April 2006

April 27th

The Food Innovation Center is offering an in-depth education series called NW Food Business Start-up to help entrepreneurs start and run successful food businesses. “The series, which begins on Thursday, May 11, will provide detailed information and hands-on training to help those who are new to the food industry seriously evaluate their own food business opportunity,” said Aaron Johnson, an Oregon State University food marketing specialist at the Food Innovation Center.
Paul Berger received B.S. degree (1950) and M.S. degrees (1951) in dairy science from OSU, and worked in the Department of Animal Sciences at OSU and at Eli Lilly. He has been an active supporter of the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, serving on the board of E.R. Jackman, establishing the Paul C. Berger Endowed Professorship in the Crop and Soil Science Department at OSU, and taking an active part in supporting the endowed Animal Sciences Department Head Scholarship program.

April 26th

Feral pigs cause more than $800 million in damages to agriculture crops annually, and are capable of rapidly expanding their populations across new areas. Nine Oregon counties have reported feral pig populations and OSU researchers believe this might be only the beginning.
Oregon State University researchers in collaboration with scientists from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will study the impact of irrigation diversions on fish and other wildlife in the Umatilla and Walla Walla river basins in northeastern Oregon. In the past, diversions have been blamed for fish deaths, but few studies have actually been conducted that look at the entire river system and at what level water removal impacts wildlife. The study is funded by a USDA National Research Initiative Competitive Grant.

April 23rd

The OSU Extension Well Water Program, coordinated by Andrews, produced the Residential Working Group Report, which recommends ways to lower the amount of nitrate entering the groundwater from residential lawn and garden activities, septic systems and wells. The report, which is now online, suggests actions that organizations and agencies might take to reduce nitrates, such as increasing public outreach; developing incentives or financial assistance; and examining regulations to make sure that they are consistent.

April 20th

Three Oregon State University scientists and an ecologist from The Nature Conservancy will spend the next four years testing different cattle stocking rates across about 1,600 acres of land in The Nature Conservancy’s Zumwalt Prairie Preserve. The group will look at how cattle affect the availability of resources for other organisms, how habitat for wildlife communities change as stocking rates change and the effect grazing has on vulnerability and predation of ground-nesting birds in the area. The project is funded by a USDA National Research Initiative grant for $450,000.

April 17th

Students in grades 4-12 are invited to compete in the Jackson County West Point Bridge Design Contest presented by 4-H Technology Extension at Oregon State University’s Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center. Contestants use free downloadable computer software to build and test bridges. The program is an introduction to civil engineering, and may serve to pique students interest in science and engineering fields.

April 13th

The Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program has awarded more than $12,000 in 4-H scholarships to 14 outstanding Oregon 4-H members.

April 12th

Oregon 4-H in partnership with the National Military Family Association will host a week long summer camp from July 16-22 for children in grades third through eighth whose parents are members of the uniformed services. Registration for the camp runs through May 15, but campers should register early at http://www.operationpurple.org.

April 10th

Oregon State University's 2006 Women of Achievement Award recipients will be honored at a public reception from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 28, at the campus Women's Center. The OSU Women's Center is recognizing five women this year, including Diane Crocker, a teacher at Philomath Middle School, Lisa Ede, Barb Gartner and Donna Champeau, faculty members at OSU and Paula Krane, an active member of the League of Women Voters of Oregon. These annual awards are to honor the contributions and commitment of women whose work has benefited the women of OSU, the local community and Oregon.