Upcoming Events & Classes

Agriculture Waste Pesticide and Empty Container Collection Event!

Free Collection Event, Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 10:00am to 4:00pm, OSU Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Madras, OR. Take advantage of this opportunity to safely and anonymously dispose of old and unusable pesticides. This collection event is for agriculture waste pesticides in Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook Counties. You must pre-register with the disposal service so they are prepared to receive your chemicals. To get an application, contact Clean Harbors or OSU Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center. Complete and send application by mail, fax or e-mail to Clean Harbors Environmental. You must register by November 7.

Central Oregon Food Summit

Celebrate our Progress and Define our Future for a healthy local food system in Central Oregon. This one-day event on October 25th, will offer opportunities for farmers, ranchers, the public, food professionals, CSA members, community organizers and politicians to come together. Attendees will learn about regional farm and food issues, healthy food access, infrastructure and methods to mobilize communities in order to increase access to farm-fresh, locally grown food.

The keynote speaker is you, the community. We are taking the opportunity to hear from each other and share and celebrate our successes. Ignite Talks ™ will provide the format for an interactive morning where farmers, ranchers, individuals and organizations will have 5 minutes and 20 slides to tell the audience about their love for local food.

This event follows upon the first Food Summit in 2010 where participants identified barriers and challenges in our food system. This October, participants will discuss current and future opportunities for moving forward. Afternoon break-out sessions will be divided into three tracks: agricultural producers; consumer; and organization, and will focus on specialty crop production, community food hub and collaboration, politicians and sustainable agriculture, and food skills education for families and individuals.

This conference is hosted by the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, OSU Extension Service and Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District with support from the Oregon Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant.

Tickets and scholarships are available but limited. Cost is $20/person and includes a local food lunch. Tabling opportunities are $50 and include admittance and lunch. RSVP at http://www.hdffa.org/food-summit/

Plant Pathology and Honey Bee Presentation

Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center is hosting a public presentation, Friday, October 31, COCC Crook County Open Campus Building, 510 SE Lynn Blvd., Prineville, Oregon. Guests include, Dr. Jeremiah Dung, COARC Assistant Professor in Plant Pathology and Dr. Ramesh Sagili, OSU Assistant Professor in Honey Bee Research. At 11 am, Dr. Dung will talk about his current research in central Oregon, where his program is headed and will answer your questions on how he can help growers solve plant pathology issues in central Oregon. A FREE lunch will be served at Noon, followed by a honey bee research presentation by Dr. Sagili at 12:30.

Dr. Sagili’s presentation, titled, “Current Challenges Facing Bees and Strategies to Improve Bee Health”, will describe the current status of honey bee health and challenges being faced by bees and the beekeeping industry. In addition, strategies to improve honey bee health and pollination when honey bee colonies are pollinating crops will also be outlined. Bring your questions about honey bees, leaf-cutter bees and native bees, as the presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. Please RSVP for lunch to Katie Ralls at (541) 475-7107 or Katie.Ralls@oregonstate.edu.

Oregon Society of Weed Science Annual Meeting

The Oregon Society of Weed Science will be holding their Annual Meeting and Conference at the Hood River Inn in Hood River, Oregon, on October 28th and 29th. Membership is $20 annually; the 1½ day conference cost is $80. Contact Andy Hulting at (541) 231-7410, andy.hulting@oregonstate.edu for questions.

Tri-state Grain Growers Convention, “States Without Borders

The 2014 Convention will be held at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington on November 12th-15th, 2014. Each state, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington will hold their annual membership meetings and then join together for educational breakouts and hear from featured speakers. Mark Mayfield, “Corporate Comedian” will be a highlight.

Full registration with Grain Grower membership $195 and non-Grain Grower members is $320. For more call (509) 659-0610.

Fall Pesticide Applicator Courses at COCC, Bend, OR

For those studying for Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator license exams or those needing recertification credits, COCC Continuing Education has three courses this fall (there is a fee for each class). Each course is approved for 8 hours of recertification credits for Oregon applicators or consultants, and 8 hours of technical continuing education for landscape contractors through the Oregon LCB. Pre-registration for all classes is required.

Testing Information: Exam is offered on the same day as class for each subject area immediately following the class (5:30pm - 8:30pm). Bring $25 cash or check payable to COCC Testing Center and a photo ID for test.


  • Pesticide Applicator-Laws & Safety November 7, 2014, 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Pesticide Applicator Laws & Safety License. November 14, 2014, 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Pesticide Applicator-Insecticide/Fungicide: Ornamental & Turf November 15, 2014, 8:00am - 5:00pm


For more information or to register, http://www.cocc.edu/continuinged/building/or (541) 383-7270.

California Alfalfa, Forage, & Grains Symposium

This comprehensive meeting on December 10th-12th in, Long Beach, California, will focus on critical issues related to alfalfa and forage crops, particularly global issues, economics, and practical 'how to' talks on crop production techniques. Listen to expert speakers, visit with your colleagues at the evening receptions; stop by the exhibit area to see the latest on alfalfa and forage products and services. For more information call Dan Putnam (530) 752-8982.

Agricultural Safety Workshop & Pesticide Accreditation, Monday, January 26, 2015 The Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center Bend, OR., 1pm to 5pm

The Deschutes County Farm Bureau , Helena Chemical Com-pany, and the Central Oregon Safety & Health Association will be presenting this agricultural workshop on January 26th, 2015, at the Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center, in Bend, Oregon, from 1 PM-5 PM. Attendees will receive four hours of CEU accreditation for licensed pesticide applicators approved by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. This same training will also pro-vide one of the four requirements that can exempt small agricultural employers from a scheduled Oregon OSHA enforcement inspection. The cost for this Workshop is $45. However, if you are a current Farm Bureau Member, your cost is $20 for this seminar only. Just provide your Farm Bureau membership number at the registration table to redeem your discount. More information on call toll-free 1-888-292-5247, option 1.

Family Agricultural Enterprise Succession: A Management Transition Seminar

OSU will be presenting a two-session seminar series in three Oregon locations, which will bring together multi-generational family farms that are ready to start their transition to the next generation. The two-part format allows necessary time for reflection and discussion within the family. Families will explore future management duties and new systems of ownership. Participants will build genograms or family business trees, set guidelines for family meetings, and build five-year management transition goals. Their work will create a roadmap for retirement, a necessary step in the farm’s transition to the next generation. Both the current owner/manager and the designated or likely successor must participate to increase the chances of a productive transition and pre-registration is required.

The first sessions, all from 9:30am – 3:30pm, will be offered in:


  • Salem, December 2, at Chemeketa Community College’s Eola NW Viticulture Center.
  • Redmond, December 9, at Central Oregon Community College’s Redmond Technology Education Center.
  • Pendleton, December 10, at the Pendleton Convention Center.


Participating families will reconvene for a second session, (same times and locations) in March:


  • Salem, March 3; Redmond, March 10; and Pendleton, March 11.


Seminar registration is $325 per family, which includes workshops, all meals, course notebooks and materials. Registration can be completed by mail or on-line. Forms are available at County Extension offices or http://bit.ly/familyag

2014 Oregon Hay King Contest & Forage Seminar*

The Oregon Hay and Forage Association in cooperation with Oregon State University Extension Service and Oregon State University Agricultural Experiment Station is sponsoring the 2014 Oregon Hay King Contest being held at Jackson County Expo Center in Central Point on Saturday, November 15th. Bale Delivery is 7:00-8:45 am and judging starts at 9:00 am and will conclude at 4:00 pm or earlier. There will be complimentary donuts and coffee in the morning, and lunch with be available.

The Hay King contest is an annual event where hay growers can not only show off their hay, but network with other growers, exchange ideas, and celebrate the end of another year’s harvest. The 2014 contest will be hosted by the newly formed Southwest Oregon Hay Growers’ Association. The 7 hay classes to be judged will include: Dairy Alfalfa, Retail Alfalfa, Grass, Grass/Legume Mix, Cereal, Cereal/Legume (pea or vetch) mix and Timothy.

Entry forms, hay samples, and checks must be received by Thursday, November 6th , to the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center (KBREC). On November 15th, show up at Jackson County Expo Center with a bale from the stack you core-sampled earlier

Send hay core samples, entry form, and $25 per entry to Hay King Contest c/o Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, 6941 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603-9365. Checks should be made out to Oregon Hay and Forage Association. All sizes of bales are eligible for competition.

* Forage Seminar will be held on Friday, November 14th  at the same location.

http://www.oregonhaygrowers.com/ or Contact Mylen Bohle at mylen.bohle@oregonstate.edu or (541) 447-6228.

Agriculture Business Workshop Series – The Business of Agriculture

A comprehensive series of agricultural business classes are being offered this winter and spring in partnership with OSU Extension, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC), the Central Oregon Small Business Development Center (COCC) and the Sheep Producers and Mentors of Central Oregon. The program is part of an effort to create an USDA Risk Management Ag series of workshops focused on wholesale production for specialty crop and livestock producers. The purpose of this workshop series is to increase the viability of small to medium producers to supply specialty crop and meat products to the Central Oregon marketplace. The goal is to provide resources for producers to:


  • Determine how a wholesale food hub model will benefit producers
  • Determine if wholesale crop production works for them
  • Develop and implement wholesale crop and livestock planning
  • Learn, develop and write annual production cost forecasts and benchmarks
  • Mitigate on-farm risks through business planning and financial analysis
  • Learn and develop farm-specific branding


Classes are scheduled to be held at Redmond COCC new Tech Center across from the Redmond Airport. Saturdays 9:00am -11:30am Thursdays 6:00 pm -8:30pm. The 12-part series starts Saturday, Nov. 8th at the Redmond COCC Campus and runs through April 2015. Cost is $10/class/farm or ranch or $100 for the total series. For registration information contact the Crook County Extension office, (541)-447-6228 or register at https://agbiz.eventbrite.com/ 

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