January 2006

January 31st

The third season of “Smart Gardening,” a nationally broadcast half-hour gardening television series on public television is underway. Smart Gardening grew out of efforts by the Oregon State University Extension Service to reach gardeners around the Pacific Northwest with research-based programming, several years ago. This season, OSU is the national underwriter of the half-hour television series.
Covering more than 9 million acres in central and eastern Oregon, northeastern California, southwestern Idaho and northwestern Nevada, juniper trees have come to dominate much the intermountain landscape of the western United States. How did this happen, what are the ecological effects and what do we do about it? Researchers with the Oregon State University Extension Service and the Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have jointly published a new bulletin, “Biology, Ecology, and Management of Western Juniper” (TB 152) to answer some of these questions. Ordering information included.

January 27th

Attitudes for Success, an Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H Youth leadership program, has been honored as one of the nation’s five top 4-H programs in 2005 for helping rural, disadvantaged families build better futures.

January 25th

Boil water from flooded wells one full minute. When boiling water is not possible, household bleach can be used to disinfect well. Get a Coliform bacteria test from a certified laboratory. If septic drain-lines have flooded, use as little water as possible and wait for the water to go down.

January 20th

From lecture hall to barn stall, Oregon State University’s Steer-A-Year course combines book learning with a lot of hard work to help OSU animal sciences students develop problem-solving and leadership skills as they tend to the day-to-day tasks of producing beef cattle for market.
The OSU Extension Service and Oregon Department of Agriculture are co-sponsoring the 6th annual farm direct marketing conference on Saturday, February 18, 2006, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The one-day conference will be held in LaSells Stewart Center on the campus of OSU in Corvallis, Oregon.

January 19th

A new OSU Extension Service publication, “Living with Nuisance Wildlife,” (EC 1579) gives specific information for dealing with deer, elk, coyote, bobcat, bear, cougar, snakes, rodents, beavers, rabbits, hares, birds and injured or abandoned wildlife in Oregon. It also provides names and telephone numbers of agencies that deal with nuisance wildlife. “Living with Nuisance Wildlife,” is available on the WWW or by mail. To download a copy, go to http://eesc.oregonstate.edu/agcomwebfile/EdMat/.

January 18th

When Oregon State University cheese specialist Lisbeth Goddik joined OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences in 1999, Oregon’s cheese industry was dominated by a few large-scale operations. Since then nearly a dozen small-scale artisan and farmstead cheese-making companies have opened across Oregon.

January 13th

Amy Peters has been named to head the Coos County office of the Oregon State University Extension Service, replacing recently retired staff Chair JoAnn Mast.
Mark Mellbye has been named interim head of the Linn County office of the Oregon State University Extension Service while county Chair Dan McGrath is on sabbatical in Mexico.