State House District 55

Led by OSU Extension Fire Program, statewide campaign prepares Oregonians for wildfire

In addition to climate change and a century of vegetation buildup, people contribute to wildfires more than ever. This is especially true as they move into houses that were built next to forest and agricultural lands where ...

OSU Extension Fire Program shares benefits of prescribed burning

For thousands of years, fire supported environmental health in many parts of Oregon through both natural occurrences and cultural practices of Indigenous peoples. But after more than a century of fires being suppressed, Oregon’s ...

FoodCorps fosters culture of health in Klamath County schools

Food insecurity affects 14.3% of the Klamath County population, according to Oregon by the Numbers, a 2020 report produced by the Oregon State University Extension Service and The Ford Family Foundation. Nationally, one in four ...

Troublesome grasshopper infestations in Klamath County addressed by OSU Extension outreach

In the summer of 2021, Oregon suffered its worst outbreaks of grasshoppers and Mormon crickets in 50 years. Light infestations – six to seven grasshoppers per square yard across 10 acres – will forage as much as one ...

OSU Extension Master Gardener Program increases diversity, equity and inclusivity

With 2,293 volunteers across the state, the 45-year-old Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program served 38,000 Oregonians in 2021. Traditionally, the structure and delivery of the program has limited volunteer ...

Project PLANT home-gardening kits welcomed by limited-income families

Inadequate access to healthy food is a concerning issue that represents a significant barrier to healthy eating and achieving food security. Individuals with limited income and resources, such as those reached by the federal ...

OSU Extension supports small-scale and historically marginalized farmers

Oregon's farmers continue to suffer losses from drought, heat waves, wildfire and other problems related to climate change. Traditional crop insurance and relief funding programs often don't work for affected small-scale farmers who ...

OSU Extension gives Master Gardeners tools to broaden understanding of biodiversity

From tiny insects to towering trees, Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener volunteers are often called upon to identify the flora and fauna of Oregon. Plant and animal identification is a specialized skill that...

OSU Extension’s hemp harvest-timing research helps growers stay legal and protect profits

Hemp has the potential to become a major agricultural commodity in Oregon and the United States, with hemp plant fiber being used in manufactured products, including clothing, construction materials and packaging. Meanwhile, hemp ...

OSU Extension helps assess need for seedlings for fire-affected landowners

More than 180,000 acres of family-owned forestland were affected by the devastating 2020 Oregon wildfires. Many of the more than 5,000 owners are finding it almost impossible to find seedlings or tree planters to reforest their ...