Extension Spotlight Column Articles from The News-Review Newspaper

OSU Extension of Douglas County and The News-Review Newspaper of Roseburg, Oregon have worked to present a weekly column of articles written by the various departments and agents of the local OSU Extension Service.  Please check out the various topics on Food, 4-H Youth programs, Horticulture, Master Gardeners, Master Food Preservers, Forestry, Livestock and Forages, and so much more.  These links will take you to The News-Review webpages to read each article. 

As of January 2011, The News Review began the requirement that you must have an account to view these articles. 

  1. Articles beginning in 2008
  2. Articles beginning in 2009
  3. Articles beginning in 2010
  4. Articles beginning in 2011.  As of January, 2011, The News Review began the requirement that you must have an account to view these article.  The maintenance of Spotlight articles on this webpage has been discontinued due to difficulties in accessing the articles.

Last Update:  April/2012

Department Subject/Title 

      Release Date

Forestry Own forestlands? Give yourself the gift of lower taxes December 16, 2007
4-H 4-H youth learning and leading to help community December 23, 2007
Master Food Preservers Nutrition notes from the kitchen December 30, 2007
Livestock & Forages Lambs, lambs everywhere and they fuel our economy January 6, 2008
Horticulture/Gardening Prune to enhance a plant's beauty, productivity January 13, 2008
Forestry Planting trees the right way means digging a big hole January 20, 2008
4-H Award-winning 4-H leader still serves January 27, 2008
Livestock & Forages Noxious weeds have their day of doom February 3, 2008
4-H Youth Forestry 4-H Forestry Education Program takes root around Douglas county February 10, 2008
Horticulture/Gardening Are you gardening in sustainable fashion? February 17, 2008
Livestock & Forages Calving season has arrive in Douglas County February 23, 2008
4-H Youth shares photography knowledge in 4-H March 2, 2008
4-H Participation in the Junior Market Auction provides many regional youth with skills March 9, 2008
4-H Youth Forestry 4-H has outstanding youth and programs March 16, 2008
Livestock & Forages Cattle benefit from both hi tech, low stress March 22, 2008
Forestry Stem an English (ivy, that is) invasion March 30, 2008
Horticulture/Gardening OSU Master Gardener Plant Clinic to the rescue April 6, 2008
Forestry Take steps to protect home from wildfire April 13, 2008
Horticulture/Gardening OSU Master Gardeners' Plant and Garden Expo, 22 years and still growing April 20, 2008
Master Food Preservers Spring is time to spear that Asparagus April 27, 2008
Forestry School  Forestry Tour May 4, 2008
Livestock & Forages County has tons and tons of hay? May 11, 2008
Forestry An education in forestry is for everyone May 18, 2008
4-H 4-H resident camp counselors May 25, 2008
4-H 4-H Lamb show June 1, 2008
Horticulture/Gardening County wine industry: Looking back, going forward June 8, 2008
Livestock & Forages Marketing time for cattle and sheep producers June 15, 2008
John Punches Extension tradition continues, thanks to voters June 23, 2008
4-H  4-H Super Sleuth Science Camp lots of fun for kids   June 29, 2008
Horticulture/Gardening A berry, berry wonderful time of the year July 6, 2008
Livestock & Forages Weed Tour Wrap-up July 13, 2008
Melissa Matthewson Small-scale pastured poultry production July 20, 2008
Forestry Is a management plan right for you? July 27, 2008
4-H Fairgoers will find 'It's Magic' August 3, 2008
Master Food Preserver Twelve golden rules for canning success August 10, 2008
Horticulture/Gardening Protecting the courthouse elm August 17, 2008
August 24, 2008
4-H 4-H year kicks off with many events August 31, 2008
Forestry Managing woodland roads: Follow the water September 7, 2008
Livestock & Forages Understanding sheep reproduction September 14, 2008
Master Food Preserver Making freezer salsa with homegrown tomatoes a kick September 21, 2008
4-H Programs, classes for families abound at 4-H September 28, 2008
Horticulture/Gardening Class helps you cultivate your Master Gardener knowledge October 5, 2008
Livestock & Forages Grass is king: protect the crown

October 12, 2008


 October 19, 2008

4-H Salute veterans, fun at 4-H Fall Fair

October 26, 2008

Family Community Development Budgeting for the Holidays

 November 2, 2008

Horticulture/Gardening Preparing you for a great career in horticulture

  November 9, 2008

Forestry Consult many sources for right advice on timber harvest

  November 16, 2008

Master Food Preserver Take care of holiday leftovers before they go bad

  November 23, 2008

4-H Cultivating cloverbuds and other student programs

November 30, 2008

Horticulture/Gardening Putting Your Garden in Bed for Winter

 December 7, 2008

Master Food Preserver Safety an important of food gifts

 December 14, 2008


December 21, 2008

Horticulture/Gardening In home orchard care, the first step is pruning

December 28, 2008

4-H 4-H youth getting a leg up on science, technology topics

 January 4, 2009

Forestry Loose hounds, find gold under trees

 January 11, 2009

Master Food Preserver

Decluttering the house the goal for the year

January 18, 2009

Livestock & Forages Proper Nitrogen Application Stimulates Early Pasture Growth

January 25, 2009

4-H Youth Forestry Forestry is Fun! Forest Lore on the Slate for President's Day Program

February 1, 2009

Forestry Are Your Trees Under Attack?

February 8, 2009

4-H 4-H Dog Courses Point the Path to Friendship

February 15, 2009

4-H Literacy Events Spell Out Success for 4-H Students and Others

February 22, 2009

Forestry Take an Official Lay of the Land Before Getting Out Your Harvest Tools

March 1, 2009

4-H Youth Forestry Extension Spotlight: Raptors, canines, stamping and more draw kids to 4-H activities

March 8, 2009

Master Food Preservers Holidays a good time to launch family traditions

March 15, 2009

Horticulture Don’t start planting vegetables too early

March 22, 2009

4-H After School Program 4-H Wildlife program encourages initiative

March 29, 2009

Livestock & Forages Watch bulls to ensure top breeding performance

April 5, 2009


Shedding light on the wonders of bioluminescence

April 12, 2009

Oregon Family Nutrition Programs Program aims to boost nutrition in county

 April 19, 2009

Horticulture The MG Plant Sale is a Community Service

 April 26, 2009

Livestock & Forages Heed these tips to get optimum hay production

May 3, 2009

4-H Camp offers 4-H staples, international flavor

May 10, 2009

Oregon Family Nutrition Programs

Students get scoop on grains, nutrition

May 17, 2009

4-H After School Program 4-H program aims to create straight, safe shooters

May 24, 2009

Master Food Preserver Follow these simple rules for summer food safety

 May 31, 2009

Horticulture Plan, look, rotate, keep records for your garden

 June 7, 2009

4-H 4-H youth programs help families in hard times

June 14, 2009 

4-H Youth Forestry  4-H offers ideas for getting families back to nature

June 21, 2009 

Oregon Family Nutrition Programs Planning can save $$ from your bills

June 28, 2009 

Forestry Natural Resource Utilization/Life Cycle Analysis

July 5, 2009 

Livestock & Forages Ag Associations: benefits to belonging

 July 12, 2009

Master Food Preservers Safe Canning and Food Preservation

 July 19, 2009

4-H 4-H and Douglas County Fair

 July 26, 2009

Horticulture Late Summer Gardening Strategies

 August 2, 2009

Oregon Family Nutrition Programs

Getting the skinny on the bad (and good) kinds of fat.

 August 9, 2009

Master Food Preservers Care must be taken when preserving food

August 16, 2009

Forestry Splintering the difference between types of wood used for fire.

August 23, 2009

4-H After School Program Learning by doing a hallmark of numerous 4-H programs

August 30, 2009

Horticulture Tips for harvesting homegrown pears and apples

September 6, 2009

Master Food Preservers Preparing, storing school lunches wisely gets high marks

September 13, 2009

Forestry Worlds of earth & water overlap in riparian zones

September 20, 2009

4-H After School Program Science Day could inspire young inventors, researchers to benefit society

September 27, 2009

4-H Fall marks the beginning of 4-H year, seasonal activities

 October 4, 2009

Oregon Family Nutrition Programs Cook up fun in reading, math, science

 October 11, 2009

Master Gardeners  Soil is an everyday miracle, even when muddy

October 18, 2009

Horticulture Cover crops provide benefits for next summer season

October 25, 2009

4-H Volunteers are what make 4-H youth successful

November 1, 2009

Forestry To thin or not to thin - do you know the answer? November 8, 2009
Horticulture Evaluate Your Landscape  November 15, 2009
Master Food Preservers Guidelines for a safe & tasty holiday turkey  November 22, 2009
4-H Youth Forestry  Seasonal project spreads 4-H's year-round mission  November 29, 2009
4-H After School Program 4-H thrives through the decades by adapting,growing  December 6, 2009
Forestry Reducing home energy costs a worthy goal for 2010  December 13, 2009
Forestry Getting to the root of Christmas tree traditions  December 20, 2009
Livestock & Forages Profitable strategies for livestock & forage production   December 27, 2009








































































































































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Department Subject/Title  Release Date 

Oregon Family Nutrition Programs

Teaching county families about nutrition

 January 3, 2010

Dean's words on Oregon forestry echo loudly even today

 January 10, 2010
4-H Southwest Region 4-H Leaders Forum January 17, 2010
Horticulture Food crops make landscapes more appetizing January 24, 2010
4-H Youth Forestry Upcoming activity days offer lessons in flora, fauna January 31, 2010
Master Food Preservers  Pressure cooker can relieve time crunch  February 7, 2010
Forestry Woodlands & wildlife: Friends or foes?  February 14, 2010
Horticulture Classes offer spring training for gardeners   February 21, 2010
4-H After School Program 4-H pleased with growth in educational programs  February 28, 2010
Forestry Forecasting log and timber values  March 7, 2010
Master Food Preservers Spring cleaning applies to edibles as well  March 14, 2010
Horticulture Get started now with early season crops  March 21, 2010
Master Food Preservers Ready or not, the unexpected will come  March 28, 2010
Master Gardeners Master Gardeners ready to answer questions  April 4, 2010
Forestry Resources are plentiful for county landowners  April 11, 2010
4-H After School Program Thank you 4-H Volunteers  April 18, 2010

Oregon Family Nutrition Programs

Exploring nutritional meal options  April 25, 2010
4-H Youth Forestry Science camp launches home schoolers gathering May 2, 2010 
Horticulture A challenge to fruit crop pest control May 9, 2010 
4-H Salem youth camp offers a tuneful treat May 16, 2010 
Forestry American Tree Farm standards branching out May 23, 2010 
4-H Gardening helps cultivate healthy kids May 30, 2010 
Master Food Preservers Strawberries are in season  June 6, 2010
Oregon Family Nutrition Programs Summertime, and the snacking is easy (and healthy)  June 13, 2010
Forestry Follow these tips for keeping trees hardy (Madrone)  June 20, 2010
Forestry Toadstools pop up through history  June 27, 2010
Master Food Preservers Keep the ‘bugs' out of your picnic  July 4, 2010
4-H After School Program 4-H has ‘Great Expectations' for county fair  July 11, 2010
Forestry It's not nice to fool Mother Nature  July 18, 2010
Horticulture Everyone benefits from low-impact gardening   July 25, 2010
Forestry Woodland owners may or may not get rich   August 1, 2010
Oregon Family Nutrition Programs No matter your age, breakfast provides fuel for your day  August 8, 2010
Small Farms & Natural Resources Defend your property from wildfire  August 15, 2010
Master Food Preservers Season is ripe for peachy concoction August 22, 2010
Small Farms & Natural Resources Animals, too, need evacuation plans in case of disaster August 29, 2010
4-H Douglas County set to start new 4-H year September 5, 2010
Master Food Preservers Preserving tuna? Yes, you can September 12, 2010
Horticulture Crazy weather makes 2010 a wild gardening year September 19, 2010
John Punches, Office Staff Chair Taking the challenge for another century of service September 26, 2010
Master Food Preservers Make tomatoes last all year with these canning tips  October 3, 2010
Forestry Explaining the science behind the art of fall colors   October 10, 2010
4-H A new 4-H year   October 17, 2010
Small Farms & Natural Resources The pumpkin is great 'Charlie Brown'   October 24, 2010
4-H After School Program Recognizing 4-H members and leaders October 31, 2010
Horticulture Nature's healing properties can be found in sustainable gardens November 7, 2010 
Forestry Many factors determine effect of raw materials on environment November 14, 2010 

Oregon Family Nutrition Programs

Orange you glad pumpkin is such a versatile fall food? November 21, 2010 
Small Farms & Natural Resources Help available to help landowners achieve small-farm dreams November 28, 2010 
Small Farms & Natural Resources Bulbs can be cultivated to show colors during the winter December 5, 2010 
Horticulture Take care with any tree's crowning canopy glory December 12, 2010 
Forestry Christmas tree tradition has roots in Renaissance Europe December 19, 2010 
4-H Many work together to offer Extension expertise in a variety of areas December 26, 2010 































































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Department Subject/Title  Release Date 
Oregon Family Nutrition Programs Making small steps to change in 2011. January 2, 2011
Forestry Get your firewood ready chop-chop January 9, 2011
Horticulture Follow these simple steps to reduce chemicals in orchards  January 16, 2011
Oregon Family Nutrition Programs Nuts deliver nutrition, flavor in small package January 23, 2011
Master Food Preservers  Reminiscing about soup January 30, 2011
4-H After School Programs  Shooting program aims to promote responsibility, discipline February 6, 2011
Small Farms & Natural Resources Container gardening a great option when space is limited  February 13, 2011
Horticulture Upcoming seminar cultivates food-producing gardeners  February 20, 2011
Forestry Douglas fir's common name has roots in bonnie Scotland  February 27, 2011
Master Food Preservers Focusing on families in the kitchen March 6, 2011
Small Farms & Natural Resources Sharing the land March 13, 2011
Oregon Family Nutrition Programs Think your drink March 20, 2011
Forestry Conservation easements can help preserve woodlands March 27, 2011
Horticulture Select water-wise trees for your landscape April 3, 2011
Small Farms & Natural Resources Adopt an en garde strategy for fencing research April 10, 2011
Oregon Family Nutrition Programs Dish up tips from revised dietary guidelines April 17, 2011
Forestry Pacific yew is a small tree with big implications April 24, 2011
Horticulture Best Time to Plant Vegetable Garden May 1, 2011 
Small Farms & Natural Resources Reduce hay waste while increasing feeding time May 8, 2011
Master Gardeners No-till gardening May 15, 2011
Master Food Preservers Make this a summer of healthy eating for youngsters May 22, 2011
4-H Summer youth camps boost children's skills in many ways May 29, 2011
Oregon Family Nutrition Programs Summer months burgeon with fresh fruit choices June 5, 2011
Horticulture Another Challenge to Food Crop Pest Control June 12, 2011
4-H After School Programs International 4-H counterparts share a global commitment to youth June 19, 2011
4-H 4-H offers tips for families on tight budgets June 26, 2011
Forestry Hardy and fast-growing, the coast redwood adds vigor to property July 3, 2011 
Small Farms & Natural Resources Snuff out risk factors for summer barn fires July 10, 2011 
Horticulture Try on these summer whites at local wineries July 17, 2011 
4-H After School Programs   July 24, 2011 
Small Farms & Natural Resources    July 31, 2011
4-H   August 7, 2011 
Forestry    August 14, 2011
Small Farms & Natural Resources    August 21, 2011
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