March 2005

March 29th

Property owners in rural or remote forested areas of eastern and western Oregon should be reducing vegetation on their property to lower fire risk later in the season, advises Stephen Fitzgerald, forestry specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. Suggested list of tasks that property owners can do to prevent wildfires from destroying their home. Websites for more information.

March 25th

Ron Hathaway is the new superintendent of Oregon State University’s Klamath Experiment Station in Klamath Falls. His new position is in addition to his role as staff chair of OSU’s Klamath County office of the OSU Extension Service. The appointment is effective immediately.

March 18th

The 29th Annual Oregon State University Gerontology Conference, the largest annual conference on aging in the Pacific Northwest, is scheduled March 31 – April 1 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the Oregon State University campus.
The Food Innovation Center, a partnership program of Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Agriculture, will host a series of webcast conferences designed to help the northwest food industry understand the new law and adjust their products and manufacturing practices to help consumers.

March 11th

OSU is offering an exclusive or semi-exclusive license to establish identity-preserved production and marketing of the new wheat variety. The exclusive licensing process will help this superior wheat to be segregated from other varieties, identified in the marketplace and potentially sold at a premium price.

March 10th

OSU Extension horticulturist Robin Rosetta is working with Portland Parks and Recreation Department to find a way to control rose midges in a way that is consistent with Portland's nationally-recognized program of integrated pest management in city parks.

March 9th

The Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences, Office of Technology Transfer and Department of Crop and Soil Science will hold a "Listening session" or public meeting about meadowfoam licensing on Thursday, March 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. The session will be in the Trysting Tree Room in the OSU Alumni Center on the OSU campus, east of Reser Stadium. The open meeting will be structured like a hearing. Those interested in speaking will be asked to sign up to speak prior to the meeting or at the meeting itself. The two-hour time block will be divided among those signed up. There will be a chance to talk with the group confidentially as well, between 3 and 4 p.m. the same day. If interested in speaking during the public session or in a private meeting, please schedule in advance with Barbara Reed at 541-737-5854 by March 18.

March 7th

A short course titled "Northwest Food Business 101," will be held March 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Food Innovation Center in Portland, with video link to Olympia, Washington.
A new OSU study, headed by OSU Extension economist Bruce Weber, found higher rates of food insecurity among many groups in Oregon, including households with two incomes (10.7 percent in Oregon as compared to 5.2 percent nationally) and households with at least one adult working full-time year round (14.0 percent in Oregon as compared to 7.6 percent nationally). Households with children and renter households had even higher rates of food insecurity.

March 4th

Hundreds of metro area landowners will be learning everything from safe chainsaw use to mushroom identification at the 15th annual Tree School, on Saturday, March 19. The conference, sponsored by the Clackamas County office of the Oregon State University Extension Service will be held at Clackamas Community College. Registration for this year’s school, now topping 500 enrollees, closed on February 28. Tree School has become the largest annual forest education event in Oregon—or the West, said Mike Bondi, forester with the OSU Extension Service. Bondi created OSU’s first Tree School fifteen years ago, as a broader alternative to annual landowner’s association meetings. The “mini-college” approach was an instant success— since 1991 it has grown from the 125 to 575 attendees in 2004.