In this week’s issue:

Professional Development Opportunities

Next Application Deadline — November 1, 2020

The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is November 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.

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

Extension News Stories

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

We encourage active sharing of this story across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

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

DEI and Social Justice Topics at Quarterly Conversations

As interim vice provost Anita Azarenko shared in August, we will spend time at each Quarterly Conversation this year focused on learning together around some aspect of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice work. Please complete this short survey to share feedback and suggestions to support Extension’s continued dialogue about our commitments, resources and tools to support learning and action related to these concepts.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/extensionweb/2020/10/26/trailhead-online-learning-for-crm/

Online learning modules for those who would like to get to know the Extension Service CRM platform.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

 TODAY! Designing Courses with Accessibility in Mind: Martha Smith, director, Disability Access Services and Gabe Merrell, director, Access and Affirmative Action, deputy ADA coordinator. How do you meet the needs of all learners? This talk introduces ideas to ensure course accessibility through universal design for learning (UDL) and serves as a primer for deeper dives in following weeks. Live session: Oct. 27, 11:50 a.m. https://oregonstate.zoom.us/my/ctl.t4 Password: CTL. Recordings of each session will be available the following Friday (beav.es/CTLT4) Handouts, materials, and resources: beav.es/BOXT4 

Reconnecting to Roots: Can you think of a queer or trans person of color who isn’t Laverne Cox? Or Marsha P. Johnson? Or Sylvia Rivera? What about the other QTIBIPOC who have done amazing things but we never hear about? Come learn more about them. Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m. Zoom link: 941 1032 8658 (password: 404265)

 How COVID-19 and social isolation exacerbate health disparities: In these times of social isolation, a sense of belonging is as important as ever for wellbeing and resilience. But Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities, who experienced among the worst mental health outcomes in Oregon before the pandemic, are seeing mental health disparities widen. Learn what’s being done to combat isolation in vulnerable populations at the Public Health Insider webinar Oct. 29, presented by Jonathan Garcia and Nancy Vargas.

 DEI In the News

 In Landmark Approval, BIA Grants Coquille Tribe Autonomy Over Its Forest Lands (KLCC)
A Native American tribe in Oregon has become the first in the U.S. to receive full authority to manage its forests. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the Coquille Tribe’s Indian Trust Asset Management Plan on Oct. 20. This grants autonomy over roughly 10,000 acres of trust forest land and resources…a first for any of the country’s 574 federally-recognized tribes.

Study Finds Connection Between Public Community College Promise Programs and Enrollment Increases (Diverse Edu)
A new study funded by the American Educational Research Association found a correlation between public community college promise programs and an increase in enrollment among female and underrepresented students.

Extension in the News

Girls Who Code promotes tech and confidence in 4-H Club
The Times-Journal
Lu Seapy is an educator based in The Dalles and is the STEM Outreach Coordinator for the OSU Extension Office in Wasco County. Last year, Seapy started the Girls Who Code 4-H Club after she learned about the organization at a teacher’s conference.

Hermiston Farm Fair goes virtual during pandemic
Capital Press
“Our goal is to try to reach the same audience, and maybe many more,” said Silvia Rondon, extension entomologist at HAREC and one of the farm fair’s main organizers. “People are going to be able to listen to our seminars from anywhere in the world. I think that’s going to be a cool experience.”

Experts discuss forest management on moraine
Wallowa County Chieftain
John Punches, a forester with Oregon State University Extension, discussed the health of the forest in the moraine, the types of trees there and the threats to their continued growth.

Join the Countdown to Crunch
Klamath Falls News
“When you collaboratively do something, it has a bigger impact,” said Patty Case, educator for OSU Klamath Extension Family and Community Health and coordinator for the event. “We need to value our local food production and we have to do that in a collective way. It takes a community to feed a community.”

MSU receives $2 million USDA grant to improve blueberry pollination
Hortidaily
Andony Melathopoulos, an assistant professor of pollinator health and extension educator at Oregon State University, will lead the outreach aspects of the project, as well as continuing his work with DeVetter on assessing honey bee colony strength.

4-H sewing club reaches out fire victims
The Observer
The works of 11 members of the Stitch Witches 4-H Club are comforting the victims of the devastating fires in Western Oregon last month.

How to Collect Your Own Firewood
Outside online
Brad Withrow-Robinson, an Oregon State University forestry and natural-resources extension agent in western Oregon, agrees. He calls the addiction to collecting your own firewood “the wood sickness.”

Albany event gives out over 200 free COVID-19 tests; another drive Sunday in Corvallis
The Democrat-Herald
Before being tested, attendees also had opportunities to pick up bilingual resources about … the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Hemp research reaches new heights in Klamath Falls
Herald and News
Workers on Wednesday finished harvesting their crop of industrial hemp for Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center at Rock Creek Ranch, located off Highway 140 West.

OSU Fire Extension Program Manager Talks to The Advocate 
The Corvallis Advocate
In an interview with The Advocate, Carrie Berger, OSU’s associate program leader and fire program manager for the Forestry and Natural Resources Fire Extension Program, discussed the creation of the program, its importance to the state of Oregon, and the steps it’s taken to educate and prepare Oregonians both pre- and post-fire season.

New Outdoor School Online Course – Critical Orientations: Indigenous Studies and Outdoor Education

This course supports outdoor educators in engaging with culturally responsive incorporation of indigenous studies concepts into outdoor education curriculum and programming. While outdoor school programs in Oregon serve 5th and 6th grade students, this course’s content applies broadly to all outdoor and experiential education.

It is open-access, on-demand, and self-paced.

Co-created and facilitated by Drs. Spirit Brooks (OSU Extension Outdoor School) and Leilani Sabzalian (Asst. Professor of Indigenous Studies in Education, University of Oregon).

In this week’s issue:

OSU Great Shake Out Pictures!

A photo of me on my way under my desk during the Great Shake Out today. We had 100% participation in our office – all three of us here today took shelter during the drill. (Kelly Redwine, Clackamas County)

 

 

We have limited staff at the office but we DID participate in the Great Shake Out at the Linn County office.  We have emergency kits under our desks so it gave us a little time to check those out too. (Michele Webster)

A selfie under my dining room table desk at Great Shake Out this morning at 10:15 am……it isn’t easy getting under an antique bulky table! But I’ll bet it would not crumble on me. (Vicki Campbell, Washington County)

Working remotely, so here’s a pic of my coworkers during the Great Shake Out. (Shevon Hatcher, Umatilla County)

Here’s a Great Shake Out pic…  taken at the Washington Co office. (Jennifer Halter)

 

 

Small Farm and Ranch Webinars offered

Grazing Management Webinar

Grazing management webinar on Wednesday, October 21st from 12:30 – 1:15 pm. The focus will be on cattle and horse grazing management for both small acreage landowners and large scale ranch operations in eastern Oregon. Register here: https://beav.es/oMC

OSU Event Webpage: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/events/grazing-management-webinar

Using Google Earth Pro and Web Soil Survey Webinar

There will be a free webinar on Friday, October 23, from 1 – 2 pm covering how to use Google Earth Pro free mapping software on your farm for making maps, adding historical imagery, measuring distances and area, adding GPS points, and determining soils and productivity with web soil survey. See the attached flyer. Register here: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zNKDMEVaTAWHwsmh-ts1GQ

OSU Event Webpage: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/events/using-google-earth-pro-web-soil-survey-farm

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. 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.

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:

Friday, October 23 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Examining the ways people in different age groups use the Extension website can help us ensure we are creating and promoting content that is relevant to all Oregonians. See analytics about interests and behavior of people of all ages in this week’s post.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Social Justice Education Initiative workshops are happening now, including new Tier Two workshops:
The SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. See the schedule and register for Zoom workshops here. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu

Diversity, Leadership and Emotions – EI2020+ Webinar
Change, at its heart, is emotional. Explore how leaders and practitioners navigate the emotional roller coaster of implementing lasting change as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts inside organizations. Thursday, Oct. 22 at 10am.

OSU Provost Lecture: Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s lecture entitled The Collapse of Reconstruction and The Roots of White Supremacy will be held on November 9 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Register at the link above.

ACE Webinar: Language Translation and Online Interpreting
Victor Villegas, Technology and Media Support Coordinator for Oregon State University Extension, will present on tools and technologies that can be used to provide information in different languages online, including real-time interpreting in Zoom. He will also cover best practices for language interpretation and translation. Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Register here. $25 for non-members.

Extension in the News

Leaf drop after ash blackout shouldn’t be of concern
Phys.org
“With the heavy smoke that pushed air quality off the charts, we have seen unusual defoliation in plants,” said Jay Pscheidt, Oregon State University Extension Service pathologist. “Much of it was normal old leaf drop in response to stress conditions. What is new and concerning is the rapid defoliation of some species of sweet box (Sarcoccoca species), some holly (Ilex species) and possibly some burning bush (Euonymus species).”

Squirrel feeding irks neighbor. Are there better ways? Ask an expert
The Oregonian
Fall is here and all of those end-of-season projects are looming. If you’ve got questions, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

How does smoke, ash from wildfires affect chickens? Eggs? Ask an expert
The Oregonian
Ask an Expert is an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. OSU Extension faculty and Master Gardeners reply to queries within two business days, usually less.

Fall’s the time to control slugs as they lay eggs for next year
The Oregonian
“What slugs want is a place that’s warm and moist,” said Claudia Groth, an Oregon State University Extension Service master gardener.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Eastern Oregon parents are helped by Food Hero. Read about it here:

https://www.eastoregonian.com/eoparent/food-hero-recipes-offer-un-beet-able-kitchen-fun/article_873f1746-cc78-11ea-a9a6-b3454ae2a0c9.html

Share a Photo

We want to see you in your favorite face covering! Wearing a face covering shows that we care for others and ourselves. Email Ann Marie Murphy a photo of you in your favorite face covering by August 10. We will share a montage of the photos during the Quarterly Conversation on August 21.

New Gardening Newsletter from Extension Service and Professional and Continuing Education

OSU Extension Service and Professional and Continuing Education are joining forces on a new gardening newsletter. This newsletter contains the latest information from OSU to help your garden grow. It features helpful monthly gardening calendars, upcoming trainings and workshops, timely horticulture articles, and more. Launched in June, the newsletter is being sent to more than 80,000 on the west coast and beyond resulting in hundreds of Extension publication downloads and clicks on calls to action. Help us spread the word. Be sure to subscribe and grow your best garden throughout the year!

Extension News Stories

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.

Wednesday, July 29 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension

Friday, July 31 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

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

COVID-19 resources for the pandemic and beyond: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/extensionweb/2020/07/27/covid-19-resources-for-the-pandemic-and-beyond/

A look back at resources developed to support faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic and how these resources can serve us going forward: Virtual Extension, professional development webinars, public health and wellness resources, and innovative web and digital strategies.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Gobierno de Oregon ofrece línea de atención a comunidades indígenas afectadas por el COVID-19 (Vive NW) El COVID-19 está afectando a la comunidad hispana a niveles desproporcionados por diversas razones: muchos son trabajadores esenciales; otros no tienen acceso a beneficios de desempleo o tiempo libre debido a su estado migratorio; y también porque es común que los hogares de gente hispana estén compuestos por múltiples miembros familiares. Oregon Government Offers Hotline to Communities Affected by COVID-19.

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. 3-5 and 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 July 31 for the Aug. 3-5 session, and on Aug. 14 for the Aug. 17-19 session. To register, visit OSUcascades.edu/dei-intensive. For information, contact events@osucascades.edu.

Author Ibram X. Kendi on “How to Be an Antiracist” (On Demand Until August 20, 2020)

Listen to 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Dukes is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the College and has 30 years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education. This event was presented by the Prince George County Memorial Library System.

DEI In the News

A ‘Final Crossing’ For John Lewis Across The Edmund Pettus Bridge (NPR)

The body of John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge one last time on Sunday in what organizers described as “The Final Crossing,” part of a multiday celebration of the life of the civil rights icon. In March 1965, a 25-year-old Lewis and hundreds of other civil rights advocates planned to march from Selma to Montgomery to draw attention to the need for voting rights in the state, which was infamous for denying African Americans the right to vote.

Higher Ed Institutions Rethink Relationships With Police Amid Nationwide Protests (Diverse Edu) Student movements are urging universities to separate from metro police and reform campus policing practices — or abolish university police departments altogether.

Extension in the News

A Portland farm seeks to restore Black people to the land

OPB

Eventually he took the Master Gardener course at Oregon State University, before helping found the Black Futures Farm.

Re-creating the home garden tour experience

The Bulletin

This would normally be the week of the Oregon State University-Extension High Desert Garden Tour. Our minds would be exploding with new design ideas and a plant list that would challenge the national budget.

Three from Yamhill County win Master Gardener honors

News-Register

Three Yamhill County residents are among more than 40 Oregon State University Extension master gardener volunteers who have been recognized for their service.

Cluster-thinning grapes can achieve quality goals

Western Farm Press

On the West Coast, Patty Skinkis, Viticulture Extension Specialist at Oregon State University, notes that shoot thinning is done early season while cluster thinning happens about lag phase.

Scientists tracking bacterium that causes crown gall disease

Western Farm Press

“Agrobacterium causes crown gall, growths or galls on affected plants – plant tissue that grows in an unorganized manner disrupting water and nutrient flow,” says Melodie Putnam, Director of the Oregon State University Plant Clinic.

Oregon cherry growers weather rain, COVID-19 during harvest

Capital Press

This year, Ashley Thompson added the role of agriculture emergency response coordinator for Wasco County, surveying growers and communicating their needs to state agencies and local health departments.

OSU Extension adapts high-speed hand-washing technique for ag industry

Fruit Growers News

OSU Extension recently released a collection of resources for farmers and ranchers and food production or packing plant supervisors to use in the workplace.

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.

4-H court ready for Wallowa County Fair

Wallowa County Chieftain

“The girls go to various events in the county to represent 4-H and the fair,” said Debbie Warnock, who oversees 4-H for Oregon State University Extension. “We always have a lot of fun.”

‘Master Gardeners’ finally allowed back into their garden

East PDX

In their “new” Demonstration Garden – in a location hidden away in the northwest part of the property, and no longer visible from SE 60th Avenue –16 raised beds are used for edible crops, as well as blueberries, grapes, and an herb bed.

Tillamook County 4-H 2020 Horse Fair show results

North Coast Citizen

The 2020 Tillamook County 4-H Horse Fair was held July 9-10.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Resumption Resources

Here is a reminder of various tools and resources available to support OSU Extension’s resumption and transition to modified operations, as well as our continued remote work and virtual programming.

University resources:

Extension resources:

You can also find these on our Extension COVID-19 resources page under “Resources to use.”

Program leaders and statewide coordinators are developing and providing guidance for specific types of programming, and volunteer activities within.

Don’t forget about the Virtual Extension resources with tips and guides for remote and virtual programming, as well as recordings of previous Extension professional development sessions on a variety of topics.

New Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8721, A Guide to Hedgerows: Plantings That Enhance Biodiversity, Sustainability and Functionality
Pamela Monnette, Jude Hobbs
Revised. Hedgerows are living fences with the ability to grow food, shelter wildlife, save water, manage weeds and look beautiful all year round. Study the many benefits of hedgerows, and learn what you need to know to plant your own living fence.

EM 9136, Water-wise Gardening in Central Oregon
Amy Jo Detweiler
Revised. You can have a colorful and beautiful landscape while conserving water and saving time, energy and money. Learn innovative conservation techniques for water-wise gardening, or xeriscaping, in central Oregon. Full plant lists give you plenty of options!

EM 9290, Buenas Practicas en el Campo Para Trabajadores Agrícolas/Good Agricultural Practices for Food Safety
Luisa Santamaria, Maria Marlin
New.La agricultura es un sector muy importante de la economía de Oregon. Como trabajador en la agricultura, lo que haces puede tener efectos en todas las personas que consumen las frutas o vegetales que cosechas. Cada uno de ustedes tiene mucha responsabilidad para prevenir la contaminación de los alimentos que maneja. Esta serie de videos cubre buenas prácticas para los trabajadores agrícolas. El audio es español y los subtítulos son inglés.

Agriculture is an important part of Oregon’s economy. As a worker in agriculture, what you do has effects on the human population that consumes the fruits. You have a lot of responsibility to prevent contamination of the food you handle. This series of videos shows good practices for agriculture workers. Audio is Spanish and subtitles are English.

PNW 741, Pacific Northwest Watermelon Production East of the Cascades
Scott Lukas, Logan Clark, Kenneth Frost, Linda Brewer
New. Here are steps to successful commercial watermelon production in the Columbia Basin and other warm-climate regions of the Pacific Northwest. You’ll learn best practices for cultivar selection, site preparation, planting, pollination, irrigation, pest management (weed, insect and disease), harvest, and marketing.

Professional Development Resources

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

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

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Come learn how to increase participant participation and input on Zoom through using Mentimeter and the Zoom whiteboard with Mary Halbleib, CSS, Gordon Jones, SOREC, Cassie Bouska, Coos and Curry County Extension

Session Audience: Staff and faculty 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.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

What’s next and a look back to where we started

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

The Fight for Tenure: An Uphill Battle for Minoritized Faculty
Complimentary webcast on Wed., July 1, 10-11:30am. The tenure denial of Dr. Paul C. Harris, an education professor at The University of Virginia, has galvanized the nation. Support for Dr. Harris’s appeal to UVA’s Faculty Senate Grievance Committee is growing with thousands signing on to a letter demanding “Tenure for Paul”. Black and other minoritized faculty have long complained about an implicit bias in the tenure and promotion process. In this webcast, Dr. Harris will be in conversation with Dr. Jamal Watson, Editor-at-Large at Diverse about his particular case. After the conversation with Dr. Harris, the program will follow with a panel discussion of faculty experts.

Roots of the Soil: Land Succession Issues among African American Farm Families

This webinar on Wed., July 8 will focus on the unique challenges faced by African American farm families regarding the transfer of land from generation to generation. Program speakers will discuss the importance of and the power inherent in land ownership by African American farmers.  They will provide historical perspectives highlighting the growth of African American farm ownership from Emancipation until the 1920s, as well as the subsequent land loss since that time and the reasons for the decline. DETAILS AND REGISTRATION

Black Minds Matter: A Five Part Series Beginning July 16, 2020
Black Minds Matter addresses the experiences and realities of Black students in education. Black Minds Matter is a national movement that draws parallels between the policing of Black lives and schooling of Black minds. This course from CORA Learning will balance a discussion of issues facing Black students as well as offer research-based strategies for improving their success.

DEI In the News

Oregon-Oregon State drop ‘Civil War’ moniker from rivalry games (Register-Guard)

Oregon and Oregon State are hoping to renew the football rivalry between the schools for the 124th time on Nov. 28. (see also Inside Higher EdOPB NewsKGW)

What Role Should Higher Education Play in Combating Racism? 

(Diverse Edu)As anti-racist protests continue across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd – a Black man who died after a Minnesota police officer pinned his neck to the ground – college and university leaders are asking themselves what role higher education can play in confronting racism and structural inequity in the United States.

Extension in the News


Charlton named director of OSU Klamath Basin research station

Capital Press
Brian Charlton was named director of the Klamath Basin research and Extension Center on June 26 after serving the last two years as interim director.
All Hail the Marionberry, Prized Jewel of the Pacific Northwest
Civil Eats
According to Bernadine C. Strik, professor of horticulture and berry crops specialist at Oregon State University, that perfect flavor comes down to chemistry: Marionberries have a 14% sugar concentration, 1.5% acidity, and a pH of 3.2, which is similar to the pH of a sweet strawberry. For non-horticulturalists, that means it’s delicious.
Cook your compost to the same temperature as your burgers
Food Safety News
Not yet certain you are up for a formal master gardener program? You may enjoy the free Oregon State University Online Intro to Master Gardener Program for informative videos and lessons.
Oregon lawmakers approve state meat inspection to strengthen local meat
Capital Press
Furthermore, the USDA will cover the costs of inspection while the meat processor would have to pay ODA fees to cover part of the agency’s cost, said Rebecca Thistlethwaite, director of Oregon State University’s Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network.
Column: Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
Guest column by Chip Bubl.
Food Hero program is teaching children to be healthy
The Register-Guard
Food Hero was at Umpqua Valley Farmer’s Market last Saturday handing out bags full of goodies, which included fresh herbs, recipes, spice blend samples, and craft activities for kids.