As canning season gets underway, the Food Preservation hotline from Oregon State University Extension Service starts taking calls July 15.
The toll-free hotline at 800-354-7319 runs until Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. When the hotline is closed, callers can leave a message. The hotline is staffed by certified Master Food Preserver volunteers in Lane and Douglas counties, but is available statewide.
We are gearing up for another season of the 4-H Striders running program. The program continues to support the Run/Walk/Run concept and is open to youth 9 to 18 years of age on or before September 1,...
Join us for an, ‘Intro to Dry Farming Vegetables’ presentation with OSU Dry Farming Project leader, Amy Garrett, followed by a tour of Gowen farm. Darlene Gowen of Gowen Farm has been hosting trials...
Join Dr. Alec Kowalewski, OSU Extension Turfgrass Specialist, for a hands-on experience. A green space close to home. A place to relax with friends and family. Habitat for pollinators and beneficials....
With an established and trusted presence in every county, OSU’s Statewide Public Service Programs offer statewide community-centric engagement that provides access to research, expertise, and relationships essential for Oregon’s social, economic, and environmental needs.
Ask an Expert is a way for you to get answers from the Oregon State University Extension Service. We have experts in family and health, community development, food and agriculture, coastal issues, forestry, programs for young people, and gardening.
Trees all over Oregon are displaying signs of poor health. People are quick to blame insects, but insects are rarely the underlying cause of the problem. Drought and other stressors can make trees vulnerable to pests and disease.
The main goal of a cow-calf operation is to produce one calf per cow per year. Sound reproductive management of the cowherd, using proven methods, is required to accomplish this goal in a manner that is economically efficient and sustains the natural resources of the ranch. A cow that fails to produce a calf for even one year can
represent a net loss to the ranch.
Prepared by the Western Beef Resource Committee, which consists of extension specialists in 12 western states, this publication contains 250 fact sheets for cattle producers and is revised/updated is...
With few exceptions, the goal of most range improvements is to increase returns from the landscape by increasing forage quantity, quality, or animal production. Exceptions might be efforts to reduce wildfire risks, improve wildlife habitat, or increase watershed yields through woody plant control.
Our hope is to make you better acquainted with the important functions of riparian areas on your ranch, give you some ideas on how to manage them effectively, and provide a framework for developing grazing management that incorporates these areas into your overall cattle operation.
A productive alfalfa crop removes significant quantities of macronutrients and small amounts of micronutrients from the soil (Table 1). A complete fertilizer program is essential to ensure a highly productive, long-lived stand.
By David Hannaway, Mylen Bohle, Daniel Miles, Yitian Lin, Brianna Randow
Improved pasture and proper grazing management allows producers a way to keep production costs to a minimum by efficiently producing high quality forage. When properly managed, grazed forage is higher in feed value than hay or silage because harvesting is frequent and there are little or no harvest or storage losses.
If livestock producers in Oregon wish to sell meat, they must have their livestock slaughtered and processed at a USDA-inspected facility. Some producers have chosen to sell live animals, which the customers, as the new owners, can then have processed at a “custom-exempt,” state licensed facility. For example, Farmer Smith sells one live steer to four people, each of whom gets a one-fourth share of the meat from that steer. This brochure explains, to both farmers and customers, the federal and state rules relevant to this practice. The frequently-asked question format was chosen to give straightforward and accurate answers to the most common questions.
Diseased animals require treatment, which is a cost to producers. Additionally, diseased animals do not perform at their maximum ability, adding to the cost of production due to low returns. Early detection of disease usually allows better outcomes when treatment is promptly implemented. Therefore, it is important to recognize disease early, know how to treat affected animals, and how to prevent disease in the rest of the herd.
By Aurora Villarroel, DVM, MPVM, PhD, DACVPM, CVA, CVTP
Kelly Streit (right), Extension Family and Community Health educator, answers questions at the Farmer's Market about preserving foods safely.
Photo by Lynn Ketchum
OSU Extension has more than 13,000 trained volunteers who dedicate time to teaching and enriching their communities. Our "master" level volunteer programs include, gardening, food preservation, woodland management, and beekeeping.