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DIY Biochar. Know it. Make it. Use it.

Forestry Events - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:36pm
Friday, March 16, 2018 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This half-day workshop covers the basics of Do-it-yourself biochar production. We’ll start inside for an overview presentation and then head outside to a demonstration. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy around the bonfire – and stay to the end to take home a small bag of biochar!


Topics: Basic biochar science; Biochar applications – compost, manure management, farms, trees, gardens; Biochar and the carbon cycle; How to make your own biochar;  Demonstration of biochar kiln.


With Kelpie Wilson: Kelpie is an engineer and analyst with 30 years of experience in renewable energy, sustainable forestry and resource conservation. Since 2008 she has focused on biochar, and has consulted with private industry and government agencies through her company, Wilson Biochar Associates. Her contracts have included work for the International Biochar Initiative, Washington Department of Ecology, Utah State University, and many others. Currently, she is directing a Conservation Innovation Grant, working with farmers to make biochar from waste biomass and use it in manure management.


$10/person, $15/couple
More information: See flyer
Register: http://bit.ly/JacksonCountyForestry or call (541)776-7371

Back to the 80s: A Radical Prom

Health & Wellness Events - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:36pm
Saturday, March 3, 2018 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Calling all Goths, Head Bangers, Jocks, Nerds, Preps, Skaters and Valley Girls... dress in your 80s finest and be crowned King or Queen. Wicked pirzes, bangin snacks! Righteous beverages and no-host bar.

Open to faculty, staff, alumni and OSU community 21+
(Yep, that's right, must be 21 or older to attend)

Proceeds benefit Faculty Staff Fitness

$15 per person 

Saturday March 3, 2018
7-11 p.m.
Women's Building Gymnasium 

 Rad-gister at: Back to the 80s: A Radical Prom

 The more the merrier. Are you thinking about going? Be sure to add yourself to "interested" or "going" on the official FaceBook event.

 

Info Session: London Summer Abroad

Health & Wellness Events - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:36pm
Thursday, March 15, 2018 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Info Session for a nine-credit faculty-led program in London, England from June 30 – July 21, 2018. While living in London’s East End for three weeks, students will be immersed in London’s eclectic mix of cultures, a universal health care system, and a wealth of historical artifacts to analyze the past, present, and future of public health and healthcare. Students will trace John Snow’s footsteps in his landmark epidemiological cholera investigation, meet health care and public health professionals, and visit a number of healthcare and health promotion facilities.

Application Deadline: Mar. 15, priority consideration begins in mid-Feb.

For more information contact faculty.led@oregonstate.edu or visit the program info page.

 

  

Portland Science on Tap

Food Events - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:36pm
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Portland is an international foodie destination. Join Oregon State's Food Innovation Center for a glimpse at the product development process that transforms new and exciting food items from idea to shelf.

Wednesday February 28

5:30 p.m. Doors & OSU exhibit open*

6:00 p.m. Taste testing and social

6:30 p.m. Program begin

Oregon Historical Society 1200 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 9720

Price includes exhibit entry and appetizers. Attendees over 21 will receive one ticket good for beer or wine.

*$5 OSUAA member withadvance online registration

*$8 nonmember with advanceonline registration

*$10 at the door, if space available

*FREE 12-and-under

Discover how Jason Ball, research chef, and Sarah Masoni, product development manager, use food and beverage R&D to cultivate food tastes, trends and products.

Join in taste tests with sensory scientist Ann Colonna who validates how shoppers feel about the food hitting the store shelves.

*OSU commemorates its 150th anniversarywith an exhibit celebrating its past, present and future impact on Oregon, the region and the world

Register here for tickets by February 26th.

Winter Career Expo

Health & Wellness Events - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:36pm
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Students at Oregon State are doers. Problem solvers. Communicators. If you’re looking for some of the best employers in the country (and who isn’t?), you won’t want to miss the Oregon State Career Expo. This career fair attracts approximately 130 employers seeking jobs and internships in STEM fields, the arts, humanities, business, and healthcare. See more on http://oregonstate.joinhandshake.com.

Wendell Berry Film Screening and Community Seed Exchange

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:36pm
Friday, February 23, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join the Spring Creek Project and the OSU Center for the Humanities for a screening of Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry on Friday, February 23, at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center. We’re pairing the film with a community seed exchange for anyone who would like to participate. The seed swap will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the film will start at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets will be required. Reserve your tickets on Eventbrite.

About the film: Look & See is a cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the eyes of writer, farmer, and activist Wendell Berry. You can view the trailer here. 

This award-winning documentary was filmed in and around the rolling hills of Henry County, Kentucky, where Berry has lived and farmed since the mid-1960s. His lifelong relationship with the land and community form the core of his prolific writings. Henry County, like many rural communities, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, agrarian principles of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies, and rootedness-to-place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion, and debt. Watching this struggle unfold, Berry has become one of the most passionate and eloquent voices speaking in defense of agrarian life. Film runtime is approximately 90 minutes. 

About the seed exchange: As part of this event, we’ll be hosting a community seed exchange that participants can take part in as they mingle before the film. Sharing and planting seeds connects us to each other and to the land, and each variety has a story to tell—some heirloom varieties are rich with lore and have been passed down for generations. Here’s how the seed swap will work: 

  • Bring any open-pollinated seeds you’d like to share, whether home-saved or purchased seeds (make sure they’re relatively fresh, as many seed types are only viable for a couple of years).
  • For each variety, also bring a notecard stating the variety name and any descriptive notes about the variety.
  • If you have a limited quantity and would like to specify an amount participants can take, make note of that as well (e.g., “Please take up to 10 seeds per person”).
  • We’ll have large tables set up for the swap. When you arrive, set out your seeds and accompanying notecards on a table, so that each is clearly labeled. You may wish to bring a small scoop or spoon to help divvy up seeds.
  • We invite you to bring along small jars, envelopes, or baggies for seeds you'll be taking home. We'll also have blank seed envelopes available.
  • Even if you don’t have any seeds to bring to the swap, we invite you to participate. Oftentimes, some people at a seed swap will have bulk quantities to share. Chat with your community members and grab a few seeds here are there if there are plenty available.


Note: If you'd like to attend the seed swap but not the film, a ticket will not be required. Please simply join us at 6:00 p.m. outside of the Construction & Engineering Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center.

“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world.”  —Wendell Berry

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Pasture and Hay Ground Management Series

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:36pm
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Getting the Best out of Pasture and Hay Ground     Assessment and Management Series

 

Session 1: Forage Productivity

Soil Texture and Structure

Soil maps - soil type and potential productivity

Current production – haying and grazing

Strategies for management and inputs

About the Series:  

Pasture and hayground inputs and management are costly activities. Strategic methods can help you get the most out of your inputs. This program covers the basics of assessing pasture and hay ground, as well as advanced concepts in management to fit your goals. Participants will be guided through custom assessments of their own land. Sign up for one or more of these classes for information on agronomic-economic approaches to your forage production and harvest management. 

Presenters: Shelby Filley and Melissa Fery, OSU Extension Service

Location:  Lane Community College: 4000 E. 30th Avenue, Eugene. Building 17, Room 309

Times/Dates:   6 to 8 pm on Tuesdays, March 13, March 27, April 10, April 24 & May 8

Cost per Ranch:  $15.00 per session (Multi-session discount @ $60 for all five sessions)

Click HERE TO Register
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Pasture and Hay Ground Management Series

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:36pm
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Getting the Best out of Pasture and Hay Ground     Assessment and Management Series

Pasture and hayground inputs and management are costly activities. Strategic methods can help you get the most out of your inputs. This program covers the basics of assessing pasture and hay ground, as well as advanced concepts in management to fit your goals. Participants will be guided through custom assessments of their own land. Sign up for one or more of these classes for information on agronomic-economic approaches to your forage production and harvest management.

Presenters: Shelby Filley and Melissa Fery, OSU Extension Service

Location:  Lane Community College: 4000 E. 30th Avenue, Eugene. Building 17, Room 309

Times/Dates:   6 to 8 pm on Tuesdays, March 13, March 27, April 10, April 24 & May 8

Cost per Ranch:  $15.00 per session (Multi-session discount @ $60 for all five sessions)

Click HERE Register
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Good Bugs vs Bad: Using biological controls in SWD managment

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:36pm
Friday, February 23, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

National team will present latest information on biological control of Spotted Wing Drosophila

With funding from the USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative, a team of researchers from across the United States is collaborating to improve management of spotted wing Drosophila. This invasive pest has challenged producers of berries and cherries across the United States and around the world in recent years. A key component of the project is to learn the role of biological control in controlling spotted Wing Drosophila, and to discover new biocontrol agents. To update growers and other stakeholders, the team will report on the current state of their research during a one hour webinar on February 23 from 12-1pm Eastern Time. Titled “Good Bugs vs Bad: Using Biological Controls in SWD Management” this webinar will include an overview of the project, an update on the native biocontrol agents that have been found in surveys at farms from Oregon to Maine, and the latest information on their search for parasitic wasps from Asia. This webinar is free and open to all. Register with your name and email address at http://bit.ly/2EhwqPf  

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Dairy Science and Sanitation

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:36pm
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (all day event)
  • The course consists of on-line lecture sessions that will cover basic dairy science, including composition of milk, dairy microbiology, and dairy food safety, as well as an overview of dairy regulations. Participants will also learn through hands-on sessions at the OSU campus the basics of cleaning and sanitizing principles, unit operations -- both raw milk production and receiving, and dairy processing, plant equipment and design, general control of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms, in depth information on cleaning and sanitizing chemicals, their properties and applications, and a discussion on CIP and COP systems.

Registration: https://dairyextension.foodscience.cornell.edu/content/0306-0718-dairy-science-sanitation-workshop-oregon-state-university

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A Practical Approach to Regenerative Farming Techniques

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:36pm
Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Scott Goode and Anna Eichner of Nourishing Systems in Central Point, Oregon will share information about how to begin implementing regenerative farming techniques on your property.  Regenerative farming utilizes practices that work with natural systems such as photosynthesis, soil microbiology and soil chemistry, as well as practices like integrated pest management, cover cropping, crop rotation, nutrient cycling, and reduced tillage to actively engage in carbon sequestration.

Hosted by OSU Extension Service Small Farms program & Willamette Women's Farm Network 

When: Thursday, February 22, 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: Lane County Extension, 996 Jefferson Street, Eugene, OR
Class Fee: $10 per person. 
Click here to register!

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Exploring the Small Farm Dream Workshop Series

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:36pm
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Exploring the Small Farm Dream

Are you considering launching a small farm enterprise, but are not sure where to start? Whether you are dreaming of raising sheep, growing berries, or selling heirloom vegetables, this class series will give you the tools to start making choices to determine if farming is right for you. In this four-session course you will learn about current opportunities in small-scale agriculture, explore objectives, assess personal and financial resources, conduct preliminary market research, and learn about farm business finances which will all feed into an action plan and guide your next steps.

If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal farming pastime into a more serious business activity.

What to expect:

  • Creative exercises, research, and class discussions that will help you assess your skills and resources.
  • Interview with local farm-business owner that will assist you in deciding how to carry your dream forward.
  • Learn about farm business finances to help form and fund your dream.
  • An opportunity to make connections with others interested in starting new farm enterprises.

Who should attend?
If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This
includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other
employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal
farming pastime into a more serious business activity.

Dates, times and locations:

Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27th, 2018

6:00-8:30 pm          

Marys River Grange (24707 Grange Hall Rd, Philomath, OR 97370)

Fee: $60 for one individual; $75 for two farm business partners.
Fee includes worksheets and handouts, 10 hours of detailed instruction and class exercises
led by Extension Faculty and successful local farmers, and refreshments at each session.

To register:
To register for the visit hereor contact Amy Garrett @ amy.garrett@oregonstate.edu or 541-766-3551

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Exploring the Small Farm Dream Workshop Series

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:36pm
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Exploring the Small Farm Dream

Are you considering launching a small farm enterprise, but are not sure where to start? Whether you are dreaming of raising sheep, growing berries, or selling heirloom vegetables, this class series will give you the tools to start making choices to determine if farming is right for you. In this four-session course you will learn about current opportunities in small-scale agriculture, explore objectives, assess personal and financial resources, conduct preliminary market research, and learn about farm business finances which will all feed into an action plan and guide your next steps.

If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal farming pastime into a more serious business activity.

What to expect:

  • Creative exercises, research, and class discussions that will help you assess your skills and resources.
  • Interview with local farm-business owner that will assist you in deciding how to carry your dream forward.
  • Learn about farm business finances to help form and fund your dream.
  • An opportunity to make connections with others interested in starting new farm enterprises.

Who should attend?
If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This
includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other
employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal
farming pastime into a more serious business activity.

Dates, times and locations:

Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27th, 2018

6:00-8:30 pm          

Marys River Grange (24707 Grange Hall Rd, Philomath, OR 97370)

Fee: $60 for one individual; $75 for two farm business partners.
Fee includes worksheets and handouts, 10 hours of detailed instruction and class exercises
led by Extension Faculty and successful local farmers, and refreshments at each session.

To register:
To register for the visit hereor contact Amy Garrett @ amy.garrett@oregonstate.edu or 541-766-3551

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Grower to Grazier Connections

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:36pm
Thursday, February 22, 2018 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 Join the Polk SWCD staff as we host forage seed growers from our region to learn about the many seed resources grown in our region.  Livestock and horse owners will learn about the many grass, legume and other kinds of seed available for high quality forage production.  Factors such as suitability to soil type and moisture, hardiness and livestock dietary need will be discussed by our panel of growers and seed company representatives.

   Please RSVP to Claudia.Ingham@PolkSWCD.com or 503-623-9680 ext. 101 to ensure your light dinner at 5pm.

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Wendell Berry Film Screening and Community Seed Exchange

Gardening Events - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 6:10am
Friday, February 23, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join the Spring Creek Project and the OSU Center for the Humanities for a screening of Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry on Friday, February 23, at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center. We’re pairing the film with a community seed exchange for anyone who would like to participate. The seed swap will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the film will start at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets will be required. Reserve your tickets on Eventbrite.

About the film: Look & See is a cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the eyes of writer, farmer, and activist Wendell Berry. You can view the trailer here. 

This award-winning documentary was filmed in and around the rolling hills of Henry County, Kentucky, where Berry has lived and farmed since the mid-1960s. His lifelong relationship with the land and community form the core of his prolific writings. Henry County, like many rural communities, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, agrarian principles of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies, and rootedness-to-place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion, and debt. Watching this struggle unfold, Berry has become one of the most passionate and eloquent voices speaking in defense of agrarian life. Film runtime is approximately 90 minutes. 

About the seed exchange: As part of this event, we’ll be hosting a community seed exchange that participants can take part in as they mingle before the film. Sharing and planting seeds connects us to each other and to the land, and each variety has a story to tell—some heirloom varieties are rich with lore and have been passed down for generations. Here’s how the seed swap will work: 

  • Bring any open-pollinated seeds you’d like to share, whether home-saved or purchased seeds (make sure they’re relatively fresh, as many seed types are only viable for a couple of years).
  • For each variety, also bring a notecard stating the variety name and any descriptive notes about the variety.
  • If you have a limited quantity and would like to specify an amount participants can take, make note of that as well (e.g., “Please take up to 10 seeds per person”).
  • We’ll have large tables set up for the swap. When you arrive, set out your seeds and accompanying notecards on a table, so that each is clearly labeled. You may wish to bring a small scoop or spoon to help divvy up seeds.
  • We invite you to bring along small jars, envelopes, or baggies for seeds you'll be taking home. We'll also have blank seed envelopes available.
  • Even if you don’t have any seeds to bring to the swap, we invite you to participate. Oftentimes, some people at a seed swap will have bulk quantities to share. Chat with your community members and grab a few seeds here are there if there are plenty available.


Note: If you'd like to attend the seed swap but not the film, a ticket will not be required. Please simply join us at 6:00 p.m. outside of the Construction & Engineering Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center.

“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world.”  —Wendell Berry

CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 6:10am
Thursday, February 1, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Insights into Gardening

Gardening Events - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 6:10am
Saturday, February 10, 2018 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Insights Into Gardening is a day-long seminar hosted by Benton County Master Gardeners.  Whether you are an experienced or novice gardener, new to the area or an Oregon native, you will find plenty of practical, research-based ideas to make your gardening easier, more enjoyable, and more successful. 

For more information and to register please visit: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/insights

The Perilousness of Proportional Hazards in the Competing Risks Setting

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 2:35pm
Friday, February 16, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Alvaro Muñoz, PhD, is Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics with a joint appointment in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He received his MS and PhD degrees in statistics from Stanford University and early in his career was an instructor in the Channing Laboratory at Harvard Medical School.

His research interest is in statistical methods in epidemiology, particularly survival and longitudinal data analysis. He has been intimately involved in large cohort studies of the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and since 2003 has been principal investigator of the data coordinating center for the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children Cohort Study (CKID), a nationwide cohort study of children with chronic renal insufficiency.

Alvaro and his collaborators have coordinated several clinical trials and case-control studies conducted in China on putative chemo-preventive agents against liver cancer and the effects of air pollution. Since 2006, he has directed the data analytical team of a cohort study on the epidemiology of pelvic floor disorders in collaboration with faculty of the OB/GYN division at the Bayview Medical Center.

He continues to provide leadership in the design of new studies, data analysis, and methodological research in collaboration with faculty and staff in the Department of Epidemiology and he and colleagues teach course in Advanced Methods.

Alvaro is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology (1997) and the American Statistical Association (1997). He received numerous teaching awards including the Golden Apple for Excellence in Teaching (2003, 2006, and 2010) and the Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Award (AMTRA) from the Student Assembly, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (1995, 1996, 1998). He is also a Member of the Delta Omega-Alpha Chapter, Honorary Public Health Society of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.   

The college-wide research seminar is Co-Sponsored by:

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 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.

Art & Science!

We also encourage you to attend this Friday’s Music A La Carte to enjoy a Friday with both Art & Science!

This free, lunch-hour concert series has been a tradition at Oregon State University since 1969 and features a variety of OSU music ensembles, faculty and student musicians, as well as regional, national and international guest artists.

The concerts take place in the beautiful Memorial Union Lounge, beginning at 12 pm and lasting for approximately 45 minutes.

Report: HMSC Visitor Center generates an estimated $7.6 million in statewide income annually

Breaking Waves - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 9:59am

2-16-18

by Rick Cooper

The Visitor Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, generates more than 10 times as much as it costs to operate, according to a new report by Bruce Sorte, an Extension economist with Oregon State University’s Department of Applied Economics.

The total annual cost to operate the Visitor Center is $460,000 in 2017 dollars. As estimated in this report, that $460,000 generates more than 10 times as much in economic effects, with $5.4 million in income, $9.7 million in sales, and 133 jobs for Lincoln County. Statewide, the Visitor Center generates $7.6 million in income, $13.2 million in sales, and 156 jobs.

The Oregon Sea Grant-operated Visitor Center at HMSC. (Photo by Tiffany Woods)

Sorte said in the report that he used data from two types of surveys and the IMPLAN (IMpact analysis for PLANning) input-output model to estimate the annual economic contributions.

The Visitor Center, which is operated by Oregon Sea Grant, is supported primarily with federal and OSU funds, along with some donations from the approximately 150,000 visitors it attracts annually. Thirty-nine percent of visitors surveyed indicated that half or more of their reason for coming to the Oregon coast was to visit the Visitor Center. The percentage of visitors citing the Visitor Center as their reason for traveling to Lincoln County was the same.

The report, Economic Linkages and Impact Analysis for the Oregon Sea Grant-Operated Visitor Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, is available for free download here.

The Visitor Center has been undergoing extensive remodeling since early December and will partially reopen for the OSU150 Sea Grant Festival on Saturday, Feb. 17., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Its regular hours after that will be 10 to 4 Thursday-Monday.

 

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Report: HMSC Visitor Center generates an estimated $7.6 million in statewide income annually

Sea Grant - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 9:59am

2-16-18

by Rick Cooper

The Visitor Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, generates more than 10 times as much as it costs to operate, according to a new report by Bruce Sorte, an Extension economist with Oregon State University’s Department of Applied Economics.

The total annual cost to operate the Visitor Center is $460,000 in 2017 dollars. As estimated in this report, that $460,000 generates more than 10 times as much in economic effects, with $5.4 million in income, $9.7 million in sales, and 133 jobs for Lincoln County. Statewide, the Visitor Center generates $7.6 million in income, $13.2 million in sales, and 156 jobs.

The Oregon Sea Grant-operated Visitor Center at HMSC. (Photo by Tiffany Woods)

Sorte said in the report that he used data from two types of surveys and the IMPLAN (IMpact analysis for PLANning) input-output model to estimate the annual economic contributions.

The Visitor Center, which is operated by Oregon Sea Grant, is supported primarily with federal and OSU funds, along with some donations from the approximately 150,000 visitors it attracts annually. Thirty-nine percent of visitors surveyed indicated that half or more of their reason for coming to the Oregon coast was to visit the Visitor Center. The percentage of visitors citing the Visitor Center as their reason for traveling to Lincoln County was the same.

The report, Economic Linkages and Impact Analysis for the Oregon Sea Grant-Operated Visitor Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, is available for free download here.

The Visitor Center has been undergoing extensive remodeling since early December and will partially reopen for the OSU150 Sea Grant Festival on Saturday, Feb. 17., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Its regular hours after that will be 10 to 4 Thursday-Monday.

 

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