May 2006

May 7th

On May 18, more than 100 students from rural schools in the Willamette Valley will converge on the OSU campus to present research findings from a yearlong project on bees and pollination. The OSU-K12 Discovering Partners in Nature Conference is part of OSU’s Rural Science Education Program funded by the Toshiba America Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

May 4th

John Tanaka, recently named as president of the Society for Range Management, is an associate professor in Oregon State University’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and works at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Union. His research specialty is examining how cattle ranches can become more profitable while changing their management to improve the environment. Tanaka examines how grazing policies affect rangeland ranches, how ranches fit within rural communities, and the economics of restoring rangelands infested with undesirable plants.

May 2nd

Wind energy development in Umatilla County could have a multi-million dollar impact on the state’s economy, especially if the region’s business infrastructure can dovetail with the expanding industry, according to a new report published by Oregon State University Extension.