May 2006

May 31st

The Oregon State University 4-H Wildlife Stewards program is celebrating its 10th year by helping other states get the popular volunteer-based program up and running. The program promotes science and environmental stewardship in young people by helping schools create sustainable, natural habitat sites on school grounds. Currently, 20 of Oregon’s 36 counties have 4-H Wildlife Steward programs, and within these counties there are 190 trained volunteers, 445 teachers and 14,000 participating students.

May 26th

The national Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals awarded three teams of faculty and staff from Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Extension Service with outstanding awards for their recently developed educational materials.

May 25th

A newly released report by Mark Edwards, an associate professor of sociology at OSU, and Bruce Weber, OSU Extension economist, found that Oregon has experienced a significant drop in its hunger rate since the state's No. 1 national ranking earlier this decade – at the same time that national rates for hunger and food insecurity have risen.

May 19th

Faculty and staff in Oregon State University’s Department of Extension and Experiment Station Communications, and other units of the OSU Extension Service and College of Agricultural Sciences, have received 12 awards in the annual Critique and Awards competition of the international Association for Communication Excellence (ACE). The competition evaluated the entries of hundreds of communicators at universities, governmental agencies, nonprofit agencies and private companies in 11 countries who focus on agriculture, natural resources and life and human sciences.
Oregon State University and USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists will present their findings on cereal grain and seed crop research at the annual Hyslop Farm Field Day on Wednesday, May 31. This event is open to the public and will run from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

May 17th

The Oregon State University Master Gardener (MG) program has matured and in 2006 is one of the most popular of OSU Extension’s volunteer programs, nationally recognized as one of the strongest programs in the nation. Over the spring and summer, MG volunteers and staff invite any interested persons to help celebrate their 30-year anniversary. Part of the celebration includes the 3-plus day 2006 Gardener Mini-College, held on the OSU campus, July 26 to 29, at the CH2M-Hill Alumni Center in Corvallis. Web links provided for more information.

May 16th

The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is presenting a 25-year retrospective of its annual juried art competition, Art About Agriculture. This fine art exhibit, entitled, "This Bountiful Place: Art About Agriculture," will be showing at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland, Oregon from May 19 through September 17, 2006.
Fred Provenza, a professor in the Department of Forest, Range and Wildlife Sciences at Utah State University, is internationally known for his research in understanding animal behavioral processes and using that understanding to inform rangeland management. He is the founder of BEHAVE, behavioral education for humans, animals, vegetation and ecosystems. Provenza’s lecture, ”A Philosophy for Science and Management: Perspectives on Truth and Reality,” will be held Thursday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. at 109 Withycombe Hall.

May 12th

Concern arose when several weaned pigs that had been imported in March from Illinois became sick and died. One of the dead pigs was diagnosed with Porcine Respiratory and Reproductive Syndrome virus (PRRS), a respiratory disease that is specific to pigs and can be fatal. “The disease is not new in Oregon, nor does it pose any danger to humans,” said Gene Pirelli, an Oregon State University Extension swine specialist. “The most important thing is to follow the biosecurity guidelines that have been in place for years to keep animals healthy at the fair.”
Kim A. Anderson, a chemist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences has developed new testing methods for use in a database that will allow the food industry to finally determine where fresh produce was grown. Mislabeling, whether intentional or accidental, has plagued the market causing a loss in revenues and endangering human health.