The horticulture program for Douglas County advises and educates commercial homeowner producers of tree fruit and nut crops, berry crops, wine-grapes, vegetable crops, and ornamentals on issues relating to insect pests, plant disease, fertilization, cultivar selection, and pesticide use. Homeowners are educated through the OSU Master Gardener program to help the community with their gardening questions.

Gardening Programs include: Master Gardener program, community gardening outreach through various seminars and conferences, OSU Plant Clinics at the OSU Extension office and at the farmers market to answer gardening questions, booths at the Douglas County fair Plant and Garden Expo, and seasonal classes at teh OSU Master Gardener Discovery Garden in River Forks Park. Newspaper articles and radio shows on horticulture topics reinforce our programs.

Commercial Activities include: Farm visits to diagnose crop problems, grape grower field days, insect disease monitoring through trap sites across the county, IPM fall seminar, Bi-monthly newsletter to keep growers informed of horticultural trends and problems, and pesticide license advising and class credits.

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