Feed aggregator

Designing and Establishing Insectary Plantings in Oregon Orchards and Vineyards

Small Farms Events - 2 hours 37 min ago
Friday, March 6, 2015 - Wednesday, March 11, 2015 (all day event)

This two-part short course is built upon a two-day short course given last year by OSU and Xerces.  Last year’s course covered the basics of on-farm beneficial insects and the agricultural conservation practices that promote them on farms. This year’s two–part course will cover the technical details of designing and establishing plantings that promote beneficial insects in Oregon’s orchards and vineyards.  Part one of the course will be a winter day full of details (March 11th, The Dalles OR) on  annual and perennial insectary plantings and the specific beneficial insect predators, parasites and pollinators they attract.   Design and establishment techniques will be presented and discussed by experienced technicians and farmers and there will be an opportunity to practice habitat design and establishment on real-farm examples. Guest speakers include area orchardists and vineyardists (TBA), Drew Merritt co-owner of Humble Roots Farm and Nursery and Gwendolyn Ellen, Farmscaping for Beneficials Coordinator at OSU’s IPPC.

Part two of the course will be held in the summer 2015 on a participating vineyard/orchard in The Dalles area (details are being arranged). At the summer day participants will be able to see conservation practices at work on the farm.  There will be opportunities to reinforce and practice your course acquired knowledge, field ID beneficial insects and pests and gain practical tips from experienced farmers and conservationists on insectary planting establishment.

Important to know: There is no charge for the two-day course. Lunch will not be provided at the winter course. There is an opportunity to pre-order a bag lunch from the Basalt Rock Café at $13.80.

Registrants of Part One (March 11th, The Dalles, OR) of the course will be automatically registered for Part Two (on-farm, summer day) of the course.

Course size will be limited.   Registration is required. 

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Spring Visit

Health & Wellness Events - 2 hours 37 min ago
Friday, March 27, 2015 (all day event)
Whether you are just starting your college search or are already admitted to Oregon State, our Spring Preview Programs can accommodate you needs. You will have the opportunity to meet with current students, learn about the admissions process, next steps for admitted students, explore different academic interests, find out about our on-campus living options, and much more.

Register here for Spring Preview

Homesteading: Poultry Raising

Small Farms Events - 2 hours 37 min ago
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

It's not hard to raise backyard chickens, but there is a lot to know. During the course of this class we will discuss the basics of raising chickens and producing eggs and cover the following: breeds, buying chicks, feeding, housing, local regulation, and predators. Bring any other questions you may have!

Speaker: Chrissy Lucas, OSU Extension Small Farms Education Program Assistant

Register for Event:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/corvparksandrecreation/Activity_Search/16160#collapseFour

 

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Well Water Screening - Nitrate Only

Small Farms Events - 2 hours 37 min ago
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM

What to Bring: 1/2 a cup untreated well water to class in a clean, water-tight container.

Why: Nitrate has been associated with a type of blue-baby syndrome, and there other emerging concerns about other potential health problems associated with nitrate in drinking water.   The areas at greatest risk for high nitrate in the Southern Willamette Valley are those with well-drained soils on the valley floor.  All homes with private wells should be actively monitored for nitrate levels, and it is recommended to test for nitrate and coliform bacteria every one to three years.

 

Nitrate screening takes about 10 – 15 minutes to complete.  An educator will be on hand to answer questions about wells and septic systems. General educational handouts will also be available.

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Well Water Screening and Edible Aquifers at the Daffodil Festival

Small Farms Events - 2 hours 37 min ago
Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:00 AM - Sunday, March 22, 2015 4:00 PM

Come see us at the 2015 Daffodil Festival. Learn about the Southern Willamette Valley Groundwater Management Area, ask questions about local groundwater, kids can make an edible aquifer, and get you well water screened for nitrate - all for FREE.

Screening takes about 10 minutes, bring a sample of you well water in any clean container. 

Nitrate has been associated with a type of blue-baby syndrome, and there other emerging concerns about other potential health problems associated with nitrate in drinking water.   The areas at greatest risk for high nitrate in the Southern Willamette Valley are those with well-drained soils on the valley floor.  All homes with private wells should be actively monitored for nitrate levels, and it is recommended to test for nitrate and coliform bacteria every one to three years.

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Grades available on web

Health & Wellness Events - 2 hours 37 min ago
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 (all day event)

First Day of Finals Week

Health & Wellness Events - 2 hours 37 min ago
Monday, March 16, 2015 (all day event)

No extracurricular activities or curricular activities other than examinations and final class meetings shall be scheduled during final week.

See Academic Regulations: Finals Week

OSU Blueberry School

Small Farms Events - 2 hours 37 min ago
Monday, March 16, 2015 - Tuesday, March 17, 2015 (all day event)

This two-day blueberry “school” is intended for both new and experienced blueberry growers, farm managers, crew leaders, advisors, packers/shippers, and consultants. Experts from Oregon State University, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Washington State University, and the blueberry industry will address key issues of where the blueberry market is going; how you might be more successful in tight labor or volume markets; which cultivars are easiest to grow and are in most demand; how to establish new acreage using cutting-edge methods; projected costs and the resources available to growers for selecting new planting sites; how to best manage existing acreage to maximize returns of high-quality fruit; basic information on blueberry plant physiology to help growers minimize environmental stresses and improve yield potential; nutrient management programs for optimal growth and quality; irrigation and fertigation practices for higher quality and better efficiency; use of organic amendments and mulches; using weed mat as a mulch (strengths and possible weaknesses); planning for and improving machine harvest efficiency; pruning for hand or machine harvest (where can you cut corners….or not), maximizing pollination for good fruit and seed set; overviews of the most important blueberry viruses, diseases, insects, weeds, and vertebrate pests; and tools for good pest management. Information throughout the program will address the needs of conventional, transitional, and organic growers. For more information see our draft agenda.

Attendees will have the opportunity to socialize with speakers and other industry members during breaks, lunches, social hour, and dinner, all of which are included in the registration fee. The registration fee also includes a proceedings booklet, containing written summaries and relevant information for each topic covered, and a USB flash drive with PDF versions of the presentations (available at the event).

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Last day to withdraw from university

Health & Wellness Events - 2 hours 37 min ago
Friday, March 13, 2015 (all day event)

During the academic year, you may withdraw from all of your courses between weeks 8 and 10. During summer term, refer to the deadline dates as noted on the Summer Session website. This is considered a withdrawal from the university from the term and is requested by completing the withdrawal survey online.

See Withdraw for the Term

Priority registration for Spring, Phase 2 starts

Health & Wellness Events - 2 hours 37 min ago
Thursday, March 12, 2015 (all day event)

The priority registration schedule assigns students dates and times for registering according to their student status and credits earned. The registration schedule is separated into two phases. During the first phase undergraduate students are only eligible to enroll in a maximum of 16 credits and waitlisting is not available.

You may enroll from your eligibility date until the end of Phase I. At the close of Phase I registration is closed for a business day while the system is enabled for Phase II. During Phase II of registration you may waitlist courses that have waitlisting available and the maximum credits for undergraduates is raised to 19.

See Priority Registration

Lane County Livestock Association Breakfast Educational Program

Small Farms Events - 2 hours 37 min ago
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

 

For more information contact Shelby Filley (541) 672-4461  shelby.filley@oregonstate.edu

 

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Linn-Benton Livestock & Forages Breakfast Educational Program

Small Farms Events - 2 hours 37 min ago
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

 

For more information contact:

Shelby Filley (541)672-4461   shelby.filley@oregonstate.edu

 

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

First Day of Dead Week

Health & Wellness Events - 2 hours 37 min ago
Monday, March 9, 2015 (all day event)

No final, midterm, or comprehensive examinations shall be given during the week preceding final examination week. (Examinations on laboratory work, course material covered by "weekly" or "section" quizzes, television courses, ROTC activities, and physical education activities are allowed.)

See Academic Regulations: Finals Week

2015 OSU Oregon Small Farms Conference

Small Farms Events - 2 hours 37 min ago
Saturday, February 28, 2015 (all day event)

This daylong event is geared toward farmers, agriculture professsionals, food policy advocates, students and managers of farmers markets.

Twenty-four sessions will be offered on a variety of topics relevant to Oregon small farmers including small farm profitability, meat processing, orcharding and much more!  This year will also include a track in Spanish. 

Speakers will include farmers, OSU Extension faculty, agribusiness representatives and more.  

For more conference details and registration please visit: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/sfc

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Assets and Needs

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - 3 hours 42 min ago

Evaluators are often the key people identified to conduct a needs assessment. A needs assessment is identified in the situation that exists before the intervention is designed or implemented. Hopefully.  Currently, there is discussion in the field that rather than focusing on needs (i.e., what is missing, needed), there should be discussions of assets (i.e., what is available, strengths). My favorite go-to person on needs assessments is Jim Altschuld who has published a volume that talks about bridging the gap between the two. . In it, he talks about the difference between the two. He says, “Need is a noun, a problem that should be attended to or resolved. It is a gap or discrepancy between the ‘what should be’ and the ‘what is’ conditions”. However, assets/capacity building (emphasis added) refer “…to building a culture in an organization or community so that it can grow and change in accord with its strengths…”

Recently, at a meeting looking at diversity, I suggested the focus be on assets rather than needs. The meeting’s facilitator jumped from looking at assets to conducting a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis.

I went looking for how Altschuld treats this topic (he doesn’t–at least it isn’t in the index).

So I wondered how these two approaches are related. Certainly, strengths could be equated with assets (although the Wikipedia page cited above says strengths are “characteristics of the business or project that give it an advantage over others” which are not exactly the same thing as assets) and weaknesses could be equated to needs (although the Wikipedia page cited above says weaknesses are “characteristics that place the business or project at a disadvantage relative to others”).  I don’t think in terms of “others” when I conduct a needs assessment or an assets assessment that consequently builds capacity. So, how is the project (intervention) at a disadvantage? How is it at an advantage. I suppose that a current situation that “needs” something could be at a disadvantage when compared to others (interventions, projects, programs). Typically, the evaluator doesn’t have the time or other resources to explore how the situation is different/disadvantaged from others.

Where do the opportunities and threats fit? The Wikipedia citation says that opportunities are “elements that the project could exploit to its advantage” (are these not assets?) and threats are “elements in the environment that could cause trouble for the business or project” (these could be needs,certainly).

Sounds to me like a SWOT is detailed approach that includes some of the same things that a needs and assets assessment includes. The biggest difference that I see is that SWOT  includes comparison “others”. What if there is not an “other”?  What if the project is in a controlled environment? Can this be a useful tool to an evaluator? What do you think?

my .

molly.

 

 

The post Assets and Needs appeared first on Evaluation is an Everyday Activity.

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Insights into Gardening

Gardening Events - 10 hours 38 min ago
Saturday, February 7, 2015 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Insights Into Gardening is a day-long seminar offering practical, hands-on learning for home gardeners and gardeners-to-be. Whether you are an experienced or novice gardener, new to the area or an Oregon native, you will find plenty of ideas to make your gardening easier, more enjoyable and more successful.

 Visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/insights for registration information.

Forest Tax Workshop

Forestry Events - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:35pm
Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The focus of the workshop will be:

  • Federal and state income taxes
  • Property tax options
  • Oregon state timber harvest and severance taxes
  • Sources for professional assistance

Forest Tax Workshop

Forestry Events - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:36pm
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The focus of the workshop will be:

  • Federal and state income taxes
  • Property tax options
  • Oregon state timber harvest and severance taxes
  • Sources for professional assistance

Forest Tax Workshop

Forestry Events - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:36pm
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The focus of the workshop will be:

  • Federal and state income taxes
  • Property tax options
  • Oregon state timber harvest and severance taxes
  • Sources for professional assistance

You, Your Tree Farm & Taxes

Forestry Events - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:36pm
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Free talk sponsored by Linn Chapter of Oregon Small Woodlands Association and OSU Extension