial Equity in Food Hubs
This webinar from the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems shares results from a qualitative study led by a diverse group of food system practitioners as to how U.S. based food hubs understand and operationalize engagement in racial equity work. Learn examples of how food hubs operationalize equity within their business, and with their partners, and with the community they serve.

 How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race: 10 minute listen
Most people have heard about “the talk” — the conversation many African American parents have with their kids about how to avoid altercations with police or what to do and say if they’re stopped. The recent unrest sparked by anger over police brutality against African Americans has parents who aren’t black thinking more about how they talk to their kids about race.

DEI In the News

OHSU drops massive coronavirus study after failing to draw participants of color (East Oregonian)

A study intended to track the coronavirus in Oregon and understand its impacts on minorities is now dead after Oregon Health & Science University, which lead the research, found that not enough minorities signed up to participate.

 15 Ways Colleges Are Mobilizing to Support Their Communities (Chronicle)
It is an extraordinary time of daunting challenges, but also opportunities “to establish our higher-education institutions as pillars of the community,” says Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, president of Michigan’s Oakland University. Public trust in colleges and universities has been declining for years, fueled by rising tuition, concerns about the value of a degree, political and ideological debates, and doubts over whether the system still serves the common good. Making the case for higher education’s role in society means assuming public responsibility in a crisis

How Can Professors Bring Anti-Racist Pedagogy Practices Into the Classroom? (Diverse Edu)
A new guide to anti-racist pedagogy gives professors tools for facilitating conversations on race.

Extension in the News

Extension Spotlight: Bringing technology to the woods: digital mapping resources for forestland owners
The News-Review

A column by Alicia Christansen.

Gardening trivia competition offers prizes at library
Herald and News

Show off your gardening knowledge in our first-ever Gardening Trivia Tournament, co-hosted by the Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center.

Researchers build app to monitor irrigation water quality
Capital Press

The app — being developed as part of the Data Science for the Public Good initiative to aid rural communities — combines a farm’s location and water-usage season with data from nearby monitoring stations. It will generate a mean and a threshold value for on-farm water quality.

Hemp is still king of the crops
Mail Tribune

Gordon Jones, assistant professor for Oregon State University Extension Service, said last year’s stampede to grow hemp was something of a “gold-rush mentality.”

Lincoln County invited to join OSU’s free gardening webinar series
The News Guard

Join the Lincoln County Master Gardeners to expand your horticulture knowledge, ranging from soil amendments and controlling those pesky critters, to pruning roses and making wreaths.

LUBA reverses county’s marijuana ban near youth centers
Capital Press

Likewise, LUBA has ruled that Deschutes County wrongly denied the application of Waveseer of Oregon, a company that intended to build a 36,000-square-foot facility to grow and process marijuana near properties that host “youth oriented equestrian activities” and “4-H agricultural activities.”

Celebrate 10 Days of Tuna on the North Oregon Coast
Tillamook Headlight-Herald

Scientists Dr. Barb Muhling and Dr. Cat Nickels from the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center and Amanda Gladics from Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon State University Extension will be sharing their professional knowledge and will be available to answer your tuna questions.

How to harvest and prep pumpkins and squash for winter storage
The Oregonian

“Most squashes and pumpkins are warm-season crops and are susceptible to injury at temperatures less than 50 degrees,” said Gail Langellotto, an Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturist and professor. “If left out in the garden too long, they may decay prematurely in storage.”

Firefighters Exposed to More Potentially Harmful Chemicals than Previously Thought
Occupational Health and Safety

“We don’t have enough data to profile the source of the PAHs, but we know PAHs appear from combustion, and obviously combustion is their work,” study lead Kim Anderson, an environmental chemist and Extension specialist at OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, said.

Sanchez: Five gardening topics to study right away
Herald and News

A column by Nicole Sanchez.

In this week’s issue:

URSA Engage Program

Last year, four Extension faculty committed to mentoring students in the URSA Engage Program. For example, Wiley Thompson (Regional Director, OSU Extension Service) worked with an URSA Engage student who explored health care in Oregon’s rural communities. Barbara Brody (Assistant Professor of Practice) worked with an URSA Engage student who evaluated the impact and results of community poverty simulations and the impact of community change. We would love to have more Extension faculty to mentor early-career undergraduate students this school year!

Do you have a question that you don’t know the answer to? Do you need to collect data or information to answer that question? Bingo! A major goal of the program is for students to learn basic research skills (e.g. designing surveys, writing literature reviews, navigating IRB, synthesizing data, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, writing reports/grants, collaborating, etc.).

The mentor summary submission form can be accessed at this link (see “Step 1”) with a deadline of October 19th.

While this might seem like a natural fit to many of you, others may be thinking – but I don’t do research! While you may not consider your position to be centered in research, you likely have research components integral to your units that students could help with (and benefit from!), such as needs assessments and program evaluation. Students can connect to and support your existing program work as well.

If you have any questions about the URSA Engage Program or would like to brainstorm potential project ideas, please let us know! We’d love to connect.

Quarterly Conversation

The August 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 (0:00) – Anita Azarenko acknowledged the recertification of Oregon Sea Grant and Lincoln County Extension building a coalition to inform Latino and indigenous communities about COVID-19. Three individuals and a team were recognized with Director’s Coins.
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice: Our commitments, resources and tools (9:24) – Anita, Ana Lu Fonseca and Elsa Curtis
  • OSU Budget Update (39:20) – Sherm Bloomer
  • Government Relations (55:25) – Katie Fast
  • Update: Extension Annual Conference and Leadership Development Program (1:25:10) – Amanda Bielenberg

A PDF of the Presentation Slides, details of the Director’s Coin presentations are available for download. Look for follow-up to the questions in the Quarterly Conversation Chat that we didn’t have time to address in a future ConnEXTion.

Director’s Coin Recipients

Director Coin Recipients for the fiscal year 2019, Congratulations to you all!

Ann Harris, Angela Robb, Juan Medina, Elissa Wells, Lindsay Davis, Elizabeth McGovern, Elizabeth Records, Alisha Atha, Diane Ostrom, Steve Mote, Roberta Lundeberg, Kaylyn Hymes, Carolyn Ashton, Andrea Leao, Melanie McCabe, Susie Bussler, Alisha Atha, Sarah Neuschwander, Becka Jenkins, Candi Bothum, Tammy Olds, Megan Deane McKenna, John Buzzard, Tiffany Gillis, Wayne Jardine, Wiley Thompson, Melanie McCabe, Josh Davalos, Carly Kristofik, Abby Lewis, Kelly Noack, Heidy Castillo, Elli Korthuis, Amanda Gladics, Samantha Clayburn, Ashley Thompson, Elsa Curtis, Lauren Kraemer, Kym Hamann, Grace Corry, Candi Bothum, Kelsey (KJ) Knight, Heather N Lilienthal

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9294, Omnivorous Leaftier A ubiquitous and often minor pest of small grains and other seed crops of Western Oregon
Navneet Kaur, Leonard Coop, Jessica Green, Bill Gerth, Nicole P. Anderson, Glenn Fisher
New. The omnivorous leaftier has a wide host range and is known to cause damage to species from more than 20 plant families. Native parasitoid wasps manage this pest in natural and cropland settings. The first appearance of this insect in Oregon was noted in 1929 on strawberries and Dutch bulbous iris plantations near Portland. Soon, it was reported in Washington and California feeding on strawberry and flax grown for seed, respectively.

PNW 668, Integrated Management of Downy Brome in Winter Wheat
Drew J. Lyon, Andrew G. Hulting, Judit Barroso, Joan M. Campbell
Revised. Learn about integrated weed management (IWM) strategies to control downy brome, also known as cheatgrass—a major weed management problem in winter wheat.

Open Campus Showcase Video Recording

Last Thursday, August 20, the Open Campus team showcased their various different programs. If you missed it, here is the link to the video recording of their presentation.

https://media.oregonstate.edu/media/1_xcw8hr81

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, August 26 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Friday, August 28 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

You can add links to other people’s good resources on the Extension website. How you do it may be different than you are used to, but the value of adding links to useful resources is still the same. Learn more in this week’s blog post about the opportunities to add visibility through partner links, and the efficient content management system that helps avoid broken links.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Care.com Webinar: How to raise kids to be actively anti-racist
Tuesday Aug. 25, 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Parents tend to avoid conversations about race with their children. Too often, parents don’t fully understand it themselves, so they struggle to talk about it with their kids. Jennifer Harvey, award-winning author, educator and activist, will offer guidance on how to have constructive, age-appropriate discussions with children about race and racism. This live webinar – the second in a special series on talking to children about racial issues – will be hosted by Care.com CEO Tim Allen and will include a Q&A session. (OSU employees have access to Care.com for freeRegister Today.

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome; employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Aug. 25.

2020 University Day Keynote registration now open!

Register for the virtual keynote session, The Empowered University: Shared Leadership in Challenging Times, with Freeman Hrabowski, President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 10-11:30 a.m. For more info, contact Mealoha McFadden at Mealoha.mcfadden@oregonstate.edu or 541-231-2585, or visit the website: universityday.oregonstate.edu.

DEI In the News

Creating Antiracist Spaces Where Black Students Can Breathe and Thrive (Diverse Edu)
In order to succeed and thrive, Black students need vocal and committed antiracist educators who are intentionally creating antiracist spaces for them. The time for faculty to do this work is now because Black students on our campuses are not okay.

Portland Community College annouces new criminal justice scholarship (Oregonian)
She wondered what she could do to build better police forces, finding ways to have them mirror the communities they serve. That led to a new scholarship created for students of color interested in pursuing criminal justice as a major at Portland Community College.

Extension in the News

Lincoln County Reaches Out To Mam Speakers As Part Of Fight Against Virus

KLCC

Beatriz Botello of Oregon State University’s Lincoln County Extension helped organize the effort. She said some material for Mam speakers already existed, but it was in a different dialect than what was spoken locally.

A huckleberry by any other name: The story behind Westerners’ favorite wild berries

OPB

“Huckleberries are not technically huckleberries,” said Bernadine Strik, a professor of horticulture and a berry crops specialist at Oregon State University. “Common names can be misleading.”

Agricultural workers line up for free masks and sanitizer

KGW

“We’re really close to the [agriculture] community… and we’re happy to help anyway we can,” said Vicki Campbell with OSU Extension Service.

What to know as FDA resumes produce safety inspections

Capital Press

“I understand how hard this (rule) is. But farmers are ingenious — the best engineers of problem-solving on earth — and we’re here to help, too,” said Joy Waite-Cusic, food safety associate professor at Oregon State University.

Let there be light: The rise of high-tech farming and the light revolution

Capital Press

Lloyd Nackley, an assistant professor at Oregon State University’s Nursery Crops Research Facility, told the Capital Press he sees “enormous potential for urban food production” in greenhouses with artificial lighting.

Douglas County 4-H to offer September Science Series for children 9-19

The News-Review

Youth ages 9-19 will be able to participate in a series of science workshops throughout September, courtesy of Oregon State University Extension Services of Douglas County’s 4-H Positive Youth Development program.

Discovery Garden is a labor of love

The News-Review

Julie Stanbery, Master Gardener of 29 years and President of the Master Gardeners Association, said, “It’s a labor of love.”

Firefighters Exposed to More Potentially Harmful Chemicals than Previously Thought

OHS Online

A study led by Oregon State University found that firefighters might be exposed to more harmful chemicals than previously thought while on-duty as compared to off-duty.

Garden Plots: Spent roses, understanding compost

St. Helens Chronicle

A column by Chip Bubl.

Extension Spotlight: Fall Gardening in Douglas County

The News-Review

A column by Steve Renquist.

In this week’s issue:

Engagement Scholarship Consortium 2020

ESC 2020 Virtual Meetings

Though the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) Conference was postponed to 2021, ESC still wants to connect with you this fall and will be offering select virtual meetings.

Registration information will be coming soon, however, in the meantime, read more below about the 2020 virtual meetings, and don’t forget to and mark your calendars!

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9291, Fire FAQs — Are Structures Fuel? The Wildland Urban Interface and the ‘Built’ Environment
Daniel Leavell, Stephen A. Fitzgerald, Carrie Berger, Gavin Horn
New. We now need to consider structures themselves as a fuel type contributing to wildfires, along with other potentially hazardous fuel such as wood piles, propane tanks and automobiles. In this context, the home defense (ignition) zone and all the needed mitigation strategies take on a heightened importance and urgency.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, August 19 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Thursday, August 20 @ 10:00 am: Extension Program Showcase Series: Open Campus Program Youth, Family, and Learner Support

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

In this week’s blog learn some basic time saving tips that you can use on a daily basis to work more efficiently.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Race, Tenure, and Resource Allocation at Land Grant Institutions webinar
What are organizations and administrators working with land-grant institutions across the country doing to address inequities present since the inception of these institutions?

This August 18 webinar will discuss historical racial disparities between 1862, 1890, and 1994 land-grant institutions as related to tenure, quality of programs, and resource allocation. This webinar will also address ongoing efforts to create more equitable opportunities through food and agricultural programs for historically marginalized groups.

Webinar to Celebrate HBCU Land Grants 130th Annnivery
Join higher education and civic leaders for a webinar on August 31 celebrating the 130th Anniversary of the Morrill Act of 1890, which designated 19 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with land-grant status. This legislation gave states funds to establish state universities for persons of color if higher education wasn’t already open to all in the state. The webinar will be a chance to participate in a discussion of the legacy and future importance of the 1890s, led by 1890s leaders, policymakers, and others. Register here.

The History of White Supremacy and Resistance in Oregon recorded presentation
Understanding how both racism and justice are at the heart of Oregon’s history is crucial to our ability to build a better future. In this presentation, Oregon Historical Society (OHS) Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk and OHQ Editor Eliza Canty-Jones offer an overview of these subjects and invite attendees to access OHS resources for more learning. More information can be found in the OHS blog post: https://ohs.org/blog/history-is-who-we-are-and-why-we-are-the-way-we-are.cfm

DEI In the News

Lincoln County Extension builds coalition to inform Latino, indigenous communities about COVID-19 (The News Guard)
In a short time, Oregon State University Extension Service has built a collaborative team of professionals that’s reaching deep into Latino and indigenous communities in Lincoln County to provide culturally relevant COVID-19 information.

CARES ACT and Federal Funding Impact on HSIs (Diverse Edu)
In a new analysis, Excelencia in Education looked at current federal COVID-19 funding proposals as well as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and its impact on Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs).

Extension in the News

Extension Spotlight: OSU Extension available to help the public in a variety of fields
The News-Review
A column by Laura Corder.

Coalition formed to provide COVID-19 information
Newport News-Times
In a short time, Oregon State University Extension Service has built a collaborative team of professionals that’s reaching deep into Latino and indigenous communities in Lincoln County to provide culturally relevant COVID-19 information.

Phoenix School provides veggies for last Farm, Food and Fun camp activity
The News-Review
Erin Maidlow is the nutrition educator at the Douglas County Oregon State University Extension Service and has been in front of the middle school every Thursday morning for the past six weeks as part of the Farm, Food, and Fun Camp.

$1 million grant awarded to address opioid and substance use disorders in Tillamook County
Tillamook County Pioneer
Oregon State University’s local extension office and the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization were also involved in this planning process.

Oregon farm program cuts less severe than expected
East Oregonian
Lawmakers have cut funding for Oregon State University’s agricultural experiment station, Extension service and forest research lab, though not as drastically as originally proposed.

Sister act: Elizabeth, Autumn Collman work hard in school, on the family dairy farm in Boring
Sandy Post
When she’s not showing Jersey cows for 4-H, Elizabeth is practicing with the Sandy High dance team or getting additional agricultural leadership experience from FFA.

West-side native impressed with beef, kids at E. Oregon fair
Capital Press
Between the morning conformation and market classes and the afternoon showmanship, there were 30 Wallowa County 4-H’ers and FFA club members showing their animals.

Our view: Ag programs important in rural Eastern Oregon
Wallowa County Chieftain
The extension service plays an important role in rural counties and a holdup on agriculture research could create major problems in the future.

Fair week dawns bright and early
Hermiston Herald
Anna Browne, 4-H coordinator with the Oregon State University extension center in Hermiston, said 4-H participants were uploading homemade showmanship videos for judges to watch, and the community can watch confirmation of the animals each day through a video feed Hermiston School District has created on its YouTube Channel.

4-H and FFA leaders, volunteers and officials pull together to hold in-person youth livestock shows
The Blue Mountain Eagle
Doug said the Oregon State University Extension Office 4-H team has been awesome to work with, especially in putting together a plan that met the state’s guidelines to hold the livestock shows.

Commentary: OSU deserves support to produce next generation of farmers
Capital Press
State leaders should avoid pausing or stepping back on agricultural research and education.

Successful weed cessation
Nursery Management
Marcelo Moretti, assistant professor at Oregon State University’s Department of Horticulture, trialed Marengo in container-grown crops. He found that it performed well on annual grasses (crabgrass, foxtails, annual bluegrass) annual broadleaves like oxalis, bittercress, spurge and willowherb.

In this week’s issue:

A suite of tools is now available to promote safe food preservation

It started with an idea and a flyer, grew into a regional collaboration with Bi-Mart and Wilco, and now templates are available in Box and customizable with local contacts or co-branding with local retailers. Use them to reach out to local retailers and businesses that would like to promote safe food preservation. Here’s what’s available:

Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

PNW 750, Invertebrate Pest Management for Pacific Northwest Pastures
Amy J. Dreves, Navneet Kaur, Mylen Bohle, David B. Hannaway, Glenn Fisher, Silvia I. Rondon
New. A well-managed pasture has several ecological and economic benefits. However, several species of arthropods (insects, mites and garden symphylans), and gastropods (slugs) inhabit pastures of the Pacific Northwest of the United States and can diminish those benefits.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still 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? Please contact the news team.

OSU Clean Water Virtual Conference

Sept. 1, 2020

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PDT)

engineering.oregonstate.edu/cleanwater2020

Free and open to the public*

The College of Engineering is hosting this innovative online event to bring together scholars and stakeholders from diverse disciplines, whose work is directed toward maintaining, preserving, and improving clean and sustainable sources of water for human and ecosystem use.

PRE-REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED. Pre-register here

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, August 12 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Weekly, statewide Extension meeting lead by Lindsey Shirley.

Thursday, August 13 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (2nd Thursday of each month)

Bring your lunch and join the discussion to get insights and support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited to share our ideas and hear yours as we delve into solving challenges and pursuing new opportunities for impactful outreach.

Friday, August 14 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

A bi-monthly opportunity to connect with Vice Provost Anita Azarenko for informal updates, Q&A and conversation.

In case you missed it, the Web analytics and visitor feedback dashboards webinar recording is available on the professional development webpages. Learn more about what your online audiences are doing and thinking, and how faculty are using this data in their work.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

You’ve often heard of the Extension Communications office as the “P.R. office.” While that’s true, the news and public issues team does much more than write news releases, pitch stories to the media and handle interview requests. In today’s blog, learn more about how the team uses other formats to tell the public about the great work you’re doing.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Recorded Webinar: Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society (NY Times)
A conversation with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and moderated by Francesca Donner, Gender Director at The New York Times, about the unique and devestating impacts of the current pandemic on women and girls.

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome; employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Aug. 25.

Diversity, equity and inclusion workshop: Oregon State University – Cascades will host a three-day diversity, equity and inclusion workshop for business leaders and community members interested in furthering their knowledge of social equality. OSU-Cascades business instructor Erika McCalpine will lead the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intensive workshop. It will be offered via Zoom from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Aug. 17-19. Registration for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intensive is $300 per person and each three-day session is limited to 40 participants. Registration closes Aug. 14 for the Aug. 17-19 session. To register, visit OSUcascades.edu/dei-intensive. For information, contact events@osucascades.edu.

DEI In the News

Umatilla County officials stand with people of color (East Oregonian)
County officials adopted the resolution titled “Stance Against Racism, Discrimination and Social Injustices in Umatilla County” in response to the order placed on July 15 by advocates for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Oregon ‘Peace Trees’ become reminders of the resilience of life (KDRV)
A Medford resident and Hiroshima Survivor started the effort to plant seedlings from trees that survived the atomic bomb blast.

Extension in the News

Douglas County 4-H holds first in-person event since March
KPIC
For the first time since March, the Douglas County 4-H program had its first in-person event Wednesday.

Some August summer camps and activities still a go during COVID-19
The News-Review
Food, Farm and Fun Camp For kids in grades 3-5, the Douglas County OSU Extension is providing free kits every Thursday for the next month.

Garden Plots: Excellent tomato weather
A column by Chip Bubl.

Pollinator project all the buzz in North Unit Irrigation District
The Bulletin
But Heike Williams, a bio-science technician for Oregon State University’s Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center, said gathering pollen from just one crop can lead to poor health in the colony.

Mariachi STEAM summer camp canceled due to COVID-19, community comes together, creates new program
Barometer
The Mariachi Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics camp, one of the 4-H Youth Development programs at Oregon State University, has been cancelled due to COVID-19. OSU community members, members of other educational institutes, and volunteers have come together to create a new program for LatinX youth.

In this week’s issue:

eXtension Connect Extension Podcast-Episode 3

On Episode 3, we had the chance to sit down and talk with Victor Villegas, Oregon State University Extension Service, who recently supported a potato research field day held virtually! We also discuss different approaches to using Zoom for engaging events, and some helpful tips and tricks for those looking to move their field days to a virtual format.

Key messages to share with public, stakeholders

Need a quick refresher or tips on what to share with the public and stakeholders about Extension’s operations and impact in communities during the COVID-19 pandemic? Following are key points you can incorporate in your messages, whether written or in conversation:

  • We’re here for you.
  • Safety and health of our employees, volunteers, learners and communities is our top priority.
  • We continue to serve our communities through remote work and virtual programming while gradually resuming onsite and in-person activities.
  • Resumption of our onsite work and in-person activities follows state law and guidance, university policies and OSU Extension’s resumption plan, and is responsive to local conditions.
  • When sharing stories of your activities, focus on the “why” and the impact.
    • See our COVID-19 communication toolkit, which includes sample templates and language, as well as a great example from Linn County.
    • Consider framing in terms of Extension’s impact areas:
      • Healthy communities and economies
      • Resilient and productive forestry and natural ecosystems
      • Sustainable agriculture, food systems, and gardening
      • Thriving youth, individuals and families
    • Contact Ann Murphy, marketing manager, with questions or for help using or customizing these tools for your local needs.

These, and a number of other useful tools and guidelines, are available on our OSU Extension COVID-19 Resources webpage.

Welcome New Employees

Kelsey Knight, Assistant Internship Coordinator, Extension Administration

Carrie Juchau, Education Program Assistant 2, Josephine County

Wendy Fekkers, Fiscal Coordinator, 4-H

Renee Menkens, We CAN Research Coordinator, Coos County

Kyle Mondron, Faculty Research Assistant, Botany & Plant Pathology

Thomas Stokely, Assistant Professor, Forestry—Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Extension Teaching Network

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up. Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom August 13 at noon. 

Bring your lunch and join the discussion to get insights and support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited to share our ideas and hear yours as we delve into solving challenges and pursuing new opportunities for impactful outreach.

Options for clear face coverings

For those who work with people with hearing impairments or more sensitive children/youth, it might be beneficial to have a clear mask so they can see your face (for reading lips and seeing your emotions). You’ve probably seen people wearing face shields (with and without masks), but a few other options are available that might serve your purposes in a more practical and protective way.

  • For those who have the skill, or know someone with the skill, there are videos and patterns on line that show you how to sew your own cloth face mask with a clear insert.
  • For those who have no sewing skills, there is Clear Mask (this is not an endorsement of the product). After looking at other options, Oregon Outdoor School ordered a few to test. According to Rita Bauer, the Clear Mask is good about not fogging, but it’s hot (aren’t all masks?), and stiff (no vertical flexibility).  It moves quite a bit if you’re talking, requiring fairly frequent repositioning. While this is perhaps the only option for a mass-produced clear mask at present, there are others being developed with newer materials that are both transparent and filtering, but likely not until next year at the earliest.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. This story was published in the last week:

Pandemic leads to unprecedented burst of questions to Ask an Expert tool

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, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EC 1307, Growing Strawberries in Your Home Garden

Bernadine Strik, Emily Dixon, Amy Jo Detweiler, Erica Chernoh, Nicole Sanchez

Revised. The strawberry patch in your home garden can produce ripe fruit for your family all through the growing season. Grow strawberries in containers, in hills or in raised beds. Grow strawberries that produce a big crop in June — or choose a variety that bears ripe berries all summer long. Ensure success by choosing the right type of strawberry and choosing a variety adapted to your garden. Here’s how to plant strawberries, fertilize them and solve the common problems that plague many gardeners.

EM 9273-S, La guía de buenas prácticas para el sacrificio al aire libre de aves de corral

Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Lauren Gwin

New. Los productores de aves de corral en Oregón que cumplen con ciertas condiciones pueden sacrificar sus pollos, pavos y otras aves de corral al aire libre. Sin embargo, deben cumplir con los requisitos para la sanitización, el monitoreo y el mantenimiento de registros, entre otros. Estos recursos podrán ayudar a los productores de aves de corral a operar de una manera segura, sanitaria y respetuosa del medio ambiente.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.

Wednesday, August 5 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Weekly, statewide Extension meeting lead by Lindsey Shirley.

Friday, August 7 @ 10:30 am: Analytics and feedback website dashboards: Understanding our online audiences

Presenters: Michele Scheib (Content Strategist), Amerie Lommen (Web Developer), Wendy Hein (Associate Professor of Practice, 4-H Clackamas County), Jessica Green (Sr. Research Asst., Ag Extension web content teams point person) Shifting to remote delivery has been a time investment and how can you know if putting resources on the Extension website helped? We’ll show you how to see your analytics and feedback dashboard by piece of content, author, or group. Find out if your resources are being viewed, how people are finding them, and who the online visitors are and what they think. Come see how your analytics and feedback dashboards help you report your successes, make decisions and know if you need to shift your content strategy.

Please share your feedback to help us plan for future sessions. Is there a topic you’d like an “advanced” or follow-up version of? Would an open Q&A or office hours/help-type session on any previous topic be useful? Do you want to offer a statewide professional development session? Contact Victor Villegas to share feedback and coordinate.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Learn how the right online tool can help you perform what we call “Broad Listening” all across popular social media outlets, helping you manage your own social media communications. Read more in this week’s blog.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Diversity, equity and inclusion workshop: Oregon State University – Cascades will host a three-day diversity, equity and inclusion workshop for business leaders and community members interested in furthering their knowledge of social equality. OSU-Cascades business instructor Erika McCalpine will lead the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intensive workshop. It will be offered via Zoom from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 17-19. Registration for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Intensive is $300 per person and each three-day session is limited to 40 participants. Registration closes on Aug. 14 for the Aug. 17-19 session. To register, visit OSUcascades.edu/dei-intensive. For information, contact events@osucascades.edu.

“Right to Clean Air” Environmental Justice Webinar: Join us for an online panel including diverse perspectives on toxic air pollution issues facing the state of Oregon. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at noon. Free and open to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project. Learn more and register here. A Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you after you register.

Tier Two workshops, New Tier One dates, remote delivery of Social Justice Education workshops is happening now: See the schedule and register for Zoom workshops through fall 2020 here. See three brand new Tier Two collaborations created for our community today. The SJEI is an excellent foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin or expand your equity and inclusion journey. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu

DEI In the News

Research Finds Black, Latinx Students Still Excluded From Selective Public Institutions (Diverse Edu) As communities and institutions seek solutions to the nation’s racial inequities in the aftermath of protests surrounding George Floyd’s death in police custody, the Education Trust recently cited “continued and systematic exclusion of Black and Latinx students from the most selective public colleges and universities in the country” in an incisive report published on its website.

33 Books for Summer 2020 (Colorlines) Organzied into categories like, Memoirs, Activism and Graphic Novels, this article presents 33 books to help people of all ages escape into fantasy, brush up on history and discuss systemic racism this summer.

Extension in the News

Grant County Fair adapts amid coronavirus

The Blue Mountain Eagle

Bonni Booth, 4-H/SNAP-Ed Program coordinator for Grant County Oregon State University Extension Office, said they are following Oregon Health Authority guidelines for 4-H and FFA activities, which were updated July 17.

Five recent publications from OSU

Herald and News

A column by Nicole Sanchez.

Online Lee Allen Memorial auction starts Wednesday

Corvallis Gazette-Times

“We have about 194 4-H members participating,” said Carolyn Ashton, 4-H youth development faculty leader with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “Livestock was down a little bit, but not much.”

Blueberry boom: Worldwide growth creates challenges for NW producers

Capital Press

Bernadine Strik, a professor in OSU’s Department of Horticulture and extension berry crops specialist, has spent more than 30 years fine-tuning production systems at the station.

Make your own display of prize winning fair-worthy canned food

The Bulletin

An expert in canning, drying, pickling and freezing food, Nellie Oehler coordinates Oregon State Extension Service’s Master Food Preserver Program, which she created 40 years ago.

Oregon’s Oldest House Is Being Restored near Canby

Canby Now

Several forestry experts with the Oregon State University Extension Service serve on Forest Forever’s board or are involved with the educational programs at Hopkins.

Oregon State Professor and Viticulture Extension Specialist Confirmed as ASEV President for 2020-2021

Wine Industry Network

Patty Skinkis, Oregon State University’s viticulture Extension specialist and professor, has been confirmed as 2020-2021 president of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) as of July 1.

Getting 1,000 masks for La Grande schools

The Observer

Oregon State University Extension Service Family and Community Health Program is leading the effort to provide cloth masks for the upcoming school year with Robin Maille, an assistant professor of practice in the program, coordinating the project.

‘Master Gardeners’ allowed back into Brentwood-Darlington garden

Pamplin Media Group

Since their return, the garden has seen 194 volunteer hours contributed over 10 work days; and so far, 22 gardeners out of a maintenance crew of 26 have worked to bring the garden back into mid-March condition.

Make 2 Show 4-H Summer Series Workshops This Month

KQEN

The Oregon State University Extension Service of Douglas County 4-H Positive Youth Development program is offering a five-week series of expressive art workshops for youth ages 9-19 throughout this month.

Bidders rally around 4-H/FFA youth

Herald and News

The 84th Annual 4H/FFA Rotary Livestock Auction netted a record $855,000 in sales — and counting — on Sunday in its first ever virtual auction.

Cancelled horse show gallops to virtual success

Canby Herald

The Clackamas County Extension Service 4-H horse program delivered that creativity by organizing a virtual horse show to replace the six-day event held in Canby every July.

In this week’s issue:

Tips for strengthening a face covering culture

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow in Oregon, science tells us that wearing face coverings is important to help protect ourselves and others. OSU Extension can encourage the use of face coverings in our offices and our communities.

Share additional ideas for encouraging the use of face coverings with Ann Marie Murphy.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, July 22 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Whether you are writing an online article or a publication for the Extension Catalog, the title you craft goes a long way toward helping readers find your content. Read more about good online titles in today’s blog.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Panel Discussion: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Mind, Community, and Institution
On July 22, 10-11:30 a.m., Join Dr. Shatomi Luster-Edward, Regional Director, Urban West Regional Office, University of Missouri Extension, Dr. Lindsey Lunsford, Sustainable Food Systems Resource Specialist, Tuskegee University, and Krystle J. Allen, Extension Associate (Emergency Preparedness & Special Programs), Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center for a panel discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion for social race relations (mind), community leader input (community), and Extension leadership input (institution).

Leading While Black, Food Share Zoom panel
Join Food Share Toronto on July 22, 3 – 4:30 p.m., for a conversation centred around the experiences of Black leaders. This conversation, will speak with Black leaders working and organizing in predominantly white spaces, who have taken the time – and in some cases, the risk – in their lives and careers to advocate on behalf of the Black community. We will explore the work that the panelists are engaged in, discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of Black leadership, and celebrate the successes they have realized in their work

OSU Search Advocate workshops are now available by Zoom! Search advocates are outside process advisors who participate on employee search committees; their goal is to encourage culture and practices that favor equity, validity, and diversity. Search advocacy offers faculty and staff an opportunity to work with colleagues in other parts of the university, build new skills and perspectives, and contribute to the university’s progress towards inclusive excellence. The initial workshop series is a sequence of four 4-hour Zoom workshops. Those who complete the series may choose to have their names added to the Search Advocate Directory and will be eligible to serve as advocates until September 2021. Three-hour continuing education workshops for current advocates are also available. To register, go to the Professional Development website. Questions? Contact Anne Gillies at anne.gillies@oregonstate.edu or 541-760-6160.

DEI In the News

Without clean water, Warm Springs struggles to curb coronavirus spread (Oregon Live)
Thousands of people on the Warm Springs reservation haven’t had clean water in their homes for weeks — a recurring symptom of aging infrastructure that tribal members fear could contribute to the spread of the coronavirus.

Charles R. Drew U of Medicine and Science Trains Doctors to Tackle Healthcare Disparities
Across Los Angeles County, in more affluent communities, COVID-19 testing centers were plentiful. But none existed in the predominantly Black and Hispanic neighborhoods in South Los Angeles until the historically Black Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science partnered with county officials to open a free testing center on its campus in early April.

Extension in the News

OSU Extension food preservation hotline opens for the season
KTVZ
As the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Food Preserver program turns 40, its hotline is once again ready to take calls.

At Our Best
Lebanon Express
More than 40 Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener volunteers were recently recognized for service to their counties.

Farm Fresh
Oregon Business
Amanda Jean Gladics, assistant professor at the Oregon State University’s Coastal Fisheries Extension, says that although a local seafood system is not a new concept, the Oregon Sea Grant is trying to expand a regional market for Oregon-caught seafood.

Hemp goes to college
The Mail Tribune
“Can we understand how to grow in a way that does not create so much waste, specifically plastic waste?” asked Richard Roseberg, director of the 84-acre Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center facility on Hanley Road.

Controlling Pacific Flathead Borer in Agricultural Crops
Organic Farmer
According to Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Orchard Specialist Nik Wiman, PFB tend to target the graft union.

OSU Extension: Demand for culinary resources soars during pandemic
Clackamas Review
COVID-19 has changed the way we eat, including more time spent in the kitchen and more meals eaten at home, said Kelly Streit, a registered dietitian with Oregon State University’s Extension Service in Clackamas County.

County Fairs In Oregon Try To Adapt In A Pandemic
OPB
Alli Dixson is in both the Future Farmers of America and 4-H, which are groups that help young people develop skills in a variety of areas including leadership, entrepreneurship, agriculture and more.

2020 Jackson County Fair begins to wind down, swine auction wraps up
KOBI
“We still wanted to be able to have something. We know that some counties couldn’t. So what was our fair gonna look like? Is it gonna be a virtual fair or are we gonna do it in-person?” Said 4-H Youth Development Specialist for Jackson County, Lena Hosking.

Despite health and economic concerns, Extension helps deliver successful cherry harvest in Wasco County
The Dalles Chronicle
The coronavirus pandemic hit just as Oregon State University Extension Service tree fruit expert Ashley Thompson was preparing for the upcoming cherry harvest.

Where We Live: Marionberries, the ‘Cabernet of Blackberries’
KOIN
Oregon’s berry industry is worth well over $100 million. For OSU’s Javier Fernadez-Salvador, the industry’s connection to the university has been critical as has its connection to the state’s farmers through the OSU Extension.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Resumption Resources

Find links to all tools and resources available to support OSU Extension’s resumption and modified operations on our Extension COVID-19 resources page under “Resources to use.”

The following modified operations resources have been added over the past week:

Spanish Resumption Signage now available

Many of the resumptions signs are now translated into Spanish and available in the Resumption Planning Toolkit in the OSU brand guide Download tab (the link is at the top of the page). Look for the Spanish Signage folder. Log into Box to access the files.

Virtual Extension Resources

The Virtual Extension resources on the employee intranet include how-to tips for delivering virtual and programming, and interviews with Extension faculty and staff on their lessons learned.

New Extension Out There videos available

Three new 30-second Extension Out There videos are available for sharing via social media, newsletters or other communication channels. The videos showcase the diverse programming offered by OSU Extension Service.

  • My Hair My Health PDX
  • Steens Mountain mule deer research
  • 4-H Wagon Train

You will find these along with the video featuring five Extension programs and six other 30-second videos from 2019 in the Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration Box folder (go to the Employee Intranet website and click on the second bullet under Popular Links). Look for the Out There Video folder. All videos are in English with English captioning and Spanish with Spanish captioning.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still 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, 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.

Extension Professional Development Sessions

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, July 14 @ 3:00 pm: Habla Español – Extension Vocabulary and Phrases
Friday, July 17 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Tips on creating an engaging topic page, two great examples and some kudos. This post is helpful for topic committees and anyone who wants to learn more about topic pages.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

UW Accessibility Resources
The UW accessibility website provides a growing number of free how-to pages and guides with steps for making particular types of content accessible to a broad audience. Resources include, Creating accessible documents, Developing accessible websites and Creating accessible videos. (For OSU’s accessibility resources and policies, visit accessibility.oregonstate.edu.)

Black Women on Black Food Sovereignty Panel (FoodShare Toronto)
This conversation features four Black women leading the call for Black food sovereignty in Canada, the U.S.A., and the United Kingdom. Through the panelists’ uniquely valuable perspectives and experiences, we explore what Black food sovereignty means, why it is important, and how we can collectively work to advance it. The event recording includes ASL translation.

Inclusion in Remote Work Environments: The recent pandemic has caused a massive, sudden shift to remote work for many companies. This shift impacts efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace, both in positive and potentially challenging ways. The OSU Center for the Advancement of Women in Leadership created this short (15 minute), self-paced training directed at managers, employee resource group members, HR professionals, and anyone invested in DEI work in their organization. It provides an overview of remote work and DEI, ways in which remote work can promote and challenge DEI efforts, and a series of practical strategies designed especially for promoting inclusion in remote workplaces. Register for the training.

DEI In the News

Local universities support legal action against new ‘xenophobic’ ICE rules (OSU Today/Register-Guard)
Oregon State University has about 3,500 international students, said spokesman Steve Clark, and data shows its international student population has for the most part increased over the years. (see also Corvallis Advocate)

7 Inequities: A Weeklong Look at the Biases Women Face (NY Times)
Women are living in a world that’s made for men. Whether it’s the cars they drive or the medicines they take, they’ve almost all been developed with men in mind. And that can have life-threatening consequences for women.

Extension in the News

Stories Of Southern Oregon: A Wine Scientist
The Jefferson Exchange
There’s a lot of human knowledge accumulated from making wine over millennia; Dr. Alec Levin has a handle on a lot of it. He is a viticulturalist with the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, the Rogue Valley branch of Oregon State University Extension.

Haines Stampede Rodeo bucks trend of COVID-19 cancellations
La Grande Observer
“I’d never been to a rodeo before so this was exciting,” said Katie Hauser, who is the 4-H program coordinator at the Oregon State University Extension office in Baker City.

In Migrant Worker Camps, Wifi Is a Basic Utility
Daily Yonder
In April, Ashley Thompson, Fruit Horticulturalist at Oregon State University Extension Service in Wasco County, administered a survey to local orchardists to gauge interest in wifi hot spots.

Help is found at the Lincoln County Call Center
The News Guard
Shifting her attention from her work as program manager at Lincoln County Maternal Child Health, Paeth initially launched the call center with help from her staff and volunteers from the Newport Public Library, Lincoln County Behavioral Health, the Toledo Police Department and Oregon State University Extension.

Brianna Micka takes virtual grand championship showmanship title
Wallowa County Chieftain
The 4-H event would normally be held at the Eastern Oregon Stock Show in Union. But this year it was held via submitted video clips.

Study raises new honeybee concern
Western Farmer-Stockman
Bees might be exposed indirectly through pesticide drift, according to study co-author Ramesh Sagili, associate professor of apiculture and honeybee Extension specialist at OSU.

All About Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Hobby Farms
“A robust IPM program starts with good knowledge of the crop,” says Nicole Sanchez, assistant professor of horticulture at Oregon State University.

Column: Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
A column by Chip Bubl

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Resumption Resources

Find links to all tools and resources available to support OSU Extension’s resumption and modified operations on our Extension COVID-19 resources page under “Resources to use.”

The following modified operations resources have been added over the past week:

Find a link to the paper-based COVID-19 awareness training under the “COVID-19 training” heading.

The following article outlines new communication resources available.

New resumption communication tools

As Extension’s phased resumption continues, new communications tools and templates are added to COVID-19 resources for Extension. This week several new resources are available:

  • Communication tips for conversations with mask-less community members in OSU locations is a tool for Extension offices and volunteers. Look under the “COVID-19 communication toolkit and templates” section. As you have success reinforcing the value of wearing a face covering or see businesses in your community offering a positive approach, please share them with Ann Marie Murphy. We’ll keep the document updated with new and positive approaches.
  • In response to a request by the local health authority, OSU Extension in Hood River County developed a “Stay Safe” flyer and social media graphics in English and Spanish. Look under the “social media” section. You are encouraged to share it on your social media channels. Thank you Lauren Kraemer and intern Daniela Valle for being responsive to your community and sharing your good work with us!
  • The Spanish version of the modified access office sign is now available. Look under the “COVID-19 communication toolkit and templates” section.
  • To raise awareness about the importance of wearing face coverings, several toolkits are available through the CDC (English and Spanish) and #MaskUpOR, the State of Oregon’s social media campaign, which offers a wide range of images, themes and tones. Look under the “social media” section. You are encouraged to share on your social media channels.

Welcome New Employees

New People welcomed in July

Wendy Fekkers, Fiscal Coordinator, 4-H,
Kyle Mondron, Faculty Research Assistant, Botany & Plant Pathology
Thomas Stokely, Assistant Professor (Practice), Forestry—Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

New People welcomed in June

Avery Pheil, Biological Sciences Research Technician, Marion County
Karen Willis, Instructional Designer, PACE
Yasmeen Hossain, Oregon Natural Resource Education Program (ONREP) Coordinator, Forestry
Emily Blume, Administrative Office Manager, Lincoln County

New Extension PowerPoint presentation templates

The Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration folder in Box offers Extension templates and examples for flyers, brochures, posters, Out There videos, Take Five for Extension presentation and more. Now two new templates for PowerPoint presentations can be found in the Extension Presentation Templates folder: a streamlined twist relying on branded icons for visual interest and a more traditional—but updated—Out There collection of slide templates that rely on photographic imagery. Both templates are offered in systems fonts and branded fonts (preferred). Build your slides using the slide templates and delete the slides templates you choose not to use. Helpful how-to’s and resources are also offered as an introduction to each file and on individual slide templates. If you have questions about how to use or access the templates, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

OSU Extension Internship Blog

The inaugural OSU Extension Service Internship Program is off and running, with about a dozen interns working in offices throughout the state and on the OSU campus – at least virtually. The goals of the program are for the interns to have a community-based learning opportunity, learn about the Extension Service and the land grant mission, and to have the opportunity to be a valued team member.

Throughout the summer, OSU Extension’s interns will be sharing their experiences on this blog, providing a window into their work with our Extension professionals and the communities they serve.

We’ll be promoting their stories by sharing posts on OSU Extension’s Facebook account throughout the summer.

Please help support the interns by commenting on their blog posts and sharing the social media posts on your Extension accounts and with your networks, and check back as they post about their experiences over the next couple months.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still 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, 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.

Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9250, Wildlife Habitat: Nurturing a Diverse Mix of Flora and Fauna
Rachel Werling, Cat Kizer
New.Property owners can play key roles in wildlife habitat. Learn how to manage your land to promote a diverse native habitat and support ecological systems. One of a series of Land Steward Rural Resource Guidelines.

Extension Professional Development Sessions

With no professional development sessions scheduled this week, now is a perfect time to catch up on past sessions you may have missed. Recordings and session resources, such as slides and handouts, are available. You can filter by topic or search to find sessions of interest.

Please share your feedback to help us plan for future sessions. Is there a topic you’d like an “advanced” or follow-up version of? Would an open Q&A or office hours/help-type session on any previous topic be useful? Do you want to offer a statewide professional development session? Contact Victor Villegas to share feedback and coordinate.

Thursday, July 9 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network

Add to calendar
Presented by: Mary Halbleib, CSS, Gordon Jones, SOREC, Cassie Bouska, Coos and Curry County Extension
Session Audience: Faculty and staff that engage in the design, instruction and evaluation of education programs

Join via Zoom
Bring your lunch and join the discussion to get insights and support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited to share our ideas and hear yours as we delve into solving challenges and pursuing new opportunities for impactful outreach.

Open Campus shares Antiracist Resources

Open Campus has assembled an amazing list of Antiacist resources including trainings, films, books, online news articles and podcasts discussing race issues in America.  Here they are: (https://oregonstate.box.com/s/m2l5ritnsi1qnmhnzucnwjcc0xjnsznt)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

The topic menu is often the first place that web visitors click on the Extension website. The topic pages provide opportunities to engage new visitors and to organize information in one place. Recently, we’ve added new features and identified point people in Extension program areas that can help faculty better organize topic pages that relate to their work. Find out how you can improve a topic page in this week’s blog post.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Oregon Department of Justice Community Conversations
Help open pathways to justice & support for marginalized & oppressed people in Oregon by joining sessions throughout the month of July to discuss your experiences with institutional racism and implicit bias, as well as Oregon’s new hate crime law, and how Oregon DOJ can engage with your community. Sessions are intended for participation and input from folks who identify in the specified population.  All are invited to attend, but please reserve input and speaking time for those folks who identify in the specified population. Session list/dates and connection information available here.

Remote delivery of (new!) Social Justice Education workshops is happening now: See the schedule and register for Zoom workshops through fall 2020 here. See three brand new Tier Two collaborations created for our community today. The SJEI is an excellent foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu.

Search Advocate Workshops available by Zoom!
The initial workshop series is a sequence of four 4-hour Zoom workshops. Those who complete the series may choose to have their names added to the Search Advocate Directory and will be eligible to serve as advocates until September 2021. Three-hour continuing education workshops for current advocates are also available. To register, go to the Professional Development website. Questions? Contact Anne Gillies at anne.gillies@oregonstate.edu or 541-760-6160.

DEI In the News

Why Latinx people are hospitalized from COVID-19 at four times the rate of whites (NPR)
Daniel López-Cevallos, a professor at Oregon State University who studies how health disparities affect Latinx communities, told NPR that another reason Latinx people are more at risk is that they’re less likely to trust the government.

The politics of race are shifting, and politicians are struggling to keep pace (Washington Post)
What will come of the gathering call for action? The civil rights movement produced landmark legislation, but black people continue to face discrimination in virtually all aspects of life. Economic gains for many black Americans are undeniable, yet huge disparities in jobs, housing, income and wealth still exist.

Extension in the News

Luisa Santamaria: A scholar of passion and drive
Capital Press
OSU Extension plant pathologist Luisa Santamaria: “I like to keep myself busy in some way, and I put my heart in everything I do.”

Shelby Filley: Love of animals feeds her career
Capital Press
Shelby Filley is an Extension livestock and forage specialist who provides information on those topics, but in her spare time she enjoys working with cows and their calves.

Barb Iverson: All-consuming passion for farming
Capital Press
“I loved growing up on the farm and enjoy the outdoors,” Iverson said. “I was active in 4-H entomology and would hunt insects all summer as well as ride Thistle, the horse I trained — of course, after all the work was done.”

Researchers study how grazing on invasive grasses can affect wildfire threat
Malheur Enterprise
The OSU Extension Service in Malheur County is examining the effectiveness of grazing on fine fuels as a tool for improving range health and reducing the threat of wildfires.

Beyond Factory Farms: ‘Big Meat’ Comes At High Cost
Natural Awakenings
“Our bodies are designed to be omnivores, and animal products are part of a diverse, real food diet,” says Rebecca Thistlethwaite, director of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network at Oregon State University.

When you can’t turn off the rain
Progressive Dairy
An article co-written by David Hannaway, professor and Extension forage specialist.

Summer lunches to-go
Herald and News
IYS hosted the distribution in conjunction with several community partners, including the city of Klamath Falls, Blue Zones Project, Sky Lakes Foundation, Oregon State University Extension, Klamath Falls City Schools, and Klamath County School District.

The Popular Mechanics 2020 Outdoor Awards
Popular Mechanics
Surface area is the key to a hotter fire,” says Daniel Leavell, an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management.

In this week’s issue:

PFLA Discussion

How can the Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA) help grow your own skills, connections and career? Join us on Wednesday, June 24, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for an interactive discussion and opportunity to connect. All OSU Extension professional faculty are especially invited to join! Non-members: Please contact Gretchen Dursch, PFLA Director of Professional Development to register & receive the ZOOM link.

Addition to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9247, The Home Ignition Zone: Protecting Your Property from Wildfire
Max Bennett, Clint Nichols
New. Wildfire is inevitable — learn what you need to know to prepare your home and property. Handy worksheets help you assess each zone of your property to reduce the threat wildfires pose. This publication is one of a series of Land Steward Rural Resource Guidelines.

New Food Preservation Marketing Tools and Initiatives

As the season for food preservation kicks into high gear, new tools are available that can be customized by county. Look for the “Food Preservation Tips” and “Safe Canning Do’s and Don’ts” brochures and a “Food Preservation – Help you can rely on” flyer in Box. You’ll find them in the Extension and AES/Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration/Templates/Food Preservation Templates folder. Consider sharing them with local retailers that sell food preservation supplies. For accessibility, Word documents with larger print are available. Spanish translations also are being explored.

Bi-Mart stores throughout Oregon now have OSU Extension resources and food preservations tip signage located in stores wherever food preservation supplies are for sale. Wilco will be sharing copies of the “Food Preservation Tips” brochure at each of their 15 Oregon locations. The brochures provide local Extension office contact information. EESC will keep a close eye on catalog and website metrics to gauge the impact of the promotions. This visibility for OSU Extension food preservation is thanks to the creative thinking of Family and Community Health faculty members Nellie Oehler and Jillian Drewes both with Extension in Lane County.

Updates: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — August 1, 2020

The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is August 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

  • “Growing the Endowment Fund”

Extension faculty and staff may help “GROW the Fund” at any time during the year. Keep the following in mind:

  • The principal of the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund is an endowment.
  • The earnings from the endowment feeds into the current-use-fund.
  • Each quarter, the amount in the current-use-fund pays for the professional development requests selected for funding.
  • The fund supports on average, about 100-160 different professional development opportunities a year.

The two ways individuals may currently contribute throughout the year are:

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation at: http://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=4353
  • Contributions may be made to the endowment as you complete the on-line process. Be sure to note the following information when completing the on-line process section called Gift Information (where it asks which program you would like your gift to support—please enter the following number and fund name): 6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, June 24 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, June 26 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

The resources in today’s blog are those that help us with those wide-distribution digital communications we rely on from time to time. We are talking about enewsletters.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus: Implications for Educators and Institutions
Wednesday, June 24, 2:00 p.m. In this webinar, presenters from the Equity Institute, Peralta Community College and CORA Learning will address tangible strategies for addressing anti-Blackness in schools, colleges, and universities. All educators and institutions looking for concrete strategies and next steps should attend.

Addressing Racism Through Youth Voice: Corvallis Boys & Girls Club recording
On June 15, BGCC hosted the “Addressing Racism Through Youth Voice” Zoom panel to share the realities of local youth experiencing racism and discrimination in Corvallis schools and communities.

Juneteenth Oregon 155th Anniversary livestream recording
The Juneteenth Oregon Celebration was founded 45 years ago by the late and beloved community leader Clara Peoples. Peoples introduced the tradition, from Muskogee, Oklahoma, to her co-workers at the Kaiser Shipyards in Portland after learning it was unknown in this part of the country. Visit the event webpage for a recording of musical preformances, speakers and interviews, and to learn more about the history and future of the event.

DEI In the News

Corvallis resident addresses rotary club on history of racism, how to be better allies (Gazette-Times)
“Growing up in Corvallis, I didn’t necessarily experience racism,” he said. “I experienced this other thing called ignorance.” A white girl in his Hoover Elementary School class told him he’d make more friends if he bleached his skin. She didn’t know what she said was racist. Neither did Carson, until years later. But that day, he ran to the bathroom and cried because her words hurt all the same.

Governor, senators, others react to U.S. Supreme Court ruling (KTVZ)
Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray released the following statement about the opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Are We Really Serious About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion? (Diverse Edu Views)
While I believe that most faculty members and leaders, no matter their race or ethnicity, value diversity and are committed to the concepts of equity and inclusion — and may even have specific goals to improve diversity — progress is stalled. Actions do not seem to match rhetoric. The question is, are we in higher education truly sincere in what we say about the value of diversity, equity and inclusion?

Extension in the News

Two pesticides found to shorten bee’s lifespan
New Food
Honeybees might be exposed indirectly through pesticide drift, said study co-author Ramesh Sagili, associate professor of apiculture and honeybee Extension specialist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Leaders working on modified plan to hold fair youth activities
Blue Mountain Eagle
Grant County Oregon Extension Office/4-H is working on modified plans to hold livestock auctions and youth activities that work within the Phase 2 state guidelines, 4-H Coordinator Bonni Booth said Monday.

UPDATED: HR Co. Fair will be 4-H, FFA event
Hood River News
As for 4-H and FFA events, Rice said, “We feel it is important to uphold long time community traditions, as well as give the youth in our community the opportunity to showcase their 4-H and FFA projects that they have worked so hard to prepare for fair.”

Deschutes County Fair…on a smaller scale
The Bulletin
Candi Bothum, the coordinator for the Deschutes County 4-H program, is trying to make it happen for the kids this year — though as a “mini-fair” that looks much different.

Farmers’ market set to launch Sunday for first of six weekends in Philomath
The Philomath Express
“I think the big thing is if folks want to see it in the future, this year is the year to show up and shop here and show us that you want this in your community,” said Pami Monnette, a steering committee member who works with the Oregon State University Extension Service’s Small Farms program.

In this week’s issue:

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past 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, 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.

Our commitments to helping end systemic racism

You will notice that our Extension homepage, as well as our DEI page, have been updated to more clearly state publicly our commitment. To carry this forward, you can help share these statements publicly along with program actions and outcomes.

For program coordinators creating calls to action

  • If your program web presence lives within the OSU Extension website, you could add your program’s actions on your subpages.
  • Once posted, send a link to your posts to https://beav.es/extension-support and we will highlight this on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion page with Anita’s statement.
  • We will publish everything we have received by the end of this week and then update as you share more. It will look something like this.

  • This DEI page is in the About Us menu and linked to from the homepage. The DEI page can also be added as “featured content” to other pages (see instructions below).

County office group members who want to share the messages

    • Log in to the Extension website and go to your county page to edit it.
    • Scroll down to the “featured content” section and click the “select content” button.
    • In the pop-up title field type “Ed Ray” to find his statement and type “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” for the page with Anita’s message.
    • When you save, it will look like this.


If you would like more guidance for how you can do this on the pages within our Extension web presence that you are responsible for, please contact https://beav.es/extension-support.

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8421, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Walnuts: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in walnut orchards.

EM 9287, Survival Basics: Stress Less
Glenda Hyde, Lynette Black, Lauren Kraemer
New. In an emergency, fear and anxiety are a natural reaction. However, there are ways to prepare for those tense, anxious moments with an emotional toolkit that helps you cope and respond effectively during a disaster. This publication explores a sampling of mindfulness techniques to help you respond with resiliency in stressful times.

Healthy Community Outreach Grants of up to $25,000

Deadline to apply is July 1st, 2020! The intent of the Healthy Community Outreach Program is to empower local communities to work together to improve the lifelong health of Oregonians where they live, work, learn and play in ways that stimulate INNOVATION and COLLABORATION.  Grant project teams can consist of cross disciplinary / cross program collaborations.

Each project proposal may request up to $25,000 through this competitive process and up to 4 projects will be funded this year ($100,000 total project funding statewide).  Grant information, instructions and application can be found of the Moore Family Center website at: https://health.oregonstate.edu/moore-center/hcop/rfp

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Tuesday, June 16 @ 3:00 pm: Designing with PowerPoint
Wednesday, June 17 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, June 19 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Check out some blog posts you may have missed in the past:
What is Everyone’s Role?
What exactly is a CRM… and why should I care?
Top 5 Tips for Program Pages
Email newsletter best practices you need to know
Better writing for easier reading
So, you want to make a video?

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Webinar Series: The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation
Join the leadership of the American Public Health Association in a webinar series about racism’s impact on health and disparities. View a guide to the series here.

Webinar: Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus: Implications for Educators and Institutions
In this webinar, the presenters will address tangible strategies for addressing anti-Blackness in schools, colleges, and universities. All educators and institutions looking for concrete strategies and next steps should attend. June 24, 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Webinar: New Census data tools for COVID-19
The Census Bureau has released an interactive data hub resource page on COVID-19. The resource page is designed to help federal agencies, businesses and communities make decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how to navigate through this interactive data hub at a webinar on June 17,  10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

DEI In the News

Civil Rights Law Protects Gay and Transgender Workers, Supreme Court Rules (NY Times)
The court said the language of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Universities Plan Fall Initiatives to Address Systemic Racism and Police Brutality (Diverse Edu)
“The students were very clear that they wanted to keep this momentum going in the sense that folks are paying attention and thinking strategically about these conversations,” said Dr. Charlene Alexander, vice president and chief diversity officer at Oregon State.

Extension in the News

Malheur land managers get early look at rangeland-threats course
Capital Press
Project Director Sergio Arispe, with OSU Extension in Ontario, said he’s offering an earlier version of the course to local land managers in light of several large-scale, public-lands proposals for southeastern Oregon with implications on livestock grazing, recreation and other uses. Instruction is planned via videoconferencing for up to 10 participants.

Good fences make good neighbors of humans, wildlife
Associated Press
“I think thoughtful management of shared habitat is the best option, both for us humans as well as the many wild species (vertebrate and invertebrate) that quietly support our ecosystem and economies via their ecological services and enjoyment value,” said Dana Sanchez, an Extension wildlife specialist with Oregon State University.

Fruit fly to emerge Sunday
The Observer
The Oregon State University Extension Service announced the pest should emerge Sunday in the La Grande area, with 50% of adult files emerging from the ground June 28.

HAREC hosts live potato research update
Hermiston Herald
Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center is hosting their first virtual live potato research update provided by university scientists from 6–8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17.