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EXPLORING THE SMALL FARM DREAM

Small Farms Events - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 3:38pm
Monday, March 6, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Mondays, March 6, 13 and 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
This three-session course provides an excellent framework to help new farmers assess their skills and interests, learn the realities of farm business ownership, and become connected to local resources. The aim is to help those thinking about small-scale commercial farming learn what it will take to start and manage a farm business, and decide whether that is something they really want to pursue.
Register on line: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarmDream

 

 

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Woodland Management – Basic Forestry Shortcourse

Forestry Events - Sat, 03/04/2017 - 3:35pm
Saturday, March 4, 2017 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

This five-session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property. It also serves as preparation for the OSU Master Woodland Manager Training. Topics covered include:
•Getting Started: Assessing your property and your site
•What’s Going on in Your Woods? Understanding tree biology and forest ecology
•Taking Care of Your Woods: Tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control
•Getting it Done: Safety, tools and techniques, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations.

Instructor: Glenn Ahrens, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent.

Registration required: Cost for the course is $40 for one participant/$50 for two or more participants from the same family. Please pre-register no later than February 5. Use the form on the next page or contact Jean at
503-655-8631 or jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu.

Questions? Contact Glenn Ahrens, 503-655-8631 or glenn.ahrens@oregonstate.edu.

Oregon State University Cancer Research Collaborations with OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:36pm
Friday, March 3, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

This seminar features faculty members from OSU who are collaborating with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute through the Horizon Initiative. The goal of this collaboration is to facilitate growth of inter-institutional, multidisciplinary research teams and to develop sustainable and innovative research in cancer prevention and control

Presenting CPHHS faculty include:

Jessica Gorman, PhD
Assistant Professor
Health Promotion and Health Behavior

Cynthia Mojica, PhD
Assistant Professor
Health Promotion and Health Behavior

Veronica Irvin, PhD
Assistant Professor
Health Promotion and Health Behavior

Yumie Takata, PhD
Assistant Professor
Nutrition and Epidemiology

Emily Ho, PhD
Professor and Endowed Director of the Moore Family Center
for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health

The Knight Cancer Institute is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. Driven by its mission to end cancer as we know it, the institute is building upon its expertise in targeted treatments to advance the early detection of cancer when the disease is most treatable.

The Horizon Initiative was created to promote this goal by leveraging complementary expertise among investigators at both universities and funding research pilot projects anywhere along the cancer continuum, from prevention to survivorship.
 
The college-wide research seminar is Co-Sponsored by:

  • the College Research Office
  • the Hallie Ford Center
  • the Center for Healthy Aging
  • 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 researchers to present and discuss current research in topics 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

Visist the CPHHS seminars page to view past seminar videos and see a schedule of upcoming seminars.

Unit Planning & Layout Workshop

Forestry Events - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 3:36pm
Monday, February 27, 2017 - Thursday, March 2, 2017 (all day event)

This 4-day workshop is a follow-up to the CABLE LOGGING workshop.  It is an intense, field-oriented session where the participant will plan and design a cable setting, including the location of the landings, unit boundaries, and anchor requirements.  Structures such as tailholds, intermediate supports, and tailtrees will be designed and selected.  Prior completion of the CABLE LOGGING workshop will be required.  ATTENDEES: sale layout personnel, contract supervisors, loggers, engineers, forest sale administrators.

 

FOREST ENGINEERING INC

Email:  office@forestengineer.com

Corvallis, Oregon

Logs to Lumber to Living

Forestry Events - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 3:36pm
Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Thinking of building a cabin on  your woodland?  Whether it’s a primary residence or second home, building on your woodlands consists of a number of things you need to consider. Among those are: permits, material costs (wood from your property vs. purchased), design features, amenities, and access/liability. We’ll also show you a start-to-finish cabin project that was recently completed, including information on materials, costs and added amenities.

Cost: $15/family (same  household). Register: online at: http://tinyurl.com/Logs2LumberSH, or call Vicki at 503-397-3462.

The Era of Megafires

Forestry Events - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 3:36pm
Thursday, March 2, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Megafires, wildfires over 100,000 acres and their impacts on people and ecosystems is a serious and growing issue to our region. Our communities, homes, businesses and our very way of life are threatened. If we are going to make effective progress towards increasing fire resiliency, we must increase awareness and stimu-late conversation about this important issue across all levels of society.

Woodland Management – Basic Forestry Shortcourse

Forestry Events - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 3:36pm
Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This five-session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property. It also serves as preparation for the OSU Master Woodland Manager Training. Topics covered include:
•Getting Started: Assessing your property and your site
•What’s Going on in Your Woods? Understanding tree biology and forest ecology
•Taking Care of Your Woods: Tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control
•Getting it Done: Safety, tools and techniques, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations.

Instructor: Glenn Ahrens, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent.

Registration required: Cost for the course is $40 for one participant/$50 for two or more participants from the same family. Please pre-register no later than February 5. Use the form on the next page or contact Jean at
503-655-8631 or jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu.

Questions? Contact Glenn Ahrens, 503-655-8631 or glenn.ahrens@oregonstate.edu.

Woodland Information Night

Forestry Events - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 3:38pm
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Speakers and Topics:

  • Julian Geisel, on his research about landowner’s strategies.
  • Brad Withrow-Robinson, young stand thinning overview ahead of spring tours.
  • Wallace Jennings to talk about NRCS forestry program.
  • Raylene Gordin/Diane Kahldahl, attracting bluebirds
This year’s WIN is hosted by the Linn Chapter of OSWA and OSU Extension.

Assessing Units and Projects

Forestry Events - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 3:38pm
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Join With Industry Leaders to Discuss:

-How Alternative Silviculture Systems Can Be Applied To Support a Wide Range of  Landowner Goals

-How to Keep Silviculture Vision Synched with Operations Reality --All the Way Through the Harvest Process.

For more information and to register, click HERE

Christmas Tree Genetics & Tree Improvement Webinar Series

Forestry Events - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 3:38pm
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Understanding genetics and tree improvement is critical to the success of your Christmas tree farm, whether you know it or not. From selecting the right species for your site to starting your own seed orchard, tree genetics impact your operation every day.


In this five part webinar series, leading Christmas tree scientists from throughout the U.S. will present an in-depth discussion of the critical elements of Christmas tree improvement and how genetic selection can improve the growth, health, and quality of your trees and make your farm more profitable.


Webinar schedule:
Feb. 1 The Tree Improvement Process: Selection, Testing & Breeding
Feb. 8 Capturing Genetic Gain: Seed Collection Zones & Seed Orchards
Feb 15 Tree Improvement Techniques: Grafting, Controlled-pollination & Tissue Culture
Feb. 22 Tree Improvement Case Studies From Around the Country and Around the World
March 1 Future Issues: Genetic Engineering and Genomics of Fir Species


Presenters:

Rick Bates - Penn State University

Gary Chastagner - Washington State University

Bert Cregg - Michigan State University

John Frampton - North Carolina State University

Chal Landgren - Oregon State University

Lilian Matallana - North Carolina State University

Jim Rockis - Reliable Source Seeds and Transplants


Cost: No charge - registration is required. Register by January 25 at:
https://events.anr.msu.edu/ChristmasTreeWebinar2016/

Contact: Bert Cregg cregg@msu.edu 517-353-0335
Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Jill O’Donnell, 231-779-9480 by January 25, 2017 to make arrangements. Requests received after this date will be fulfilled when possible.

Introduction To Forest Soils and Using the Web Soil Survey

Forestry Events - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 3:38pm
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The soil is one of the most important resources in your forest, and a key factor in forest productivity. Understanding the soil types and characteristics in your forest is critical for management planning because soil provides water storage, aeration, nutrients, plant anchorage, and suitable environments for soil organisms. This class will give you an introduction to soil morphology, landform origin, soil classification, and nutrient cycling. You will also learn how to use the Web Soil Survey to find and interpret this information for your property and identify risks associated with soil disturbance and potential soil productivity losses.

 Information and Registration 

The Politics of Science

Terra - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 4:22pm

By Nick Houtman

As the Trump Administration proposes to slash federal investments in environmental research, scientists are considering how to sustain work on issues such as air and water quality, wildlife and climate change.

“An apparent lack of concern for scientific evidence” poses a challenge to environmental management, writes Staci Simonich, chemist at Oregon State University, in a recent editorial in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, published by the American Chemical Society. However, she adds, the global research community is resilient because it draws support from an array of funding sources.

“As with prior administrations,  we must speak up for the importance of federally funded research, which sustains not only important knowledge development but also technological solutions to environmental problems and grows our next generation of STEM workforce,” writes Simonich, who is also an associate editor of the journal.

Read her editorial titled An Inconvenient Administration.

The post The Politics of Science appeared first on Terra Magazine.

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Tree seedling supply remains uncertain

Tree Topics - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 10:42am

Jen Gorski, OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension, Clackamas County

Oregon forest landowners and Christmas tree growers are having difficulty locating seedlings to buy.

In response, the Oregon Department of Forestry, OSU Extension and other partners are working hard to identify and solve the problems limiting the supply. It’s not an easy fix; many pieces account for the problems and the solutions.

OSU Clackamas County Extension hosted a meeting in January to discuss the seedling supply. Landowners revealed that certain species or stock types are not always available within a year of planting. This presents some uncertain choices and potential compromise. One year plugs may be available in lieu of 1-1 transplants (2 year old seedlings). The 1-1 transplants have a fibrous root system and a track record of success in challenging conditions. However, future survival of one year plugs is uncertain.

This is not an entirely new problem. There has been a perennial issue for those who wish to order fewer than 20,000 seedlings, the minimum contract order for many nurseries. Consequently, the Clackamas County Farm Forestry Association (CCFFA) and some other OSWA chapters provide the opportunity for their members to batch small orders together and order collectively.

There are many reasons for the current seedling supply situation. These include capacity loss during the recession, shifting management practices and demand following fire.

Part of the challenge is this: producing bareroot seedlings (still the industry mainstay) takes over two years of lead time. Nurseries have to supply all the costly resources at the front end: picking the cones or fruit, cleaning the seed, pre-treating then sowing the seed, and growing/transplanting the seedlings. Timber companies are ordering 2+ years ahead. Small forest landowners and Christmas tree growers may need to get used to the idea of ordering that far ahead as well.

 

Strategies and Resources

Communicate with the ODF and partners working on this issue! Making your concern and any challenges you’ve had finding seedlings known will help focus our joint effort.

In the meantime, here are some resources to work with when looking for seedlings.

The ODF November 2016 publication, Sources of Native Forest Nursery Seedlings,  provides an up-to-date list of regional nurseries who sell seed and seedlings.

Alternatively, Bob McNitt’s Forest Seedling Network,  is a website in which nurseries can list their available stock online that a user can search to find what they need. It showcases a very useful seed zone map in which you locate your planting site, and get your seed zone number with a list of seedling suppliers and their contact info.

A new website has just come online for ordering tree seedlings. It has been developed by Mike Taylor, also the manager of IFA

A bench of Douglas-fir plugs

Nurseries in Canby. Because of the high need for small quantities of seedlings, this website has been created to bundle small orders together to obtain quantities greater than 20,000. Mike is behind-the-curtain, serving a great market need with his expertise. Visit Saplings, Inc.,. One can order now for winter of 2018-2019, and down the road, the system may help connect people to future seedling supplies.

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Grant to fund field trips to marine science center in Newport

Breaking Waves - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 2:24pm

Oregon Sea Grant will receive $3,000 on Feb. 3 from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund to support field trips to Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC).

“This grant will allow up to 30 classrooms from schools with low-income populations in the tribal service area to visit the center and learn about coastal habitats and marine research,” said Kathryn Hawes, the coordinator of Oregon Sea Grant’s marine education program.

The program offers classes and camps for K-12 youths. The activities take place at HMSC, where Oregon Sea Grant’s Visitor Center is located, and in the nearby Yaquina Bay estuary. This program serves approximately 9,000 students each year, Hawes said.

Oregon Sea Grant will allocate the field trip scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis to Title 1 schools in the Siletz tribal service area. For more information and to apply, visit http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor-center/webform/2017-scholarship-application.

The grant will be awarded Feb. 3 at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City during a ceremony that begins at 6 p.m.

Photo (above right): Students learn how to dissect a shark in a 2016 camp offered by Oregon Sea Grant’s marine education program, which is based at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Oregon Sea Grant has received a grant from the Siletz Tribe that will allow low-income students to participate in similar educational activities at the center. Photo by Hana Laughton.

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New videos show how to maintain sewage disposal facilities for boaters

Breaking Waves - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:10pm

Oregon Sea Grant’s communications team has produced eight videos that teach maintenance staff at marinas and parks how to take care of sewage disposal facilities for recreational boaters.

A need for training was identified after OSG Extension’s boating outreach coordinator, Jenny East, met with staff at various facilities, checked the equipment for wear and tear, and reported her findings to the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB).

Each of the eight videos focuses on a specific topic and can be viewed alone or as part of two longer compilations. The combined video about pumpout stations, for example, provides tips on how to perform weekly, quarterly and annual maintenance tasks; winterize them; and troubleshoot common problems. Another video addresses similar topics but for dump stations for portable toilets.

OSG’s videographer, Vanessa Cholewczynski, shot and edited the videos; OSG managing editor, Rick Cooper, produced the music; and the OSMB provided input on scripts and the overall concept. Funding was provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Clean Vessel Act grant program.

(Photo of Jenny East by Vanessa Cholewczynski, Oregon Sea Grant)

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Food Science Camp 2013 and Erik Fooladi

Bringing Food Chemistry to Life - Fri, 07/19/2013 - 1:44pm

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 - 1:25pm

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.

http://www.rms.org.uk/Resources/Royal%20Microscopical%20Society/infocus/Images/TheBeautyOfMilk.pdf

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

 

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February 2011- Nutrition Education Volunteers taking “vacation”

Family Food Educators of Central Oregon - Tue, 02/01/2011 - 9:24am

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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