In this week’s issue:

Next Steps for OSU Extension Ask an Expert

Because of outdated technology, eXtension, which maintains Ask an Expert, will be retiring the current system and replacing it with a new system on Feb. 1. We are in the process of aligning our workflow with the new system, making the necessary technical changes to support a smooth transition, and testing.

What do I need to do?

  • You may have received an email this week from eXtension about the change and asking you to “claim your account” in the new system. No action is needed.
  • For now, we ask that you continue to use the current system.
  • In the coming weeks, we will provide additional information and Zoom training sessions to help all of our question monitors and experts transition to the new system.
  • You can find information about the transition on our Ask an Expert resources page.

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8585; Manure Application Rates for Forage Production
Revised. This publication provides estimates of crop removal of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium for forage crops grown on dairies in western Oregon. It also provides guidance on liquid manure application rates to meet crop nitrogen requirements.

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.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

During this holiday of gratitude, we take time to reflect on ten people who are currently critical in coordinating efforts on the Extension website. They have bridged a gap when content responsibilities shifted to Extension’s program areas. Recognize their contributions by reading this week’s Navigator digital strategy blog post.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

 Indigenous academia and advocacy: A four-time Beaver and Coastal Band Chumash member, Luhui Whitebear has held an important community role as assistant director of the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws since 2013. Hear about her extensive work supporting Indigenous communities, from student leadership to political advocacy, in the OSU Changemakers series presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the OSU Alumni Association. Monday, Dec. 14, 5 p.m. Register and watch previous episodes.

 Dialogue Facilitation Lab Winter 2021 Applications: Applications for the winter 2021 session of the Dialogue Facilitation Lab (DFL) are open. DFL is a professional learning seminar for teaching and professional faculty, staff and graduate assistants looking to integrate critical dialogue facilitation skills into their daily practice. For winter term 2021, the Office of Institutional Diversity continues DFL in an online format. Each cohort consists of 12-16 participants that include perspectives from diverse roles and disciplines. Click HERE to apply. The deadline to complete an application is Dec. 2, 5 p.m. Winter DFL 2021 sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 3-4:30 p.m. starting on Jan. 6, 2021. 

 Angela Davis at OSU: Angela Davis, American political activist, philosopher, academic and author is the 2021 Keynote Speaker for the 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Keynote and Awards Celebration. The event is on Mon., Jan. 18 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Registration is free and required. For a schedule of all celebration events, visit the celebration website. For more info, contact events@oregonstate.edu or Mealoha McFadden at 541-231-2585.

 DEI In the News

The PhD Project Panel Focuses on Building the Pipeline (Diverse Edu)
The PhD Project — a non-profit organization working to increase the diversity of business school faculty since 1994 — held its annual conference virtually and hosted its second annual talk titled “Wonder Women Diversity Discussion” to strategize about how best to build the talent pipeline in diversity for unrepresented students pursuing business degrees and Ph.D.’s.

OSU’s new ‘inclusive’ police force to take over Jan. 1 (KEZI)
Oregon State University’s new police department will be taking over at the start of 2021, the university said in a statement this week.

Extension in the News

The Collective Farm Helping Oregon’s Latinx Farmworkers Weather the Pandemic
Civil Eats
The farm partners with the Master Gardener program through Oregon State University Extension Service, which provides workshops on everything from soil health to plant propagation techniques.

New program to help landowners recover from wildfires
RFD-TV
Oregon State University’s Extension Fire Program usually educates landowners on fire prevention, but they are shifting their focus to help people navigate the post-fire process, so they do not miss out on any of the resources as they try to rebuild.

Holiday light display coming in December
Wallowa County Chieftain
The idea for the event has been in the works for some time, according to Debi Warnock, OSU Extension Service 4-H/FCH agent, and Tera Elliott, Wallowa County Fair manager.

Free KN95 masks available for Oregon ag workers
Capital Press
The state Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University Extension Service are again partnering to distribute free KN95 masks to farmers, ranchers, food processors and fishers amid a surge of COVID-19 cases statewide.

Christmas: COVID ‘Grinch’ on holiday tree sales
The Chronicle
The COVID-19 impact will affect the estimated multimillion Oregon Christmas tree sales and operations, according to Oregon State University Extension Service Christmas tree specialist professor Chal Landgren.

Meal kits and menus: Nearly 300 families sign up to receive food to stretch thru holiday break
Argus Observer
Suyematsu reached out to the OSU Extension office in Ontario and the Oregon Daily and Nutrition Council. The entities in turn helped curate the menus, print them and provide measuring spoons.

Extension awareness campaign: High speed handwashing explained
Columbia Gorge News
In a celebration of Global Handwashing Day on Oct. 15, Oregon State University Extension Service has been bringing attention to a technique it developed to ensure groups large and small can efficiently and effectively wash their hands.

Hermiston teacher cooks up new ideas amid virtual learning
East Oregonian
Treadwell just started as a teacher at Hermiston High School, but she is extremely familiar with teaching cooking, particularly using Food Hero recipes, after years of teaching SNAP education classes to families receiving food stamps, visiting schools and carrying out other educational activities as the Oregon State University Extension Service’s SNAP Education coordinator for Umatilla and Morrow counties.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Women’s Giving Circle Grant Proposals

The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is now accepting proposals from the OSU community for grant funding to be awarded in May 2021. Please check our website for complete information and an application. Applications may be submitted that are relevant to Oregon State University including the OSU Cascades Campus, 4-H, and Extension.
Applications are due by Monday, January 11, 2021.

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.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Everything you want to know about creating video but were afraid to ask is covered in this week’s blog post. Have you ever shot a video with your phone or hosted a virtual meeting and wondered if there was anything you could do to make it look better? Or perhaps even more importantly – have you ever felt intimidated to start? If yes, then this essential guide on video is for you!

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, or suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Are You IN(clusive) Read, Reflect, Reform: The Center for Teaching & Learning holds it’s final “book club” session on Nov. 20 at 11:30, with a special guest speaker: Cyndi Kernahan, author of “Teaching About Race and Racism in the College Classroom – Notes from a White Professor” via Zoom Webinar. The session will be followed by a group discussion of Beverly Daniel Tatum’s book “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in The Cafeteria.” All are welcome, and it is recommended you view her recording about her book and/or her interview on YouTube. Please register to attend.

Social Justice Education Initiative workshops 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

Search Advocate Workshops: 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. 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

Native American Studies Programs Focus on Leadership Development, Community Building (Diverse Edu)
Native American studies departments and programs in higher education do more than just teach about the oppression of Native Americans in U.S. history. They are working to preserve indigenous cultures by introducing and expanding coursework that offers strong ties to community building.

Latino voters turned out in huge numbers this election. But we shouldn’t generalize the ‘Latino vote’ (KGW)
“It’s important to challenge a little bit what I’m hearing as this national narrative and take this ‘Latinos as single voting bloc’ and let’s try to make sure we keep poking holes in that,” said Oregon State University Assistant Vice Provost and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies Daniel López-Cevallos.

Extension in the News

NW youth to explore agriculture through virtual reality, online activities
KTVZ
Oregon State University’s Precollege Programs and the SMILE Program are partnering with the OSU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program to lead the effort to implement an innovative Agriculture Distance Education Toolkit.

Needs met through OSU Extension Service
Wallowa County Chieftain
A column by Ann Bloom.

Column: Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
A column by Chip Bubl.

Invasive Asian jumping worms have been found in Indiana
Tribune Star
Asian jumping worms have been in North America for a while, having first been recognized as a problem about a decade ago when they were discovered in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, said Sam Chan, an invasive species specialist with Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University.

Yes, Christmas Tree Bugs Are Real—Here’s How to Get Rid of Them
The Pioneer Woman
Chal Landgren, resident Christmas tree specialist at the Oregon State University Extension Service, agrees: “It’s a very minor problem.”

OSU study: Tiny insect that liquifies slugs may be key to control invasive pest
KTVZ
In Oregon, at least half of the 20 top agricultural commodities suffer from slug damage, including the important grass seed industry with an estimated $60 million in losses annually, according to Rory Mc Donnell, associate professor in crop and soil science in the College of Agricultural Sciences and slug specialist for OSU Extension Service.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Greg Aronoff and Gail Langellotto made a great video to say “Thank You” to Master Gardeners after a very busy gardening season. Thank the Master Gardeners in your area.

Office Holiday Closures

Just in time for Veteran’s Day, standardized, branded holiday office closure signs are now available for the remaining holidays in 2020 and for 2021. Please note, there are two versions of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, one of which is appropriate for the Extension office in Warm Springs. You will find them in the Ready to Use folder in Box.

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:

Thursday, November 12 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)

Presented by: Mary Halbleib, CSS, Gordon Jones, SOREC, Cassie Bouska, Coos and Curry County Extension
Session Audience: Staff and faculty that engage in the design, instruction or evaluation of education programs

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.

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9300, Quinoa Production for the Willamette Valley
Kristine Buckland, Ann Rasmussen, Eliza Smith
New. In the Willamette Valley, the adoption of quinoa in cropping systems has been hampered by production, processing and marketing difficulties. To help address those challenges, Extension tested 17 quinoa varieties and four planting dates to identify the most suitable options for the region. Researchers also tested harvesting and processing methods.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Need a landing page for an event? We can help with that. Check out 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

OCFSN Food Charter Presentations
We are starting our convening with a series of presentations from Indigenous Black, Latinx, and immigrant and refugee communities who will be sharing their visions and priorities for a more just and resilient food system.  These presentations are part of the network’s Food Charter Process.  These presentations are open to anyone, so please share with your network. Register here for Day 1 (Tuesday, November 17th, 1-5pm) and Register here for Day 2 (Wednesday, November 18th, 9am-1pm).

OSU ADA30 Celebratory Symposium: The OSU Americans with Disabilities Act 30th (ADA30) Anniversary Committee is presently accepting proposals for the ADA30 Celebratory Symposium to be held remotely in May 2021. Campus and community members are encouraged to submit proposals for workshops, posters, artist talks, and other session types on a wide array of disability-related topics by Dec. 1. For more information about ADA30 and the Symposium, including proposal submission details, please visit blogs.oregonstate.edu/ada30.

Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion: Oregon State University is committed to building a more equitable and inclusive community. As part of this university-wide commitment, the OSU Foundation and OSU Alumni Association – in partnership with Provost Ed Feser and Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Charlene Alexander – have launched an effort to inspire giving and engagement in support of impactful programs now and in the future for students, faculty and staff of color and other underrepresented groups. Learn more. 

Extension in the News

Weather, fire impair pear harvest
Mail Tribune
Many growers wrapped up most of the harvest a little earlier than usual, in early September, but that was because the volume was lower than normal, said Rick Hilton, an entomologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service office near Jacksonville.

OSU Program Reaching Rural Communities for Mental Health Support
The Corvallis Advocate
The program is called Coast to Forest Oregon, and has received a $1.1million two-year grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to train, and provide tools and information to community members in the state as well as OSU Extension educators.

After the fires: Farm animals face long-term feed shortages
Capital Press
“When we did the initial call-out, it felt like this, this onslaught of hay,” said Jenifer Cruickshank, OSU Extension dairy management expert who has been managing donations on the ground.

Jumping ‘snake worms’ are invading U.S. forests
Science News for Students
What’s left is bare soil whose structure and mineral content has changed, notes Sam Chan. He studies invasive species with Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

In this week’s issue:

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).

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, November 6 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity

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:

Also, this story was published and distributed by our colleagues in the OSU News and Research Communications office:

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.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

At the beginning of the pandemic when we left our offices and began quarantining, PACE’s gardening newsletter audience tripled due to the free Master Gardener Vegetable Gardening promotion. Find out how they joined forces with folks in Extension to revitalize the content and deliver helpful information in stressful times. This week’s digital strategy blog post tells the story “From grain to gain: Growing a gardening newsletter.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Where do we go from here: Battle ground or sacred ground?
Join an intergenerational conversation and collective reflection with justice and equity leaders of the Oregon State University community. The virtual panel discussion is intended as a moment to gather and reflect, allow for critical conversations to emerge, and center care as we make meaning of the election amidst multiple pandemics. Thursday, Nov. 5 4-5:30 PM. The event is a Collaboration among colleagues in Student Experiences & Engagement (SEE), Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) and more.

Move Beyond “Veteran Friendly” Rhetoric: “Implement Systemic Initiatives to Embrace Military Culture and Foster A Supportive Community for Veterans and Military-affiliated Students” Nov. 9, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. An interactive webinar where expert presenters share the support strategies and initiatives — such as the successful Green Zone — they have implemented on their campus. These programs have moved them beyond talking the talk to walking the talk. They are meeting and exceeding the unique academic, social and career goals of their veterans and military-affiliated students — and so can you. To register: https://paperclipcomm.adobeconnect.com/veteran11920. For instructions on how to log in and receive materials, contact William Elfering at William.Elfering@oregonstate.edu.

Emotional Intelligence 2020 webinar recording: Diversity Leadership and Emotions
This panel conversation, led by Dr. Heidi Brooks from the Yale School of Management, explored how leaders can bring authenticity and awareness to their roles to foster environments of equity and inclusion.

DEI In the News

COVID-19 could erase parenting gains of the last 30 years (Brookings Institute)
Since the mid-1980s, low-income parents have greatly increased the time they spend on their children’s learning activities, including reading to them, telling them stories, and taking them to the library. Now, the ongoing economic and health crisis is threatening to undo decades of progress. Rebecca Ryan, Ariel Kalil, Susan Mayer, and Rohen Shah shed light on the problem and highlight several ways to support low-income families amid COVID-19.

Native American Agriculture Fund Releases Vision for the Future of Native Agriculture Infrastructure
Fayetteville, Arkansas- The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) released a report entitled Reimagining Native Food Systems: A Vision for Native Food and Agriculture Infrastructure Rebuilding and Recovery that calls for a minimum of $3.4 billion investment to support Native food and agriculture.

Extension in the News

Planning for College in Covid time
Columbia Gorge News
Great article by Ann Harris for high school seniors.

Two Oregon Schools And CTCLUSI Team Up To Steer More Native Students Into Higher Ed
KLCC
Jeff Sherman, OSU’s principal investigator on the USDA grant, says this initiative will open up more pathways to college for Indigenous people.

Crunch time! Students crunch – and munch — local greens
Klamath Falls news
A second community Zoom Crunch, hosted by OSU Extension, Blue Zones Project, the district, and KFOM, will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Master Gardeners Recognize Members
KQEN
The Douglas County Master Gardeners program recently recognized a number of members for their efforts.

Garden Plots: Fruit and Vegetable Gardening Year in Review
The Chronicle
A column by Chip Bubl.

Drone imagery focus of Extension bulletin
Western Farmer-Stockman
Oregon State University has published a new UAS bulletin and offers a guide to finding the right system for an Oregon farm. For anyone in the West, the tips offered provide some insight on how best to deploy these airships on the farm.

New OSU program improves rural outreach to promote mental health, well-being
Tillamook Headlight Herald
The program, Coast to Forest Oregon, recently received a $1.1 million, two-year grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to train both OSU Extension educators and community members throughout the state.

Land restoration, one paddock at a time
The Bulletin
The benefits of regenerative grazing include increased diversity of plant, animal, and microbial life, said Scott Duggan, an assistant professor with Oregon State University Extension’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Researcher finds pesticide label discrepancies, could hurt honey bees
Capital Press
More than 30% of pesticide labels fail to follow Environmental Protection Agency recommendations and provide incorrect information about their toxicity to pollinators, according to a study by Oregon State University Extension Service.

OR hay donation efforts for those affected by wildfires
Western Livestock Journal
In counties throughout the state, semi-trucks stacked with hay bales pull into Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service facilities. They unload much of it by hand for ranchers who lost feed in the devastating wildfires in September.

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:

The ESP Podcast Club

Do you start sentences with, “So, I heard on this podcast the other day…”? Have you finished all of your favorite podcasts already? Join the ESP Professional Development Committee’s upcoming podcast club!

We are eagerly anticipating the OSU Extension Annual Conference and diving into the themes of 1) social justice and racial equity programming, 2) innovative programming, and 3) working, living, and leading during the pandemic. ESP will be hosting a 6-week podcast club and will share a playlist of 1-2 episodes, chosen by YOU, on each of the three themes for the conference. Each week we will discuss one episode.

The ESP PD committee is asking for your suggestions for podcast episodes (45 minutes or less) that are relevant to the conference themes. Make your suggestions here: https://beav.es/oNN by Friday, October 16.

OSU Great Shake Out Pictures wanted!

Join other OSU faculty, staff, and students in the Great Oregon Shake Out!

On October 15 at 10:15 am, join the rest of Oregon and the nation and Drop, Cover, and Hold-On for 60 seconds to simulate the response to an earthquake.

Participation is voluntary but encouraged. Last year we received pictures from some of you participating, please send more they were great!

If you do participate, please complete our Qualtrics Survey https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7aKeKkY3idYQv89 or send a count of participants to OSU Emergency Preparedness (emergency@oregonstate.edu) so we can update the OSU participation tally on the Shake Out website.

Additional information about the Shake Out can be found at:

High Speed Hand Washing Campaign

Help us create a culture of good hand hygiene. Hand washing has never been more important. It is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu and COVID-19. Encourage the families of your students to use good hand hygiene at home by sharing the Food Hero High Speed Hand Washing poster (Bilingual, English and Spanish) and supporting video created by Greg Aronoff, marketing manager in Professional and Continuing Education (PACE). Find High Speed Hand Washing resources at FoodHero.org/handwashing-tools.

Celebrate Global Hand Washing Day and the importance of hand hygiene on October 15, 2020, with OSU Extension! We are launching a Facebook ad campaign to promote OSU Extension’s High Speed Hand Washing method, which saves time, reduces water use, lowers absenteeism, and most importantly, demonstrates the best way to keep hands clean from germs and bacteria. It is effective with preschoolers to adults, in early childcare locations, in the workplace and at home. The campaign is targeted to early childcare providers and parents of children up to eight years of age throughout Oregon and in Skamania and Klickitat counties in Washington. Read the news story to learn more. If you have questions about the campaign, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

URSA Engage Deadline this week

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.

In Memoriam

With sadness we share the passing of two Extension retirees and celebrate their inspiring work in public service with OSU Extension.

Steve Besse, OSU Extension Ag faculty in Malheur County, Staff Chair in Lane County, and Associate Director of International Agriculture for the OSU College of Agriculture.  A celebration of life will be held when such gatherings are safe. Memorial gifts may be made to: Lumina Hospice; Corvallis Public Library; Oregon State Extension or OPB. See details for gifting and sign the guest book at: https://www.mchenryfuneralhome.com/

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/gazettetimes/name/steve-besse-obituary?n=steve-besse&pid=196898238&fhid=12232

Wanda Phipps,  OSU Extension Service county extension agent in the counties of Curry, Grant, Benton, Umatilla and finally in Multnomah County where she specialized in nutrition for low income and immigrant families. She retired from her work with the Extension Service after 20 years in 1989. A live-streamed memorial celebration will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at Calvin Presbyterian Church. Friends and family are invited to participate in the live-stream by visiting the YouTube channel for Calvin Presbyterian Church Tigard, OR. Donations in memory of Wanda Phipps may be made to Linfield University at: University Advancement, Linfield University. https://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?n=wanda-phipps-gossage&pid=196812088 .

OSU Outlook Spam Filtering Update

OSU IT recently implement a new email filter to help cut down on Spam emails in Outlook. The filter has been successfully identifying and flagging many Spam emails. As the system is still being adjusted, the filter is sometimes being overly aggressive and flagging valid emails as Spam. When an email is flagged, it is automatically moved in your Junk Email folder. Please checking your Junk Email folder periodically to see if any valid emails are being flagged incorrectly. You can help teach the filter to identify valid emails by selecting those emails in the Junk Email folder, right clicking, selecting “Junk Mail” from the popup menu and then selecting “Mark as Not Junk.” This will then move the email into your inbox. Services (“central IT”) is aware of reports of valid email being tagged and are working on fine tuning the system to fix this issue. Here are two additional articles with tips:

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9298, Unmanned Aerial Systems: A guide for finding the right system for your Oregon farm
Kristine Buckland, Ann Rasmussen, Lloyd Nackley
New. Modern farm operations increasingly rely on technology to reduce workload and maximize farm profit. Unmanned aerial systems are another example of technology deployed for agricultural production. How can this technology save time and increase profits from agricultural operations in Oregon?

EM 9299, Integrated Pest Management Strategic Plan for Oregon, Washington and Idaho Mint Crops
Katie Murray, Darrin L. Walenta, Paul C. Jepson, Isaac Sandlin
New. To identify pest management priorities and lay a foundation for future strategies and increased use of integrated pest management (IPM) in mint production, growers, commodity-group representatives, pest control advisors, processors, university specialists and other technical experts from the mint industry in Oregon, Washington and Idaho formed a workgroup and assembled this plan.

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.

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

Impact statements let our stakeholders, legislators, partners, current and future customers know the important things Extension accomplishes. In this week’s Navigator blog post, learn how to use a three-pronged approach to writing an impact statement: state the problem, what you did to change it, what the change or impact was. Learn more about writing concise impact statements to show our work matters.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Trends in Oregon Latinx students: The Office of Undergraduate Education is hosting a webinar presentation and release of the report “Trends in Oregon Latinx students,” Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to noon. Manuel Vazquez, Senior Researcher at Education Northwest will summarize trends in Latinx enrollment at Oregon K-12 public schools, postsecondary enrollment of Latinx high school graduates (including enrollment trends at OSU), and describe the characteristics of Latinx high school graduates who have enrolled at OSU in the past three years. Discussion led by Daniel López-Cevallos, Assistant Vice Provost of Academic Enrichment Programs will follow. Submit questions ahead of time to Mary.Gardner@oregonstate.edu. To join: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/91808985964?pwd=NFp5d3hsRU1VdmlVRVV3WjcraUxEQT09 Passcode: 587288. Registration is not required.

The Black Butterfly: A conversation with author Lawrence T. Brown
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST. A conversation with Lawrence T. Brown about his upcoming book The Black Butterfly — a reference to the fact that Baltimore’s majority-Black population spreads out on both sides of the coveted strip of real estate running down the center of the city like a butterfly’s wings—Lawrence T. Brown reveals that ongoing historical trauma caused by a combination of policies, practices, systems, and budgets is at the root of uprisings and crises in hypersegregated cities around the country. Register here.

CAPS Group: Building Anti-Racism Stamina as a White Person: Given the systemic racism that continues in all levels of our lives – intra-personally, inter-personally, institutionally, and structurally – this group will focus on building mental stamina to examine and deconstruct racism within ourselves as White-identified people, and the institutions that we are a part of. Meets via Zoom Thursdays 3:30-4:45 p.m. starting Oct. 15. Contact michele.ribeiro@oregonstate.edu or noreen.marsland@oregonstate.edu to join.

Care.com Webinar: Supporting Kids Who Learn Differently. School always presents challenges for students who learn and think differently (ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety, autism, etc.), but the Covid-19 pandemic has brought with it even more obstacles for these children, as well as the parents raising them. In this talk, author and parent coach Debbie Reber will share ideas for ways parents can best prioritize and plan in this new school landscape, as well as support their child’s cognitive and social/emotional needs while also tending to their own well-being. Oct. 22, 9-10 a.m. Register Today.

Extension in the News

All that time in the kitchen during this pandemic has led to a nationwide shortage of Mason jars
CNN
“There’s so many more people canning this year than have ever canned. We have seen a big upswing in new people trying to can,” said Nellie Oehler, the coordinator for Oregon State Extension Service’s food preservation hotline, who added she’s been answering lots of calls from around the nation about the lack of supply.

Canning supply shortage inspires hoarding, price gouging, risky maneuvers
The Register-Guard
“What we’re finding is that basically we went from toilet paper hoarding to canning supply hoarding. And the other finding is it’s actually a spillover from last year’s ‘Snowmageddon,'” said Denise Fennell, the program director for the Master Food Preservers Program for Home Food Safety and Preservation of the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Spiders, other bugs looking for dryer, warmer living spaces this time of year
Tillamook Headlight-Herald
“Just like us, they’re coming inside to get warm,” said Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “They’re not feeding on homes or humans, they’re just looking for cracks or crevices. Most are minding their own business. They aren’t aggressive toward people, not even the spiders.”

College Talk Tuesdays offer community members information on colleges and trade schools
The Blue Mountain Eagle
In Grant County, residents interested in learning about college are welcome to join weekly virtual discussions hosted by the Grant County Oregon State University Extension Office.

Gardening Matters: Putting out the flames
North Coast Citizen
Easier is to refer you to a publication put out by the Oregon State University Extension Service. Their volume number PNW590 is titled “Fire- Resistant Plants for Home Landscapes” and it has not only good tips for planting safely, but a long list – with photos – of plants that are less flammable and very attractive in the garden.

D-Day veterans Besse, Wingett mourned
Corvallis Gazette-Times
After the war, Besse stayed in California and became the international manager for Ferry-Morse Seed Co. He then joined the Oregon State University Extension Service, working in Ontario, Eugene and at OSU itself.

Benton County 4-H Steps Up During Wildfires
Corvallis Advocate
“I’m just so proud of our 4-H volunteers and members, they really are showing what Benton County 4-H is all about, and that’s giving back to the community,” said Carolyn Ashton, an associate professor at Oregon State University and a 4-H leader.

In this week’s issue:

October marketing and outreach initiatives

Family and Community Health, 4-H and the Emergency Preparedness team, in partnership with Extension Communications and PACE, are launching multiple outreach and social media campaigns over the next two weeks. Help us spread the word about these resources.

  • 4-H Virtual Fair Showcase – In lieu of the traditional 4-H State Fair, 4-H members across Oregon submitted examples of their projects, which are shared in a virtual showcase. These include static projects and Showmanship. 4-H is planning social media posts on Wednesday, Oct. 7—which will be re-shared on the Extension Facebook page—to highlight the work as part of National 4-H Week (October 4-10). Check out their fabulous work and re-share the 4-H posts on your local social media to celebrate their efforts. 4-H Ambassadors and 4-H county program highlights also are celebrated.
  • High Speed Hand Washing for early education providers – To celebrate Global Handwashing Day on October 15, a 30-day Facebook and email outreach campaign targeting early childcare providers and parents of preschoolers will launch October 12 and run through November 13. Links will direct viewers to how-to posters appropriate for youth (including bi-lingual and Spanish versions), a how-to video and science experiments reinforcing the importance of good hand hygiene on FoodHero.org/handwashing-tools. The Facebook campaign will include paid advertising and boosting posts. The initiative will also include a news story.
  • October 15 also is the day of The Great Oregon Shake Out. The Extension Cascadia Subduction Zone team created a suite of emergency preparedness resources for the public—and they encourage everyone at OSU to take advantage of the information and training. The resources will be shared in OSU Today the week of Oct. 12, with the network of emergency preparedness planners and via Facebook. A digital and print on demand communication piece for Extension offices soon will be available as well to encourage local participation.

Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event

An on-line class to prepare Oregonians for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event is live and ready for participants. The Cascadia Subduction Zone Event is a mega-quake and tsunami that can occur at any time thus requiring the need for every Oregonian to develop a culture of preparedness. The first three modules delve into the discovery and developing science behind this event, the likelihood of it its occurrence, and how our lives will be affected; both in the short-term and the long term. If you have virtual reality technology, you even get to experience the earthquake. All Oregonians should be encouraged to take this course available at https://beav.es/Cascadia. In addition to the course, several new supporting publications are available including Survival Basics: Stress Less.  Please help push this on-line course and supporting documents out to our stakeholders.

Module 4 focuses on Extension professionals and others who volunteer or work in the emergency field. As an FYI, the Extension Service is written into the Federal Disaster Response Plan thus many counties have also included us in their plans. All disasters are local and we as the Extension Service need to be prepared to assist our communities.

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

PNW 752, Sanitizer Basics for the Food Industry
David Stone, Jovana Kovacevic, Stephanie Brown
New. Cleaning and sanitation are critical to maintaining quality and safety in your food industry operation. Make cleaning and sanitizing programs part of your food safety culture. Here’s how to make sure those doing your cleaning and sanitizing are invested in safety, adequately trained and supported in their work.

OSUEA Award Nominations – Deadline October 15th

The OSUEA Awards Committee is soliciting applications for Staff Awards and the Oscar Hagg Communication Award.  Annually these awards are given at the OSU Extension Annual Conference in recognition of the great work our staff are doing.

In such a crazy year, what a great time to nominate a colleague in recognition of their outstanding work.  This year the OSUEA Awards will be presented “virtually” at the OSUEA Awards Program during Extension Annual Conference on Friday, December 11.

Nominations are being solicited for:  Experienced Faculty, Newer Faculty, Professional Faculty (Administrative Support), Educational Program Assistant, Classified Staff, OSUEA Team and Oscar Hagg Communication Award.  Detailed descriptions of each award category as well as application process can be seen on our website.  The application process is fairly easy.

If you have questions, please let us know.  Deadline for applications is October 15th.

Welcome New Employees

Amanda Rau, Lane County, Assistant Professor (Practice), Forestry

Christopher Adlam, Jackson County, Assistant Professor (Practice), Forestry

Ariel Cowan, Deschutes County, Assistant Professor (Practice), Forestry

Katherine Wollstein, Harney County, Assistant Professor (Practice), Forestry & Animal/Rangeland

In addition to the Forestry positions, Christy Tanner accepted the Ext Ag Crop & Soil’s Assistant Professor (Practice) position in Linn County.

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:

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

Friday, October 9 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Extension educators and content teams add new content regularly in response to emerging needs and questions. The Extension Communications team continues to actively work with you to share and promote online. Learn analytics about the recent cross-program wildfire efforts and how the process worked in this week’s blog post “How to communicate online about emerging issues like wildfires”.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

TODAY! Cabildos Speaker Series: OSU’s School of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies is hosting a live webcast speaker series called the Cabildos Speaker Series that seeks to center Black voices in academia. The Oct. 6, 4 p.m. webcast will feature Youssef Carter, an assistant professor and Kenan Rifai Fellow in Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Carter will speak on “Theological Tensions and Disparate Freedom Dreams in a Black Religious Soundscape.” Register here.

OSU Anthropology Lecture Series: “Race, Colonialism, and the Origins of Professional Law Enforcement in the Americas: Mexico City’s ‘Lantern Guards'” with Dr. Nicole von Germeten. Presented by the School of Language, Culture and Society and the OSU Office of Institutional Diversity. Friday, Oct. 9 at noon. Free and open to all; to join use Zoom meeting ID 918 9649 8232 with password 8c574f.

Search Advocate Fall workshop registration open now!
The OSU Extension Service is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, which starts with the hiring process. Consider attending a Fall Search Advocate workshop, now 100% remote! Registration is also available for Fall Community of Practice meetings, and a one-credit continuing education session called “Focus on the Interview.”

CAPS Virtual Mind Spa Resources
The Mind Spa space at CAPS is closed during fall term, but OSU students and employees can set up their own Mind Spa at home! Visit the Virtual Mind Spa to experience a variety of ways to relax and recharge, including stress relief techniques, identity-based resources and more!

Extension in the News

Biz Buzz: Safeway gives to 4-H to mark reopening
Wallowa County Chieftain
Wallowa County 4-H was the beneficiary of the Enterprise Safeway’s decision to mark its grand reopening Wednesday, Sept. 23, with a $2,000 donation to the youth organization.

Superplants clean up toxins from contaminated soil
Mail Tribune
If your garden is located close to a house fire and accumulates a thick layer of ash, the OSU Extension Service recommends testing the soil for contaminants and adding fresh soil or compost to the garden.

Looking at the West Coast Wildfires Through an Indigenous Lens
The Progressive
Daniel Leavell, an associate professor at Oregon State University and fire specialist, works with the institution’s Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Fire Program. He says that the surge of intense wildfires in recent years is due to a combination of climate change and management practices.

OSU Extension’s Tanner to move west
Capital Press
Oregon State University Extension educator Christy Tanner is slated to move from Malheur County to the Willamette Valley.

In One Ear: Go home and can
The Astorian
Amanda Gladics, a fisheries specialist with the Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon State University Extension Service, and Kelly Streit, a registered dietician with the extension service, star in a step-by-step video explaining how to home can tuna. Amanda lives and works in Astoria, and is active in the local fishing community.

Demand for winter vegetables takes root during pandemic
Capital Press
Heidi Noordijk, a small farms coordinator at OSU’s Extension Service, told the Capital Press the goal of the project is to increase production and consumption of winter vegetables in Oregon.

Despite limitations, students learn at NWREC
Woodburn Independent
Each summer, the OSU North Willamette Research and Extension Center hires students to assist with field research projects.

Sanchez: Five tips for growing blackberries
Herald and News
A column by Nicole Sanchez

Garden Plots: Skunks, pigweed and lambsquarters
The Chronicle
A column by Chip Bubl.

In this week’s issue:

Leadership Development Program (LDPE) deadline extended

It’s hard to believe it’s time for seventh cohort of the Leadership Development Program (LDPE). The program is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 cohort, due October 2. The application details and program outline are available here.

This year’s LDPE Cohort will be a specialized and virtual Extension-specific leadership development cohort with an intentional focus on social justice and equity programming. There will still be a collaboration with College of Agricultural Sciences, but the majority of the cohort will be Extension-based. The cohort is also open to all levels of employees, both faculty and staff, and not just those on an Executive track.

The virtual program, occurring from December 2020 through the summer of 2021, will include:

  • Ohio State Leadership Center deep-dive interpersonal assessment curriculum
  • Racial equity-based book clubs led by LDPE alumni and executives
  • Webinars throughout the year, including follow-up Ohio State workshops on conflict management and leading through change, as well as facilitated sessions on Myers Briggs-based meeting management, storytelling, and diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Mentor panel to provide leadership and social justice journey support
  • Optional two-on-one coaching
  • Virtual capstone and graduation

The application includes a brief biography and reference letters from your immediate supervisor, program leader/unit director, and a peer, which speak to your suitability and interest in this program.

Please let Jeff Sherman or Amanda Bielenberg-Hayes know if you have any questions about the program or application process.

Welcome New Employees

Yasmine Rifai, Office Specialist, Benton County

Andrea Stith, Ag, Horticulture & Master Gardener Coordinator, Wasco County

Breann Vandenberg, 4-H/FCH, Outreach Program Coordinator, Lake County

Tina Dodge, FCH, Associate Professor (Practice)

Natalie Macias, OSU Open Campus, Education Program Assistant, Tillamook County

Darla Foster, FCH, Education Project Assistant, Douglas County

Robert Middleton, 4-H, , Education Program Assistant, Wasco County

Elizabeth Gangwer, 4-H, , Education Program Assistant, Lane County

Julie Leep, Education Program Assistant, Coos County

Liliana Acevedo, Analyst Programmer, ECTU

Promotional items for now and later

With various states of reopening, budget restrictions and the need to keep volunteers engaged, we wanted to remind you of the free and low-cost promotional items available to you through the Extension promotional inventory. We continue to ship items on a timely basis.

Free stuff:
Temporary tattoos (50/month)
Ask an Expert business card
Extension Catalog Bookmarks
Extension Certificate Seals (100/month)
Extension Fast Facts (50/month)
Extension Mini-Catalog
Extension Mission and Values Card
Master Gardener Brochure (100/month)
Pencils (100/month)

Items under $2.00:
Beaver Decal: $.10
White Folder with printed logo: $.80
Healthy Living Totes: $1.00
Orange Jar opener: $1.00
Lip Balm: $.99
Luggage tag: $1.25
OSU Crest Lapel Pin: $1.40
Scratch Page: $.80

Place your order here while supplies last!

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EC 1303, Growing Blackberries in Your Home Garden
Bernadine Strik, Emily Dixon, Amy Jo Detweiler, Nicole Sanchez
Revised. Home gardeners can enjoy a choice of blackberry varieties with fruit far superior to that of wild blackberries. What’s more, home gardeners can pick fruit from early summer all the way to the first frost. Learn how to plant, prune and pick the best blackberries while avoiding many common problems.

EM 9286, Nonlethal Bird Deterrent Strategies: Methods for reducing fruit crop losses in Oregon
Scott Lukas, Logan Clark, Amanda Davis, Dana Sanchez, Linda J. Brewer
New. Bird predation is a significant threat to marketable yields in fruit crops. Loss estimates are about 10% to 20% in blueberries, 5% to 30% in cherries, and 5% to 10% in grapes. However, some vineyard sites have reported up to 50% losses. There are many avian deterrents on the market. Success with deterrents varies by site and bird species. In most cases, the best results come from a multipronged approach.

EM 9296, Managing Crane Fly in Lawns
Alec Kowalewski, Brooke Edmunds, Brian McDonald, Emily Braithwaite
New. Crane flies are large, gangly insects that do little damage as adults. But crane fly larvae are known for chewing through patches of lawn, damaging roots as grass starts growing in spring. Learn how to prevent damage to your grass with simple maintenance and irrigation practices.

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.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

You can now host events remotely and build community with OSU Extension Live. This isn’t just a piece of the solution for social distancing, this is a paradigm shift for offering accessible content to people with all sorts of reasons for not attending an event in-person. All the while, accessing powerful feedback to help you shape your future programming. Learn more 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: What does it mean to serve Latinx students?
Join this virtual forum on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 12:30pm. Hosted by Ohio State’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, as part of their Latinx Heritage Month events, the moderated discussion will focus on how to support Latinx success in higher education.

Diverse Live Webcast: Ensuring Equitable Access and Inclusion During a Pandemic
Thursday, October 22, 10:00-11:00am. We cannot lose focus on equitable access and inclusion amid the chaos that COVID-19 has wreaked on higher education and the current and prospective students we serve. During this session, expert panelists will discuss strategies that support and prioritize diversity and inclusion efforts in recruitment, admissions and retention.

New report on mental health support for students of color
A task force formed by The Steve Fund, a nonprofit focused on the mental health of youth of color, recently released a report that advises colleges and employers on how best to help students of color in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a struggling economy and ongoing racial strife.

DEI In the News

For Native Americans, fighting this year’s wildfires comes with the cost of exposure to coronavirus (Oregon Live)
When the first fire of the season broke out on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in Northern California in July, Greg Moon faced a dilemma. As Hoopa’s fire chief and its pandemic team leader, Moon feared the impact of the blaze on the dense coniferous forests of the reservation, near Redwood National and State Parks, where 3,000 tribal members depend on steelhead trout and coho salmon fishing.

Racism has cost the U.S. $16 trillion, Citigroup finds (CBS)
America could have been $16 trillion richer if not for inequities in education, housing, wages and business investment between Black and White Americans over the past 20 years, new research concludes. What’s more, the U.S. could have $5 trillion in gross domestic product over the next five years if those gaps and others were closed today, the study indicated.

The US government took the land of Oregon’s native people 170 years ago this week (OPB News)
“When white settlers began coming to Oregon, they brought a lot of really interesting things with them,” said David G. Lewis, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde who teaches anthropology and native studies at Oregon State University.

Extension in the News

City of Bend, OSU Extension Service offer landscaping tips during a drought
KTVZ
Tips for Plant Choice and Maintenance, Provided by Amy Jo Detweiler, Professor and Community Horticulturist, Oregon State University Extension Service

Gardening Grows More Than Food, Feeds the Soul
Tillamook County Pioneer
Consider drying and/or freezing – OSU Extension has several great publications available, including Freezing Fruits & Vegetables and Drying Fruits & Vegetables.

New Details / Food bank adapts to life amid a pandemic
The Chronicle
Community members offered to make masks by hand for the staff, the Oregon State University extension office donated sanitizer and the Oregon Food Bank donated gloves.

Learn to can tuna with new video
The News Guard
A new video from Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon State University Extension Service teaches tuna fans how to can the fish at home.

Nursery crops top list of Oregon commodities
Capital Press
According to Oregon State University Extension Service, there were 25,273 registered acres of outdoor hemp as of Aug. 21.

Soft-Catch Tech Wanted by Blueberry Growers
Growing Produce
A switch from hand- to machine-harvesting will become more practical with advancements in blueberry harvesting and packing technology, said OSU Extension berry crops specialist Wei Yang.

OSU Experts on Gardeners Coping with Smoke
The Corvallis Advocate
Oregon State University has an extension service called Ask an Expert, a question-answer tool designed to connect you to a faculty member with answers in two business days.

In this week’s issue:

OSUEA Award Nominations – Deadline October 15th

The OSUEA Awards Committee is soliciting applications for Staff Awards and the Oscar Hagg Communication Award.  Annually these awards are given at the OSU Extension Annual Conference in recognition of the great work our staff are doing.

In such a crazy year, what a great time to nominate a colleague in recognition of their outstanding work.  This year the OSUEA Awards will be presented “virtually” at the OSUEA Awards Program during Extension Annual Conference on Friday, December 11.

Nominations are being solicited for:  Experienced Faculty, Newer Faculty, Professional Faculty (Administrative Support), Educational Program Assistant, Classified Staff, OSUEA Team and Oscar Hagg Communication Award.  Detailed descriptions of each award category as well as application process can be seen on our website at  http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/osuea/recognition/.  The application process is fairly easy.

If you have questions, please let us know.  Deadline for applications is October 15th.

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, September 25 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Design tips for program pages: See all the design options for displaying text and images on program pages. And check out some great examples.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Oregon COVID-19 Farmworker Study Press Conference
The Oregon COVID-19 Farmworker Study Team (a consortium of 11 farmworker-serving organizations and academics from PSU, University of Oregon, and Oregon State University) will announce the preliminary survey findings from more than 200 farmworkers living across all of Oregon. Register here for the Tuesday, September 22, 11:00 a.m. event.

Unpacking Race, Wealth, and Individual Power
Join this conversation, hosted by Chicago Beyond on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., with Dr. Andre Perry and David Axelrod, to explore race, wealth, individual power and how the decisions of our nation’s past allowed for the unjust policies we see today. More information and event registration can be found here.

Gardening for the Future: Diversity and Ecology in the Urban Landscape Forum
On October 8, 2020 symposium registrants will receive an email with links to recordings of the five symposium lectures to view at your convenience prior to the live panel discussion on October 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM.  There will also be a link for you to submit questions for the panel discussion with all five speakers. To allow the moderator to be prepared, it may not be possible to include questions received after October 14. A recording of the panel event will be sent to all registrants.

THIS WEEK! Sustaining All Life/United to End Racism Climate Week
Sustaining All Life (SAL) and United to End Racism (UER) are international grassroots organizations working to end the climate emergency within the context of ending all divisions among people. This week-long event will present interactive workshops and forums that address barriers to resolving the climate emergency. Sessions will also show participants how to exchange effective listening to free themselves from the emotional and mental harm resulting from oppression and other hurtful experiences—harm that can interfere with thinking about and responding effectively to the climate crisis.

All the sessions and forums are free and 90 minutes. FYI, times listed are East coast times.

Extension in the News

To all the forestland owners affected by the Archie Creek Fire
The News-Review
A column by Alicia Christiansen.

Fall’s the best time to harvest discounts at garden centers
The Columbian
“Containers are vulnerable to freeze damage,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “Overall, I would recommend planting things right away if you buy in fall sales. Overwintering them is not worth it if you’re going with planters. Most people are not willing to deal with all that.”

Wildfire ash and smoke leave Oregon gardeners with questions: Ask an expert
The Oregonian
Fall is coming right up and all of those end-of-season projects are looming, and now gardeners are wondering what they need to do to help their plants and soil after the smoke, ash and heavy winds that came with Oregon’s devastating wildfires.

Wildfires and forest management: What experts say
KOIN
Carrie Berger, the Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Fire Program Manager for Oregon State University, joined AM Extra with insight into forest management, how communities can prepare, some of the challenges and what lessons we’ve all learned.

Clatskanie Grows: Plants, winds, ash and bats
The Chief
A column by Chip Bubl.

OSU Extension again distributes masks for farmworkers
Pamplin Media Group
Oregon State University’s Extension Service in Clackamas County once again handed out masks for farmworkers, this time for helping prevent smoke inhalation from wildfires.

Volunteers help evacuate animals from wildfires
The Astorian
Lindsay Davis, the office manager for the Oregon State University Extension Service in Clatsop County, said the office decided to help the volunteers coordinate the evacuation.

John Day approves funding for Grant County Coworks
The Blue Mountain Eagle
Didgette McCracken, the Open Campus Coordinator at Oregon State University Extension, presented Grant County Coworks — a shared workspace for educational and entrepreneurial pursuits and technology — during the John Day City Council on Aug. 25.

New Boardman food pantry off to a solid start
Hermiston Herald
Anna Browne, Oregon State University Extension’s open campus coordinator in Umatilla and Morrow counties, said she didn’t think the pantry would exist today if it hadn’t been for the pandemic.

New ag business program focuses on direct meat sales
Western Farmer-Stockman
The program is a project of the Niche Meat Processing Assistance Network at Oregon State University.

With wildfire smoke outside, how do you keep air in your home as clean as possible?
KCBY
Both are among the tips offered to improve indoor air quality by Glenda Hyde, associate professor at Oregon State University.

An Expert Shares Precautions For Cleaning Ash
KLCC
Ash, especially the tiny particles from burned homes or other manmade items, can contribute to an array of health problems. Brooke Edmunds is with OSU Extension. She recommends misting affected areas with water, then gently sweeping.