Upcoming Events & Classes

Central Oregon FSA to Host Three Farm Bill Informational Meetings
The Central Oregon Farm Service Agency (FSA) is hosting three public meetings to discuss the new Farm Bill Program called Agricultural Risk Coverage/Price Loss Coverage. workshops to help producers with the new 2014 Farm Bill sign-up process.
 Tuesday, November 18, 9:00 am, Jefferson County Fairgrounds Mackey Conroy Building located, at 430 SW Fairgrounds Rd., Madras, OR.
 Wednesday, November 19, 9:00 am, FSA Office, 625 SE Salmon Ave., Suite #3, Redmond, OR.
 Thursday, November 20, 9:00 am, 4-H Clover Club Building, 502 SE Lynn Blvd., Prineville, OR.

Youth Tractor Safety Education, Training & Certification Course

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, June 22, 23, 24, 2015, Jefferson County Rod & Gun Club, 2353 NW Clackamas Drive, Madras, Oregon. The Youth Tractor Safety Education, Training, and Certification Course is a 24-hour program designed to teach safe and responsible use of tractors, tractor implements, and machinery operation. It offers both classroom and hands-on tractor driving and skills experiences for youth ages 14-17 who are interested in employment in Oregon’s agricultural industry. Cost is $75/participant (non-refundable), which includes        National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program Manual, reusable water bottle, snacks and drinks. (Students will also receive T-shirt and Certificate after completion on Wednesday.)

Pre-registration is required by June 5, 2015.  Students must be 14 by June 22, 2015.  4-H/FFA membership not required.  Participants must attend all sessions to receive certification.

To register please visit: https://apps.ideal-logic.com/osuextension?key=F3T9-25VWY_K9KH-5PTF_19f0233a (Link).  For more information contact Jon Gandy at (541) 475-3808 or jon.gandy@oregonstate.edu.


Jefferson County Extension Service will be hosting OSU Community Day, a free event that offers a variety of workshops and demonstrations for the whole family.

OSU Community Day will take place on June 27th, from 10 AM- 3 PM at the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center. All events are FREE for the day and include a gardening workshop on container gardening. If you are interested in self-sustainability/homesteading, classes are scheduled on: home pickling, beginning and advanced beekeeping, dutch oven cooking and soap making.

Kids are also welcome to come and participate. If they are in 4th grade or above, in the morning they can participate in a fly tying class where they will learn about fishing, different flies and how to tie their own. In the afternoon, there will be a nutrition cooking class and soap making for children. If there are children younger than 4th grade, supervised activities and crafts will be available for them as well.

A BBQ lunch will also be available FREE for all participants. To register please contact COARC at 541.475.7107.

Regards to Rural

Friday & Saturday, June 26-27, 2015, Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center, 3075 U.S. 97 Business, Bend, Oregon          (Pre-session on June 25, 2015). Presented by RDI, in partnership with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, Oregon State University Rural Studies Program and Extension Service, Sustainable Northwest, and The Ford Family Foundation, the Regards to Rural 2015 conference, Navigating the Rivers of Change: Rural Communities in Transition, is a gathering to inform and inspire...all that is rural! This year’s conference features an abundance of 30+ sessions, workshops, and panels in addition to a pre-session, inspiring keynotes, and networking opportunities.  For more information call (541) 684-9077.

Grazing Management for Riparian-Wetland Areas Training Course

Monday, June 29/9:00 am, Tuesday, June 30/8:00 am & Wednesday, July 1/8:00 am, Crook County 4-H Clover Club Building, 502 SE Lynn Blvd., Prineville, Oregon. Course Objectives:  To build an understanding of the tools, concepts, and thought processes relative to livestock grazing in riparian areas so that participants will be able to work with other individuals, groups, and agencies to develop and implement successful grazing management strategies. Participants learn to develop riparian resource objectives and design grazing management strategies that are practical and foster sustainable conditions. Target Audience: Livestock producers, agency personnel, and others who are involved with planning, managing, or evaluating riparian grazing systems. Please RSVP to Jimmy Eisner/Prineville BLM (541) 416-6753 jeisner@blm.gov or Steve Gibson/Prineville USFS (541) 416-6573, sgibson@fs.fed.us.




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