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Charlotte Riersgard, a dietician with experience managing public health programs in the United States and abroad, has been appointed staff chair of Oregon State University's Lane County Extension Office, and leader of the office's nutrition education program.
Food technologists at Oregon State University have developed an edible food wrap made entirely from food products and so thin that it doesn't interfere with the texture of the food it covers. It is made from powerful natural antimicrobials, so it keeps fresh food from spoiling.
Western Profiles of Innovative Agricultural Marketing is a 122-page publication that features creative agricultural operations throughout the West. It identifies key factors behind the successes or failures of 17 direct farm marketing and agri-tourism enterprises throughout the western United States. The short case studies are easy to browse for new ideas. Agricultural operations profiled in the book include: organic farms, a "natural" beef cooperative, growing salad greens and herbs for high-end restaurants, farming as entertainment (e.g. corn mazes, pumpkin festivals etc.), pastured poultry, pet food production, part-time farming, flower production, community supported agriculture, farm direct markets and those that produce premium products for foreign markets. The guide is well illustrated with color photos and contact information is provided for each of the agricultural innovators. The final chapter lists guiding principles gleaned from the experience of innovators. Strategies for agricultural producers are given to market agricultural products, determine price, decide the appropriate time and place to sell, promote the product, and make people decisions. How to order printed copies, how to download off WWW.
The Agricultural Research Foundation, a private, non-profit corporation and affiliate of Oregon State University, has announced grants for 29 OSU projects ranging from a study of humane trapping methods in predator control on rangelands to investigating pests and diseases on Oregon fruit and vegetable crops. The grants, totaling $249,990, were awarded through the foundation's annual Venture Capital Program, which supports and encourages new ideas.
The spread of noxious, exotic (non-native) weeds in Oregon costs the state millions of dollars annually in lost economic productivity. Researchers at Oregon State University hope to enlist the help of landowners and land managers throughout the state in the war on weeds via an online-based weed information exchange called Weedmapper.
Duncan Law, professor emeritus at Oregon State University's Seafood Laboratory in Astoria will be honored by and the Board of Directors of the Seafood Consumer Center (SCC) at a reception and dinner on August 18 in Astoria. Colleagues and past associates are invited to attend. Les AuCoin, former U.S. Congressman will present the award to Law at the Seafood Center.
Amy Davis, a 4-H Youth Development educator in Oregon State University's Jefferson County Extension Office, has been appointed staff chair and 4-H Youth Development/Agriculture Extension agent in Wheeler County.
Oregon State University and the Food Processor's Institute will hold the Acidified Foods School, designed to meet the FDA requirement for commercial processors of acidified foods.
The 2004 Oregon 4-H Japanese exchange program is in full swing with several Oregon 4-Her's leaving for Japan in mid-July and many more Japanese youth due to arrive in Oregon later this month. A recent study conducted by an OSU Extension educator found that participants benefit equally from the program whether they travel overseas to Japan or stay at home as hosts to visiting Japanese teens.
A new analysis by Oregon State University economist, William Jaeger, suggests that most of the irrigated lands in the upper Klamath Basin are highly productive, and would continue to be profitable to irrigate even with higher energy prices. However, farming on some of the land that currently is sprinkler-irrigated might become unprofitable if energy prices rise.