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Extension adapts babysitter training to virtual format during pandemic

Quality child care remains in short supply in Oregon. A 2019 report from Oregon State University found that child care “deserts” existed in all 36 of the state’s counties. Dani Annala, 4-H program coordinator for the ...

Producing a weed-mapping tool that helps growers with their bottom line

Battling weed infestations on farms is an ongoing fight that is often reactive instead of proactive. Weeds begin to grow as irregular patches and then can expand to the entire field, where they become more difficult to ...

OSU plant pathologists monitor new wheat virus

Wheat in Oregon is a $300 million industry, and a $2 billion industry in the Pacific Northwest, so growers keep an eye out for diseases that can affect their yield and quality. Soilborne wheat mosaic virus is responsible ...

Extension rangeland faculty help mitigate spread of invasive grasses

Invasive annual grasses are a threat to the Great Basin desert ecosystem that includes much of eastern Oregon. They compromise habitat diversity for important wildlife species such as the greater sage-grouse. They shorten the ...

Oregon Tech Trek results in increased interest among girls in STEM careers

STEM careers are among the fastest-growing and highest-paying in the United States, yet they are still dominated by men, particularly computer science (26% female) and engineering (12% female). Research has shown that females and ...

Sherman County households use Garden Starter Kits to grow their own food

Known as “Land of the Wheat,” Sherman County is the third-largest wheat producing county in Oregon, despite being 29th out of 36 in size. Even with all that bounty, a significant number of Sherman County households are ...

OSU Extension leads effort to bring Blue Zones Project to The Dalles

Like many communities across the United States, The Dalles has struggled with the health and well-being of its residents. By many measurements, access to nutritious food, good health care and fitness opportunities fell short in ...

Sherman County youth take center stage

In rural Sherman County, youth have only one opportunity a year to participate in live theater when the Missoula Children’s Theatre arrives in the county each spring for a week. The play is so popular that in 2018 more ...

OSU wheat and barley field trial helps growers make annual variety choices

In 2019, wheat was Oregon's sixth-largest commodity, with a value at the farm gate of $282.9 million. While barley production is substantially lower than wheat production, the grain is an important rotation crop in many parts ...

High Desert Garden Tour educates gardeners on growing conditions

Gardeners in the fast-growing high desert of central Oregon encounter a short growing season, limited precipitation, frost any day of the year, and lackluster soil. Both ornamentals and food are a challenge to raise successfully. ...