August 2004

August 31st

The Oregon State University Extension Service and Oregon Food Bank have joined forces in a new stronger partnership to put more nutrition education on the front lines in Oregon’s battle against hunger. An OSU Extension nutrition educator is working alongside staff at Oregon Food Bank’s Portland headquarters to enhance and increase statewide delivery of nutrition education information to Oregonians vulnerable to hunger.

August 30th

Oregon sardines pack a nutritional punch, brimming with protein and omega-3 oils. Yet most sardines are used for fish meal or bait. Researchers at OSU's Seafood Laboratory in Astoria are finding new markets for sardines as human food and neutraceudicals.

August 27th

As West Nile virus surfaces in Oregon—the last remaining continental state to encounter the disease—Oregonians may be tempted to douse themselves in DEET, a potent and popular insect repellent, to protect against disease-carrying mosquitoes. DEET can pose health risks if you fail to follow label instructions, says Daniel Sudakin, a toxicologist at Oregon State University's Agricultural Experiment Station.

August 26th

OSU researchers at the Seafood Lab in Astoria have found that small albacore tuna from the west coast of the U.S. contain less than half the level of mercury than in brand-name canned albacore from the southern Pacific. In addition, West Coast albacore have higher levels of omega-3 oils than most canned tuna.

August 23rd

Oregon State University Extension Service has a new website that includes links to OSU Extension publications and the latest information about current wildfires and fire closures Topics include how to make your home and property more defensible against wildfire and how to recover your home, food supplies, pastures and trees following the event of wildfire. You can access "Wildfire in Oregon" at: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/emergency/wildfire.php

August 17th

Bruce Dugger, assistant professor in the Oregon State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is the new recipient of the Bob and Phyllis Mace Watchable Wildlife Professorship. As the Mace endowed professor, Dugger says he has plans to conduct research on wetland birds, finding ways to collaborate with scientists from multiple agencies and conduct workshops on wetland management for wildlife, with strong consideration for non-game species.

August 5th

A short course titled "Northwest Food Business 101," will be held August 26, 2004 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Oregon State University's Food Innovation Center in Portland, with video link to Washington State University Everett, Washington.
Alvin Mosley, Mary Powelson and Oscar Gutbrod will be awarded Honorary Life Membership in the Potato Association of America (PAA) at the association's annual meeting on August 8-12, 2004. The PAA, along with its European counterpart, is the international voice for the potato industry, focusing on all aspects of the industry. This is the highest honor given by the PAA, and it's the first time three recipients from one state have received this honor in one year.