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Farmers get a handle on wildfire prevention from OSU Extension outreach

In 2018, the Substation Fire swept north central Oregon – where wheat reigns as the premier crop – burning 80,000 acres and killing a farm employee. The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reacted by ...

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 ...

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 ...

Juntos helps shy eighth-grader transform into historic student body president

Latino/Hispanic students comprise the largest minority group at The Dalles High School – 37% of the total enrollment. In 2012, Oregon State University Extension’s Open Campus program launched Juntos (“together” in Spanish), ...

Growing Healthy Kids returns in 2021 in hybrid form

Growing Healthy Kids, a garden-themed nutrition education curriculum developed at Oregon State University for students in the second and third grades, was on track for 2020. The evidence-based curriculum is offered through Oregon ...

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 massive earthquake, tsunami

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 and resulting tsunami will ...

Livestock producers embrace progressive tactics for dealing with wolves

Wolves pose a threat to livestock in the Pacific Northwest through depredation, and some studies have shown that their presence causes stress in cattle that leads to decreased reproductive rates and weight gain. Under the Oregon...

Juntos students spearhead historic dance at The Dalles High School

Latino students, which make up about 37% of the student body at The Dalles High School, have few options for organized social activities. Dances primarly play songs in English. So, the student club at the school, Juntos ...

Migrant and seasonal farm workers in the Columbia River Gorge supported during pandemic

Each year about 6,000-15,000 migrant and seasonal farm workers arrive in the Columbia River Gorge from late May through early June to work in orchards, packing houses and on farms to harvest, pack, and process the region's ...