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.

May 12th

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.
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.”