Volume IV - Issue 1

Dan's Observations

Dan Arp

The future of agricultural science education

Part of our mission in the College of Agricultural Sciences is to help prepare students for an unknowable future. Let’s consider the year 2030, a mere 12 years from now, when many of today’s students will be entering leadership positions in their careers.

 By 2030, the world population is expected to be 8.5 billion. That’s a lot of mouths to feed. The challenge to agriculture is clear. Yet there is more to this rapidly changing landscape than population increases. In 12 years, today’s graduates will be working with a new generation of machines capable of learning.  Adaptive technology will not only drive our cars, it will advance what we know and how we learn.

 Agriculture is already a high-tech industry. Innovative Oregon dairies are programming robotics to milk and monitor the health of cows. Oregon vineyards are using drones to assess optimum harvest time. Oregon growers are planting crop varieties developed by genomic selection plant breeding.

 By 2030, agriculture will need innovators who can employ these and other emerging technologies to integrate new, fundamental information about our soil, air, water, and biological processes. Today, our students are learning what they will need to know and how they will need to learn as their futures, and ours, unfold.

 (For a longer essay on this topic, please see Oregon's Agricultural Progress Magazine article.)

Sincerely,
Dan

Daniel J. Arp
Reub Long Professor and Dean
College of Agricultural Sciences
Director
Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station

Oregon's Agricultural Progress Magazine

OAP cover Winter 2018 The future of agriculture

(Editor's note by Peg Herring) The future is a big place to explore. Here, we offer a glimpse of it, through the voices of young growers and young researchers, through the vision of our Dean, and through the trajectory of our work, across day and night, and through 150 years.

For more than six decades, Oregon’s Agricultural Progress magazine has taken readers to the edge of the future, exploring new breakthroughs in agricultural research. Now we’re about to explore a new future for our research communications and new possibilities with online storytelling. In summer 2018, you’ll receive OAP online only, with a continuous flow of stories and features added each week.

The future is digital for Oregon’s Agricultural Progress. We look forward to sharing it with you.

Oregon's Agricultural Progress magazine's app is available for your tablet.

Recent News

Jack Barth with an unmanned aircraftOSU leads in Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles research

(by Melinda Myers, Daily Barometer)

UAV technology is currently being implemented in the College of Agricultural Sciences, according to John Talbott, the assistant director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station and director of the Western Sun Grant Regional Center. Applications include monitoring riparian habitats, vegetation health and GPS allocation of harvests, according to Talbott.

“We look at drones not as just aerial devices. Folks up at the North Willamette Research Center have developed what we call a smart sprayer,” Talbott said. “It’s something that mounts on a tractor. And as you’re driving through your crops, the sprayer actually senses what’s going on with the plant as you’re driving the row.”

John KilliferOSU professor named dean at South Dakota State University

John Killefer, professor and department head of animal and rangeland sciences at Oregon State University, has been named the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University.

Killefer has served in his current role since 2012. During that time, he successfully merged the departments of animal sciences and rangeland, ecology and management to form the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences. Killefer also completed construction on three facilities and numerous renovations to other facilities. He established approximately $3.5 million in endowments to support teaching and research, in addition to support for livestock farms and educational opportunities in cattle production.

“I am truly appreciative of the many opportunities that have been provided me at Oregon State University.  I am honored to have worked with so many outstanding professionals and colleagues that have allowed us to make tremendous progress within our programs.  It has been exciting to see the individual and programmatic growth throughout our department and I anticipate a bright future moving forward.  I thank the many colleagues that I am now able to call friends.”

An accomplished researcher, Killefer’s programs have secured more than $6.3 million from both federal and industry sources where his research focused on high-quality production animals and meat products. Killefer was inducted into the Oregon Beef Council Hall of Fame in 2014 and served as a fellow from 2013-15 for the Food Systems Leadership Institute, a national organization dedicated to developing individual and institutional leadership for a 21st century food system.

Killefer came to OSU in 2011 after working at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and West Virginia University. He earned his Ph.D. in animal science with an emphasis in growth and development at Oregon State.

Killefer will begin working at South Dakota State in late March.

OSU 150

OSU150Join us in marking Oregon State University’s milestone anniversary

On October 27, 1868, Corvallis College became the state’s official land grant institution. Since then, we have grown from our first graduating class of three to over 31,800 students.

Over the past 150 years, OSU’s name has changed, our programs have multiplied and its facilities have expanded. But our mission to conduct world-leading research and to provide the highest quality education for the people of our state and beyond remains steadfast. Our impact resounds across Oregon and around the globe because we are OUT THERE, solving the world’s most pressing challenges.

We invite you to celebrate with us.  Look back at everything we’ve done together and look to the future to see where we will go.

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Our Best

Lloyd Nackley intro slideNew CAS Faculty

If you've wondered who are the newest faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences, we have a resource for you!  In the past 3 years, during our New Faculty Welcome and Orientation, each of them has provided a one-slide introduction about themselves, including a photo.  Take a look--make a connection!

 

2017 New Faculty Introduction Slides

2016 New Faculty Introduction Slides

2015 New Faculty Introduction Slides

Craig MarcusCraig Marcus recipient of 2017 Toxicology Achievement Award

Dr. Craig Marcus is the recipient of the 2017 Toxicology Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Association of Toxicologists (PANWAT).  This award is given in recognition of scholarship, leadership, mentorship, and service within the PANWAT Chapter of the Society of Toxicology. 

Dr. Marcus will be recognized at a reception during the Annual Society of Toxicology meeting in San Antonio in March. 

Global Experiences

Melissa RobellMy International Internship in Brazil

(by Melissa Robell) Last summer, I completed an international internship in Florianópolis, Brazil for ten weeks.  I worked for Ekko Brazil Institute for the Otter Project. This experience allowed me to explore my passion for international wildlife and research while learning about a new culture. I was the first intern to participate from Oregon State University.

Ekko Brazil Institute is an OSCIP, which stands for Organizations of Civil Society of Public Interest, which is a special type of Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). One of the projects that Ekko Brazil Institute has is the Otter Project and is about 30 years old. The Otter Project has two centers: one in the Pantanal in Aquidauana and one in the Atlantic forest in Florianópolis. The main center for the Otter Project is in Florianópolis in the state of Santa Catarina.

The goal of the Otter Project is to help with the recovery, conservation and research of otters and other animals in the Mustelidae family. The project focuses mainly on Neotropical (Lontra longicaudis) and Giant Otters (Pteronura brasiliensis).

 As an intern, I focused on: rehabilitation, research and outreach. There are many animals at the center including but not limited to eight Neotropical Otters and two monkeys. Every day we fed the animals twice, cleaned the enclosures, provided enrichment and monitored their health. I also helped with research by collecting data for the Parasite Project and Otter Intensity Project. For the Parasite Project, I helped analyze feces by identifying the parasites with a microscope. For the Otter Intensity Project, we checked places every week in Florianópolis for signs of otter activity. Otter activity signs included: feces, scratch marks, seeing an otter or footprint. For outreach, I talked to the public and school groups about the importance of otters and protecting the environment. Sometimes I even dressed up as an otter!



Global Experiences Fund

Are you looking to make an impact in the life of a student? We invite you to join others in building the Global Experience Endowment Fund.

We are pleased to share that we have now received $34,000 towards the $50,000 endowment for which we have a commitment; the sooner we reach the full amount, the more students that can benefit from expendable funds that will be generated from the endowment. We invite you to consider adding your contributions to the Global Experiences Fund. On-line gifts can be made here with a note added to specify the endowment. Gifts can be made in honor or memory of your colleagues and friends which is a thoughtful way to honor someone with an interest in international experiences.

The lead gift for this endowment was Dr. Hiram Larew (MS 1977, PhD 1981) with additional support from E.R. Jackman Friends and Alumni and the Deans’ office. We are grateful to all who have been helping us grow the endowment.

 Contact:  Stella Coakley, 541-737-5264

Students

Strand Agriculture Hall

OSU announces Agricultural Honors scholarships

(by Kym Pokorny) Honors scholarships totaling $94,000 have been awarded to Oregon State University students in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The scholarships are made possible by gifts to the college. (See article for full list of recipients.)

Britt HoskinsGetting our students hired - introducing Britt Hoskins

Britt Hoskins is the new assistant director of career development for the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Forestry, and CEOAS. She is a member of the Career Development Center but is housed within our college (in Strand 130D). Britt is here to help students and recent grads explore career options, talk about internships, practice interviewing, and get help with their resumes and cover letters. Students can make an appointment by going to Handshake or calling: 541-737-4085. Drop-in hours for CAS are Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Faculty can also request a career topic-specific lecture or workshop by visiting career.oregonstate.edu/faculty-staff/request-presentation.

 Before joining the Career Development Center, Britt was a writer/content strategist for Oregon State University Marketing. Through this role, she learned a lot about the university and the important research, teaching, and extension that goes on here. Now she is taking a more direct role in empowering student success. In her past life she has been an instructor at Virginia Tech, a grant writer at George Fox University and a public relations specialist for Microsoft. In her spare time, Britt likes salsa dancing, cooking and fixing up her new 1980s home with her husband Tyler, a faculty research assistant in the horticulture department.

Wesley YuWesley Yu selected to attend USDA 2018 Agricultural Outlook Forum

Congratulations to Wesley Yu, one of 30 students selected by the United States Department of Agriculture to attend USDA’s 2018 Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF), as winners of the USDA Student Diversity Program. These undergraduate and graduate students will receive a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., capped off by their attendance at the AOF, the USDA’s largest annual meeting, held Feb. 22-23 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va.

 “These students are the next generation of agriculture, and it is important for the USDA to support their training as future agriculture professionals,” said USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson. “At the Ag Outlook Forum, these students will hear current leaders share their vision for agriculture as they begin to map out their own careers.”  https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/01/26/usda-names-2018-agricultural-outlook-forum-student-diversity

Wesley is a junior pursuing a degree in BioResource Research from Oregon State University. Wesley is pursuing this degree because of the research emphasis. The BRR degree requires undergraduates to complete at least 12 hours of research with a faculty mentor, submit a thesis and present their work at a public event. His concentration area is Food Quality, and he will complete a minor in Chemistry with only a few additional courses. Wesley is a very successful student with a 3.77 cumulative GPA. He is in the Honors College and participates in many student organizations including our Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) chapter.

Wesley is passionate about food quality and the connections between food and health. This interest may lead to his pursuit of a medical degree or become more involved in the public debate and research around human health and food production.

OSU MANRRS Chapter at Regional WorkshopOSU MANRRS receives awards in three out of three contests at Regional Workshop.

Nine Oregon State University (OSU) MANRRS Chapter members and their Advisor, Wanda Crannell, traveled to Davis, CA for the annual Region VI Cluster Workshop hosted by the UC Davis MANRRS Chapter Nov. 10-11, 2017.  More chapters were present at this year’s Region VI Workshop than any other previous (UC Davis, OSU, University of Arizona, CalPoly Pomona, CalPoly San Luis Obispo, Colorado State, and University of Nevada, Reno). Kudos to UC Davis Chapter for working to expand Chapter involvement and thanks for a terrific weekend of professional development, networking, friendship, and MANRRS-family building. 

Graduate Students

Rebekah HaddadRebekah Haddad receives National Association of Agricultural Educators Award

Rebekah Haddad is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Young Member Award, presented at the 2017 NAAE annual convention in Nashville, Tenn. on December 6.

Haddad is currently an instructor at Oregon State University, working toward her Ph.D. in agricultural education. Previously she taught agriculture at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School in Glencoe, Minnesota. There she specialized in creating inquiry-based learning experiences for students. She encouraged them to take ownership of their learning by working to discover the answers to questions sparked in her classroom. Being uniquely located in an area adjacent to both rural and urban communities, Haddad also guided her students in learning to advocate for agriculture. One visible way they did was through the farm-to-school program. The produce from a student-managed garden went to the local farmer’s market and school cafeteria. Along the way, students learned how to grow healthy, nutritious food, and marketing, business and math.

“Ms. Haddad demonstrates the skills, knowledge, and characteristics that are necessary to be an extremely effective educator,” said Paul Sparby, Glencoe Silver Lake High School principal. “She understands student development and that allows her to create positive experiences for her students. Her work habits are outstanding and she has proven to be a true professional in all respects.”

Each of the 2017 NAAE Outstanding Young Member winners received special recognition at the NAAE convention. John Deere sponsors the Outstanding Young Member program as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. NAAE is the professional organization in the United States for agricultural educators. It provides its’ more than 8,000 members with professional networking and development opportunities, professional liability coverage, and extensive awards and recognition programs. The mission of NAAE is “professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service.”  The NAAE headquarters are in Lexington, Ky. 

New Fields

Get to know our student clubs and organizations

(by Mikayla Unger) Oregon State University is home to a diverse and abundant amount of opportunities. In the College of Agricultural Sciences there are also a wide variety of opportunities for people to get involved with. Under the umbrella of the Agricultural Executive Council, here are just a few of the club spotlights of opportunity waiting for you:

Bird NerdsBird Nerds

The OSU Bird Nerds is a student-run ornithological club at Oregon State University (OSU). The mission of the club is to provide OSU students with an opportunity to learn more about the amazing world of birds through bird-related activities, résumé-building experiences, guest speakers, species identification workshops, and field trips. They share the knowledge gained from these activities with the Corvallis community through volunteerism, education, and conservation involvement.

Some of the activities they do as a club are tree climbing workshops, bird walks, raptor identification and day and overnight trips. For more information check out: http://osubirdnerds.weebly.com/  Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Bird-Nerds-Club-at-Oregon-State-University-... Sign-up for Listserv:   osubirdnerds.mailinglist@gmail.com

Collegiate FFACollegiate FFA (CFFA)

The mission statement for CFFA is they are a group committed to service and striving for personal growth. Their club motto is “Giving Back and Growing Forward”. Throughout the year they volunteer at a variety of events and are also involved with Oregon FFA.  Some of the activities that the club does are volunteering at Oregon FFA State Convention, CDE Days, Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Fall Harvest Dinner, fun activities, monthly meetings, guest speakers and new this year is an industry tour.

How can you get involved? Follow the club on Facebook @Oregon State Collegiate FFA and come to meetings! FFA background is not needed!

Crop Science ClubCrop Science Club

The mission of the club is to provide a medium for study, investigation, and discussion of problems related to technical farm crops and crop problems of the farm. They also strive to create close acquaintance with undergrads and grad students interested in farm crop production, open to all majors. The club acts as “vehicle” to connect students to service projects and internship opportunities.

Some of the events that they do as a club are an industry tour that is coming up on March 9th, Hyslop Field-Day BBQ, FFA CDE Contest and Judging, and more.

The club meetings are Tuesdays at 5pm in the Crop Science Building, room 138.

Winter term Events

The Agricultural Executive Council held some of our biggest events during Winter term and are planning more in Spring term.  Here is a list of the events that the council planned for Winter Term:

  • Etiquette Dinner- January 25th
  • Ethics Panel/ Women’s Symposium- February 7th
  • Council Meeting- February 8th
  • CAS Dance – February 16th
  • Council Meeting- March 7th

We hope to have big turnouts for the events coming up in Spring term!  Stay tuned!

Research

Barley GroupNew naked barley “Buck”: the modern version of an ancient grain

(Food Ingredients 1st) A new “naked” variety of barley has been bred by a US research team who are breathing new life into an ancient grain creating a hybrid that produces higher yields and needs less water and fertilizer to flourish.

And the researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) are collaborating with industry and academic colleagues to develop beer recipes based on the new variety called Buck.  Most barley grains are covered rather than naked and these covered varieties have a hull, or outer layer, firmly attached to the grain. In contrast, the hull on "Buck," as in “Buck-naked,” doesn't hang on to the grain. Instead, the hulls fall off during harvest. “Even barley geneticists try to have a sense of humor,” said Patrick Hayes, a crop scientist. Hayes is part of the OSU Barley Project, a team of barley enthusiasts and breeders. Food manufacturers using covered barley grind off the unpalatable hull to produce pearled barley. But pearling removes part of the nutrient-rich bran and pearled barley is not considered a whole grain.  See also:  http://bit.ly/OSU_AgNews1796

Black bearGreat scat! Bears - not birds - are the chief seed dispersers in Alaska

(by Chris Branam) In southeastern Alaska, brown and black bears are plentiful because of salmon. Their abundance also means they are the primary seed dispersers of berry-producing shrubs, according to an Oregon State University study.

The OSU team used motion-triggered cameras to record bears, birds and small mammals eating red berries of devil’s club, and retrieved DNA in saliva left on berry stalks to identify the species and sex of the bears. Researchers found that bears, while foraging, can disperse through their scat about 200,000 devil’s club seeds per square kilometer per hour. Rodents then scatter and hoard those seeds, much like squirrels hoard acorns...

Adult SilversideCombination of warmer water, chemical exposure intensifies harmful effects in a coastal fish

(by Chris Branam) Warmer water temperatures, combined with exposure to chemicals already known to be harmful to aquatic life, could threaten organisms that have temperature-sensitive sex determination.

Researchers found that inland silversides (Menidia beryllina) exposed to endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) exhibited altered sex ratios, lower fertility rates and deformities. Further, the effects were more acute in the fish exposed at the warmer water temperatures predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

A leafy gall caused by the Rhodococcus bacteria grows at the base of a butterfly bush. Photo by Melodie Putnam, OSU.OSU plant pathologists discover unusual evolutionary transition in common bacteria

(by Chris Branam) It’s the “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” in a nursery setting. There are mostly benign species in the soil-borne, plant-associated genus of bacteria known as Rhodococcus, but a few species can be pathogenic. A team of researchers at Oregon State University used genome sequencing to identify species of Rhodococcus that transition between beneficial and pathogenic – stimulating growth in some plants in the former case while deforming tissues in the latter.

The findings were published today in the journal eLife.

The key to Rhodococcus transitioning between being a “good” and “bad” bacteria is made possible by DNA molecules known as plasmids, said Jeff Chang, a microbial genomicist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences and leader of the study. A plasmid is a DNA molecule maintained separately from the chromosome of bacteria.

raspberriesA single serving of raspberries packs a lot of health benefits, say OSU researchers

(by Gail Wells) Eating the equivalent of one serving of red raspberries every day curbed weight gain in laboratory mice even when they ate an unhealthy, high-fat diet, researchers at Oregon State University found. The mice also had lower indicators of metabolic problems like diabetes and fatty liver—conditions that afflict an increasing number of people in the United States.

It’s not news that raspberries are good for you, said Neil Shay, a researcher in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The surprise, he said, was that even a small amount—the equivalent of sprinkling a cup over your daily breakfast cereal—can pack big benefits.“We were amazed to see the beneficial effect from the equivalent of a single serving per day,” he said. The findings are the latest from a series of studies in which Shay and colleagues have fed “power foods” like raspberries, cherries, walnuts, green tea, and even red wine to lab mice, adding them to a fatty and sugary diet similar to the junk-food diet many Americans consume.

Raspberries are particularly powerful, said Shay. Rich in fiber, they also contain tannins, flavor and color compounds and other plant chemicals that, when ingested and metabolized, appear to reduce intracellular damage within cells, which may help cells repair themselves, as well as stimulating the body’s processing of fats and sugars. The raspberry-fed mice had significantly less fat in their livers at the end of the ten-week study, and their blood glucose measure was statistically equivalent to that of a control group of mice fed a normal low-fat diet.What’s more, the raspberry-fed mice were visibly slimmer than their counterparts that ate the same high-fat diet but didn’t get the raspberries. “You didn’t need to be a scientist to see the difference at the end of the study,” said Shay.

The research, funded by the National Processed Raspberry Commission, was published earlier this year in the journal Food & Function. Its findings confirm and extend what Shay and his colleagues found in a similar experiment two years ago, in which they fed mice the equivalent of four servings of red raspberries a day.

Viticulturist Dr. Alex Levin and plant pathologist Dr. Achala Nepal KC at Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center’s new research vineyard in West Medford. Comice to Cabernet

New vineyard rooted in Rogue pear history

(by Maureen Flanagan Battistella, Oregon Wine Press) The Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) has planted a new trial vineyard, the fourth such site established by the agricultural experiment station since the 1950s and the third in its present West Medford location.
Porter Lombard inspecting wine grapes, circa 1980. Photo Provided

SOREC has renewed focus on area wine grapes, and viticulturist Dr. Alex Levin and plant pathologist Dr. Achala Nepal KC are dedicating research toward it. Stationed in Southern Oregon, both Levin and KC are new full-time faculty of the Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Art About Agriculture

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Eugene printmaker shows colorful Oregon scenes at OSU's Gallery 440

A selection of lino-cut prints by Eugene artist Connie Mueller are on exhibit in Gallery 440 in Strand Hall on the Oregon State University campus through March 23. A reception for the artist was held Feb. 15 in the Gallery.

Mueller is a printmaker known for her richly colored reduction linocut relief prints, a process that builds up many layers of vibrantly colored inks onto the surface of the paper, creating an embossed look. Noted mid-20th century artists who used this medium include Pablo Picasso and Russian artist Ivan Vasilevich Batechko. “I love the process,” Mueller says. “Surprises come with the overlay of many colors and the depth that is possible.” She achieves the rich color palette in her limited print editions by making a series of reduction cuts, each followed by a unique color inking and over-printing. “To finish an edition of prints may require 210 to 360 separate inking and printing steps,” she explains.  A display of the process, including an etching plate of one of the images in the exhibit and the inking stages that created it, is also on view in the gallery.  The exhibition includes 15 landscapes and still life studies, with a number of Willamette Valley and Eastern Oregon farm and ranch scenes included.

Mueller has participated in more than 50 group and solo exhibitions in the Northwest and nationally since she began producing linocut prints in 1999. Her prints are held in many private and public collections nationally, including the College of Agricultural Sciences' Art About Agriculture Collection, which sponsored the Gallery 440 show. Her first appearance in the Art About Agriculture annual exhibit was in 2003, when her print “October Harvest” won the OSU Extension Director's Purchase Award, sponsored by Lyla and Mike Houglum, Debbie and Bill Maddy, John and Patty Winder and the College of Agriculture Sciences. Exactly 10 years later, another of her prints, “Hood River Orchard,” won the Sherry and Larry Kaseberg, Sheldon L. Ladd and OSU Extension Director's Purchase Award, sponsored by the Kasebergs, Stella and James Coakley, Scott Reed and the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Gallery 440 is located on the top floor of Strand Hall and is open for the Third Thursday Corvallis Art Walks on Jan. 25 and March 15 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., or by appointment by contacting shelley.curtis@oregonstate.edu 

Shown: (gravel road leading to distance) Connie Mueller, Farm off Helmick Rd, OR. Lino-cut Reduction Print  17.5” x 14”, 2015

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The above-mentioned websites are now within an updated Content Management System. These websites meet all web accessibility & university branding guidelines, are mobile-friendly, modern and user accessible.

In addition, the CAS Web Team has integrated a ticketing system to the workflow to manage website changes, new website requests and other inquiries related to web. In order to reach the web team, please use our Contact Form or send an email to caswebrequest at oregonstate.edu .

Upcoming web projects:

Department of Horticulture migration & redesign
Academic Programs redesign

Reaching Out

Bernadine StrikOrganic blueberry growers can compete successfully with commercial operations

Organic blueberry growers can go toe-to-toe with commercial growers if they plant in raised beds, use a weed mat mulch and low amounts of nitrogen, according to a 10-year study from Oregon State University.

Bernadine Strik, OSU Extension berry crops specialist and professor in the Department of Horticulture, said the research shows organic growers can get a higher yield at the lowest cost by using these recommendations, a pivotal finding for the organic industry, which has grown from 2 percent of regional blueberry production in 2006 to as much as 20 percent in 2016. The Pacific Northwest is now the largest organic production region for blueberries in the world...



Whale License PlateOregonians can sign up for new gray whale license plate vouchers to support research, education

Oregonians may now purchase a voucher for a new license plate featuring a gray whale and her calf, with proceeds going to support the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute.

The voucher can be purchased for $40 through the institute at whaleplate.com. Once 3,000 vouchers have been sold, the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles will begin manufacturing the plates, which will take approximately 12 weeks. The Marine Mammal Institute will notify purchasers when their vouchers may be redeemed for license plates at DMV offices.

E.R. Jackman Friends and Alumni

E.R. JackmanDid you know...

E.R. Jackman Friends and Alumni is the College membership organization for our alumni and friends. This group of dedicated volunteers actively plans, participates in, and supports student programs, alumni relations, and friend building on behalf of the College with an annual $1,000 gift.  We have a small and nimble board that works year-round, along with our members, to work on a variety of committees to support students. All of our efforts are aimed at enabling opportunities for students and supporting learning experiences beyond the walls of a classroom.  Consider joining us today!

Join us May 8th!
We will host the Annual E. R. Jackman Friends and Alumni meeting (open to everyone!) on the Corvallis campus, May 8, 2018 from 10 am – noon.  The morning portion of the annual meeting is a high-level overview of the work that this alumni program is doing to help with student support and student success in the College.  We will have a casual luncheon with student leaders (no structured program), to learn more about their clubs, internships, college successes one-on-one.  We also get to be a part of the afternoon activities of Ag Day which is also being held on campus that day.  (Ag Day is our student club showcase!  Held in the MU Quad and SEC Plaza, more than 25 groups represent their clubs and organizations from the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Forestry with interactive displays and booths.)  Please mark May 8th on your calendar and plan to be with us in Corvallis!  More details to come!

Homecoming this year is set for October 20th.  The E. R. Jackman Friends and Alumni will do a brief student showcase and reception the late afternoon of Friday, October 19th.   Last year we learned about our Ambassador program and ate Beaver Classic cheese.  Who knows what will be ‘on tap’ for this year’s event!? 

Introducing our 2018-2019 E. R. Jackman Friends and Alumni Board members.  (In alphabetical order)

Denver Pugh
Hayden Bush
Jack Long
Karen Withers
Kim Bellinger
LouAnne Wolfe
MaryAnne Cooper
Stella Coakley

Stay tuned!  A new and improved version of the E. R. Jackman Friends and Alumni website will roll out this Winter with updated calendar, board member profiles and student funding success stories. We’re currently posting updates on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ERJFA 

E. R. Jackman Friends and Alumni questions or comments can be sent to betsy.hartley@oregonstate.edu

In Memoriam

Maryann BozzaMaryann Bozza

(Newport News Times)Maryann Bozza, 56, of Newport, Oregon died on December 28, 2017 of cardiac arrest. Born in Brooklyn NY to Richard and Connie Micillo Bozza, she earned a BS from Brooklyn College while working full time as a paraprofessional in the NYC public school system. She earned her Master’s degree in Marine Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2009 while working as a research scientist at the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward. Following her Masters, she spent a year in Silver Spring, MD, on a prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship representing Alaska Sea Grant, where she contributed to the development of NOAA’s agency-wide strategic plan. In 2010, she joined Oregon State University in the position of Program Manager at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center, where she led the coordination of OSU, agency and community research and academic programming at HMSC. She was also a member of OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative leadership team. A tireless community advocate, Maryann served as a Trustee with the Pacific Communities Health District Foundation, a Board Member with the Oregon Coast Community College Foundation, and on an Advisory Committee for the City of Newport.
Maryann is predeceased by her mother Connie and survived by her father Richie, her five brothers, three nieces, five nephews, and her partner, Paul Tate.

Maryann left a deep hole in the world. One of the ways we can carry her memory forward is by working to make the world a better place. As Mary would remind us, ‘it never costs anything to be gracious’.
A celebration of Maryann’s life was held Wednesday, January 10, 4-7 pm, at the Oregon Coast Community College in Newport.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Lincoln County Children’s Advocacy Center, Samaritan Health Services; or Maryann Bozza Internship Fund at HMSC
(contact: Shannon Reed. (541) 867-0212).