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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 ...

Dry Farming Project adapts with virtual programming during pandemic

The Oregon State University Extension Dry Farming Project expanded so significantly in 2019 that student workers would be necessary to work on five planned field research projects in 2020. COVID-19 hit in the early spring, ...

Sea Grant Extension supports creation of award-winning ocean acidification curriculum

Ocean acidification is the change in ocean chemistry due to increasing concentrations of human-created carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. One result of an increase in carbon dioxide absorbed by the ocean is carbonate, used for ...

'Eat Oregon Seafood' campaign promotes industry impacted by pandemic

Although Oregon’s restaurants re-opened in the summer of 2020 – with social distancing and indoor face covering measures – earlier mandatory statewide closures due to COVID-19 sent Oregon’s $700 million seafood industry ...

4-H cross-country programs provide outlet for young runners

In 2012, the St. Helens School District in Columbia County was forced to eliminate its middle school sports program. Studies show that sports participation for K-12 children have strong positive health benefits due to physical ...

Outdoor School provides resources for families during stay-at-home order

The COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon not only resulted in the premature end of the 2019-20 school year, but also led to mass cancellations of in-person outdoor school programs. The cancellations came at a time when enrollment in ...

Small Farm School boosts potential of new farmers in north Willamette Valley

Small-acreage farming is growing popular in Oregon. The 2017 U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture, released in early 2019, shows that small farms (less than 10 acres) are the fastest growing farm size in the ...

OSU bee specialist works to keep Oregon pollinator friendly

In response to the country’s worst urban bumblebee die-off in the country caused by improper pesticide use in 2015, the Oregon State Legislature passed a bill requiring more education for licensed pesticide applicators and ...