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.

In this week’s issue:

What 2020 Taught Us

January’s First Monday Update kicked off 2021 with Anita asking what 2020 taught us that we can use in 2021. Thank you to Cindy Brown, Sherman County, who recorded and shared what she learned, and thank you to those that commented on the blog. Gifts of appreciation will be heading your way.

Ask an Expert Transition

As a reminder, eXtension is retiring the current Ask an Expert system and replacing it with a new system (called “Ask Extension”) Feb. 1. All experts need to claim their accounts in the new system during January 2021 to be able to accept questions.

We switched our website widget to direct questions to the new system on Monday, January 25, 2021. The old system will remain available until Feb. 1 for experts to respond to any pending public questions.

What do I need to do?

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, January 28 @ 9:00 am: Best practices for county and program page design

Thursday, January 28 @ 1:00 pm: Ask an Expert Training Session

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

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9305, Vegetable Degree-Day Models An Introduction for Farmers and Gardeners

Nick D. Andrews, Leonard Coop, Heather Stoven, Heidi Noordijk, Aaron Heinrich

New. Degree-days measure the amount of heat accumulated over time. Researchers have used years of this data to develop models that help farmers and gardeners predict harvest dates and other important events in select crops and weeds. Learn how to use an online tool known as Croptime to put these models to work for you.

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.

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

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

How can you reach more people when it’s urgent?

Digital strategy can play a role when an emerging issue strikes, such as the September 2020 wildfires. Extension Communications and ECTU worked with faculty across Extension program areas to post announcements, curate content, publish news stories and amplify information in social media.

“I worked with the Virtual Extension team to create infographics for Facebook. The post on ‘When fire nears you…’ had a reach of over 60,000! I could not have done that one on my own!” says Carrie Berger, Fire Program Manager.

Daily web visitors during the peak wildfires more than doubled. During September 62,000 people viewed Brooke Edmunds featured questions on ash in gardens. People were also taking time to read new and existing web articles on fire and smoke, spending about 5 minutes per page.

Watch this 14-minute webinar on collaborating on communications during critical times.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

OSU CLA Changemakers webcast series: There are Oregon State alumni passionately advancing justice and equity in every field. Join the OSU Changemakers webcast series for inspiring conversations with Beavers, hosted monthly by CLA Professor Susan Shaw. Part two of the series kicks off Jan. 27, and features alumni cultivating youth literacy, empowering Oregon’s farmworkers and creating pathways to economic prosperity. Learn more and register at osualum.com/Changemakers.

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

Umatilla County residents discuss racism in MLK day panel (GoHermiston.com)
The virtual panel was hosted on Monday, Jan. 18, via Zoom by the Hermiston Cultural Awareness Coalition and moderated by Angela Pursel of KOHU/The Q radio. As they discussed what steps the community can take toward fulfilling King’s vision, many panel members said conversations about topics, such as privilege and institutional racism, can be difficult, but such conversations are how people learn and change.

DEI In the News

Census Changes For MENA Groups, LGBTQ People are first step to supporting ‘Invisible’ Groups (NPR)
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are expected to revive policy proposals that could change how LGBTQ people and people with roots in the Middle East or North Africa can identify themselves for the next U.S. census.

New Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government
Issued on January 20, 2021. “Equal opportunity is the bedrock of American democracy, and our diversity is one of our country’s greatest strengths.  But for too many, the American Dream remains out of reach.”

With Ban lifted, Transgender People Get a Long-Sought Chance to Enlist (NY Times)
The recent update creates opportunities for people whose dreams of serving in the military had been sidetracked.

Extension in the News

Marijuana ban near youth centers ruled unlawfully vague
Capital Press
Last summer, the state’s Land Use Board of Appeals ordered the county to approve two applications to commercially grow marijuana, which had been rejected because they’re within 1,000 feet of properties that offer horseback riding classes, 4-H agricultural activities and other amenities for children.

C.O. ‘Buttes to Basins’ forest resiliency project receives $3.3 million in federal funds
KTVZ
The project will engage both private landowners and local partners, including Lake County Umbrella Watershed Council, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University Extension, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Lake County Resources Initiative, and Lake County Cooperative Weed Management Area.

Extension’s experimental cider orchard
Morning Ag Clips
The orchard, established at Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center – 23 miles south of downtown Portland – is the brainchild of Nik Wiman, OSU Extension orchard crops specialist.

INSIDE DOUGLAS COUNTY 1.20.21
KQEN
Steve Renquist of the Oregon State University Extension Service talks about gardening and its increased popularity, and also about how they are  providing services differently during this time of COVID-19

In this week’s issue:

Extension and Engagement Briefing for OSU Board of Trustees

The Academic Strategies Committee of the OSU Board of Trustees will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 28. The agenda includes briefings on extension and engagement and research. You are welcome to watch and listen, and to read in advance the briefing document which includes updates and highlights about OSU’s Extension and engagement efforts over the past year. See agenda and meeting details.

Ask an Expert transition: What to do now so you are ready for February

As a reminder, eXtension is retiring the current Ask an Expert system and replacing it with a new system (called “Ask Extension”) by Feb. 1. All experts need to claim their accounts in the new system during January 2021 to be able to accept questions.

We will switch our website widget to direct questions to the new system on Monday, January 25, 2021. The old system will remain available until Feb. 1 for experts to respond to any pending public questions.

What do I need to do?

Online Valentine’s Masterclass – Dinner & Drinks

If you’re staying in on Valentine’s Day, you can still make it memorable with this new three-day online series. Learn live, interact with the Food Science experts, and impress your loved one with an amazing dinner and drinks experience! 

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, January 21 @ 10:00 am: Extension communications, informational technology and noncredit education: Orientation and refresher

Thursday, January 21 @ 1:00 pm: Ask an Expert Training Session

Thursday, January 28 @ 9:00 am: Best practices for county and program page design

Thursday, January 28 @ 1:00 pm: Ask an Expert Training Session

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 1450, Trees to Know in Oregon and Washington
Ed Jensen
Revised. NEW! 70th Anniversary Edition! For 70 years, people have turned to one book to learn about Northwest trees. This edition expands its scope, covering even more species of trees — including several rare species native to southwest Oregon. It also updates scientific names and adds a new section on how Northwest forests are likely to be affected by changing climates. Along with all the details on native conifers, broadleaves and more than 50 ornamental trees, readers will find:
• More than 400 full-color photos and 70 maps depicting habitat, range and forest type.
• Easy-to-follow identification keys.
• Handy guides to help distinguish one variety from another.
• The story of Northwest forests — past, present and future.

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

Consider Facebook ads for outreach campaigns for example:

This 12-minute webinar presentation shows how PACE, ECTU and Extension Communications collaborated with Food Hero and Family and Community Health faculty on a High Speed Hand Washing campaign for children. They already had the tools and the techniques, including bilingual posters. Then created targeted ads.

“In addition to Facebook ads, the parents and educators received a letter from faculty or staff known to them introducing the campaign and directed people to the website,” says Lauren Kraemer.

The 15-day campaign was cost effective – spent $500 on Facebook ads with an impressive 50,000 people who saw the ads and a strong 2% to 5% clickthrough rate depending on the audience. Watch their steps and lessons learned in creating a social media campaign.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Building Relationships Across Higher Education Institutions to Address Racism in the Food System
Register above for this webinar on February 11, 2021. The land grant system includes the 1862 (white-led), 1890 (historically Black) and 1994 (Tribal/Indigenous) colleges and universities. These land grants, as well as Hispanic Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities and other public/private higher education institutions all contribute to the advancement of a more sustainable and equitable food system. This webinar will use a racial equity lens to provide an overview of the history and policy that developed these institutions and using that same lens, reimagine an asset-based pluralistic model of collaborative research and outreach across these institutions to advance food system sustainability and resiliency. Panelists from the land grant system and a Hispanic Serving Ag Institution will provide brief remarks followed by a facilitated discussion across panelists and with the webinar audience about how to create a more sustainable and equitable food system future.

DEI Resources from The eXtension Foundation Impact Collaborative
“You may want to get ideas for a program that you are starting or implementing. Or you may want to know what is being done in the eXtension DEI program area. In either case, you have come to the right place! This site is designed to give you quick access to information, experts, training, and resources that can help you develop or conceptualize your program. Not involved in a program yet? This site will give you an excellent foundation for understanding the topic, and perhaps inspiring you to start a program.” 

DEI In the News

OSU-Cascades teams up with Facebook to help minority entrepreneurs (Bend Bulletin)
Minority entrepreneurs who have trouble navigating the requirements of obtaining a grant to help them through the pandemic will benefit from a partnership formed between Facebook and Oregon State University-Cascades.

The Role of Experimentation and Medical Mistrust in COVID-19 Vaccine Skepticism (Diverse Edu)
For many people in the United States, the approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines symbolize hope for the end of a virus that has plagued this country and the world. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 373,167 COVID-19-related deaths across the United States as of January 11, with Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) being disproportionately impacted.

Extension in the News

How pandemic altered what Oregonians eat and the way they think about food
Capital Press
The surveyors, according to Heidi Noordjik, a small farms coordinator at Oregon State University, received 624 responses.

Oregon Sea Grant Extension uses pandemic survey results to guide its work
The News-Guard
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.

Swanson honored by OSU Extension
Herald and News
OSU Klamath County Extension recently recognized Katie Swanson for her outstanding contributions to local farm to school efforts during an event at her Sweet Union Farm.

OSU Extension offers virtual babysitting classes for youth
Cannon Beach Gazette
This is a statewide effort by 4-H professionals to help youth get the skills they need during these times when siblings are needing to help watch family members.

Chemeketa Community College receives $200,000 donation for agricultural hub
Capital Press
The new hub is modeled after Oregon State University’s Extension Service, offering classes, workshops and other agricultural resources to college students and the community.

Timberland owners face challenges after 2020 fires
Capital Press
A coalition including Oregon State University Extension, the OSWA and the Oregon Department of Forestry has estimated that more than 100 million seedlings are needed to replant Oregon’s small woodlands alone.

Volunteers count bees in Oregon
Western Farmer-Stockman
Andony Melathopoulos is an OSU Extension pollinator health specialist, and he notes that the 600 number isn’t precise because no one has ever done a complete inventory of which bees the state calls home.

Sanchez: New year, new seeds
Herald and News
A column by Nicole Sanchez.

In this week’s issue:

Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — February 1, 2021

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

  • “Growing the Endowment Fund”

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

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

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

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

New Employees and Positions

Aaron Groth, Forestry, Assistant Professor of Practice, Clatsop County

John Rizza, Forestry, Assistant Professor of Practice, Union County

Denise Ashley, Administrative Office Manager, Lane County   (Current OSU Extension Employee Position Change)

Benjamin Antolin, Instructional Specialist, OSU Open Campus  (Current OSU Extension Employee Position Change)

Eric Niziol, Biological Sciences Research Technician, Wasco County

First Monday Update – What did 2020 teach us?

What did you learn in 2020 that you will apply to your work this year? That is what Anita Azarenko wants to know. View January’s First Monday Update video, which describes how to share what you learned by creating a short video using Zoom. The date for video (or blog comment) submissions has been extended until January 25. If you have questions about how to submit a video, please contact Victor Villegas.

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, January 14 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)

Thursday, January 14 @ 1:00 pm: Ask an Expert Training Session

Thursday, January 14 @ 1:00 pm: Virtual Extension: Success in Collaboration

Friday, January 15 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity

Thursday, January 21 @ 10:00 am: Extension communications, informational technology and noncredit education: Orientation and refresher

Thursday, January 21 @ 1:00 pm: Ask an Expert Training Session

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9306, Testing and Tracking the Spread of Grapevine Red Blotch Virus in Oregon Vineyards
Daniel Dalton, Jessica Buser-Young, Samantha Nizich, Vaughn M. Walton, Richard Hilton, Linda J. Brewer
New. Grapevine red blotch virus (GRVB) is one of about 80 viruses infecting wine grapes worldwide. It may affect fruit ripening and thus impact the quality of finished wines. GRBV incidence increased from two to 10 times annually in the Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon vineyards sampled and studied from 2014 to 2016.

PNW 604, Sweet Cherry Cultivars for the Fresh Market
Ashley Thompson, Matthew Whiting, Lynn Long
Revised. Describes dark red and blush sweet cherry cultivars, including harvest timing, color when ripe, suggested pollinizers and rootstocks, size, firmness, yield potential, and other traits. Includes color photo of each cultivar.

PNW 749, Six Steps to Calibrate and Optimize Airblast Sprayers for Orchards and Vineyards
Gwen-Alyn Hoheisel, Lav Khot, Michelle Moyer, Steve Castagnoli
New. In six steps, learn how to calibrate, optimize, and verify coverage for an airblast sprayer to ensure that you are getting every drop to the crop.

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

What encouraging news did 2020 give us?

Engagement with the Extension website — both by the public and by our faculty and staff — has never been higher! Unique pageviews (3,491,035 in 2020) were up 29.16% from 2019. Groups doubled the amount of content they added to the website over the past year, which accounts for much of the increase in page views. News stories, web articles, catalog pubs and featured questions were the top viewed content types.

Traffic to the Extension website from social media has surpassed links coming from all other sites except search engines like Google. Our post about data-driven suggestions for social media from earlier this year includes more detailed information about social media analytics related to the Extension website.

  • Search (e.g. Google): 2,059,643 sessions
  • Social media: 146,910 sessions
  • Referral (links on other sites): 115,266 sessions

What did we learn to improve for 2021?

Gardening, soil/compost, berries, canning and 4-H content continues to be the most popular on the site as a whole, but within that we can see a couple more specific trends:

Content teams can consider adding more educational content like these topics in 2021.

Other lessons learned: curated pages with the most design options for content authors (program pages, county pages and collections) tend to have the lowest visitor satisfaction. The exception is focus areas on county sites, which have a higher than average satisfaction rating.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

TOMORROW! “Gather”: A Film and Panel about Native American Food Sovereignty: Register for the screening of “Gather,” an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide, on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 4-7 p.m. A panel discussion will follow featuring Chef Nephi Craig,  Samantha Chisholm Hatfield and Jeremy Ojua. Register at https://beav.es/gather2021. For accommodations, contact Amanda.Bielenberg@oregonstate.edu.

Difficult Conversations During Times Of Unrest: January 21, 2021 at 10 am:Times of protest and unrest can generate strong feelings, which often carry over to conversations at home, the workplace, and even family gatherings.  In this session, we will discuss ways to have healthy discussions about polarizing topics without damaging your close relationships.   We will also discuss productive ways to talk about these events with children. Register here.

Black Minds Matter: The Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) will host another Black Minds Matter winter course Tuesday, Jan. 19 through Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 9-9:50 a.m. This 5-week interactive course focuses on addressing issues affecting Black student success in secondary education. The intended audience for this course are teaching and professional faculty, staff and graduate/ professional students that have not previously participated in a BMM course over the past three years of its offerings. Space is limited to 30 participants so register today by clicking here. Should you have any questions please contact us at eop@oregonstate.edu.

DEI In the News

New “J-Term” at Loyola University New Orleans Puts Focus on Race, Equity and Inclusion (Diverse Edu)
For the first time in its history, Loyola University New Orleans is offering its students two weeks of accelerated learning during the month of January. All of the 3-credit courses offered during the “J-Term” are free and relate to topics tied specifically to race, equity and inclusion.

The Fight for Tenure an Uphill Battle for Minoritized Faculty (Diverse Webcast)
Black and other minoritized faculty have long complained about an implicit bias in the tenure and promotion process. That is why it came as no surprise when the tenure denial of Dr. Paul C. Harris, an education professor at the University of Virginia (UVA), struck a chord among minoritized groups during the summer of 2020. This incident galvanized the nation into a fight for his tenure and many others like Dr. Harris. Seen as a biased tenure review for many, Dr. Harris’ appeal with UVA’s Faculty Senate Grievance Committee saw a groundswell of support, with thousands signing a letter demanding “Tenure for Paul.” In this webcast replay, Dr. Harris will be in conversation with Dr. Jamal Watson, editor-at-large at Diverse, about his particular case.

Extension in the News

New OSU program first in nation to tackle statewide native bee inventory
Capital Press
“We were looking for people we could train to be entomologists in their own right,” said Andony Melathopoulos, OSU Extension’s pollinator health specialist, who runs the program.

Family farm finds a fruitful future
Good Fruit Grower
Adding agritourism ventures has always been a way to boost farm revenue, said Audrey Comerford, the agritourism specialist with Oregon State University Extension.

Western Innovator: Passion for bees helps agriculture
Capital Press
Andony Melathopoulos says his work is pretty sweet. Melathopoulos leads Oregon State University Extension’s statewide pollinator health program and is an assistant professor.

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

HDFFA, OSU Extension seek C.O. farmers, ranchers for feedback workshops
KTVZ
The High Desert Food and Farm Alliance and Oregon State University Extension Service are holding a series of workshops to better understand the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats currently facing Central Oregon farmers and ranchers.

Inspiring Girls Expeditions offers free trips
Lake County Examiner
Lake County young girls are encouraged to complete their application early for the Inspiring Girls Program, a program through the Oregon State University Extension office that is designed for 16 and 17 year old girls across Oregon.

In this week’s issue:

Training Opportunities for Ask an Expert

Ask an Expert, Extension’s online question-and-answer service, is in the process of migrating to a new system as of Feb. 1. To facilitate a smooth transition, there will be training sessions for faculty and volunteer experts every Thursday in January – Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Training for monitors will be held at 1 p.m. Tues., Jan. 5.

Farm and Ranch Assistance Network

OSU Extension has partnered with WSU Skagit County Extension on the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) grant, funded by the USDA.  Its focus is to establish a network that connects individuals who work in farming, ranching, and other agriculture-related occupations to stress and mental health assistance programs.  Go to the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network webpage to learn more about the project.

February is Food Drive Month

February is Food Drive month. Four Extension offices are currently signed up to participate: Clatsop, Lincoln, Tillamook (including Open Campus) and Wallowa. If your office would like to participate this year, contact Shelly Signs. Kickoff/orientation meeting is Friday January 15 at 10 a.m., if you can’t attend the meeting Shelly is happy to fill you in via phone or email. The OSU Food Drive website  offers suggestions on how to participate and an up-to-date list of participants. Together we can fight hunger in Oregon.

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, January 5 @ 1:00 pm: Ask an Expert monitor’s meeting

Thursday, January 7 @ 10:00 am: Ask an Expert Training Session

Thursday, January 14 @ noon: Extension Teaching Network

Thursday, January 14 @ 1:00 pm: Ask an Expert Training Session

Thursday, January 14 @ 1:00 pm: Virtual Extension: Success in Collaboration

Friday, January 15 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9302, Introduction to Pasture and Grazing Management in Western Oregon
Melissa Fery, David Hannaway, David Chaney, Maud Powell, Garry Stephenson
Farmers and ranchers new to pasture management in the Pacific Northwest can learn the basics of establishing and maintaining a productive pasture for their livestock.

EM 9303, Pastures: Strewarding a Working Landscape
Clint Nichols, Gordon Jones
Whether you’re growing hay for market or providing forage for livestock, a healthy pasture maintains soil health, produces high yields, excludes weeds and has a positive impact on the environment. Proper management is key to a healthy pasture. Make your own pasture plan with this set of worksheets and guides from Oregon State University’s Land Steward Program.

Em 9304, Soil: The Dirty Secrets of a Living Landscape
Gordon Jones, Scott Goode
Soil is a living ecosystem that includes minerals, air, water, habitat for creatures and the creatures themselves. Soil provides plants with nutrients, water, physical support and air for roots. Soil also houses macro- and microorganisms, which are nature’s prime recyclers. On a wider scale, soil plays a vital role in the global carbon cycle. Learn how to care for the soil you steward with this set of worksheets and guide, part of the Land Steward Rural Resource Guidelines series.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. These stories were published in late December:

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

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Time-saving tips for promoting content in 2021

Planning your new year’s outreach? Take note of our top 3 tips and tools from our Time-saving tips for promoting your content webinar:

  1. Save time producing newsletters and social media by reusing existing content and templates. The Extension website’s content bank(log in at bottom of the page) provides ready-made blurbs and images to use. Also use a Mailchimp e-news branded template for Extension.
  2. Build an editorial calendar to save you time. Blocking out time each month to create that month’s editorial calendar will save you time day-to-day. Use these calendar templates to plan in advance what you promote so it’s timely information and ready to go.
  3. Keep an eye out for new or popular resources to quickly select and feature on your webpages. The “Select content” feature content on Extension county office landing pages helps you filter for and add existing content easily to a page. Change it out for the most frequently asked questions in your region.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Gather: A Film Screening and Panel About Native American Food Sovereignty
On January 13, join the Zoom Webinar screening of the film “Gather,” an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political, and cultural identities through food sovereignty while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide. After the screening, hear from a panel — including Chef Nephi Craig, Dr. Samantha Chisholm Hatfield, and Jeremy Ojua—to discuss Native American resilience and the renaissance of Native food systems. Sponsored by OSU’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Extension and Engagement Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, NAL Eena Haws, and The Indigenous Peoples Work Group. For questions or accommodations, contact Amanda.Bielenberg@oregonstate.edu, or register now.

Changemakers Webcast: Empowering farmworkers and working Latinx families – CLA Changemakers webcast: Mobilizing communities is what Laura Galindo, ’17, does best. She’s 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 current role and a career spent advocating at the intersection of immigration, undocumented workers’ rights and electoral organizing. Join the Feb. 24 conversation with Galindo, and view more upcoming webcasts at osualum.com/Changemakers, presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the OSU Alumni Association.

NEW! Crucial Conversations: Crucial Conversations is a 10-hour course that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement—by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics—at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment. This is a series of five (5) live, online sessions on Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m Feb. 10 through March 10. There is a $100 fee to attend Crucial Conversations; advanced registration is required. Learn more and register.

DEI In the News

Racial, ethnic disparities found in anti-smoking measures identified by OSU researcher (KLCC)
A professor at Oregon State University released a report last month that compared cigarette usage among racial and ethnic groups. Researchers found disparities in the effectiveness of anti-smoking measures.

Indigenous Scholars Celebrate Rep. Deb Haaland’s Nomination for Secretary of the Interior (Diverse Edu)
Indigenous scholars are celebrating President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland for secretary of the interior. A Democratic Congresswoman from New Mexico, Haaland would be the first Native American in the position.

Extension in the News

OSU receives grant to study carrot blight
Capital Press
Jeremiah Dung, an associate professor and plant pathologist at OSU’s Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Madras, is leading an 11-person team examining the disease and coming up with new tools for farmers.

Ask an Expert: Are home-preserved gifts safe to eat?
Columbia Gorge News
Re-published from Extension’s Ask an Expert featured question.

With chlorpyrifos on its way out, what’s next for Oregon farmers?
Capital Press
Silvia Rondon, Oregon State University Extension entomology specialist, recently received a $162,794 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant to explore chlorpyrifos alternatives.

Growing Organic Vegetables with Dry-Farming Practices
Organic Farmer
“There is a suite of practices to conserve water for our summer crop growth,” said Amy Garrett, Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Associate Professor of Practice, Small Farms Program.

It’s about health and wellness: Tips to stay healthy as we approach a new year
Wallowa County Chieftain
A column by Ann Bloom.

Does your Christmas tree have pesticides, and how dangerous are they?
Salon
Insecticides have been linked to affecting the human nervous system, so does this mean the Christmas trees are a threat to a person’s health inside the home, or your pet’s health? We asked Chal Landgren, Oregon State University’s Christmas tree specialist, who also has a seven-acre Christmas tree farm, to find out.

Corvallis’ Most Impactful for 2020
The Corvallis Advocate
When fires raged throughout Oregon in early September, those who evacuated their homes needed a place to house their animals while they found shelter. The Benton County 4-H jumped up to help under the leadership of Carolyn Ashton, Oregon State University associate professor and 4-H coordinator.

Christmas all year long: considerations for growing Christmas trees
The News-Review
A column by Alicia Christensen.

OSU Program Teaches Bee Mastery
KLCC
Now, OSU Extension has created a Master Melittologist program. Based on the Master Gardener format, it’s the first of its kind.

In A Child Care Desert, More Spots Dry Up
The Source Weekly
According to a 2018 study led by Dr. Megan Pratt, assistant professor of Practice, Extension Family & Community Health at Oregon State University, over half of children in Deschutes County under the age of 6 are the child of a single working parent or two working parents.

Editorial: Remembering those we lost in 2020
Albany Democrat-Herald
Steve Besse, a Corvallis High School graduate, later worked for the Oregon State University Extension Service and OSU.

Central Oregon Crossroads: Cannabis in our environment
The Bulletin
According to OSU’s Extension Agent in Jackson County, Gordon Jones, as of Aug. 21, 2020, there were 25,273 acres of hemp registered with ODA that are most prevalently cultivated in the Jackson, Josephine, Deschutes, Umatilla and Malheur counties.

New book from experts about sweet cherry production available
Fruit Growers News
Lynn Long is a retired Professor and an Extension Horticulturist, at Oregon State University. Clive Kaiser is a Professor at Oregon State University and Interim Director of Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center.

Seed, cereal crop meetings go virtual
Capital Press
Participants in an upcoming series of Oregon State University Extension seed and cereal crop virtual meetings will hear about new weed management technology, get insect management updates and meet Christy Tanner, OSU’s new south Willamette Valley field crops Extension agent.

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

In this week’s issue:

See you next year!

ConnEXTion is taking a winter break, we will return January 5. Happy Holidays everyone!

Employee Stress and Burnout resources

Managing Holiday Stress – hosted by Beyond Benefits EAP

Date: Wednesday December 16, 2020
Time: at 9 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Register here today

Overview/Description: Executive Coach Lisa Abramson will teach you how to develop a more resilient mindset through five key strategies. She’ll share actionable strategies you can start using immediately to avoid burnout, “reset” and better cope with the stress of the holidays in the time of COVID-19. During this session, we’ll also actively practice some proven stress management techniques to help you re-center, refocus, and be more productive.

A recording and a PDF of the presentation will be shared with registrants following the webinar. If you are unable to attend at the scheduled time you can register and receive the PDF presentation and a recording to watch later.

To learn more about the resources offered to OSU employees through your Care.com benefits please visit the University Human Resources website here.

Questions?  Please contact employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu.

Printing and Mailing winter break

In conjunction with the University’s request for reduced operations, Printing and Mailing Services will be closed the week of December 28th through January 1st to accommodate for our staff to take some time to relax with family over the holidays. While some essential staff and operations will continue during this reduction period, we will not be open to clients for mail distribution, shipping or printing services. If you have questions and/or concerns please email digital.printing@oregonstate.edu.

First Monday Update

In case you missed this great blog: Kris Elliott, Outdoor School program leader, and Charissa Jones, outreach and inclusion coordinator, join Anita Azarenko to share the work they are doing to make outdoor school accessible for all eligible 5th and 6th graders across the state.

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, December 17 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)

Presented by: Mary Halbleib, CSS, Gordon Jones, SOREC, Cassie Bouska, Coos and Curry County Extension

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

Friday, December 18 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Presented by: Anita Azarenko, Vice Provost

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

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

PNW 754, Best Management Practices for Managing Herbicide Resistance
Drew J. Lyon, Judit Barroso, Joan M. Campbell, Douglas Finkelnburg, and I.C. Burke
Learn to manage herbicide-resistant weeds on your farm using the most effective methods, also known as best management practices (BMPs).

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

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Answers to your questions from the CRM session at Extension Annual Conference are in this week’s blog.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Research Study: “Combatting Social Isolation by Training Latinx Youth as Allies and Citizens”
The ENLACE Program is looking for youth (13 years and older, Latino/Latinx, and in 9-12 grade) and their parent to participate in the Engaging the Next Latinx Allies for Change and Equity (ENLACE) Program. Participants may receive up to $160, and the program will be held online. For more information contact: Dr. Jonathan Garcia at (949) 735-6337 or Jonathan.Garcia@oregonstate.edu

New OSU Recruitment Resources: The OSU Search Advocate Program and the President’s and Provost’s Leadership Council for Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (PPLC) subcommittee has developed a Faculty Recruitment Toolkit, which includes a message from Dr. Charlene Alexander about the critical importance of building a diverse academic faculty, and a detailed search timeline (linked from the orange bar in the middle of the page), useful for planning and evaluating difference in practice.

Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (CMLC) Winter Term Language Classes
The CMLC is closed for in-person services, but offering multiple English Classes via the online program, Zoom. New classes will continue to be announced on the webpage.

DEI In the News

Academia’s Role in Fighting Mental Illness Stigma (Diverse Edu)
Though we are in an era of growing anti-intellectualism, colleges and universities still retain a large amount of influence in educating vast sectors of society and shaping public discourse, and can play a large role in destigmatizing mental illness. Stigma is one of the primary barriers to diagnosis and treatment, and given the prevalence of mental illness across demographic groups, fighting it should be a cause that everyone can get behind.

Through training, policy West Linn Police Department addresses racial inequalities (KATU)
The police department is now reviewing a handful of policies, like the use-of-force policy, for instance, and bringing in teachers from across the country to train officers. The goal is to address racial inequity in policing through a unique partnership between the West Linn Police Department and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, or NOBLE.

Extension in the News

OSU fire-extension educators assess regional needs
Capital Press
Wildfire-focused extension educators with Oregon State University are assessing the needs of each region as they ramp up the new program.

In One Ear: Light ’em up
The Astorian
The self-guided tour, a collaborative effort in partnership with the Oregon State University Extension Service, takes place from Dec. 11 to Dec. 26.

Garden Plots: The value of a vegetable garden
The Chronicle
A column by Chip Bubl.

Letter: Feeding deer in town attracts them — and predators
East Oregonian
Wily coyotes aren’t uncommon in suburbs or large cities, but Oregon State University Extension released an excellent article a few years ago that deer in populated areas will attract other hunters, such as cougars and wolves, as their populations increase and their more isolated hunting grounds are outgrown.

Join The Olalla Center’s Virtual Cultural Fest!
Newport News Times
This event is brought to you by The Olalla Center with support from The Lincoln City Cultural Center, Lincoln County OSU Extension Service, and the Greater Newport Area Vision 2040.

Learn to safely preserve foods through online seminar
Herald and News
Oregon State University Extension Service is accepting enrollment now for Preserve @ Home, a national award-winning online food safety and preservation course to teach individuals how to safely preserve a variety of food products, according to a news release.

After Home Orchard Society ends 45-year run, volunteers step in to help food growers
The Oregonian
Oregon State University’s Extension Service faculty and Master Gardeners post information on fruit trees at extension.oregonstate.edu/crop-production/fruit-trees.

Free 10-week disaster preparedness course for youth
Lake County Examiner
The program got its start in Mississippi, where Ryan Akers — now the MyPI National Project Director — crested the program for his state and then obtained a grant to expand it. Oregon State University Extension Professor and 4-H Coordinator for Wasco County Lynette Ranney Black is in charge of coordinating the MyPI program in Oregon.

In this week’s issue:

Search Advocate Trainings

The next batch of Oregon State University Search Advocate workshops are now available for registration.  There is a new registration platform which requires you to register for all four sessions of the foundational series in order to complete your registration.  To register, follow the link to the Learning & Development web page and click on “Search Advocate Training”. The 16-hour foundational workshop series (to become an advocate) is called “Search Advocate Foundations.”  You can click on “section availability” (in navy blue to the right of the Foundations workshop) for a chronological list of available dates for each session by series.

If you need to register for fewer than all four workshops in the series (for example, if you’ve already completed one or more sessions) please email your request to hr.training@oregonstate.edu.

Completion of the Search Advocate Foundations series is required to register for any of these other options.  As soon as the Search Advocate website is updated (searchadvocate.oregonstate.edu) you will be able to access all these options from a new page there called “Search Advocate Workshops” there.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Ann Gillies if you have questions.

Employee Stress and Burnout resources

Managing Holiday Stress – hosted by Beyond Benefits EAP

Date: Wednesday December 16, 2020
Time: at 9 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Register here today

Overview/Description: Executive Coach Lisa Abramson will teach you how to develop a more resilient mindset through five key strategies. She’ll share actionable strategies you can start using immediately to avoid burnout, “reset” and better cope with the stress of the holidays in the time of COVID-19. During this session, we’ll also actively practice some proven stress management techniques to help you re-center, refocus, and be more productive.

A recording and a PDF of the presentation will be shared with registrants following the webinar. If you are unable to attend at the scheduled time you can register and receive the PDF presentation and a recording to watch later.

To learn more about the resources offered to OSU employees through your Care.com benefits please visit the University Human Resources website here.

Questions?  Please contact employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu.

Welcome New Employees

Halie Cousineau, FCH, Lane County, Education Program Assistant 2
Melinda Garcia, 4-H, Lane County, 4-H Program Coordinator
Julia Wentzel, Ag Horticulture, Tillamook County, Master Gardener & Small Farms Coordinator
Hayley White, Ag, Polk & Marion County, Agriculture Program Coordinator

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, December 17 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)

Presented by: Mary Halbleib, CSS, Gordon Jones, SOREC, Cassie Bouska, Coos and Curry County Extension

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

Friday, December 18 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Presented by: Anita Azarenko, Vice Provost

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

Maggie Livesay Retirement

There will be a virtual retirement celebration for Maggie Livesay, 4-H Faculty for OSU Extension – Benton/Linn Counties! This Friday, December 11 @ 3:30 pm.

Please join us as we celebrate Maggie’s many years of service to our community.

Please share this invitation with others that will want to wish Maggie well. To protect the zoom meeting from being crashed, we are asking that you share this invitation via e-mail only, Carolyn Ashton can send the Zoom link, thank you!

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EC 1304, Growing Blueberries in Your Home Garden
Bernadine Strik, Emily Dixon, Amy Jo Detweiler, Nicole Sanchez
Learn to grow your own sweet, juicy blueberries in your Oregon home garden! Find out which types and cultivars of blueberries grow best where you live, and which part of your yard is best suited for production. Experts guide you through all the details on soil preparation, planting, mulching, watering and pruning. Learn to beat back common pests, tame frost and disease, and maximize production.

Extension News Stories

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

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

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

In this post, we’ll talk about a couple different methods of website research. We’ll also give some ideas for experiments you can do to research the effectiveness of your own web content.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Olalla Center Cultural Fest (Lincoln County)
Saturday, December 12 at 5:30 pm. A showcase of music and dance via virtual Facebook Live. More information can be found on the Olalla Center Cultural Fest Facebook page.

Register today for the 39th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Keynote and Awards Celebration!
On January 18, 2021, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration commemorates the legacy of Dr. King and allows the Oregon State community to reflect on his work in today’s context through engaging workshops, presentations and service opportunities. In its 39th year, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is Oregon State University’s longest running annual event focused on social justice and transformative change.

DEI In the News

After the election, a focus on healing for communities of color (Source Weekly)
For Central Oregon’s Love Your Neighbor project, this post-election season is centered on that latter goal of fostering healing and unity, following a period of intense vitriol and divisiveness on the streets and on social media. The Love Your Neighbor project was founded in February by Erika McCalpine, business program lead at Oregon State University-Cascades, along with me and the Source Weekly.

Supreme Court rejects appeal over Oregon school district’s restroom policy for transgender students (Oregon Live)
The Supreme Court declined Monday to take up an appeal from parents in Oregon who want to prevent transgender students from using locker rooms and bathrooms of the gender with which they identify, rather than their sex assigned at birth.

Extension in the News

Handwashing and masks essential
Newport News Times
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Lauren Kraemer, assistant professor of practice in the Extension Family and Community Health Program in the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences, handwashing was viewed as the single best thing children and adults can do to stay healthy.

Silent blight
Polk County Itemizer-Observer
Chal Landgren, a Christmas tree specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, said the experience of Polk County’s Christmas tree growers this year is typical.

RVs roll in for fire survivors
Mail Tribune
Jackson County has partnered with ACCESS’s Continuum of Care and Oregon State University Extension Service to form a taskforce to collaborate with state and federal agencies to deal with the changing shelter needs of fire survivors.

Not your average calculator
Progressive Forage
Some calculators can be useful for specific aspects of cover crop use, like Oregon State University Extension’s calculator that estimates the fertilizer value of cover crops and compares the cost to purchased fertilizers.

Choose The Right Coop & Run For Your Chickens
Hobby Farms
According to Oregon State University Extension’s bulletin, “Backyard Chicken Coop Design,” you should provide at least 3 square feet of indoor living space per bird if you also provide an outdoor run, and 8 to 10 square feet per bird if you don’t.

Extension Spotlight: Make Way for New Baby Calves
The News-Review
A column by Shelby Filley.

In this week’s issue:

Employee Stress and Burnout resources

Managing Holiday Stress – hosted by Beyond Benefits EAP

Date: Wednesday December 2, 2020
Time: at 11 a.m. – 12 noon
Register here

Overview/Description: Welcome to the holiday season – that whirlwind of gift-giving holidays, marketing blitzes, parties and family dinners and activities galore starting with Halloween, through Thanksgiving, Hanukah and Christmas and ends with New Year’s festivities. While this season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it’s also a harbinger of lots of stress. And this year, in particular, adds its own element of celebrating during a pandemic.

Workshop Objectives: Discuss some ways to manage your emotions and expectations.

  • Hear some suggestions for shopping and finances
  • Learn about new travel considerations during this time
  • Understand the importance of self-care during the holiday season
  • Consider some new traditions that can make this holiday season a wonderful time

A recording of the presentation will be shared with registrants following the webinar. If you are unable to attend at the scheduled time you can register and receive the recording link to watch later.

Employees can find more information about OSU’s Employee Assistance Program here.

Professional Development Resources

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

Friday, December 4 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, an international movement designed to inspire charitable giving worldwide. The OSU Foundation, in collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs, will be participating again in the program that focuses on the Beavers Fight Hunger Initiative. We invite you to support the initiative, which helps the university’s effort to address student food insecurity. Funds raised through Beavers Fight Hunger will directly support OSU’s Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) and the OSU – Cascades Food Pantry. An OSU alumna has made a $25,000 gift to inspire others to donate on Giving Tuesday. Last year, 400 donors gave over $50,000 to address student hunger.

Quarterly Conversation

The November 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, Recognition and Leadership (director’s coins: 3:20), – Anita Azarenko, Jennifer Alexander
  • Youth Education Survey (17:24) – Kris Elliott
  • Fire Program Update (24:24) – Jim Johnson, Amanda Rau, Christopher Adlam, Katherine Wollstein, Ariel Cowan
  • DEI: Elevate the visibility of Extension´s commitment to inclusive hiring and how it aligns to the Search Advocate Program (42:44) – Ana Lu Fonseca, Anne Gillies
  • Juntos en Colaboracion: Partnering for Resilience with Lincoln County’s Latino & Indigenous Communities (1:01:50) – Wiley Thompson, Beatriz Botello Salgado, Alex Llumiquinga, and Araceli Mendez,

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

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

Join us next week at the Extension Annual Conference. Your colleagues at Extension Communications (EC), Professional and Continuing Education (PACE), and Extension Computing Technology Unit (ECTU) have some great sessions planned along with Virtual “Tabling” events at the Extension Annual Conference. Check out the great sessions here.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

OSU Anthropology lecture series: “Conflicts and Cooperation: Race, Place and Memory of New Orleans Afro-American Festivals” with Jiaju Li from the Chinese Academy of Social Science. Presented by the School of Language, Culture and Society. Free and open to all. Friday, Dec. 4 at noon. To join the virtual talk via Zoom, using meeting ID 918 8649 8232 with password 8c574f.

PCOSW scholarships: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) is offering scholarships to cover registration costs for the 2021 Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE) virtual conference. OSU faculty, professional faculty, staff, students and OSU community members are eligible to apply. The scholarship application deadline is Dec. 15. NOTE: Please DO NOT register for the OWHE conference if you are applying for a scholarship until you are approved. Once approved, you will be sent a promo code and special registration link to use to register with OWHE. PCOSW cannot reimburse people for registrations that have already been paid. For questions, contact pcosw@oregonstate.edu.

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

DEI In the News

Indigenous peoples, in Oregon and beyond, are decolonizing maps (OPB News)
Natchee Barnd, an associate professor of ethnic studies at OSU, co-wrote the essay. It introduces a collection highlighting Indigenous map work being done in North America and elsewhere.

Extension in the News

Local U-Pick Farm Experiences Monster Tomato Crop 
The Source Weekly
At Oregon State University’s Extension service, Clare Sullivan, Small Farms and Specialty Crops Extension Agent for Central Oregon, admits that wholesale is a risky business.

Smoke worries: West Coast wine industry grapples with tainted grapes
Capital Press
“It was a difficult pivot to make, but at the same time it was sort of an emergency situation,” Tomasino said. “OSU has a very strong extension aspect.”

In gratitude: From our gardens, much to be thankful for
The Bulletin
For the OSU Extension Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver programs, their leadership and the education programs available to the public through Zoom classes, meetings and websites.

Navajo County Cooperative Extension promotes 4-H
White Mountain Independent
Indicators of thriving youth can be demonstrated by reaching development outcomes including the following: academic achievement and motivation, social competence, high personal standards, contribution to others, connection with others, and personal responsibility according to Mary Arnold, author who developed the Thriving Model at Oregon State University.

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

Pine needles can be composted
The Record-Courier
Some people think that pine needles make a soil pH so acid that plants will be damaged. Actually, according to Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturist Amy Jo Detweiler, that is a myth.

Pacific Northwest youth to explore ag in new ways
Western Farmer-Stockman
Oregon State University’s Precollege Programs and the SMILE (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences) program are partnering with the OSU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program to implement an innovative Agriculture Distance Education Toolkit.