State Senate District 9

Agrivoltaics research could lead to more sustainable farming

Agrivoltaics is the concept of using arable land to simultaneously grow crops and generate solar power. Researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University are developing an agrivoltaics farm at the North...

Hazelnut stewardship initiative highlights Oregon’s sustainable practices

As Oregon continues to flex its muscles in the hazelnut industry, the need for promoting sustainable practices has accelerated. To strengthen an already-strong market share – Oregon leads production in the U.S. and is third in...

Despite pandemic, county fairs and livestock shows go on for 4-H exhibitors

County fairs and livestock shows are one opportunity for 4-H youth to demonstrate their knowledge and mastery in their project areas. The COVID-19 pandemic led to in-person cancellations and others that had to be postponed or ...

Bilingual 4-H e-magazine continues to be a resource for families during pandemic

It debuted online on April 5, 2020, three weeks after Oregon Gov. Kate Brown ordered Oregon’s schools closed and four days before Brown announced that schools wouldn’t reopen for the 2019-20 school year. It was called ...

Youth Environmental Educators overcome pandemic year

Many youths in underserved communities must work to support their families. Yet, most internship opportunities for middle- and high-school age youth are unpaid, which is a disadvantage to those youth who must choose a paying job....

Virtual Walk With Ease class increases accessibility to disabled adults

Walk With Ease is an evidence-based exercise program developed by the Arthritis Foundation that can help adults build confidence in being physically active while reducing pain and improving their overall health. The Oregon State ...

Extension educates Oregonians to prepare for Cascadia Earthquake

Scientists predict there is about a 37% chance that an earthquake of at least 8.0 magnitude will strike off the Pacific Northwest coast in the next 50 years. When it occurs, the historic temblor will cause widespread ...

OSU Train the Trainers workshops keep agricultural workers on track with food safety

Food safety education is the key to preventing the risk of food contamination in the supply chain, especially when crops are harvested directly by workers. In those cases, farms must remain especially vigilant to ensure their ...

Food pantries receive fresh blueberry donations during pandemic

In July 2020, the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) in Aurora found itself with 1,800 pounds of mechanically harvested blueberries ready for distribution. Normally the berries are harvested and purchased by ...

Cooking classes serve Micronesian and Pacific Islander communities

Historically the Micronesian and Pacific Islander community in the United States has faced inequitable health outcomes, exacerbated by a lack of access to health care services and social safety nets due to their special residency ...