Upcoming Events & Classes

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2018 Benny Bash 5k Color Run
2018 Benny Bash 5k Color Run

entral Oregon Pest Management Course

The annual OSU Central Oregon Pest Management Course will be held on Friday, January 27th, 2017 from 8am to 5pm at the Eagle Crest Resort, Redmond, OR 97756. Topics include: Nuisance Birds and Outdoor Mammals, Record Keeping, Laws and Regulations, Update, IPM in Turf: The Real Story, How to Read A Label, IPM for Nuisance Insect Pests, Lessons Learned/Case Studies, and How to Read a SDS. You can pre-register at www.ipmnet.org/tim. Register before January 8 for only $90, or after, for $130. For more information, contact Kimberly Brown at 541-737-6257 or email Kimber-ly.Brown@oregonstate.edu. Eight (8) pest recertification credits for Oregon, Washington & Idaho are anticipated. You can mail registration information (name, business name, address, phone num-ber, email, etc.) and payment (payable to: OSU C.O. Pest Mgmt Course) to Kimberly Brown, IPPC/OSU, 2040 Cordley Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331-2915, or for more information call (541) 737-6273.


Northwest Direct Seed Cropping Conference

The 2017 Northwest Direct Seed Cropping Conference will be held January 10-11 at the Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick, Washington. The conference will explore and share new and proven strategies to improve crop production and ultimately generate positive income for PNW producers.

The conference theme this year is "Educating Farmers and Connecting Communities." Keynote speaker Cherilyn Nagel, Saskatchewan Farmer and Ag Advocate, who will tell her story about the importance of educating communities on farming in the 21st century. Dave Brandt, a no-till, cover crop, livestock producer, from Ohio will inspire like Gabe Brown did last year, on the potential of a diversified operation. Renowned soil scientist Elaine Ingham is presenting on how to build healthy soil and thought provoking idea of perennial cover crops replacing no-till fallow. Also Curt Livesay on high-yield production strategies; and Andrew Ross will help producers understand gluten, falling numbers, and the impact to markets. There is a full track of how to's and benefits of integrating livestock back into the farm. Plus, opportunities to network and learn from other direct seeders, industry experts, and researchers. The conference will include low rainfall to irrigated production information. Registration fee is $210 (if a member) or $255 (non-member). Membership dues are $100. Agenda, information and lodging information is available at http://www.directseed.org/ or contact: (208) 995-6335 or email to PND-SA@directseed.org.


Strategies to Prevent and Mitigate AP of GMO’s in Organic and Export Alfalfa Hay Conference

A one-day conference on January 17, 2017, the day preceding the annual WA Hay Expo (January 18 – 19, 2017) at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA. Key topics for discussion include:

+ Broaden your understanding of factors that contribute to AP in alfalfa hay

+ Impacts of GMO alfalfa hay in organic hay, dairy and livestock production

+ How you can provide safeguards against AP on your farm

+ Hear how other producers have adjusted their management to support co- existence with AP

+ Meet other growers who face similar challenges

The specialist’s team is from Washington State University, University of Idaho, and Oregon State University. Invited hay, livestock and seed producers are from Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Support for this conference has been made available from the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). Registration is FREE, but you must register. Go to:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/strategies-to-prevent-mitigate-ap-of-gmos-in-organic-export-alfalfa-hay-tickets-28200767254 .


Northwest Hay Expo

The Northwest Hay Expo will be held January 20-21 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA. Preregister ($95 non-members) by January 14th, or pay an extra $10 at the door. For more information: go to: http://www.wa-hay.org/. Some of the topics include: Whole Farm Revenue Protection, Forage Risk Management for Forages, Struvite Fertilizer for Forages, WSDA Organic Program, Alfalfa Hay Quality and Production Influenced by Low Lignin and FD, Plant Nutrition for Greater Yield and Quality, Nitrogen Credits After Alfalfa and Other Crop Rotation Issues, Roundup Ready Alfalfa , Weed Control in Alfalfa, NAFA Update, Where to Cut and Not Cut Costs in A Down Year, 2016 Alfalfa Variety Trials, Weed Control in Timothy, Alfalfa Manage-ment for Stand Longevity, Nitrogen Fertilization in Timothy, Under-standing Timothy Growth and Development, Export Hay Market, Using Drones in AG, Fuel Update, Digital Media, Dairy Panel, and Export Panel.


Celebrating Agriculture

The SAIF Corporation Agri-Business Banquet is a celebration of the agricultural community and its impact on the mid-Willamette Valley. The banquet features a special guest speaker’s humor, inspiration, and business insight along with an appreciation for agricultural values. Each year they also recognize an outstanding Future Farmers of America student for leadership in shaping the future of the industry. Cara Ayres, keynote speaker, is deeply rooted in agriculture and “live” performance. Cara is an Ag teacher, FFA advisor, mother, wife, and Angus Breeder in Cove, Oregon. There is a social hour at 6:00 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm. The banquet will take place at the Salem Convention Center on Friday, January 22rd. Cost is $59, or $590 for a table of 10. Questions or to register - call Tristan Sornson at 503-581-1466, ext. 313 or go to www.saifagribusiness.com.


Climate Impacts to Water in the PNW Con-ference

This conference, at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA, will be held on January 25-26 and should be of interest to those managing water in agriculture and storm water situations. The common theme will be creating a dialogue amongst the communities that use and value the regions water supply and water quality. This conference will: Improve your understanding about projected climate impacts on water accessibility in the PNW, and the impact of sustainable management decisions. Create awareness of resources for adopting agricultural strategies that will make farming operations more resilient to climate change, while minimizing environmental impact. Build on the regional network of advisors and educators. Encourage you to take the knowledge gained at the conference and promote adoption in the field. Registration is $215. To see agenda and to register: https://www.cm.wsu.edu/ehome/index.php?eventid=178295&.


Organicology Conference

Organicology Conference is Organic Seed Alliance’s 5th Annual Organic Seed Growers Conference and will be held February 2-4, 2017 in Corvallis, Oregon. This conference is only held every other year. The agenda includes many experts in the fields of organic plant breeding, seed research, enterprise development, seed economics, policy, and more. For more information, visit www.seedalliance.org. Registration deadline is January 20th.


Irrigation Seminars

There will be 3 irrigation Seminars held the first full week of February. The program will be a close repeat of the C.O. Forage Seminar (January, 2016) that the Central Oregon Hay Growers’ Association and OSU Extension put together. The seminars will run from 9 am to 4 pm (each location may be a little different). All locations are hoping to offer free admission and lunch.

2/6/2017 - Harney County Irrigation Seminar, Harney County Community Center, 484 N Broadway, Burns. RSVP to 541-573-2506 by Feb 1.

2/7/2017 - Lake County Irrigation Seminar, Booster Club Building, Christmas Valley. RSVP to 541-947-5855 by Feb. 1.

2/8/2017 - Klamath County Irrigation Seminar, KBREC Conference Room, Klamath Falls, RSVP to 541-883-7131 by Feb. 1.


2017 Annual Paulina Landowner Workshop

February 16, 2017, Paulina Elementary School, presentation at 4:30 pm; Dinner at 5:30 pm. Kurt and Jenni Moffitt have spent the last decade investigating soils and ecological sites in Crook County. What did they discover? And what does it mean for production agriculture in the area? RSVP to Crook County SWCD 541-447-3548


Master Woodland Manager Training is coming to Central Oregon!

Master Woodland Manager (MWM) is our Forestry and Natural Resources Extension premier forest stewardship and volunteer program. This program has been running for over 25 years, serving more than 500 landowners around the state, and in 2017 it is coming to Central Oregon. This program only comes around to a given region about every 10 years, so take advantage of this opportunity! This unique training combines at-home readings and videos, online discussions, and field days. This allows us to focus our face-to-face time in the field (instead of in the classroom enduring long lectures!), reinforcing concepts, and practicing new skills. Field days are spaced out so that there is enough time to do the pre-session preparation, and for you to apply concepts at home and ask questions as needed in between sessions.

Central Oregon MWM Agenda

February 23: Introduction, Landscape Setting and Fire Ecology

March 15: Upland Ecology and Management

March 30: Business Management and Taxes

April 13: Riparian And Watershed Systems

May 4: Reforestation and Young Forests

May 25: Harvesting, Marketing Forest Products and Roads

June 15: Forest Health, Graduation Dinner

Interested in learning more about Master Woodland Manager in Central Oregon? Contact Nicole Strong

nicole.strong@oregonstate.edu or phone: (541) 548-6088 to receive a registration form. Learn more about MWM:



Statewide Wheat Marketing Meetings

The Oregon Wheat Growers’ League Statewide Wheat Marketing Education Meeting is next scheduled for Thursday, February 16. These meetings are held via Zoom video conferencing at various locations throughout the state. The OWGL website is at www.owgl.org, or for other information, you may call Sally Christensen, Member Services Director, Oregon Wheat Growers League, 541-276-7330.

Central Oregon producers can view the Zoom presentations at the COARC, 850 Dogwood Ln., Madras, or at the OSU Crook County Extension Service Office at 498 SE Lynn Blvd, Prineville. Please call 541-475-7107 (COARC, Madras) or call 541-447-6228 (Crook County Extension, Prineville) the day before, to confirm your attendance and / or to make sure the meeting is taking place.


Idaho Hay and Forage Conference &Trade Show

The Idaho Hay and Forage Conference and Trade Show will be held March 2-3, 2017 at the Best Western Burley Inn, Burley, ID. In the past, the conference opened at 8:00 am on the first day and ran until noon on the second day. For more information go to: http://www.idahohay.com/ and if you would like more information about the annual conference, contact the administrative office at 208-888-0988 or email cindy@amgidaho.com


Oregon Pork Producer’s Spring

Educational Seminar

Are you looking to learn more about niche marketing of pork and pork products? Need to know how to better manage your females for estrus synchronization? Attend the 2017 Oregon Pork Producer’s Educational Seminar and Annual Meeting in Feb 18th in Corvallis, OR at the Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility.

We will have guest speakers Dr. Tim Safranski and Todd Geisert talk about and share those items and more potentially. Also if you are in need of Pork Quality Assurance training, please attend as we will be offering a chance to receive it from a representative from the National Pork Board.

Registration is required and please RSVP by Feb 13th. Cost is $25 for adults and $5 for kids and payment is due at the door. If you have questions or would like to RSVP, please reply to



Central Oregon Forage Seminar

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 4-H Clover Building, Prineville, Oregon.

7:45  Registration, Coffee/Donuts

8:24  Introductions

8:30  Timothy Hay Response to Nitrogen &Using Greenseeker to Predict N Sufficiency

9:00  Mixed Grass Species Hay Response to Nitrogen & Using Greenseeker to Predict N Sufficiency

9:30  LESA/LEPA Pivot Irrigation Panel

10:15  Break

10:25  Update on EC Soil Testing

10:55  Update on Aerial Imaging to Determine Problems in Fields

11:15  Tilled and Top-dressed Lime Rate Effect on Soil pH: First Two Years

*11:30  ZP Cabbage Bait To Control Beldings Ground Squirrels: Grower Experience

Noon  Lunch (Sponsored by Local Area Agribusinesses)

*1:00  Oregon Department of Ag Update

2:00   Deficit Irrigation Effect on Grass Yield (in Utah)

2:15   Potassium Source and Rate Effect on Grass Hay

2:45   Break

*3:00  ZP/Cabbage Bait to Control Beldings Ground Squirrels Label Certification Workshop

5:00  Adjourn

*There will be 3-4 ODA pesticide recert credits available for the day. There will be a grand prize drawing for $500 Gift Certificate from Proline Fabrication. Must be present and be a 2017 COHGA member to win.

RSVP to OSU Crook County Extension Service (541-447-6228) or email to Kim.herber@oregonstate.edu by January 23th. Contact Person: Mylen Bohle at 541-447-6228 or email at mylen.bohle@oregonstate.edu

Agriculture & Commercial Pesticide and Empty Container Collection Event


Friday, April 19th

Jefferson County Fairgrounds

430 SW Fairgrounds Rd

Madras, OR

FREE - Pre-registration required for pesticide disposal

Need to dispose of old pesticides?

  • Safely dispose of outdated or unusable pesticides on April 19th, 2019.

  • Agricultural, commercial, forestry, and institutional waste pesticides in Jefferson, Crook or Deschutes Counties will be accepted. Chemicals not included in pesticide products (e.g., fertilizers) will NOT be accepted.

  • You must register with the chemical disposal contractor so they can prepare to receive and manage the chemicals. 

    Registration form

    Please submit your registration form by April 15th, 2019

  • For Registration Questions (or forms) Call:

Kirk Cook at (541) 841-0074, or Kevin Masterson at (541) 633-2005

  • To Check the Status of a Pesticide:

Oregon Department of Agriculture Phone: (541) 841-0074

Email: pestreg@oda.state.or.us

A wide variety of pesticides are applied and held in storage in many parts of Oregon. Old and unused pesticides can accidentally enter waterways through leaching, flooding, or runoff. Chemicals collected from this area are properly disposed of and eliminated as future threats to water quality. This is an opportunity for landowners and other commercial pesticide users to remove, free of charge, un- wanted materials. Help protect your water, air, and soil by bringing your old and unused pesticides to this free collection event for proper disposal.

Thank you for being good stewards!



2nd Annual Benny Bash and 5k Color Run

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

Sahalie Park, Madras, OR

Details and registration links to come.


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