Governor creates OSU Extension Day to honor centennial

April 21, 2011
Rick Fletcher (photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Rick Fletcher (right), a forestry agent with the OSU Extension Service in Benton County, visits a Christmas tree grower.

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has proclaimed April 21, 2011, Oregon State University Extension Day to commemorate the service's centennial.

"The OSU Extension Service provides vital educational service to agriculture, forestry, youth development, family and community health and marine and coastal communities," the proclamation reads.

The OSU Extension Service is the university's off-campus educational outreach arm. Extension Service faculty work in every county in Oregon and have offices throughout the state – from Astoria to Lakeview, Gold Beach to Enterprise, and Newport to Ontario.

Extension is perhaps best known for its 4-H clubs for youths, its Master Gardener training, and its assistance to the state's agricultural producers. But it also educates low-income Oregonians about proper nutrition, teaches forest owners how to manage their land, and helps people improve watersheds. It trains home canners to preserve food safely, helps senior citizens stay healthy, shows aspiring small farmers how to get started and publishes how-to guides on everything from controlling aphids on roses to maintaining a septic tank.

For more information about how Extension is helping Oregonians, go to the Bridges to Prosperity website.

Author: Tiffany Woods
Source: Jock Mills