July 2004

July 29th

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.

July 26th

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.

July 22nd

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.

July 15th

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.

July 14th

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.

July 11th

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.

July 8th

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.

July 5th

“Fizzy Fruit,” a carbonated fruit should be commercialized soon, thanks, in part to work done by Oregon State University researchers at the Oregon Food Innovation Center in Portland.

July 1st

The Oregon State University Extension 4-H Youth Development program has received a three-year, $187,000 grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust that will help increase participation of Latino youth and adults in Oregon 4-H programs.