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Nano-cellulose Based InnofreshTM Coatings for Preserving Pre- and Post-harvest Fruit Quality

Small Farms Events - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 2:38pm
Monday, December 1, 2014 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Fall 2014 Faculty Seminar Schedule, Dept. of Food Science & Technology

Presenter: Yanyun Zhao, Professor

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

New class of mid-Valley Master Woodland Managers graduating

Amy Grotta's Tree Topics - Sun, 11/30/2014 - 11:00pm

By Brad Withrow-Robinson, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension, Benton, Linn & Polk Counties

Please help welcome a new class of Master Woodland Managers. The Master Woodland Manager Class of 2014, which  has 17 members from communities throughout Benton, Linn and Polk Counties, graduated in November, joining several dozen volunteers from earlier trainings, ready to put their forestland management expertise to work as volunteers in their communities along with the OSU Extension Service.


Mid Valley MWM Class of 2014

Master Woodland Managers are qualified local family woodland owners who receive specialized training from OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension to improve their abilities as land managers and as community leaders. The purpose of the Master Woodland Manager program is to provide a core of trained volunteers that help OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension serve local communities and be a resource to help inform other woodland owners on ways to take care of their land.

The Master Woodland Manager training is about 80 hours of classroom and field instruction spread over most of a year. A broad variety of topics are covered, including forest management planning, woodland ecology, resource inventory methods, thinning stands, road maintenance, insect and disease management, fire risk prevention, sustainable forestry practices and more. In return, the trainees agree to give the OSU Extension a similar amount of time in volunteer service in helping other small woodland owners.

Master Woodland Manager volunteer activities may include hosting tours and workshops on woodland management practices (including planting, harvesting or habitat development), taking leadership positions in local landowner and conservation organizations, contributing to newsletters, and developing educational materials and youth programming.

Among the most popular and important services of Master Woodland Manager volunteers are site visits to local properties. A visit with a Master Woodland Manager can help you see your property in a new way. Their experience can help you recognize what you have on your property, identify opportunities you have overlooked, or limits you may not have seen, develop goals and strategies to address needs and point you to additional local sources of assistance.

Want another perspective on your property? Schedule a visit with a Benton, Linn, or Polk County Master Woodland Manager by calling the Benton County OSU Extension office at (541) 766-6750, or email me with at brad.w-r@oregonstate.edu.

The mid Valley Master Woodland Managers of 2014:

Marc Baldwin – Corvallis

William Bowling – Albany

Wylda Cafferata – Dexter

Mary  Chamness – West Salem

Bonnie Marshall -Sublimity

Ed Merzenich – Brownsville

Jim Merzenich- Salem

Bruce  Morris- Alsea

Elizabeth Mottner – Monroe

Tyler Mottner – Monroe

Doug Newell – Corvallis

Sherri  Newell – Corvallis

Janice Thompson – Corvallis

Christy Tye – Lebanon

Jennifer Weikel – Monmouth

Timbre White – Scio

Roger  Workman – Albany

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Thanksgiving Holiday

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 2:36pm
Friday, November 28, 2014 (all day event)
Campus closed. Drive safe. Eat safe. Find a Turkey Trot near you. And remember to give thanks for health. Know someone who isn't heading home for the holiday? Invite them along to yours.

Thanksgiving Holiday

Health & Wellness Events - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 2:35pm
Thursday, November 27, 2014 (all day event)
Campus closed. Drive safe. Eat safe. Find a Turkey Trot near you. And remember to give thanks for health. Know someone who isn't heading home for the holiday? Invite them along to yours.

That time of year…

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:33pm


A uniquely American holiday (although it is celebrated in other countries as well-Canada, Liberia, The Netherlands, Norfolk Islands),

filled with too much food (pie any one?) ,

too much football (what is your favorite rivalry?),

and too much shopping (black Friday?).


For me it is an opportunity to to be grateful–and I am, more than words can express. I am especially grateful for my daughters, bright, articulate, and caring children (who are also adults).

What makes this holiday unique? That is an evaluative question.

What will make this holiday a good holiday for you?  That, too, is an evaluative question.

This holiday will be good for me in many ways.

For me, it is an opportunity to think deeply about the various roles I fill: mother, sister, friend, evaluator, volunteer, among others.

It is an opportunity to think about what kind of guest I will be when I visit for the holiday.

It is an opportunity to think about the privilege that comes to me as an accident of my birth and those not so privileged.

It is an opportunity to count my blessings, of which there are many.

Happy Thanksgiving.



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Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Ebola: The reality of an epidemic

Health & Wellness Events - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 6:37am
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Co-sponsored by the CPHHS's Center for Global Health. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:30pm. Speakers include:

Featured Speaker: Dr. Patricia Omidian
Co-founder, Focusing International
Dr. Omidian, a medical anthropologist, will discuss her work for the World Health Organization in Liberian communities impacted by Ebola.
Omidian’s research, conducted as the epidemic spun out of control, highlights community desires for greater control over the official response to the Ebola crisis. Local people want to have a say in managing quarantine and isolation practices in particular, and they want better primary health care. Community members also want access to better information that can help them deal with real problems.
Sudy Storm, MPH, Midwife
Sudy Storm, a midwife and anthropology graduate student, and a graduate of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences" MPH-International Health (2011 Cohort), will discuss the current Ebola epidemic in light of her work as a midwife and researcher with village populations in Sierra Leone.
Dr. Connie Hume-Rodman, MD
Dr. Hume-Rodman chairs the OSU Infectious Disease Response Team and is Associate Director of OSU Student Health Services. She will discuss OSU’s response to the Ebola epidemic and how the OSU community can respond to infectious diseases in general.

Center for Global Health website

CPHHS Research Seminar

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 6:39am
Friday, November 21, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

"Tobacco: The Next Generation" Kari-Lyn Sakuma, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Health Behavior, College of Public Health & Human Sciences

Dr. Sakuma's research applies trans-disciplinary training to develop interventions across multiple domains from substance use and obesity prevention to family relations; a major focus of her research has been the etiology and prevention of tobacco use among adolescents and young adults.

Kari-Lyn Sakuma's faculty profile

This college-wide research seminar, is Co-Sponsored by the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs; the Center for Healthy Aging; the Hallie Ford Center; the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health and the Center for Global Health.

The seminar series provides a forum for faculty in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences and other researcher to present their current research in public health and human sciences in an environment conducive to stimulating research collaboration and fostering student learning.

Faculty and students from the Division of Health Sciences and other colleges, research centers and institutions are encouraged to participate.

Pesticide Private Applicator

Small Farms Events - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 6:38am
Friday, November 21, 2014 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Designed to prepare agriculture workers to take the State of Oregon Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator exams.

Class provides in-depth training and support for those who may be interested in pursuing pesticide applicator certification / license.

Thursday, November 20, 8:00am-2:30pm and Friday, November 21, 8:00am-12:30pm

Instructor:  Isabela Mackey

Location:  LBCC, College Center, Room CC-205

Cost $99.00

For more information and to register call:  (541) 971-4929



Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

AG SQUARED-Farm Record Keeping Tool Training

Small Farms Events - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 6:38am
Friday, November 21, 2014 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

This class is offered by OSU Extension Small Farms, Thrive and AgSquared to train farmers in best management practices. Learn how to use this online tool to both plan and manage an increase in production, plus keep the records needed in order to track farm growth over a period of time. Instructors: Drew Katz and David Wides, AgSquared Customer Success Team. And, Jeff Higley, a local Applegate Valley farmers will talk about his experience using AgSquared.
Location: RCC/SOU Higher Education Center
101 South Bartlett Street; Medford

If you missed early enrollment, just join us at the class by 9:45 am. Cost is $20 at the door, check or cash only.

Join in virtually at no cost:
VIRTUAL OPTION https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/293524975

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Center for Global Health Information Session

Health & Wellness Events - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:37pm
Thursday, November 20, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Meet the Director of the Center for Global Health (CGH) and learn about global health activities on campus and abroad. CGH is a community of learning and service that brings together faculty, students, and staff at OSU, with alumni and partners around the world, to generate knowledge that promotes equitable and sustainable health development solutions globally.

Pesticide Private Applicator

Small Farms Events - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:37pm
Thursday, November 20, 2014 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Designed to prepare agriculture workers to take the State of Oregon Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator exams.

Class provides in-depth training and support for those who may be interested in pursuing pesticide applicator certification / license.

Thursday, November 20, 8:00am-2:30pm and Friday, November 21, 8:00am-12:30pm

Instructor:  Isabela Mackey

Location:  LBCC, College Center, Room CC-205

Cost $99.00

For more information and to register call:  (541) 971-4929



Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

2014 Land Stewards Program

Forestry Events - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:37pm
Thursday, November 20, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Jackson County OSU Extesnion Service and Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District is please to offer the 2014 Land Steward Program.

This is an 11-week training course - weekly classes will meet at the OSU Extension auditorium, on Thursday afternoon, September 11 - December 4 from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.. (With a break for the Thanksgiving holiday).

Land Steward training will help local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property through classroom sessions, field trips and the creation of a personalized management plan for their property, the course is targeting owners who want to learn how to balance sustainability with their rural lifestyle.

Land Stewards will be equipped to design and implement programs to help people:

  • Live safely in wildfire-prone areas
  • Identify and eradicate noxious weeds
  • Promote and develop wildlife habitat
  • Conserve water and reduce runoff
  • Reduce yard waste and wood biomass
  • Make their own mulch and compost
  • Maintain healthy trees and forest

Applications received before August 28th save $25 ($150 per person, or $20 for couples).

Applications received on/after August 29th, subject to standard fee ($175 per person, or $225 for couples).

For application please go to:  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/sites/default/files/ls_application_course_info_2014.pdf

Tolerance for ambiguity.

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 2:53pm

It all depends.

The classic evaluation response. In fact, it is the punch line for one of the few evaluation jokes I can remember (some-timers disease being what it is; if you want to know the joke, ask in your comment).

The response reminds me of something I heard (once again) while I was in Denver. One of the presenters at a session on competencies, certification, credentialing (an indirectly, about accreditation) talked about a criteria for evaluators that is not taught in preparatory programs–the tolerance for ambiguity.  (What do you see in this image?)

What is this tolerance? What is ambiguity?

According to Webster’s Seventh, tolerance is the noun form of the verb “to tolerate” and means “…the relative capacity to endure or adapt physiologically to an unfavorable environmental factor…” also defined as “…sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own; the act of allowing something; allowable deviation from a standard…”.

Using the same source, ambiguity (also a noun) means “…the quality or state of being ambiguous in meaning…” OK. Going on to ambiguous (the root of the word), it  is an adjective meaning “…doubtful or uncertain especially from obscurity or indistinctness…capable of being understood in two or more possible senses…”. Personally, I find the “capable of being understood in two or more possible senses…” relevant to evaluation and to evaluators.

Yet, I have to ask, What does all that mean? It all depends.

Many evaluations are perfectly clear to the program designer(s) and not to the program participants (familiarity can be blinding). The process must be explained many times, in different phrasing; in different words before everyone involved understands, if then. And even then, do all participant understand the program the same way? Probably not because of cognitive biases that every person has and brings with them when they participate in anything. Every person has personal and situational biases which affect the understanding any individual has for what is currently occurring, even the program designer(s). If the program designer(s) then has someone else (say an external evaluator) conduct the evaluation, another layer of ambiguity may be added–often is.

Some folks will see ambiguity as uncertainty (in fact Webster’s Seventh uses uncertainty as a synonym). I don’t; for me not knowing (uncertainty) is different from being unclear (ambiguity);. Certainly, an argument can be made that they are the same. (I’ll leave that for another time.) I see it as incumbent on the evaluator to be clear.  Tolerance for ambiguity is hard to teach because of the discomfort people experience when met with lack of clarity. Yet, to be a competent evaluator, tolerance for ambiguity is a competency that is needed.

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Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

It depends

Amy Grotta's Tree Topics - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 1:04pm

By Amy Grotta, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension – Columbia, Washington & Yamhill Counties

Remember those Magic 8 balls where you would ask a question, shake the ball, and get an answer? I wish life were that simple.

Extension agents get a lot of questions. Some say we are notorious for always answering with “well, it depends.” As an Extension agent I’m as guilty as anyone of using “it depends”, and not because I want to dodge your question. Usually there is more than one answer; more information is needed; and ultimately, you are the one who will be able to answer your own question after more a more thorough evaluation. Here is a sampling of inquiries I’ve received by phone, email, or Ask an Expert over the past few weeks, to illustrate this.


“Do you have advice for the most effective strategies for killing blackberries? We want to use only as much herbicide as is really needed.”

a wall of blackberries

It depends!

How large an area needs to be treated? Is it a site prep situation, or are the trees already planted? Is there desirable vegetation intermixed with the blackberries, and if so, how much?

I hope I didn’t frustrate the askers by giving them a whole lot of questions in exchange for the single one asked. But each situation is different and the “best” strategy will depend on these and other factors. Knowing how herbicides work is critical to successful integrated pest management, which is really what the question is about.


“I have a few acres of pasture and I’m thinking of planting some trees and putting it in forest deferral. Is this a good idea?”

It depends!

Are the soils suitable for growing trees, and if so what kinds? Have you thought about how you will get the site ready for planting? Do you have the ability to control competing vegetation on the site for several years after planting? Are you willing to commit time and money to this effort for the next five years? Will you be able to pay back taxes should the plantation fail and forest deferral be removed?

This person got 5 questions back for the price of one. I’m not in a position to tell her whether it’s a good idea, but I can help her evaluate the answers to some of my questions.


“We have some big trees on our property. Should we cut them now to make sure they don’t overgrow the market?”

big logs coming into a mill

It depends!

Despite common assumptions, some mills buy big logs. Have you checked to see whether your trees are really too big? What are your overall income goals for your property? Are you thinking of removing just the biggest trees, or doing a clearcut? Which course of action, including no action, would leave the stand in better or worse condition over the long run?


I believe that there are no stupid questions. But don’t be surprised if the answer is “it depends”.

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Food Science Camp 2013 and Erik Fooladi

Bringing Food Chemistry to Life - Fri, 07/19/2013 - 12:44pm

We participate in the Oregon State U Food Science Camp for middle school students.

Part of the STEM [science technology engineering math] Academies@OSU Camps.

We teach about bread fermentations, yeast converting sugars to CO2 and ethanol, lactobacillus converting sugar to lactic and acetic acids, how the gluten in wheat can form films to trap the gas and  allow the dough to rise. On the way we teach about flour composition, bread ingredients and their chemical functionalities, hydration, the relationships between enzymes and substrates [amylases on starch to produce maltose for the fermentation organisms]; gluten development, the gas laws and CO2′s declining solubility in the aqueous phase during baking which expands the gas bubbles and leads to the oven spring at the beginning of baking; and the effect of pH on Maillard browning using soft pretzels that they get to shape themselves..

All this is illustrated by hands on [in] activities: they experience the hydration and the increasing cohesiveness of the dough as they mix it with their own hands, they see their own hand mixed dough taken through to well-risen bread. They get to experience dough/gluten development in a different context with the pasta extruder, and more and more.

A great way to introduce kids to the relevance of science to their day to day lives: in our case chemistry physics biochemistry and biology in cereal food processing.

We were also fortunate to have Erik Fooladi from Volda University College in Norway to observe the fun: http://www.fooducation.org/

If you have not read his blog and you like what we do here: you should!


endless pasta


Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Good Cheese, Bad Cheese

Bringing Food Chemistry to Life - Wed, 07/10/2013 - 12:25pm

pH, colloidal calcium phosphate, aging, proteolysis, emulsification or its loss and their interactions lead to optimum melting qualities for cheeses. A module in this year’s food systems chemistry class.

This module was informed by this beautiful article “The beauty of milk at high magnification“ by Miloslav Kalab, which is available on the Royal Microscopical Society website.


Of course accompanied by real sourdough wholegrain bread baked in out own research bakery.

Inspired by…

“The Science of a Grilled Cheese Sandwich.”

by: Jennifer Kimmel

in: The Kitchen as Laboratory: Reflections on the Science of Food and Cooking

Edited by Cesar Vega, Job Ubbink, and Erik van der Linden


Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

February 2011- Nutrition Education Volunteers taking “vacation”

Family Food Educators of Central Oregon - Tue, 02/01/2011 - 8:24am

I’m back from maternity leave and getting resettled into some new responsibilities.  We had a staff member leave us, so Glenda and I are having to pick up the work load until we find someone new, or our responsibilites change.  Being a new mom is lots of work too, so I’ve gone part time (24 hours aweek) but am still trying to get everything done… that being said, we’ve decided to put our nutrition education volunteering on hold, until I have a managable workload.

We look forward to being able to start things back up in the summer or fall of 2011.  Thanks so much and since a few of you have been asking, here’s a photo of our boy.  He is 5 months old today!

Bundled out in the cold!

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