July 2006

July 27th

The Agricultural Research Foundation has recently awarded $337,844 in grants to initiate 35 Oregon State University projects ranging from a study to generate electricity from wastewater to an investigation of the cancer-fighting properties of hops.

July 24th

Farmers from Lebanon, Philomath, Grants Pass and Portland are teaming up with Oregon State University scientists to limit farm pest populations by restoring and conserving habitat for beneficial insects — insects like bees and spiders that perform important pollination and predation roles within fields and farms. The Farming for Beneficials Program is part of OSU’s Integrated Plant Protection Center, and is funded by a grant from the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.

July 19th

James E. Johnson has been named associate dean for extended education and the OSU Extension forestry program leader. His research includes a long-term investigation of the impacts of gypsy moth defoliation on tree growth and mortality in mixed forests, and the ecological restoration of riparian flat rock plant communities.

July 12th

The Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Resource Center, a new clearinghouse of information and technical support, is being created in cooperation with Oregon State University to help connect growers with the information they need as they look to new ways to market their products.

July 9th

Sharon Johnson, an OSU associate professor and Family and Community Development extension faculty member, was this year’s recipient of OSU’s Extended Education Faculty Achievement Award for her work with older adults in Southern Oregon counties.