Upcoming Events & Classes
Agricultural Business Plan Series
Are you interested in turning your agricultural enterprise into a functioning and working business? Do you need help organizing your ideas and putting your plan on paper or just evaluating if your idea is profitable? If so, this series of Saturday workshops may just be what you need. Join Patti Norris, COCC Small Business Development Center educator, Prineville Campus, as she guides you towards achieving your business goals. All classes will be on Saturday mornings from 9 AM-12 PM, at the COCC Crook County Campus building. Please note there is a one time fee of $50 per farm/ranch regardless of the number of participatns from that farm/ranch. Please RSVP to Billie Estridge, 541.480.1340 or email email@example.com, no later than Wednesday, January 15th, if you plan to attend.
- January 18th- How to Start a Business (Develop a financial plan and create an LLC or Sole Propiertorship business.
- February 22nd- Finances and Bookkeeping
- March 8th- Creating Your Business Plan (A work session where the instructor will assist you in personally creating a simple business plan)
- April 19th- Marketing 101 (The nuts and bolts of creating a Facebook page and using social media to market your products for just pennies)
Living on a Few Acres (LOAFA) Conference & Trade Show
The LOAFA Conference & Trade Show will be held on Saturday, March 15th, from 8:00-5:00 PM at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. It will be a one day conference which targets small acreage landowners and farmers of all sizes. Over 32 classes will be offered to provide opportunities to learn about field management, small acreage concerns, growing specialty crops, animal health and nutrition, tractor safety and driving, water rights and wildlife control and enhancement. This year’s conference will have a strong emphasis on cost-share programs and financial planning. For more information call (541.548.6088).
Pruning in the Landscape Workshop
The Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center will host a pruning workshop from 9-11:30 am Saturday, March 22th at 850 NW Dogwood Lane in Madras. The workshop will include instruction and assistance from Central Oregon Master Gardeners. There will be an hour of classroom instruction, followed by 1½ hours of hands on learning in the Research Garden Learning Center. Participants will learn why and when they should prune along with basic pruning principles. During the hands on section, participants will split into small groups and will have the opportunity to prune and observe pruning techniques for ornamental trees and fruit trees along with berries, shrubs and low growing plants. The class is being offered at no charge; however, pre-registration is appreciated: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/698
Cattle AI School- Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility
A three day workshop covering the reproductive management of cattle on March 28th-30th. Participants will be AI-certified by All West/Select Sires after completing the course. Lectures will cover bovine reproductive anatomy and physiology, artificial insemination and estrus synchronization. Laboratories will provide intensive training in artificial insemination, ovarian palpation and proper semen handling. Bring boots and coveralls and be prepared to work with cows the first day Fee: $450; includes notebook, lecture materials, coffee breaks and snacks. Registration and waiver available here.
SAIF Agricultural Safety Seminars
SAIF Seminars are open to everyone (owners, operators, supervisors and foreman). Small agricultural employers who attend will satisfy one of the four requirements that exempt them from random OSHA inspections. For more information call (800)285.8525 or visit their website.