July 2003

July 31st

The Oregon State University Extension Well Water Program is offering free well water screening for nitrate at the Lane County Fair. The testing will be at the Watershed Councils booth in the Wheeler Pavilion, everyday of the fair (August 12 – 17) from 2 to 6:00 p.m.
Unsure of how to safely prepare homemade salsa or home canned tuna? Or maybe you're curious about whether those pickles Grandma canned 20 years ago are still safe to eat.
OSU Extension Service has a new series of pamphlets to help homeowners, landowners, developers and recreationists understand how to maintain and enhance streams throughout the Pacific Northwest.

July 30th

The Oregon 4-H Youth Tech Wizards Club in Washington County will soon introduce geographic information systems technology to club members following a $20,000 grant from Intel Corporation in Hillsboro.

July 24th

The Agricultural Research Foundation of Oregon has awarded grants for 28 Oregon State University projects ranging from a study of a new use for the world's oldest crop to research with several types of innovative crop production practices.
OSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Science has awarded endowed professorships to two of its most accomplished faculty members: Steve Knapp and Mark Mellbye.
Eastern Filbert Blight (EFB) (Anisogramma anomala) fungus was found by two hazelnut growers, in north Albany and in south Coburg in early July 2003. The discovery of this devastating disease is bad news for the hazelnut growers in the south Willamette Valley. The discovery of EFB has the potential to affect over 28,000 acres of hazelnuts in Oregon, valued at over $23,000,000. The OSU/Lane County Extension Service, Oregon Hazelnut Commission and the Oregon Nut Growers Society will be holding a information session on Friday, July 25 at noon at the OSU/Lane County Extension office, 950 West 13 Avenue, Eugene, to discuss the discovery of Eastern Filbert Blight in Lane and Linn counties. In addition, the Lane County office of the OSU Extension Service has planned two grower field tours for August 20 and 21, to inform the growers about the disease and to teach them how to scout and identify the disease. Specimens with the disease, information and color photos will be available. Contact the Lane County office for more information, closer to the field day dates.
The OSU Extension Service has a publication specifically to help homeowners in southwestern Oregon choose the right tree for specific conditions in their area.

July 10th

Oregon State University students in the Department of Animal Sciences’ colt training program go through what may be the toughest final evaluation on campus. Each student is assigned a colt to train during the five months of the course, and at the end the students get to see what their class projects are worth in dollars and cents.
OSU Extension offers more than 37 publications and videos for Spanish speakers, on everything from home gardening, cooking and child raising to farm safety. View a list of these titles on the Web at: http://eesc.oregonstate.edu. Click on "Publications and Videos," then "Spanish language (Espanol)".