In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension vaccination outreach and education updates

Starting April 19, all individuals 16 and older in Phase 2 are eligible to be vaccinated in Oregon. Individuals in Phases 1A and 1B, groups 1-7 are currently eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The Oregon Health Authority has a Get Vaccinted Oregon tool that helps you create an account and find a vaccination provider when you are eligible to receive a vaccine.

Pause in Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

This morning, the Oregon Health Authority has asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, per the announcement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Federal Drug Administration. This is out of an abundance of caution as they review six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in women ages 18-48 after vaccination with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

About the Get Vaccinated Oregon (GVO) Tool

  • The GVO no longer accepts landline phone numbers as a method of contact. Using these automated calls as a response for the GVO was confusing to landline users who have been warned by the Oregon Department of Justice to be careful of automated calls. (For more on COVID-19 fraud schemes, consult this guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General).
  • Anyone who registered for the GVO tool with a landline will be contacted for support with vaccine access. Many of those who registered in the GVO with a landline registered through 211. Anyone whose preferred method of contact is a landline can continue to call 211 for support in accessing vaccine (or toll free, 1-866-698-6155 or TTY dial 711 and 1-866-698-6155).

No Documentation Needed

  • All eligible individuals in Oregon can get the vaccine.
  • You don’t need to have identification.
  • You don’t need to be a U.S. citizen.
  • Getting the vaccine will not affect your immigration status or count as a public charge.
  • You don’t need to have or provide a Social Security number.
  • If you need support or information on resources for help you can call the Safe + Strong Helpline: 1-800-923-HELP(4357).

Vaccines Are Free

The vaccine will be given to everyone for free. The dose is paid for by the federal government and you cannot be charged a visit fee. However, if you have insurance, the insurance company can be charged for the visit fee.  Therefore, for those who have insurance you may be asked to provide the name of the insurance company so they can be billed for that visit.

County Risk Levels

As vaccinations increase, case counts and percent positivity won’t be adequate indicators on their own for measuring the threat COVID-19 poses to public health. Oregon is adding a statewide hospitalization metric for Extreme Riisk counties.

Beginning this week, for counties to move to – or remain in – Extreme Risk, they must meet the county metrics for case rates and percent positivity, plus COVID-19 positive patients occupying 300 hospital beds or more, and a 15% increase in the seven-day average of hospitalizations over the past week.

Counties that meet the criteria for Extreme Risk but not for the statewide trigger will be assigned to High Risk. This week there are three counties that qualify for Extreme Risk based on their county metrics, but are assigned High Risk because the statewide trigger has not been met: Josephine, Klamath, and Tillamook.

The first week’s data will provide a “warning week” to prepare counties for potential risk level changes. The next assignment of risk levels will be announced April 20 and take effect April 23.

Updates to Warning Week data and county risk levels will be posted to coronavirus.oregon.gov.

Disinfectant Cleaning Not As Important As Originally Thought

The CDC has issued new guidelines that suggest cleaning with soap or detergent and water will suffice in killing the virus. Disinfectant cleaning isn’t needed.  Soap/detergent and water suffice. According to a recent article in The New York Times, money for COVID-19 prevention in shared facilities, excluding health care, is better spent on securing air filtration systems.

“This should be the end of deep cleaning,” said Dr. Joseph Allen, a building safety expert at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, noting that the misplaced focus on surfaces has had real costs. “It has led to closed playgrounds, it has led to taking nets off basketball courts, it has led to quarantining books in the library. It has led to entire missed school days for deep cleaning. It has led to not being able to share a pencil. So that’s all that hygiene theater, and it’s a direct result of not properly classifying surface transmission as low risk.”

Breakthrough Cases

There has been a very low rate of “breakthrough” cases – instances in which an individual received a positive COVID-19 test result at least 14 days after the final dose of their respective COVID-19 vaccine. At best the vaccines are only 95% effective so wearing face coverings, social distancing and handwashing still matter. On April 8, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced that it had identified 168 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases in Oregon through April 2, including three deaths.

First Monday Update

In case you missed it! First Monday Up is about statewide mental health first aid initiative. Check it out here.

Professional Development Resources

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

Thursday, April 15, 2021 @ 10:00 am: Extension communications, informational technology and noncredit education: Orientation and refresher

Friday, April 16, 2021 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9155, How to Control Slugs in Your Garden/Cómo Controlar a las Babosas en su Jardín
Neil Bell, Amy J. Dreves
Revised (Replaces EC 1536-S). Practical tips on how to deal with slugs in your garden, given in both English and Spanish.

Consejos prácticos sobre como tratar las babosas en su jardín, dados en inglés y español.

Extension News and Impact Stories

Producing news and impact stories is the No. 1 priority for the Extension Communications’ news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. These stories were published in the last week:

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

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Effective writing for easier reading

Plain language for me has been one of the most humbling and aspiring components of my career in recent years,” says Weston Miller, Community Horticulturist for Extension in the Portland metro area. “It’s been about stepping aside from my own beliefs in how content should be written – looking at it from the eyes of the reader and adapting the content.”

The average American reads at the 7th or 8th grade reading levels. So, it’s best we write in the clearest, simplest way possible to reach all people. “If people hit a wall of text, it’s probably not going to go very well. They are probably not going to get the information they need,” says Weston. Also, adding icons or photos can help show and reinforce your message.

In this recording, Weston (12:22-20:45) and Janet Donnelly (6:30-12:20) from Extension Communications show how to quickly break up a densely written paragraph to make it plain language. And they share tools you can use to check final reading level.

Start your plain language editing by taking 5 minutes to focus on:

  • Shorter words
  • Shorter sentences
  • Shorter paragraphs

Then learn more plain language tips on the Virtual Extension employee intranet.

Diversity Highlights

TONIGHT! BIPOC in STEM Career Conversation: The College of Science BIPOC student group is hosting a discussion with BIPOC STEM professionals on Tuesday, April 13 at 5 p.m. Kim Tran from Integrity Bio, Dawn Wright from Esri, Jacob Benson III from Innovator Semiconductor Solutions and Shaznin Daruwalla from CAPS join us for a 30-minute student Q&A followed by breakout sessions.

Provost’s Lecture Featuring Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award Winner, Historian and Leading Anti-Racist Voice in America
Oregon State University invites you to join a virtual event on Wednesday, April 14, featuring Ibram X. Kendi – National Book Award Winner (2019), Guggenheim Fellow, historian, three-time NY Times best selling author and journalist. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research for a conversation about How To Be an Anti-Racist. Register here.

Registration now open for the OSU ADA 30th Anniversary Symposium
The ADA30 Celebratory Symposium is the culmination of Oregon State University’s year-long celebration of the 30thanniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This symposium combines poster and paper sessions with community-oriented workshops and facilitated discussions to create opportunities for dialogue across spheres of experience. Rather than holding a conventional conference in a shorter (1- or 2-day) timeframe, the symposium aims to increase accessibility and reduce “Zoom burnout” by spreading out sessions over the entire month of May.

Call for Applications – Inclusive Excellence@OSU 2021 Cohort: Each year IE@OSU welcomes STEM faculty from OSU, Linn-Benton and Lane Community Colleges to participate in a yearlong fellowship. Inclusive Excellence@OSU seeks to transform STEM education by creating a thriving community of peers who are invested in inclusive excellence in STEM, challenging fellows to develop equity and justice-oriented mindsets and exploring pedagogical practices that fellows can implement in their own classrooms. Click here for application and more info. Deadline to apply is May 3.

DEI In the News

Why we need new benchmarks for AI (Wall Street Journal)
“The focus of all AI development was all on accuracy, especially when it came to benchmarks,” says Youjin Kong, an associate visiting professor of philosophy at Oregon State University who works on ethics and social philosophy in AI. “But what’s the purpose of competition to increase accuracy if the data set itself is biased?” (OSU faculty, staff and students can access the WSJ for free from the OSU Libraries website)

Chief Diversity Officers Play Critical Role in Effecting Lasting Change on Campus (Diverse Edu)
“In many places, the conversation starts with reexamining the role of the chief diversity officer, who is often charged with helping institutions develop “cultural competency and expand the social bandwidth of their respective institutions,” says Elizabeth Moore, interim chief diversity officer at Gallaudet University.”

Extension in the News

Everyday People: An avid gardener helps others grow
The Astorian
Wentzel is the new master gardener and small-farms program coordinator on the coast for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Fact check: Bell peppers do not have a gender; false claim based on number of lobes is a myth
USA Today
“The bumps or lack thereof are primarily related to the variety and growing conditions,” according to the Oregon State University Extension Service. 

Garden Plots
The Chronicle
A column by Chip Bubl.

Through the Eyes of an Elder: Staying strong — and connected
Hood River News
Locally, a national program called Strong Women/Strong People (developed by Tufts University, designed for people middle-aged and older, and supported by Oregon State University Extension) has been the answer for many older adults seeking a way to exercise safely in a non-competitive setting.

Oregon State University looks to help address mental health in farming, ranching
RFD-TV
“I think there is a perception that if you’re struggling with those sorts of problems, it’s maybe a character flaw,” OSU’s Cassie Bouska states. “I would encourage people to take a step back and realize that mental health problems like chronic depression, anxiety, things like that can actually be, I would consider them like an illness. I just think of it as having the flu basically, you’re not feeling well.”

In this week’s issue:

Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — May 1, 2021

The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is May 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.
  • Exciting Update related to the amount currently in the endowment!

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.

New Employees and New Positions

Teagan Moran, Benton, Ag Small Farms Coordinator (Promotion)

Maria Zamora Re, Campus, Biological & Ecological Engineering Extension, Assistant Professor-Water Irrigation

In Memoriam

In 1967, Lloyd Wayne Martin began working in Corvallis, Oregon as Extension Specialist for Oregon State University.  In 1970, Lloyd moved to Canby, Oregon and worked as Superintendent of North Willamette Experiment Station in Aurora until 1992. Obituary is here.

Professional Development Resources

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

Thursday, April 8 2021 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network

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

Thursday, April 15 2021 @ 10:00 am: Extension communications, informational technology and noncredit education: Orientation and refresher

Extension News and Impact Stories

Producing news and impact stories is the No. 1 priority for the Extension Communications’ news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. These stories were published in the last week:

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

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Creating buzz with content marketing

All of us produce content for the Extension website and other outlets, but we don’t always promote that content. This six-minute recording shows you how to build interest in your work.

Enhancing Urban and Suburban Landscapes to Protect Pollinators (EM9281) came out in June 2020, and recently earned a silver award from the national Association of Communication Excellence. How did we make sure this excellent information got noticed?

By dividing this 41-page publication into easier to read chunks, we could create infographics or short videos to promote and share with partners and during National Pollinator Week.

Here’s a pretty simple idea. Take a snapshot of just a portion of beautiful two-page table spread and post on Facebook. This reached 31,000 people and 4,065 liked or shared that content.

Another bee graphic faculty developed for the publication turned into a short “5 common bees in Oregon” video to share on the web and social media. The video provides educational content, but also is entertaining. It reached 17,000 people and had 5,800 views (and you all helped share that further).

Our takeaways – promote your work. Don’t quit once you have that PDF in your hands. Reach out to other people to help share it. And repurpose that content online by using key pieces to engage audiences. Learn more in this six-minute professional development webinar.

Want to explore your ideas directly with Extension Communications, ECTU and PACE? Join us on April 15 at 10 am for an orientation and refresher conversation.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

WorldOregon Speaker Series: The Office of Global affairs has announced the last of the lineup for the 21st Annual International Speaker Series, streaming live online. This year’s theme: Changing Course. Tom Colicchio, acclaimed restauranteur and Top Chef lead judge, is featured on Wednesday, April 7 with “Hunger, Food, & Human Rights.” To attend one of these events, or for questions, email the Office of Global Affairs.

OMSI-OSU Virtual Workshop: “How to communicate about controversial issues”: Thursday, April 8, 3-4:30 p.m., “Controversial Subjects: Don’t avoid tackling controversial issues anymore.” Participants will learn and practice strategies for writing and talking about controversial topics in a productive and hopeful way. Subjects include: framing, the power of metaphor, explanatory chains and solutions. Registration closes April 6. Register/learn more at: https://omsi.edu/science-communication-services.

Kognito: Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress Training for Staff, Faculty and Student Assistants: Students today face increasing pressures that can lead to emotional distress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and even thoughts of suicide. This is never more true than now with the additional stressors of police brutality, racism and a global pandemic. Visit beav.es/Zzp to access the faculty/staff online training so you can recognize and support OSU students in distress. Student assistants should visit: beav.es/ZD3. For questions contact Tessie Webster-Henry: tess.websterhenry@oregonstate.edu

DEI In the News

Portland residents create Black Resilience Fund to meet local need (OPB)
“the organization is committed to a minimal screening process, without requiring extensive paperwork or proof of income in the form of paystubs, eviction papers or bank statements. Black Portlanders, Whitten says, have long been in crisis.”

Making Higher Education A Possibility For All – An Interview with Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley (Divere Edu)
“Growing up in Southeast Los Angeles, Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley never thought that the struggles he had faced and overcome in his youth would bring him on a path to leading the largest college system in the country. As the 2021 recipient of the Diverse Champions Award, Oakley joins us in this episode to talk about his approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in higher education.”

Extension in the News

OSU’s FRSAN Looking To Address Growing Problem Of Mental Health In Farming Community
Pacific Northwest Ag Network
OSU Extension’s Cassie Bouska said currently there’s a stigma associated with mental health in the farming community that needs to be overcome.

States Are Growing Fewer Trees. Forest Owners Say That’s a Problem.
Pew Charitable Trusts
“We’re scratching our heads over this trying to address the need from the fire,” said Glenn Ahrens, a forester with the Oregon State University extension service.

Lane County garden resources: A primer and a planner for planting season
The Register-Guard
“It’s definitely good to do a little research as to timing, bed prep, when and how to fertilize,” OSU Commercial and Community Horticulture specialist Erica Chernoh said. “There’s a lot of information available.”

Clackamas County Fairgrounds hosts drive-thru inoculations
Volunteers from the Oregon State University Extension Service helped guide a steady stream of cars and pedestrians through the process.

OSU Extension Offers Regular Fire Season Preps
Jefferson Public Radio
Oregon State University’s Extension Service is getting a head start, offering “Fire Aware. Fire Prepared” webinars on alternate Wednesdays through the spring.

Why More Gardeners are Starting to Grow Native Plants
Greenhouse Grower sat down with Gail Langellotto, professor of horticulture at Oregon State University, to see why native plants and pollinators have begun to trend with gardeners.

If You’re New Here: Gardening In The High Desert 
The Source Weekly
Oregon State University Extension Service in Deschutes County has a host of resources designed to help people grow and preserve food, including its “Growing Vegetables in Central Oregon” video class, a one-hour tutorial.

Gardening trivia returns at the Klamath County Library
Herald and News
Nicole Sanchez – an assistant professor in horticulture at the extension center and a favorite recurring guest speaker at the library – will test trivia skills in a variety of topics on Thursday, April 15, with a focus on cold season vegetables; and Thursday, April 29, with a focus on warm season vegetables; both at 7 p.m.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension vaccination outreach and education updates

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

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

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

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

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

New Publishing Project Request Process

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

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

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

How it will work:

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

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

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

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

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

Professional Development Resources

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

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

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

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

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extension News and Impact Stories

Producing news and impact stories is the No. 1 priority for the Extension Communications’ news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. These stories were published in the last week:

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

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

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

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

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

DEI News

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

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

Extension in the News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OSU Master Gardeners offer virtual Q&A on growing vegetables in C. Oregon
KTVZ
The class also includes the free 24-page book, “Growing Vegetables in Central Oregon”, https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/em9128), published by the OSU Extension Service.

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

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

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

Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
A column by Chip Bubl.

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

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension vaccination outreach and education updates

Informative COVID-19 safety and vaccination videos for Spanish and Mam speakers are available in Box and on the COVID-19 employee resources page under Resources to Use (Covid 19: communication toolkits and templates). The videos were created by Juntos en Colaboración in Lincoln County, a partnership between Lincoln County Health and Human Services, Olalla Center, OSU Extension and community members.

Thanks to Dusti Linnell, Beatriz Botello and their Juntos en Colaboración team and to Aracelly and Abelina for recording these messages.  If you are interested in editing the videos to include local resources, please contact Victor Villegas. If you serve Mam-speaking community members, the Colaboración is able assist with editing the Mam videos.

The videos are also available on YouTube.

Here is some more information and ideas for you:

  • Some of you have shared concerns raised in local faith communities related to COVID-19 vaccines. These resources may be useful as you work to support your faith-based community partners to enhance vaccine confidence.
    • A statement from Roman Catholic leadership.
    • FAQ from the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
    • PBS Newshour segment on faith leaders support for vaccines.
  • President Biden is requiring states to make every U.S. adult eligible for the coronavirus vaccine by May 1. Here is an informative piece from The Washington Post addressing whether or not this is legal, realistic, the rate of vaccinations, etc. However, note that at Gov. Brown’s press conference on March 12, she and her staff noted that eligibility does not translate into every Oregonian getting shots by May 1, since this is still dependent upon supply. There was also some hesitancy expressed about overruling the governor’s current carefully determined eligibility timelines. Without enough vaccines, it appears that the governor would still want to implement distribution priorities.

Reminders from previous weeks’ updates:

  • Subscribe to OHA COVID-19 Health Talking Points. OHA updates these frequently and it’s a great way to stay on top of this changing landscape.
  • From the CDC Vaccinate with Confidence Campaign, Six Ways to Help Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence:
  1. Encourage leaders in your family, community, or organizations to be vaccine champions.
  2. Have discussions about COVID-19 vaccines where people can openly discuss their views and ask questions.
  3. Share key messagesthrough multiple channels that people trust and that promote action.
  4. Help educate people about COVID-19 vaccines, how they are developed and monitored for safety, and how individuals can talk to others about the vaccines.
  5. Learn more about finding credible vaccine information. When you come across COVID-19 information, cross-check with CDC.gov and learn how to respond to misinformation you encounter.
  6. When vaccine is offered to you, make visibleyour decision to get vaccinated and celebrate it!

Recently we encouraged that you could extend our reach particularly to harder-to-reach populations. You might use this letter written by Lauren Kraemer to her StrongWomen and StrongPeople groups as an example for how you might engage other groups.

  • Know your audience
  • Select and adapt as needed materials appropriate to the audience and their needs and concerns – language, literacy level, organizational vs individual, any specific-vaccine related concerns.
  • Messaging tips

Evidence suggests that it is best to focus on the positive reasons for getting vaccinated and to avoid restating misinformation or “myths.”  For examples, refer to this resource.

You’re Invited: Extension Employee Listening Session in March!

Join this Zoom session to learn about current efforts, and provide input in three key areas to help shape Extension’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals. This focus area has been developed over the past year, based on your feedback and institutional priorities:

  • Session 3: Expanding access to Extension programs and services
    March 17, 2021, 3-4:30 p.m., register

Past and current participants of the Diversity Champion program are invited to sign up to volunteer as facilitators and/or note takers for breakout group activities during the session. Anyone who is unable to attend, or wishes to share feedback anonymously, may do so any time using this form.

OSU Annual Gerontology Conference

Registration is open for the OSU’s 44th Annual Gerontology Conference, which will occur March 31-April 1 as a virtual event. More than 30 virtual educational sessions for those working with older adults. Topics include dementia, Parkinson’s disease, international innovations in care for older adults and social isolation during Covid. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE – Please contact Teresa Crowley.

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, March 18 2021 @ 10:00 am: How to get better search results for your web content

Friday, March 19 2021 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity

Extension News Stories

Producing news and impact stories is the No. 1 priority for the Extension Communications’ news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. These stories were published in the last week:

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

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Are you curious about how people access web content using assistive technology? What is it like to navigate a webpage only by listening?

Extension Communications has created a series of short (3-5 minute) videos demonstrating the use of both screen reader software and assistive style overrides.

After watching these demos, what did you learn? What questions do you still have?

The Extension Communications Web and Content Strategy team is happy to talk with you about digital accessibility. Please use our support ticket form if you have any questions or would like advice or assistance. You can also watch the 30-minute “How content authors can improve digital accessibility” webinar.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Webinar recording: Building Power and Change for Native People with Savannah Romero
Presented by COCC’s Season of Nonviolence, and Bend’s High Desert Museum as part of a series of events honoring nonviolent advocacy for human rights. Reference the resources shared by the speaker: Indigenous Futures Survey Report IFS Covid-19 Report http://indigenousfutures.illuminatives.org/ , and the Reclaiming Native Truth Report https://illuminatives.org/reclaiming-native-truth/.

OSU Changemakers webinar recording: Laura Galindo: Advocating for Oregon’s farmworkers
Laura Galindo was raised in The Dalles, Oregon, but has farmworker roots that stem back to Jalisco, Mexico. She is the former director of communications and strategic partnerships at Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), Oregon’s largest Latinx labor union with a mission to empower farmworkers and working Latinx families to take action against systemic exploitation. Galindo studied political science and women, gender and sexuality studies at Oregon State, fueling her passion for advocacy and leading to her previous roles in electoral organizing, immigration services and undocumented workers’ rights.

DEI In the News

OSU units issue “Dear Survivors” letter: In an open letter from faculty and staff at the OSU Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center, Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services and the Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center, OSU units reaffirm their support for all survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence. The full letter is available here.

COVID testing clinics connect mid-valley Latino community to resources (Democrat-Herald)
Greater Albany Public Schools was on site providing goodie bags for kids, as well as resources on how to get educational assistance. The Community Services Consortium was there pushing for more Latino families to utilize the RideLine service, which helps transport people to doctor’s appointments at no cost. The Oregon State University Extension Service was also on hand, providing dietary health resources and information about how to get state food assistance.

Extension in the News

OSU shares guide on Asian giant hornets to promote public awareness
The OSU Extension Service’s publication includes a guide on how to properly identify the species, as well as information on its life cycle and predatory habits.

What’s Blooming? Springtime Plants Are Popping Up in Portland
Portland Monthly
Distinguished by its trumpet shape and “happy” yellow hue, the daffodil is a spring classic, says OSU extension community horticulturist Weston Miller.

Elusive vectors for grapevine red blotch
Good Fruit Grower
“The sense that the sky is falling is no longer there,” said Alexander Levin, a viticulturist who joined the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center in 2016, as many young vineyards were starting to see symptoms.

Ag Distance Toolkit Allows Young People To Learn About The Farm During Pandemic
Pacific Northwest Ag Network
According to OSU’s 4-H program the funds allowed them to implement an innovative Ag Distance Education Toolkit, which Maureen Hotsy said allowed them to continue with the importance farm to table message.

OSU’s Wildfire Wednesdays Offer Tips to Avoid Another 2020
Oregon State University’s Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Fire Program is taking steps to help Oregon communities be ready for the 2021 fire season.

4-H Sportsmanship for Youth, Parents and Spectators
The News-Review
A column by Laurie Michaels.

Extension Spotlight: Planting season is varied in Western Oregon
The News-Review
A column by Steve Renquist.

Column: Garden Plots
The Chronicle
A column by Chip Bubl.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension vaccination outreach and education updates

Thanks to those of you already sharing educational materials or your time at vaccination clinics, and those still considering ways that we in Extension can respond to local needs while supporting public health and other community partners to increase vaccine uptake and speed us all toward recovery from the pandemic. This connection between education and actual distribution of vaccines is critical.

We’d like to make you aware of the following updated resources available to you:

COVID-19 topic page

  • CDC has issued new safety protocol guidance for those who are fully vaccinated. It has been added to the COVID-19 top page under Health and Well-Being.

Here is some more information and ideas for you:

  • A new process for Portland metro area appointments for adults 65 and older.
  • Johnson & Johnson vaccine
    • The U.S. Federal Drug Administration approved the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Feb. 27. About 34,000 doses were delivered to Oregon the week of March 1.
    • The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup has concluded that “the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen Biotech) COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for use in the Western States.” The workgroup, composed of nationally acclaimed scientists with expertise in immunizations and public health, has been independently reviewing the safety and efficacy of all FDA approved COVID-19 vaccines, and previously approved the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines late last year.
    • The vaccine requires regular refrigeration, and a single dose makes wider distribution possible in shorter timeframe.
  • The CDC has a new resource, “Finding Credible Vaccine Information.”

Reminders from previous weeks’ updates:

  • Subscribe to OHA COVID-19 Health Talking Points. OHA updates these frequently and it’s a great way to stay on top of this changing landscape.
  • From the CDC Vaccinate with Confidence Campaign, Six Ways to Help Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence.
  1. Encourage leaders in your family, community, or organizations to be vaccine champions.
  2. Have discussions about COVID-19 vaccines where people can openly discuss their views and ask questions.
  3. Share key messagesthrough multiple channels that people trust and that promote action.
  4. Help educate people about COVID-19 vaccines, how they are developed and monitored for safety, and how individuals can talk to others about the vaccines.
  5. Learn more about finding credible vaccine information. When you come across COVID-19 information, cross-check with CDC.gov and learn how to respond to misinformation you encounter.
  6. When vaccine is offered to you, make visibleyour decision to get vaccinated and celebrate it!

Recently we encouraged that you could extend our reach particularly to harder-to-reach populations. You might use this letter written by Lauren Kraemer to her StrongWomen and StrongPeople groups as an example for how you might engage other groups.

  • Know your audience
  • Select and adapt as needed materials appropriate to the audience and their needs and concerns – language, literacy level, organizational vs individual, any specific-vaccine related concerns.
  • Messaging tips
  • Evidence suggests that it is best to focus on the positive reasons for getting vaccinated and to avoid restating misinformation or “myths.” For examples, refer to this resource.

You’re Invited: Extension Employee Listening Sessions in March!

Join one or more of these Zoom sessions to learn about current efforts, and provide input in three key areas to help shape Extension’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals. These focus areas have been developed over the past year, based on your feedback and institutional priorities:

  • Session 1: People: Building capacity and supporting professional development
    March 10, 2021, 3-4:30 p.m., register
  • Session 2: Work Environment: Creating and sustaining an inclusive organizational culture
    March 11, 2021, 3-4:30 p.m., register
  • Session 3: Expanding access to Extension programs and services
    March 17, 2021, 3-4:30 p.m., register

Past and current participants of the Diversity Champion program are invited to sign up to volunteer as facilitators and/or note takers for breakout group activities during the sessions. Anyone who is unable to attend, or wishes to share feedback anonymously, may do so any time using this form.

New Training Resources

New OSU Training Portal on MyOregonState.com

The home page of each employee’s MyOregonState dashboard now features an OSU training portal, where faculty and staff can discover information about internal training resources that showcase the excellent work of OSU colleagues and departments. These resources span a range of topics related to academics and teaching; diversity, equity and inclusion; social justice; supervision and management; web and computing skills; compliance matters, and many others.

New online learning library pilot

OSU is collaborating with LinkedIn Learning to provide external online learning resources to the entire OSU community, including faculty, staff, graduate assistants and students, as a pilot program during 2021. LinkedIn Learning provides on-demand access to thousands of video-based courses on a wide variety of professional and personal development topics, with content developed, vetted and produced to meet specific quality standards.

First Monday Update

In case you missed it: Forty percent of Oregon’s family forests are managed, or co-managed, by women. The Women Owning Woodlands Network (WOWNet) provides participatory, hands-on peer learning to build technical skills and knowledge for its members. See the complete blog here.

Professional Development Resources

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

Thursday, March 11 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network

Thursday, March 18 @ 10:00 am: How to get better search results for your web content

Register for the Ecampus Faculty Forum

On May 4-5, the 14th annual Ecampus Faculty Forum is in a virtual format, please share this information with your appropriate department members and encourage them to register today.

The Faculty Forum is a great opportunity for faculty, staff and administrators to engage in discussions about Oregon State’s online teaching excellence, innovative teaching methods and faculty experiences in online course development.

On both May 4 and 5, a half-day series of events will begin via Zoom at 12 p.m. PT. Breakout panel presentations will cover the following topics:

  • Lab work in the online classroom
  • Fostering inclusivity through student success initiatives
  • Applied learning opportunities
  • How to generate enriching discussions online
  • Establishing your presence while teaching at a distance

You can view the complete agenda on the Ecampus website.

This year’s keynote speaker is Thomas J. Tobin, the program area director for distance teaching and learning on the Learning Design, Development and Innovation team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Through six key takeaways, Tom will share how faculty can observe, assess and strengthen their own online teaching practices in the moment of teaching itself.

Please add this exciting professional development event to your calendar and encourage those in your department to attend online this spring.

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EC 1613, A Pocket Guide to Common Natural Enemies of Nursery Crops and Garden Pests in the Pacific Northwest
Melissa Scherr, Robin Rosetta, Lloyd Nackley
Revised. Learn how to identify some common insects that prey on garden pests. See what they look like at various life stages, and learn how to encourage beneficial insects in your garden or nursery. Print this pocket guide on letter-size paper and cut pages as indicated to make a booklet.

Extension News Stories

Producing news and impact stories is the No. 1 priority for the Extension Communications’ news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. These stories were published in the last week:

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

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Extension serves as the hub for Walk with Ease in Oregon. In addition to supporting in-person programming, they work with PACE to offer a self-guided virtual program.

“As soon as a person is registered, an email is triggered and the program begins completely on their schedule,” says Allison Harris, Walk with Ease Program Coordinator.

This triggered email after registration is thanks to a constituent relationship management (CRM) system that PACE currently uses. Extension will soon have similar automation for program emails through the Salesforce CRM.

“It really helps us be set up to serve more participants,” says Allison. “We actually saw in 2020 a 483% increase in our participation and because of this partnership and this automation we were equipped to handle that easily.”

Learn more what this efficient process looks like and its benefits in this 10-minute webinar recording.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact inclusive.outreach@oregonstate.edu with any questions, or to submit Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

TONIGHT! Oregon’s Black History: A Virtual Event and Conversation with Walidah Imarisha: Walidah Imarisha is a writer, activist, educator, and spoken word artist who will be giving a talk about Oregon’s Black History. Following her program, Imarisha will answer questions from the audience. March 9, 7 p.m. Registration is required. Link: https://beav.es/oEx.

TONIGHT! “Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change” with Vanessa Raditz: Join a free, public lecture and question and answer session with Vanessa Raditz (they/them), queer educator, activist and filmmaker, on Tuesday, March 9, 6-7 p.m. via Zoom. Registrants to this free event will also receive a link to view the collaborative documentary, “Fire & Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change,” directed by Raditz. Raditz is a queer cultural geographer, educator, and culture-shifter dedicated to community healing, opening access to land and resources and fostering a thriving local economy based on human and ecological resilience. Register here: oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8BOE9dp_Sjuv0wHNM5LV6Q.

Womxn in Science Outside the Lab event: Kishana Taylor, postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, will speak as part of the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (EECB) seminar series on “Prioritizing Intersectionality in Interdisciplinary Infectious Disease Research: Intersectional identities (and scientists) must inform how we study disease” on March 10, 4-5 p.m., via Zoom (beav.es/eecb) or YouTube: (beav.es/oSs).

DEI In the News

UO’s new institute fighting the common roots of racial and environmental injustice (OPB)
“The summer of protests for racial justice led to more frank and public discussions about Oregon’s racist history, and September’s wildfires burned 1.6 million acres, illustrating the increasing urgency of climate change. But an increasing number of academics, environmentalists and activists are asserting that these aren’t two disconnected issues; that they’re intertwined, with common roots in the same societal forces.”

The Activists Working to Remake the Food System (NY Times)
“for a number of Americans, the phrase “essential workers,” with its heroic overtones, has revealed for the first time something of the long-ignored lives of the farmers, meat processors and grocery store employees without whom there would be no food on our tables.”

Extension in the News

Safety net offered for depressed, suicidal farmers
Western Farmer-Stockman
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) – a new program from Oregon State University Extension Service – teaches farmers, ranchers and their family and friends how to interrupt the process that leads to suicide, according to Cassie Bouska, assistant professor in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences.

Malheur County’s new 4-H coordinator is a ‘lifelong learner’ who has traveled to 150 countries
Argus Observer
Marti Deyo is still moving into her new position and office at the Malheur Extension Office, but on Friday was busy preparing for a planning session with local 4-H leaders.

County tables decision on funding Cyber Mill project
Blue Mountain Eagle
The Cyber Mill, according to Didgette McCracken, the Open Campus coordinator at Oregon State University Extension Office, is working under the nonprofit Grant County Digital, and the concept was presented to the court last month.

China, Russia benefit U.S. wheat growers
Capital Press
Christina Hagerty, an assistant professor of cereal pathology at Oregon State University’s Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center, or CBARC, has taken over as the project’s principal investigator. Both the ARS and CBARC share a facility north of Pendleton.

Hobby helps Sisters man find cherished items lost by owners
The Bulletin
Todd Williver, 54, who works as a 4-H Program Coordinator for Oregon State University, was just as excited as the bride-to-be.

Sense of Place lecture features OSU Extension
Columbia Gorge News
Join Mt. Adams Institute for a virtual Sense of Place event, “The Legacy & Promise of Land Grant Universities and Oregon State University Extension in the Gorge,” March 10 at 7 p.m. on Zoom featuring Ann Harris.

Extension gives away free seeds for garden challenge
Polk Cunty Itemizer-Observer
Almost 38,000 free seed packets will be distributed by Oregon State University Extension Service to Oregonians who show no signs of losing the enthusiasm for gardening generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Definition of Free-Range Chickens
Successful Farming
Jim Hermes is a retired extension poultry specialist at Oregon State University. He says the USDA has a legal definition of free range.

Oregon gardeners, here’s your March guide to planting and planning
The Oregonian
The Oregon State University Extension Service offers monthly planners for gardeners. In March, it’s time to plan your vegetable garden and monitor soil temperatures, just to get started.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension vaccination outreach and education updates

Thanks to those of you already sharing educational materials or your time at vaccination clinics, and those still considering ways that we in Extension can respond to local needs while supporting public health and other community partners to increase vaccine uptake and speed us all toward recovery from the pandemic.  This connection between education and actual distribution of vaccines is critical.

We’d like to make you aware of the following updated resources available to you:

COVID-19 internal resources page

  • Added a link to new CDC site for all of their “Vaccinate with Confidence” materials, including the toolkits we’ve shared (on their new sidebar).
  • Added an informative, encouraging, and all around splendid video from physicians in southern Oregon that you are free to use or use as an example for your own local providers Thanks Caryn Wheeler for sharing!

COVID-19 topic page

  • Helping Kids Get Comfortable with Masks – Advice for parents on helping kids with mask wearing, including a link to Mask up Oregon Kids video.
  • Coming next week: Links to informative COVID-19 safety and vaccination informational videos for Spanish and Mam speakers. The videos were created by Juntos en Colaboración in Lincoln County, a partnership between Lincoln County Health and Human Services, Olalla Center, OSU Extension and community members.  Thanks to Dusti Linnell, Beatriz Botello and their Juntos en Colaboración team and to Aracelly and Abelina for recording these messages. PLEASE NOTE: If you want to edit videos to exclude the Lincoln County information and replace with resources for your county, please include a final slide in español crediting Juntos en Colaboracion partners for developing the videos.

Here is some more information and ideas for you: 

  • The vaccine rollout
    • All adults older than 65 are now eligible.
    • On Friday, the state announced new groups and their eligibility dates. The following groups will be eligible no later than March 29:
      • Adults 45-64 with one or more underlying health conditions with increased risk (as defined by the CDC)
      • Migrant and seasonal farm workers
      • Seafood and agricultural workers
      • Food processing workers
      • People living in low-income senior housing, senior congregate and independent living
      • Individuals experiencing houselessness (sheltered and unsheltered)
      • People currently displaced by wildfires
      • Wildland firefighters
    • As Vice Provost for Student Affairs Dan Larson outlined in his e-mail to OSU employees on Friday, higher education employees who meet the CDC criteria for frontline workers will be eligible to receive the vaccine no later than May 1.
    • Oregonians age 16 and over will be eligible to receive the vaccine no later than July 1, provided supplies from the federal government continue as planned.
    • All of these eligibility dates are dependent on supplies from the federal government will continue as planned.
    • Many people who are eligible have had trouble getting a scheduled appointment even as pharmacies – including grocery store pharmacies – become official distribution sites. The state continues to ask for patience, expecting the supply chain to speed up. The approval of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will boost supply significantly.
  • Possible phone navigator assistance for getting signed up for scheduling vaccinations
    • Most counties have a system where you need to sign up and then are contacted by the county health department for scheduling. For many people, this first step is a big hurdle.
    • We’ve learned that the 211 phone system to navigate scheduling has improved, with shorter wait times and language translators available. Please share this resource with others, especially older adults and those without internet access.
    • Some staff have asked if they also might assist by offering to help community members via phone for this phase of the sign up. The scheduling needs to stay within the purview of those who know the supply availability. Check first with your regional director and county office staff about capacity. If there is such, reach out to your local health department and offer that you could host a phone line for “x hours per day, x days per week,” to support community members to get into the county’s scheduling system.
    • If the health department agrees this could be useful, you might advertise that you are offering this service in volunteer materials, on your social media sites, through radio, etc.
  • You can be an informed spokesperson in all situations where you are in contact with the public. Please consider these key messages:
    • The best protection from becoming infected continues to be a combination of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, wearing a face covering, staying at least six feet away from others and washing your hands often. We need all these tools to end the pandemic.
    • Rates of infections and hospitalizations have been declining since the vaccination effort began.
    • From the CDC’s “Six Ways to Help Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence:”
  1. Encourage leaders in your family, community or organizations to be vaccine champions.
  2. Have discussions about COVID-19 vaccines where people can openly discuss their views and ask questions.
  3. Share key messagesthrough multiple channels that people trust and that promote action.
  4. Help educate people about COVID-19 vaccines, how they are developed and monitored for safety, and how individuals can talk to others about the vaccines.
  5. Learn more about finding credible vaccine information. When you come across COVID-19 information, cross-check with CDC.gov and learn how to respond to misinformation you encounter.
  6. When vaccine is offered to you, make visibleyour decision to get vaccinated and celebrate it!
  • Reminders from previous updates:
    • We encouraged that you could extend our reach particularly to harder-to-reach populations. You might use this letter written by Lauren Kraemer to her StrongWomen and StrongPeople groups as an example for how you might engage other groups.
    • Subscribe to OHA COVID-19 Health Talking Points.
      • OHA updates these frequently and it’s a great way to stay on top of this changing landscape.
    • Know your audience
    • Select and adapt as needed materials appropriate to the audience and their needs and concerns – language, literacy level, organizational vs individual, any specific-vaccine related concerns.
    • Messaging tips
    • Evidence suggests that it is best to focus on the positive reasons for getting vaccinated and to avoid restating misinformation or “myths.” For examples, refer to this resource.

You’re Invited: Extension Employee Listening Sessions in March!

Join one or more of these Zoom sessions to learn about current efforts, and provide input in three key areas to help shape Extension’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals. These focus areas have been developed over the past year, based on your feedback and institutional priorities:

      • Session 1: People: Building capacity and supporting professional development
        March 10, 2021, 3-4:30 p.m., register
      • Session 2: Work Environment: Creating and sustaining an inclusive organizational culture
        March 11, 2021, 3-4:30 p.m., register
      • Session 3: Expanding access to Extension programs and services
        March 17, 2021, 3-4:30 p.m., register

Past and current participants of the Diversity Champion program are invited to sign up to volunteer as facilitators and/or note takers for breakout group activities during the sessions. Anyone who is unable to attend, or wishes to share feedback anonymously, may do so any time using this form.

Congratulations Shannon

Shannon Caplan, OSU Open Campus and Family & Community Health Program, Assistant Professor of Practice (New position)

Professional Development Resources

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

Friday, March 5 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Thursday, March 11 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8413, 2021 Pest Management Guide for Wine Grapes in Oregon
Patricia A. Skinkis, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti, Vaughn M. Walton, Achala KC, Clive Kaiser
Revised. Learn the most effective techniques for controlling insects, weeds and disease on wine grapes in Oregon.

Extension News Stories

Producing news and impact stories is the No. 1 priority for the Extension Communications’ news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. These storoes were published in the last week:

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

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Level up your county and program websites

We recently held a webinar to share some tips to level up your website. Watch the recording of the webinar.

We’ve added chapters to the video to help you find the sections you are interested in watching. To view the chapters, click the video’s navigation menu (the three lines in the top-left corner).

Some next steps:

  • Review your intro text on your main landing page. See recommended intro text for counties.
  • Add your impact information. Add impact information to “text with background” or “impact stats bar” sections. Here are two great examples: Lane County and Jefferson County (to view, scroll down to the “Investing in a vibrant…”).
  • Review your photos. Are they high quality? Do they have copyright information? Copyright information is now required for all images added to the site (i.e., to save a new image or update an existing image).
  • Check your text: Is it well chunked into small sections with a heading and short, clear paragraphs? Is any of the text or documents out-of-date?
  • Add 2-3 testimonials to your program website. And look through the Design tips for programs blog post to get ideas for different ways you can add content to your page.

Kudos to the many counties who have updated their landing pages since the webinar!

If you’d like some help making updates, please send your questions or requests to the OSU Extension website support system.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact inclusive.outreach@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and to submit Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

CORA Learning Webinar: Racelighting
Join Drs. Frank Harris III and J. Luke Wood as they discuss their recent article published in Diverse Issues in Higher Education on Racelighting. Racelighting refers to the process whereby People of Color question their own thoughts and actions due to systematically delivered racialized messages that make them second guess their own lived experiences with racism. This webinar will be an informal discussion between Drs. Harris III and Wood on how Racelighting manifests in schools, community colleges, and universities. Wednesday, March 3, 11:30 a.m.

TRIAD: The OSU TRIAD Club’s programs are online and free this term, with all welcome. The next program of the term will be Thursday, March 4 at noon: Joel Zapata, assistant professor, School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, “Latina/os of the Great Plains and America’s Future.” Zoom link: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/92941195877pwd=UW00eG51R3NDQUxhY2dkS20vL3ZnUT09 Password: 034032.

Brave Conversations 2021: Celebrating The Black Woman
In honor of Women’s History Month, Dr. William T. Lewis, Sr. is hosting a Brave Convesation focused on Celebrating The Black Woman. In this conversation, Dr. Lewis will discuss with his guests various aspects of their lived-experiences as Black women living in America, covering points such as, navigating racism in work and in business, dealing with the “mad Black woman stereotype, black hair, and allyship. Thursday, March 4 at 3 p.m.

DEI In the News

The Advocate talks to Luhui Whitebear about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (Corvallis Advocate)
Luhui Whitebear, Oregon State University’s Native American Longhouse Eena Haws assistant director, said that these numbers are likely an undercount. “The number is definitely higher than that,” Whitebear said. “The problem is that there is not a clear, definitive [way of] knowing of how bad it is in Oregon right now.”

Certificate offers teachers trauma-invested education (East Oregonian)
A new Trauma in Educational Communities Certificate opened for enrollment in fall 2020, and is only one of its kind recognized by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. Teachers who complete the certificate program can add a specialization to their teaching license. With 18 credits, spread over six courses, students can earn the certificate in just less than a year, fully online.

Extension in the News

Fire protection options under debate for Ecola Creek Forest Reserve
The Astorian
Still, it’s a fire that stands out, and one other coastal communities should consider as they think about wildfire risk and the steps they can take to mitigate that risk, said Aaron Groth, an Astoria-based regional fire specialist with Oregon State University’s forestry and natural resources extension fire program.

OSU Extension giving away free seeds for Grow This! Garden Challenge
KTVZ
Almost 38,000 free seed packets will be distributed by Oregon State University Extension Service to Oregonians who show no signs of losing the enthusiasm for gardening generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Innovative harvesting system could be a game-changer for blueberry industry
Fruit Growers News
New harvesting technology developed by Wei Qiang Yang, associate professor and berry Extension agent for Oregon State University Extension Service, could reduce the average cost of harvesting fresh blueberries from more than $12,000 to $3,000 an acre.

With good care, asparagus beds produce for decades
Western Farmer-Stockman
Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturists say preparing an asparagus bed properly will reward you for decades.

Garden Plots
A column by Chip Bubl.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension vaccination outreach and education updates

Thanks to those of you participating locally to meet county educational needs around promoting vaccination and containment and assuring collaboration with county partners. In her Feb. 9 e-mail, Anita shared that we are growing a collection of sharable resources and toolkits, many in multiple languages, available on our COVID-19 internal resources page. Public-facing information is also curated on the OSU Extension COVID-19 page (and displayed in other places throughout our site).

Here are some more ideas for you:

  • The vaccine rollout
    • Older adults are joining the eligibility ranks. The 80+ group joined two weeks ago, 70+ this week. All 65+ will be eligible by the first week in March. This rollout has come with some confusion. State health officials have asked for patience as more than 700,000 seniors age 65 and older become eligible for vaccines over the next four weeks. See the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Health Talking Points below.
    • Consider reaching out to other groups you work with, volunteers, for example, who can extend our reach particularly to harder-to-reach populations. You might use this letter written by Lauren Kraemer to her StrongWomen and StrongPeople groups as an example for how you might engage other groups.
  • Subscribe to OHA COVID-19 Health Talking Points.
    • OHA updates these frequently and it’s a great way to stay on top of this changing landscape.
    • This week’s update talking points provides information about how to schedule appointments by phone, though we acknowledge that getting through is difficult.
  • Know your audience
    • Select and adapt as needed materials appropriate to the audience and their needs and concerns – language, literacy level, organizational vs individual, any specific-vaccine related concerns.
  • Messaging tips

Evidence suggests that it is best to focus on the positive reasons for getting vaccinated and to avoid restating misinformation or “myths.”  For examples, refer to this resource.

You’re Invited: Extension Employee Listening Sessions in March!

Join one or more of these Zoom sessions to learn about current efforts, and provide input in three key areas to help shape Extension’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals. These focus areas have been developed over the past year, based on your feedback and institutional priorities:

  • Session 1: People: Building capacity and supporting professional development
    March 10, 2021, 3-4:30 p.m., register
  • Session 2: Work Environment: Creating and sustaining an inclusive organizational culture
    March 11, 2021, 3-4:30 p.m., register
  • Session 3: Expanding access to Extension programs and services
    March 17, 2021, 3-4:30 p.m., register

Past and current participants of the Diversity Champion program are invited to sign up to volunteer as facilitators and/or note takers for breakout group activities during the sessions. Anyone who is unable to attend, or wishes to share feedback anonymously, may do so any time using this form.

Quarterly Conversation

The February Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. Topics of the conversation include the following (numbers denote where you will find the segment on the video):

  • Welcome and Recognition (Bright Spot and Director’s Coins: 1:29) – Anita Azarenko
  • IT Strategy and Commitment to Link Oregon/Broadband (6:07) – Andrea Ballinger
  • Leadership Update, including status of Vice Provost and 4-H program leader searches, vaccine education update and legislative update (29:08) – Anita, Roberta Riportella, Marion Ceraso
  • DEI: Engaging Diverse Communities across the State (57:45) – Allison Davis-White Eyes
  • Farm to School (1:16:46) – Michelle Markesteyn

A PDF of the Presentation Slides are available for download.

Professional Development Resources

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

Friday, March 5 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8832, Post-Harvest Soil Nitrate Testing for Manured Cropping Systems West of the Cascades
Dan M. Sullivan, Craig G. Cogger, Andy I. Bary, Shabtai Bittman, Linda J. Brewer
Revised. Describes the use of postharvest soil nitrate testing as a tool for assessing nitrogen management in manured cropping systems west of the Cascades.

EM 9314, Year-round Field Identification of Common Northern Great Basin Grasses
Lori Ziegenhagen, Vanessa Schroeder
New. This guide provides detailed identification information for common grass species found throughout the northern Great Basin. Many of these grasses are found throughout the Great Basin. Several can be found throughout the West.

PNW 751, Pollinators in Canola in the Inland Pacific Northwest
Rachel L. Olsson, Karen Sowers, Dr. David W. Crowder
New. Canola grown in the Pacific Northwest is a great food source for bees: bees then pollinate the canola, increasing overall canola yields.

Extension News Stories

Producing news and impact stories is the No. 1 priority for the Extension Communications’ news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. These storoes were published in the last week:

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

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Learn how to ensure your content meets accessibility standards and the needs of all members of your audience. The recording (appx. 30 minutes) of our webinar “How content authors can improve digital accessibility” is now available.

The main takeaways from this session are:

  • Write content using plain language
  • Make sure text alternatives are available for all multimedia
  • Use the new Digital Content Accessibility Checklist to ensure your content is designed and formatted correctly to be compatible with assistive technology

The Extension Communications Web and Content Strategy team is happy to talk with you about digital accessibility. Please use our support ticket form if you have any questions or would like advice or assistance.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact inclusive.outreach@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and to submit Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Race in America Discussion Series: “Navigating While Black and Bi/Multi-Racial”: Hosted by OSU’s Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. This iteration of the series will focus on Black and Bi/Multi-Racial identity and the challenges those individuals face within and outside of the Black community. Feb. 24, 6 p.m. Zoom link: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/98946191744?pwd=YTlBbXRlL01za1liLzhqSVpwQ0p6Zz09 Password: BLM21

OSU Changemakers webcast: Empowering farmworkers and working Latinx families
Mobilizing communities is what Laura Galindo, ’17, does best. She’s former director of communications and strategic partnerships at PCUN, one of Oregon’s longest standing Latinx-led organizations, and her impact reaches statewide. Learn about her career spent advocating at the intersection of immigration, undocumented workers’ rights and electoral organizing. Join a conversation with Galindo Feb. 24 at osualum.com/Changemakers, presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the OSU Alumni Association.

OSU study on gendered impact of COVID-19: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women’s (PCOSW) Work-Life Fit Committee would like to better understand the gendered impact of COVID-19 within OSU’s community, focused on caregiving responsibilities. Your responses will directly inform PCOSW advocacy. We are looking at the effects that the pandemic is having on people who identify as women, but we do not discount the effect it has had on all faculty and staff at OSU. Take the survey.Questions? pcosw@oregonstate.edu.

Book club reading: Join OSU’s Association of Faculty and Staff for the Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC) for a book club reading of “How to be an Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi in advance of the April 14 Provosts Lecture with Kendi. Register by Feb. 24. The book club will meet every two weeks on Fridays from 3-4 p.m. beginning on Feb. 25. AFAPC encourages you to purchase books through Bookshop.org, a Black-owned business or through a local business like Grass Roots & Music or the Book Bin. The e-book is also available through the OSU Libraries for a 3-day loan period. For questions, contact mealoha.mcfadden@oregonstate.edu.

DEI In the News

Mudbone Grown reimagines Black farming in Oregon (OPB)
Moved by the dream that they could revive their families’ farming roots and raise their kids in a more rural setting, the couple quit their jobs and enrolled in Oregon State University’s Beginning Urban Farming Apprenticeship Program to learn market farming.

Extension in the News

Mudbone Grown reimagines Black farming in Oregon
OPB
Moved by the dream that they could revive their families’ farming roots and raise their kids in a more rural setting, the couple quit their jobs and enrolled in Oregon State University Extension’s Beginning Urban Farming Apprenticeship Program to learn market farming.

Fraught scene over discarded food at Fred Meyer highlights hunger, challenges of distribution in storm
The Oregonian
Joy Waite-Cusic, an Oregon State University professor of food safety systems and Extension specialist, said Fred Meyer could have opened itself up to litigation if people consumed food the store threw away and then got sick.

Oregon hazelnut orchards sustain severe ice damage
Capital Press
Damage was sustained throughout the Willamette Valley but it’s too early to tell how it will affect the region’s overall hazelnut output, said Nik Wiman, an Extension specialist in orchard crops at Oregon State University.

Innovative harvesting system developed for the blueberry industry
hortidaily
New harvesting technology developed by Wei Qiang Yang, associate professor and berry Extension agent for Oregon State University Extension Service, could reduce the average cost of harvesting fresh blueberries from more than $12,000 to $3,000 an acre.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension vaccination outreach and education updates

Thanks to those of you participating locally to meet county educational needs around promoting vaccination and containment and assuring collaboration with county partners. In her Feb. 9 e-mail, Anita shared that we are growing a collection of sharable resources and toolkits, many in multiple languages, available on our COVID-19 internal resources page. Public-facing information is also curated on the OSU Extension COVID-19 page (and displayed in other places throughout our site).

Here are some more ideas for you:

  • The vaccine rollout
    • Older adults are joining the eligibility ranks. The 80+ group joined last week, 75+ this week. All 65+ will be eligible by the first week in March. This rollout has come with some confusion. State health officials have asked for patience as more than 700,000 seniors age 65 and older become eligible for vaccines over the next four weeks. See the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Health Talking Points below.
    • Consider reaching out to other groups you work with, volunteers, for example, who can extend our reach particularly to harder-to-reach populations. You might use this letter written by Lauren Kraemer to her StrongWomen and StrongPeople groups as an example for how you might engage other groups.
  • Subscribe to OHA COVID-19 Health Talking Points.
    • OHA updates these frequently and it’s a great way to stay on top of this changing landscape.
    • This week’s update talking points provides information about how to schedule appointments by phone, though we acknowledge that getting through is difficult.
  • Know your audience
    • Select and adapt as needed materials appropriate to the audience and their needs and concerns – language, literacy level, organizational vs individual, any specific-vaccine related concerns.
  • Messaging tips

Evidence suggests that it is best to focus on the positive reasons for getting vaccinated and to avoid restating misinformation or “myths.”  For examples, refer to this resource.

In Memoriam

Dale Friedemann passed away February 5.  He worked for Oregon State University Extension from 1966-91. Dale worked as a 4-H Youth & Education Extension Agent in Tillamook, Jackson, and Clatsop Counties. He served in a variety of professional leadership roles in the OSU Extension Association. Dale was inducted into the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame in 2004, recognizing his significant impact upon the 4-H program, and it’s members and leaders.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the OSU Foundation Dale H. Friedemann Scholarship Endowment, 4238 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR 97333, or via osufoundation.org.

Professional Development Resources

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

Thursday, February 18 @ 10:00 am: How content authors can improve digital accessibility

Thursday, February 18 @ 1:00 pm: Ask an Expert Training Session

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9308, How to Use Compost in Gardens and Landscapes
Weston Miller, Jeremiah Mann
New. Compost is a soil amendment consisting of partially broken-down organic material. Use compost to improve soil for vegetable gardens, landscape areas and lawns. Learn how to apply the correct amount of compost and how to avoid common compost mistakes.

Extension News Stories

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

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

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Takeaways from the Copyright Essentials for Extension Employees webinar:

Photos and other images are essential for creating effective and engaging content. And Extension employees are creating more content than ever—in marketing and educational materials and on digital platforms including websites and social media. It’s vital that we all use and credit images appropriately. It’s the law, and this also helps protect our organization from financial and reputational damage.

Does the image you want to use make the cut? It’s as easy as…

  1. If it’s not yours, be sure you have permission to use it.
  2. Follow copyright license conditions, and attribute (credit) appropriately.
  3. Use known and approved sources:
  • OSU employees in the course of their employment.
  • Contracts with “work for hire” contracts.
  • OSU-licensed databases, federal government image collections, other reputable sites with clear terms/conditions.

When adding the photo to the Extension website, you now can:

  • Choose image permission
  • Enter photo credit name
  • Enter photo credit link

Those who have previously uploaded images will get an email in the next weeks with easy-to-use instructions on accessing your images to fill in these fields.

Watch the webinar recording or download the Powerpoint. It also shows an example of how to best access the Creative Commons image database and find the license and credit information. For any specific questions, send to: https://beav.es/extension-support.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

OSU is celebrating Black History Month with series of free events: Learn more here!

APLU Webinar Celebrating Black History Month
Join the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities on Monday, February 22, 2021 for a special hourlong webinar in celebration of Black History Month featuring Black leaders in public higher education. 

Webinar Recording: Encouraging Collaborations with Indigenous Communities, Experiences of Extension Educators
Hosted by The MSU Racial Equity in the Food System committee. Katie Hartmann recently defended her PhD dissertation in the School of Education at Colorado State University in Education, Equity, and Transformation. On February 4, 2021 she presented her research findings to the Racial Equity in the Food System committee.

DEI In the News

New ‘Black in Oregon’ exhibit awaits opening at Benton County Historical Museum (Democrat Herald)
“It wasn’t easy for city officials in Philomath to have a frank conversation about race, recalled Eric Niemann, whose term as mayor ended in December. Like Oregon asa whole, he noted, Philomath is made up largely of white people. And many of those white people weren’t used to reflecting on, let alone publicly discussing, issues concerning people who aren’t white.”

OSU works to meet mental healthcare needs of African American and Indigenous students (KEZI)
Oregon State University administration is hiring four new mental health professionals to assist students during this pandemic. Two of the staff members to be hired will work closely with African American and Indigenous students.

Extension in the News

Lane County to ask voters to renew, increase property tax supporting 4-H and OSU Extension
The Register-Guard
Lane County officials will ask voters to approve a levy that would raise an estimated $5.2 million for 4-H and Oregon State University Extension programs.

Small woodlands group bringing back Willamette Valley Ponderosa pine
Capital Press
Dozens of other board members and OSU Extension Service personnel have been involved through the years.

OSU Extension steps up to address the needs of Oregon’s organic farms
Vegetable Growers News
Since 2017, Oregon Tilth has contributed $25,000 a year to support the development of an Organic Extension Program under the auspices of OSU’s Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems.

UC Davis Olive Center Appoints New Director
Olive Oil Times
Javier Fernandez-Salvador, an assistant professor at the agricultural extension service of Oregon State University, has been appointed as the new executive director of the University of California, Davis Olive Center.

Garden Plots: Optimism, frost, and micro-climates
The Chronicle
A column by Chip Bubl.

Developing Oregon’s Winter Vegetable Market project fills need
Vegetable Growers News
The OSU Extension Small Farms Program has grown seven crops and 52 varieties for the winter vegetable project at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) in Aurora.

Oregon Season Tracker: Community Collaborative Citizen Science
KMTR 16
Find out about this OSU Extension program which is helping climate researchers learn about weather patterns and how it affects native plants across the Oregon landscape.

How to control moss on lawns, roofs and sidewalks
The News-Review
A column by Steve Renquist.

Ice takes a terrible toll on trees in Portland, Willamette Valley
The Oregonian
“A half-inch of ice on every branch of a tree adds tremendous weight,” said Glenn R. Ahrens, a forester with Oregon State University’s Extension Office, which offers expert help regarding natural resources across the state.

In this week’s issue:

Ask an Expert 2.0

As a reminder, eXtension has retired the current Ask an Expert system and replaced it with a new system (called “Ask Extension”) as of Feb. 1. Our OSU Extension website widget now directs all incoming questions to the new system. All experts need to claim their accounts in the new system to be able to accept questions.

What do I need to do?

We’ve added two more drop-in Q&A sessions, where we can screen share and walk you through the process, and answer questions.

Thursday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. Add to calendar Join via Zoom

Thursday, Feb. 18, 1 p.m. Add to calendar Join via Zoom

If you have any questions contact Kym Pokorny (kym.pokorny@oregonstate.edu; Lucas Turpin (lucas.turpin@oregonstate.edu) or Sandy Reichhuber (sandy.reichhuber@oregonstate.edu)

Welcome New Employees

Marti Deyo, 4-H, 4-H Program Coordinator, Malheur County

Maria-Ximena Williams, FCH, SNAP Program Coordinator, Umatilla County

Abigail Tomasek, Crop & Soil Science, Assistant Professor

Lahaina Phillip, FCH Education Program Assistant 2, Clackamas County

First Monday Update

The very important topic of Save a life: helping farmers and ranchers cope with stress in tough times was addressed this month. If you missed it here is the URL for the February blog.

OSU Extension Service brand alignment review

OSU Extension is embarking on a brand alignment review. This review of current marketing tools will help Extension Communications and University Marketing gain an accurate understanding of where we are in the adoption of the OSU brand and Extension sub-brand so that we can enhance support and resources for brand adoption. Please review the instructions for what should be submitted by the February 19, 2021, deadline.

In conversations with several regions, some things popped up that need clarification:

  • Email signatures can be shared individually, or a few examples can be gathered in a Word document at the county level and uploaded by the office manager.
  • Not everyone will have an example for each category. That is okay.
  • We want a collective view of the outward-facing marketing materials being created at the county and the program level. If there are multiple people supporting a program in a county, we don’t need examples from each person; collaborate on which examples to upload.
  • If someone is supporting more than one county and the document or URL are the same across the counties, only one example needs to be shared.
  • If a flyer, for example, is translated into another language, but the design of the piece doesn’t change, share just one example; however, if the piece reflects cultural differences, then you might want to submit both examples.
  • Assuming our most recent work reflects our best understanding of the brand, we would like to see your most recent work.

If you have questions about the process or types of materials we are asking you to share, please contact Ann Marie Murphy, marketing manager for OSU Extension.

Professional Development Resources

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

Tuesday, February 9 @ 2:00 pm: Copyright essentials for Extension employees
In this session, learn about:
• Copyright essentials and resources
• Tips on finding and using images
• New functionality on the OSU Extension website to help ensure compliance

Thursday, February 11 @ 10:00 am: Ask an Expert Training Session

Thursday, February 11 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)

Thursday, February 18 @ 10:00 am: How content authors can improve digital accessibility

Thursday, February 18 @ 1:00 pm: Ask an Expert Training Session

OSU Extension vaccination outreach and education updates

Refer to Anita Azarenko’s Feb. 9 email to OSU Extension employees for additional details. Watch this space in the coming weeks for additional reminders and updates.

Everyone in Extension can—and should—play a role in sharing credible information, being aware of current local happenings related to the vaccines, and promoting continued personal and public health measures. Extension professionals are uniquely positioned, as trusted partners in our communities, to do this in collaboration with our local public health and other partners.

Everyone is encouraged to:

  • Be aware of and share current, local information related to vaccine eligibility and access and/or direct people to the state’s resources, such as the new “Get Vaccinated Oregon” tool to check eligibility and sign up to receive updates.
  • As appropriate, extend information to your audiences and networks about vaccine eligibility, access and safety/efficacy. A growing collection of sharable resources and toolkits, many in multiple languages, is available on our COVID-19 internal resources page. Public-facing information is also curated on the OSU Extension website COVID-19 page (and displayed in other places throughout our site).
  • Stay informed of vaccine-related information that’s relevant to the OSU community. Read official OSU emails and see the vaccination FAQs on the university’s COVID-19 safety and success website.

A workgroup with leadership from our Family and Community Health Extension educators is working collaboratively to curate these resources, assess and respond to education and access needs and gaps in our communities, and evaluate the impacts of our collective outreach and education efforts. Please contact Roberta Riportella with questions and suggestions.

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9307, Herbicide-Contaminated Compost and Soil Mix: What You Should Know – and What You Can Do About It
Weston Miller, Kaci Buhl
New. Compost and soil mix products sometimes contain herbicide residue. This residue can damage certain vegetable, fruit and flower crops. The residue likely comes from contaminated hay, grass clippings or manure. Watch for stunted growth and distorted, curled leaves. Here are the steps to follow if you applied purchased compost or planting mix and notice these symptoms.

EM 9309, Measuring the Economic Impact of Pests and Pest Management on Oregon Peppermint
Katie Murray, Isaac Sandlin, Paul C. Jepson, Darrin L. Walenta, Peter Ellsworth
New. This summary demonstrates the yield and economic impacts of pests and pest management practices on the 2018 crop of Oregon peppermint. Researchers, Extension workers and crop consultants will benefit from this graphical look at real-world data on the impacts of pests on a key Northwest crop.

Extension News Stories

Producing news and impact 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 and Our Impact site as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Learn from these good webpage examples!

During this legislative season, our website often will get shared with elected officials and other stakeholders. Is your county page ready for prime time? This recent best practices webinar included tips to help show your county’s and program’s impact and all that Extension offers.

Jefferson county is an example shared that works well. Also, a look at good design on 4-H Clackamas and Umatilla Master Gardeners program pages among others.

Help people find what they are looking for and make it easier to scan. As shown in this best practices webinar, one way you can do this through clear headings and engaging language on the page. Also, it shows how to include testimonials from your volunteers or others who experience our programs.

Quality photos also make a difference, so learn where you can find good photos (and where you shouldn’t) in our next webinar: Tues, Feb. 9, 2 pm Copyright essentials for Extension employees.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact inclusive.outreach@oregonstate.edu with any questions, or to submit Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Black Heritage Month Conversation Series | Mental Health and Wellness: Staying close with the supportive OSU community has lifelong benefits for Beavers. Build connections as you dive into mental health and wellness on Feb. 11 with the Black Alumni & Friends Network. Kick off OSU Black Heritage Month celebrations and move toward a happier and healthier life at https://oregonstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrcO6tqD8uG9PbanIhqYuipyRR-nXCME34 

Public Health Insider | Making Outdoors Accessible for Everyone: As we strive to recover community health, a unique partnership between Oregon State and AARP aims to make outdoor recreation accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Join presenters Erwin Tan from AARP, Lee Davis with the OSU Outdoor Recreation Economy Initiative and Joshua Norris with the OSU Adventure Leadership Institute to learn more about the interdisciplinary effort. Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. Register.

Black Minds Matter Webinar: Addressing Disproportionate School Suspension of Black Children and Youth
In recent years, there has been increasing attention and educational policy efforts designed to address the disproportionate suspensions of Black children and youth. Using data from California public schools, the presenters will highlight persistent disparities in the application of exclusionary discipline. A reactor panel will then provide insights on how schools and educational leaders support ongoing efforts for change. Feb. 17, 1:00 p.m.

Visualization tool: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Access and Eligibility information
A new visualization produced by the U.S. Census Bureau with support from the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, the USDA’s Economic Research Service, and data from multiple state partners shows estimates of SNAP eligibility and access rates at the state and county levels for 16 states for select years. The visualization, which uses American Community Survey (ACS) and state administrative records data, aims to increase understanding of access to SNAP and inform future outreach.

DEI In the News

It’s a Desert Out There (The Source)
According to a 2019 Oregon State University study, families with children under the age of 3 in every county in Oregon live in a child care desert. Less than a quarter of Oregon’s children 5 and under have access to a regulated child care—12% of infants and toddlers and 29% of preschool-age children.

Prof. Christopher Stout: The political importance of talking about race (Corvallis Advocate)
Dr. Christopher Stout, an associate professor of political science at Oregon State University, has written two books related to this topic, with his pioneering research about how race intersects with politics on the campaign trail.

Extension in the News

How Native Plants Might Change The Trajectories Of Fires
The Jefferson Exchange
The events of Almeda Drive and other urban fires raise questions about local vegetation and how it burns. Chris Adlam at Oregon State University Extension has been studying the questions and reporting on his findings.

Pandemic drives increase in direct to consumer sales
Woodburn Independent
A column by Scott Duggan.

Stories Of Southern Oregon: The Value Of Knowing Bugs
The Jefferson Exchange
There are plenty of critters that will eat us out of house and home and pass diseases to boot. Richard Hilton knows them well from his work as an agricultural entomologist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

In this week’s issue:

Wildfire Refresher for Agricultural Producers

OSU Extension Service is putting on a free webinar to cover wildfire safety and prevention for agricultural operations and small landowners. The webinar will feature Jacob Powell, general agriculture extension agent in Wasco/Sherman counties and Katie Wollstein, OSU rangeland fire specialist. The Lone Pine Rangeland Fire Protection Association and their partners will also discuss their fire prevention plan. In addition, the webinar will feature a roundtable discussion with fire managers in North Central Oregon on what producers should do when they have a wildfire and how they can best collaborate with first responders in suppression efforts. This webinar is one option for producers to attend an annual agricultural wildfire refresher in 2021 to meet Oregon OSHA requirements for producers with employees who engage in fire suppression on their property. An online class will also be available soon as another option. Certificates will be available for attendees. Producers and employees need to also receive some sort of initial wildfire training, though not expected to go through the same training as wildland firefighters. Additional OSHA requirements include having an emergency action plan for medical and fire emergencies, fire prevention plan, and job hazard analysis. If you are currently in an RFPA and participating in wildfire training and refreshers you do not need additional training, however you do need to complete the required plans. You can register for the webinar here: https://beav.es/Jxe 

Professional Development Resources

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

Friday, February 5 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Tuesday, February 9 @ 2:00 pm: Copyright essentials for Extension employees

Thursday, February 11 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EC 1657, Living on the Land: Managing Soil pH
Garrett Duyck, Elli Korthuis, Susan Kerr, Hannah Brause, Shilah Olson, Ellen Hammond
New. The acidity or alkalinity of the soil in which crops grow can influence how well they grow. We measure this characteristic with a pH scale. Each crop has its own ideal pH range. If you want to grow healthy plants, it’s important to understand the effect that pH has on the nutrients available to your crop.

EM 9301, Guide to Ground Beetles in Grass Seed Crops Grown in the Willamette Valley, Oregon
Inga Reich, Casi Jessie, Andrew Colton, Mike Gormally, Rory McDonnell
New. Ground beetles are an integral component of biological control in agricultural fields,
but information on the species that are present in Oregon and throughout the United
States is surprisingly limited. This guide was created as a quick reference for common
ground beetles found in grass seed crops in the Willamette Valley.

EM 9310, Integrated Pest Management Strategic Plan for Pears in Oregon and Washington
Katie Murray, Paul Jepson, Chris Hedstrom
New. To identify pest management priorities and increase the use of integrated pest management in pear production, Pacific Northwest growers, commodity-group representatives, pest control advisors, processors, university specialists and other technical experts from the pear industry in Oregon and Washington outline major pests, current management practices, critical needs, activity timetables and efficacy ratings of various management tools.

EM 9311, Irrigation Rates and Frequencies for Western and Eastern Oregon Turfgrass
Alyssa Cain, Alec Kowalewski, Brian McDonald, Clint Mattox
New. When trying to minimize irrigation inputs, the best turfgrass species for the Oregon climate include perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) in Western Oregon, Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis) in Central/Eastern Oregon and tall fescue (Schedonorus arundinaceus) in Western, Central or Eastern Oregon.

PNW 511, Worksheet for Calculating Biosolids Application Rates in Agriculture
Dan Sullivan, Deirdre, Griffin LaHue, Biswanath Dari, Andy Bary, Craig Cogger
Revised. Biosolids are a byproduct of municipal wastewater treatment. Raw sewage solids must be processed to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards before they can be called biosolids. This worksheet provides step-by-step instructions for calculating an application rate of municipal biosolids, based on satisfying crop nitrogen need.

PNW 753, Biodiesel in the Pacific Northwest
Noelle Hart, Patricia Townsend
New. What is the role of biodiesel fuel in the Pacific Northwest? The economic, environmental, agricultural, and future prospects are explored in this pub.

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.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Have a new grant project with outreach as a critical piece? Virtual Extension can help.

The Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network, featured in this month’s First Monday video, connected with Extension Communications at the start of their work.

“Some of my responsibilities to meet the grant objectives are to gather and create resource materials that can be distributed with OSU branding, organize and publicize trainings and webinars, and to set up and maintain a website of crisis resources,” says Julie Leep, Education Program Assistant. “So having a team with expertise in these different areas has been a great help.”

Watch this 10-minute webinar on how they set up a project web page and designed a branded brochure.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

TONIGHT! Let Me Be a Good Ancestor: Rooting Social and Environmental Justice in Song and Spirit 
Register now for this talk with Mazin Jamal and KJ Song, members of Thrive Choir, a diverse group of vocalists, artists, activists, educators, healers and community organizers. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. Learn more and register here. This event is part of the nine-week series “Pandemic as Portal: Creating a Just Future on Earth” hosted by the Spring Creek Project and Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative.

Social Action Works: Community Networks of Care for Reproductive Justice – Community Doula Program and Partners Panel talk featuring Marit Bovbjerg, Ph.D., M.S., assistant professor, College of Public Health & Human Sciences; Alicia Bublitz, program administrator, Community Doula Program; Melissa Cheyney, Ph.D., LDM, professor of clinical medical anthropology, licensed midwife, co-director of Uplift; Cristof Del Aquelarre Errante, doctoral student in applied medical anthropology; Micknai Arefaine, doula, Community Doula Program; Helen Wong, OSU Honors College and the URSA Engage Experience; Analuz Torres Gutierrez, case manager, care coordinator, Benton County; Alexandra Lape, anthropology, midwife; Jeanette McCullough, Birthswell. Thursday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Free, open to all. Register for link to view at: https://beav.es/JfP

Provost’s Lecture: Provost’s Lecture featuring Mae C. Jemison, former NASA astronaut and first woman of color in space, entrepreneur, engineer, physician, social scientist and educator, Jemison is at the forefront of integrating the physical and social sciences with art and culture to solve problems and foster innovation. Join us for the Provost’s Lecture on Feb. 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required and the event is open to the public. More information regarding the Provost’s Lecture Series can be found here.

DEI In the News

The steep cost of gender bias (Oregon Business)
A study from Oregon State University College of Business suggests the best way to eliminate gender bias is to remove humans partially from the hiring process

‘It’s just a matter of time’: Inmates detail horrid conditions amid COVID spike in Oregon prisons (Oregonian)
Courtney Campbell, a professor who has taught medical ethics at Oregon State University for the past 30 years, said risk of infection is so much higher in prisons that the argument for moving inmates ahead in the vaccine queue is a compelling one.

Extension in the News

Oregon State University receives $1.58 million from Northwest Farm Credit Services to support agriculture programs
The Register-Guard
The OSU Foundation secured the grant, which will support agricultural sciences programs such as: The North Willamette Research and Extension Station, by helping to fund operations at the station which provides local research and extension services.

Redwood plantings trending up in Oregon
Morning Ag Clips
“We have landowners in western Oregon growing redwood trees for one reason or another,” said Alicia Christiansen, Oregon State University Extension Service forestry specialist. “There’s everything from something that’s cool in the yard to small woodland owners who plant several acres.”

Sea Grant uses survey results to guide its work
The News Times
As the harvesters, processors, retailers and aquaculture practitioners took stock of their situations, a trio of Oregon Sea Grant Extension faculty — Amanda Gladics in Astoria, Angee Doerr in Newport and Jamie Doyle in Coos Bay — went to work.

OSU Extension holds month-long food drive for Clatsop County
Cannon Beach Gazette
While the office doors are locked, they have a few totes placed outside the back doors of the Extension Office/Seafood Lab entrance at 2001 Marine Drive in Astoria.

Watershed Council debuts informational video
Lake County Examiner
The Oregon State University Extension Office helped contribute an animated portion which shows the importance of forest health, and why forests need to be thinned to help prevent catastrophic wildfires.