July 2008

July 24th

<p>Farmers' markets are rapidly growing in number in Oregon and throughout the United States. New Oregon State University research on farmers' markets indicates that there are significant differences in management tools used by successful farmers' markets of differing size.</p> <p>OSU College of Agricultural Sciences researchers polled 53 Oregon farmers' market organizers of varying sizes about how they manage their markets. The results are published in new report from the OSU Extension Service, <i>Understanding the Link Between Farmers' Market Size and Management Organization</i> (SR 1082-E) Results are summarized in this press release.</p>

July 10th

Staci Simonich, an associate professor at Oregon State University, will travel to Beijing this July to monitor the air quality before and during the Olympics and see what impact cleanup efforts have had. Simonich, who will be in China from July 19 to Aug. 15, forms part of a team of researchers who have been testing various aspects of the air quality in a project called CAREBEIJING. She’ll devote her attention to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are produced by burning carbon-based materials such as gas, coal and wood.

July 6th

Paying rural landowners in Oregon’s Willamette Basin to protect at-risk animals won’t necessarily mean that their newly conserved trees and plants will absorb more carbon from the atmosphere and vice versa, a study has found. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, analyzed hypothetical payments that were given to landowners to take their acreage out of production for conservation. Scenarios conserving different types of land were also developed. The study then examined the relationship between the absorption of carbon, a contributor to global warming, by trees and plants and the protection of 37 different types of animals under each of these scenarios and payment schemes.

July 1st

Oregon State University hopes to hire two researchers by September to examine the health of the state’s honeybees. The positions will be funded through a $215,000 emergency package that the Joint Legislative Emergency Board approved in June. The money will also be used to increase the diagnostic capability at OSU’s Insect ID Clinic and buy lab supplies for honeybee research. OSU will conduct a nationwide search to fill the two new openings.