OSU Extension Service: Benton County

OSU Extension Service: Benton County Benton County Extension Service faculty, staff and volunteers offer objective, research-based information to help Benton County youth and adults solve problems, develop life skills and manage resources wisely.
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OSU Extension is exploring making an online option for their Calving School.They are seeking input to gauge interest fro...
04/19/2021

OSU Extension is exploring making an online option for their Calving School.

They are seeking input to gauge interest from cattle owners (dairy or beef), people who work with cattle, or those that would like to. If you’ve got three minutes to spare, please take the short survey at the link below (it works on a phone, too). Your participation is highly appreciated!

https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2nKPZw1E2mcglQq

Photo credit: Lynn Ketchum

OSU Extension is exploring making an online option for their Calving School.

They are seeking input to gauge interest from cattle owners (dairy or beef), people who work with cattle, or those that would like to. If you’ve got three minutes to spare, please take the short survey at the link below (it works on a phone, too). Your participation is highly appreciated!

https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2nKPZw1E2mcglQq

Photo credit: Lynn Ketchum

Food Hero Presents - Hummus and Pita School Breakfast Recipe KitWash hands!  Open!  Build!  Eat! Everyone 18 years old a...
04/15/2021

Food Hero Presents - Hummus and Pita School Breakfast Recipe Kit
Wash hands! Open! Build! Eat!

Everyone 18 years old and under eats Free.

Where to find the Hummus and Pita Food Hero Recipe Kit:

•Blodgett: Thursday, April 22nd during school for any child that opts into breakfast when they get to school

•Philomath: Thursday, April 22nd or Friday April 23rd during school for any child that opts into breakfast when they get to school

•Corvallis: Friday April, 23rd at school from 11:00-12:00 and all meal sites from 11:00-1:00

PLEASE remember to preorder meals here: https://www.csd509j.net/departments/food-nutrition-services/school-menus/

04/14/2021

Master Gardener Volunteers are gearing up for our 2021 plant sales! This year shop our spring online sales safely and securely. We’re stocking the “shelves” of the online Plant Store, soon to be ready for your browsing and orders. Look for about 75 dahlia cultivars in one sale, followed by a variety of vegetable starts and perennial edibles, and then a collection of native plants.

https://www.bentonmg.org/plant-sale

OSU Extension Lincoln County Master Gardeners | Lane County Master Gardener Association | Master Gardeners OSU/Polk County | Marion County Master Gardeners Association

Fire Aware. Fire Prepared.Wildfire Wednesday Webinar: Building Community for Wildfire ResilienceApril 14th from 12:00-1:...
04/05/2021
Webinar (4/14): Building Community for Wildfire Resilience

Fire Aware. Fire Prepared.

Wildfire Wednesday Webinar: Building Community for Wildfire Resilience

April 14th from 12:00-1:00pm

This webinar explores how different communities have found different ways to prepare for wildfire. Whether you are just starting out, or you are further along, this webinar will inspire you to take action and work with your community to build better wildfire resilience.

https://mailchi.mp/a093f834a8b1/webinar-317-it-takes-a-village-5098322?e=80c96d9bcc

Fire doesn’t stop at property lines so we must create resilient landscapes as a community. Different communities, different ways to prepare for wildfire. Join us for a discussion from five panelists from all over Oregon and learn about the way they have come together to reduce fuels and mitigate f...

OSU Extension Service: Benton County
04/02/2021

OSU Extension Service: Benton County

OSU Extension Service Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network

WE CAN ALL SAVE LIVES

Participate in a FREE online suicide prevention training for the agriculture community.

See attached flyer for more information.

Register at: beav.es/farm-stress

From the home to the landscape...March 31st from 12:00-1:00pmAs a member of the community, you have the power to alter t...
03/29/2021
Webinar (3/31): From the home to the landscape

From the home to the landscape...
March 31st from 12:00-1:00pm

As a member of the community, you have the power to alter the outcome of wildfire. Your actions around your home and the surrounding landscape can reduce the chance your home will burn. This webinar reviews practical steps you and your neighbors can do on your own properties before fire season.

Presenters:
Kara Baylog, OSU, Forestry Program Coordinator
John Rizza, OSU, Eastern Oregon Regional Fire Specialist

For more information, visit: https://mailchi.mp/6aa97b9166e2/webinar-317-it-takes-a-village-5090470?e=80c96d9bcc

Clatsop County 4-H & Extension Oregon
03/29/2021

Clatsop County 4-H & Extension Oregon

Looks like we have a "Early Bird" on the Livestream! First Chick Just Hatched!! #OSULiveHatch Watch LIVE: https://beav.es/JrN

Corvallis School District
03/12/2021
Corvallis School District

Corvallis School District

Over the next few months, we are going to have very special meals one time per month for students to take home. All recipes are kid friendly, and there will be a video for each one to help put it together. It’s as easy as open, assemble, and eat! Celebrate National School Breakfast Week by picking up a Fruit Pizza Food Hero Recipe Kit on Friday, March 12 at any of our free school meal locations! Find more information here: https://www.csd509j.net/news/food-hero-school-breakfast-recipe-kits/

Wildfire WednesdaysFire Aware. Fire Prepared. Are you ready for the next wildfire season? The 2020 wildfires affected al...
03/09/2021

Wildfire Wednesdays

Fire Aware. Fire Prepared.

Are you ready for the next wildfire season? The 2020 wildfires affected all Oregonians, and we learned EVERYONE needs to be Aware and Prepared.

"The Fire Aware. Fire Prepared." program was developed to help Oregonians prepare for the reality of wildfire.

See the attached flyer for more information:

Pest Alert: Zebra Mussels — Oregon Invasive Species CouncilInvasive zebra mussels found in product(s) sold at aquarium a...
03/08/2021

Pest Alert: Zebra Mussels — Oregon Invasive Species Council

Invasive zebra mussels found in product(s) sold at aquarium and pet supply stores. Find out more about why this is an issue Oregon and what you can do. We will update this post as additional information becomes available.
https://www.oregoninvasivespeciescouncil.org/news-channel/2021/3/4/pest-alert-zebra-mussels
http://www.oregoninvasivespeciescouncil.org/

Here is what we have learned since an alert PETCO employee in Seattle reported finding the zebra mussels in moss balls sold at his store late last week:

The emerging logistics.
1) Late Thursday, we learned that the moss balls are imported from the Ukraine where the zebra mussels are native
2) The moss balls are imported from the Ukraine where the zebra mussels are native. US Customs and Border Protection, USDA PPQ and USFWS are investigating the import history so we can learn the extent of the problem
3) Hundreds of thousands of moss balls which may have been infested with Zebra mussels have been shipped to pet stores around the country in the past month. One distributor in southern California ships at least 100,000 moss balls every two weeks nationwide to Petco, PetSmart, smaller pet stores and businesses that repackage or rebrand them for local markets. Large distributors are also located in Florida.
4) The large national pet store chains including some local pet shops have been very cooperative and collaborative in removing the moss from their shelves.
4a) However, the moss balls are continuing to be sold through the internet. Some internet customers have sent photos of the moss balls and the zebra mussels they found in them. Given the complexity of interstate and international Internet commerce, sales of the moss balls continue pending USFWS investigations and filing of enforcement .

What we are finding and what are moss balls?
5) The zebra mussels being found in the moss balls and the water they come with are small (around 2mm) and hard to see without a hand lens.
6) The "moss" balls are not a moss but, a filamentous (string) alga that form tightly packed spheres ranging from ping-pong ball to basketball size).
https://www.nature.com/articles/srep03761

What are zebra mussels and why does it matter in Oregon?

The discovery of the mussels in the moss balls sold by pet stores is significant because zebra mussels (Dreissinid polymorpha) and the quagga mussel (a closely related species) are not known to be established in Oregon. The Columbia River basin is the only region left in in the USA that is not infested with zebra and or quagga mussels. We are unlikely to eradicate the mussels once they are established. Their establishment will have long-term impacts on not just the health of our waters, but also our critical water infrastructure (e.g. dams, hydropower, pumps , pipes, watercraft , locks, irrigation etc.) and recreation. The mussels have a free swimming (drifting) planktonic stage called "veligers" that makes them impossible to distinguish from other plankton without the aid of high powered microscopes or DNA analysis. The veligers eventually attach to a surface within a month after hatching including both hard and soft surfaces and grow into reproducing adults.

Zebra mussels have a letter D-shaped shell with zebra-like stripes of different colors ranging from blond to tan, brown and gray

USFWS: The Exotic Zebra Mussel
https://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/clams/zebra.html#:~:text=Females%20generally%20reproduce%20in%20their,for%20up%20to%20a%20month.
The word "exotic" conjures up thoughts of faraway places where strange animals inhabit sun-drenched islands. But in the biological sciences realm, this word has come to be associated with unwelcome visitors to our shores.
www.fws.gov

What you can do COOL FACTS - Oregon Sea Grant
Zebra and Quagga Mussels Oregon Sea Grant:https://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/sites/seagrant.oregonstate.edu/files/invasive-species/toolkit/zebra-quagga-_mussels.pdf

The arrival of the zebra mussels through the aquarium trade is a crucial threat to Oregon's economy and environment.

Photos from OSU Extension Service: Benton County's post
03/03/2021

Photos from OSU Extension Service: Benton County's post

Just a reminder!Winter Wildlife Field Days starts this coming Monday March 1, 2021
02/25/2021

Just a reminder!

Winter Wildlife Field Days starts this coming Monday March 1, 2021

Winter Wildlife Field Days runs March 1-14! See attached flyer for more information.

02/24/2021
Master Gardener Programs of Linn and Benton Counties
02/22/2021

Master Gardener Programs of Linn and Benton Counties

The Valley Gardener for February is here: https://beav.es/Jeo

#oregonbeevent #beevent #pollinators #microgreens #indoorgarden #oregongardener

OSU (Oregon) Master Gardener Program | @osuextlinnco | OSU Extension Service: Benton County | OSU Linn County Extension

02/22/2021
Master Gardener Programs of Linn and Benton Counties

Master Gardener Programs of Linn and Benton Counties

Don't miss out on BEEvent! Get your tickets now for March 6th and join Kate LeCroy (pictured here) and others to learn how community scientists, gardeners and small farmers like you are working to protect pollinators.
Learn more and get tickets:
https://linnmastergardeners.com/BEEvent

OSU (Oregon) Master Gardener Program | @oregonbeeproject | @oregonbeekeeper | Oregon Bee Project | The Xerces Society | @xercessociety | @pollinatorhealth | Pollinator Project Rogue Valley | @pollinatorpartnership | @pollinatorpartnership |@HomeOrchardEducationCenter

#pollinator | #bees | #butterflies #pollinatorconservation #pollinators🐝 #gardening

02/16/2021

Linked below are some resources regarding storm management for forest & small woodland owners:

Safely responding to storm-related tree damage
https://www.treesaregood.org/portals/0/docs/treecare/StormBrochure.pdf

First Aid for Storm-Damaged Trees (University of Missouri Extension)
https://extension.missouri.edu/publications/g6867

Caring for Storm Damaged Trees (Colorado State Forest Service)
https://static.colostate.edu/client-files/csfs/pdfs/FINAL_Storm_Damage_Quick_Guide.pdf

Safe and Effective Use of Chain Saws for Woodland Owners https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/ec1124

OSU Extension Service Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance NetworkWE CAN ALL SAVE LIVESParticipate in a FREE online suicide ...
01/29/2021

OSU Extension Service Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network

WE CAN ALL SAVE LIVES

Participate in a FREE online suicide prevention training for the agriculture community.

See attached flyer for more information.

Register at: beav.es/farm-stress

Meat Survey for Oregon Ranchers and FarmersDo you sell meat direct to consumers or restaurants or have an interest in do...
01/29/2021

Meat Survey for Oregon Ranchers and Farmers

Do you sell meat direct to consumers or restaurants or have an interest in doing so?
The Meat Industry Stakeholders supplier workgroup has developed a survey for Oregon ranchers and farmers who sell meat direct to consumers or restaurants or may have an interest in doing so. If this applies to you, we would appreciate if you would complete the survey prior to Monday, February 15.

We are also asking for your help to share the survey link with other ranchers and farmers you may know. If you represent or are part of an organization working with ranchers and farmers, please share the survey link with your members.

The purpose of the survey is to learn more about the specific needs and challenges you may be facing and where you see the greatest needs. The survey data will be analyzed, along with summary data from a Niche Meat Processors Assistance Network (NMPAN) survey that was recently completed, so we can learn more about the business challenges that ranchers, farmers & meat processors face and work together to address the needs of those supplying meat from Oregon.

Survey link: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6165468/98c90bbf2aa8

Questions
Contact:
Karla Valness, [email protected] or Theresa Yoshioka, [email protected]

01/22/2021
Master Gardener Programs of Linn and Benton Counties

Master Gardener Programs of Linn and Benton Counties

Propagating string of pearls is amazingly easy - Master Gardener Volunteer Brianna shows you how in this quick video.

OSU (Oregon) Master Gardener Program | OSU Extension Service: Benton County | OSU Linn County Extension

#houseplantfriday #osuhouseplantfriday

Winter Wildlife Field Days runs March 1-14! See attached flyer for more information.
01/22/2021

Winter Wildlife Field Days runs March 1-14! See attached flyer for more information.

The current economic situation has provided unexpected financial opportunities for some and financial challenges for oth...
01/19/2021
Let's Talk Money Webinar Series 2021

The current economic situation has provided unexpected financial opportunities for some and financial challenges for others. No matter where you are today, you can improve your financial situation in 2021!

Illinois Extension is offering Let's Talk Money, a free, online 8-week series to help individuals gain financial knowledge and confidence in handling their money. Many times, lack of financial knowledge and uneasiness of discussing sensitive issues keeps people from having crucial conversations and getting the information they need to improve their financial health. This series can help you understand your finances so you can make informed choices. You may sign up for one or all of the webinar series' sessions. Webinars are Tuesday evenings, 4:30 Pacific Standard Time (Oregon)
https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1060860889

Let's Talk Money is a free, online 8-week series to help gain financial knowledge and the confidence to talk with family, friends, and financial professionals about money. Many times, lack of financial knowledge and uneasiness of discussing sensitive issues keep people from having crucial conversati...

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Little green caterpillars are decimating Exbury Azaleas. Used Bt. Noticed them hanging from an oak tree also. What else will they ruin?