Two OSU Professors Honored For Agriculture Research

Contributions in barley breeding and soil nitrogen cycling led to a pair of Oregon State University professors to be selected as American Association fo the Advancement of Science Fellows. OSU’s Patrick Hayes and David Myrold were recently selected in the category of agriculture, food and renewable resources. Hayes, professor of crop and soil science in the College of Agricultural […]

Free Face Masks Available To Oregon Ag Community

To help the front lines of the Oregon Ag community, the state Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University Extension have announced a partnership to distribute face covers around the state. The KN95 masks are available to farmworkers, ranchers, farmers, fishers, food processors and other farm contractors to protect essential workers. ODA and OSU have […]

OSU Program Working To Help Landowners Recover From Wildfires

Oregon State University’s new Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Fire Program recently pivoted from fire prevention education to helping landowners recover from recent wildfire losses. Fire Program Manager Carrie Berger said the program shifted it’s focus because it will take years for many to sort through the rubble and rebuild. “We’ve been on the ground […]

Merkley: Legislation Will Benefit Family Farms, Rural Housing, More

Earlier this week, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley rolled out legislation he said will provide millions of dollars in investments for the farm community across the state and beyond. Merkley, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on agriculture, says the spending bill will cover a wide variety of Ag, housing food assistance and rural […]

47th Annual Hermiston Farm Fair Moves On-line

The 47th annual Hermiston Farm Fair will be online this year due to the pandemic. Oregon State University’s Silvia Rondon said they have had to overcome some challenges doing the event remotely, but she still thinks they will provide excellent information. “I think this virtuality is really going to give us the opportunity to reach […]

OSU, Others Working On Buck Naked Barley

Land-grant university researchers across the country are developing new varieties of naked barley to capture all benefits of this grain, from human dietary benefits to animal feed as well as malting and brewing. The trick is finding the right balance  of a soluble fiber called “beta glucan” through cross-breeding. “Pursue a modest level of beta […]

Ryan Scholz Named New Oregon veterinarian

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has a new state Veterinarian. Dr. Ryan Scholz took over the role on Monday. He initially joined ODA in 2012 as a western Oregon district veterinarian. To-date, Scholz’s contributions to the Animal Health Program have made many of the technological advances in the program possible and, according to ODA officials, […]

Wildfire Ash, Smoke Should Not Concern NW Gardeners

The recent ash and smoke from West Coast fires has many Northwest gardeners concerned about the potential impact on their produce. Oregon State University Horticulturist and Associate Professor Brooke Edmunds says the ash and haze will not penetrate into fruits and vegetables. “Folks are kind of mentioning that their garden is declining a little, but […]

OSU Reports Data Breach

The personal information of some Oregon State University students and faculty members may have been compromised during a computer security breach. According to school officials, a hacker accessed a computer server for the university’s E-campus online education program this summer, gaining access to records containing the names and OSU email addresses of about 1,700 students […]

Parrella: University of Idaho Working To Maintain Normalcy During Pandemic

The University of Idaho, like other colleges across the U.S. moved classes on-line for the spring semester because of the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Parrella, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, said as a land grant school, moving classes and labs into the virtual world was challenging. He said despite any challenges his […]