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Erica McKenzie, a large-animal veterinarian with Oregon State University, says the same smoke that’s unhealthy for humans can make large animals sick too. McKenzie says the stress of moving, being exposed to new animals, new people and new food can be dangerous.
Oregon State University is closing Wednesday afternoon many of its facilities statewide until further notice due to prolonged smoke and ash conditions from numerous wildfires in the Pacific Northwest.
Oregon State University's Extension Service in Clackamas County will once again hand out masks for farmworkers, this time for helping prevent smoke inhalation from wildfires. OSU Extension staff, Northwest Family Services, the Oregon City Rotary Club and volunteers distributed a total of 7,000 masks to migrant workers and agricultural producers.
Lindsay Davis, the office manager for the Oregon State University Extension Service in Clatsop County, said the office decided to help the volunteers coordinate the evacuation. She functioned as a dispatcher, making calls, checking Facebook pages and other sources to tell volunteers where to go and where to deliver the animals.
Oregon State University is “pulling together detailed information on the impacts of fire and smoke on hemp,” said Jeffrey Steiner, associate director of the school’s Global Hemp Innovation Center. Steiner said the information will be presented during an upcoming Hemp Virtual Field Day on Sept. 23.
Mitigating smoke taint (or smoke impact, as some industry experts call it) is a subject of ongoing research at Oregon State University's Oregon Wine Research Institute. With wildfires increasingly common in the West's wine-producing areas, it's an increasingly pertinent issue.
Oregon researchers have faced disruptions in 2020 but are making the best of circumstances. Researchers, Heidi Happonen said, are studying toxins and pollutants, smoke's impact on wine grapes, the effects of soot and ash on livestock and more.
Farmers and ranchers affected by catastrophic wildfires burning across Oregon have resources available to help them shoulder the pain of sudden and devastating losses.
Hemp researchers at Oregon State University are convening a new working group to study the effects of wildfire smoke on the crop following another brutal wildfire season across the West.