Upcoming Events & Classes
Private Pesticide Applicator Exam Prep Class/Core Credits
A training to prepare for the Private Pesticide Applicator License will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. December 13, 2013 at the Madras COCC Campus. If you need a new license or your license expires at the end of the year, this is a good opportunity to prepare for and take the exam. If you need “Core” or “Other” continuing education credit before the end of the calendar year, this class will provide 4 hours. Registration is $49; Oregon Pesticide Safety education manuals are also available at the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center for $22.50. To register for the class please visit: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/661 Please contact Gustavo Sbatella or COARC at (541) 475.7107 if you have any questions.
For those wishing to take exams, Kelly Smith with COCC will be proctoring tests at 1:00. There is a $25 fee per exam and photo ID is required. Please contact her at 541.389.7536 or email@example.com to register for the exam.
Far West Winter Conference
- The Far West Agribusiness Association 2014 January Winter Conference and FWAA Annual Meeting will be held at the College of Southern Idaho, in Twin Falls, Idaho from January 6-8. For more information please call (509)464.5055 or visit their website.
2013 Western States Alfalfa and Forage Conference
The annual Western States Alfalfa and Forage Conference will take place on December 11-13, 2013, at the Peppermill Hotel & Casino, in Reno, Nevada. Representatives from all 11 western states have joined together this year to plan a comprehensive alfalfa and forage conference. Special sessions on corn and sorghum silage, pest management, alternative forages and economic trends are planned, as well as a large exhibit area representing the latest technologies. For more information please contact Dan Putnam (530.752.8982) or Earl Creech (435.797.7319).
Statewide Wheat Marketing Meetings
The Oregon Wheat Growers’ League has announced that the next Statewide Marketing Education Series Meeting will be Thursday, December 19th, 2013 and Thursday, February 21, 2014 at 8 AM. These bi-monthly meetings generally occur the third Thursday of each month via polycom video conferencing at various locations throughout the state. Central Oregon producers can view the monthly polycom presentations at COARC (541.475.7107) or at the OSU Crook County Extension Office (541.447.6228). Please call the day before to confirm your attendance and/or to make sure the meeting is still occurring. For more information contact Sally Christensen, OWGL Member Services Director (541.276.7330).
2013-2014 Farm-based Education Workshops
The Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council is partnering with regional organizations to host FREE farm-based workshops throughout this fall and spring of 2014. Click here for an overview of the workshops or visit the Central Oregon Food Policy Council’s website. Class space is limited so RSVP soon if you are interested.
2014 Master Gardener Application Available
The OSU Master Gardener™ Program in Central Oregon is entering its 33rd consecutive year, serving Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties. As a volunteer you’ll be trained to implement the mission of the OSU Extension Service which is to engage the people of Oregon with research-based knowledge and education that strengthen communities and economies, sustain natural resources, and promote healthy families and individuals. OSU Master Gardener™ trainees receive 60 hours of intensive classroom training followed by 60 hours of experiential learning. The OSU Master Gardener™ Program consists of two parts: part one is classroom training, part two is experiential learning in the plant clinic and community outreach activities. An individual must complete both parts to successfully become an OSU Master Gardener™. If you are interested in becoming an OSU Master Gardener™, please click here for more information. Applications are due by January 8, 2014. For more information please call 541.548.6088.
The Dunn Cary Ag Summit will be held Friday, January 10, 2013 at the Wilsonville Holiday Inn. The program includes:
- Oregon Department of Agriculture Update- Katy Coba, Director
- Agri-Tourism: How farm stands became a legal football (and how you can avoid being tackled)
- Water Resources in Oregon: Latest Developments
- Conservation Easements: Threat or Opportunity?
- Farm Labor and Immigration Reform Update
For more information or to register call (503)682.2211 or visit their website.
High Residue Farming Under Irrigation in Oregon Workshop
The Hight Residue Farming Under Irrigation in Oregon Worshop will take place in Friday, January 24th, from 10 AM- 3 PM at the Madras COCC Campus. The workshop will cover the benefits and challenges of high residue farming, residue management, direct seeding, strip tillage and components of a high residue farming system. All those attending the workshop will receive four publications from the WSU High Residue Farming Under Irrigation Series. Exact details and registration will be available after January 1st. For more information contact Mylen Bohle at 541.447.6228
Central Oregon Pest Management Course
The Central Oregon Pest Management Course will take place on January 31, 2014 from 8 AM to 5 PM at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, South Sisters Conference Room. The fee will be $75 and after January 24th, will be $85. It is anticipated that there will be 8 credit hours for Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Topics for the day include: IPM in Turf Management, ODA Update on Laws and Regulation Changes and Label Review, Best Practices for Noxious Weeds and MSDS and Upcoming Changes. To register online go to www.ipmnet.org/Tim and click on the picture of the beaver to register. For more information contact Mylen Bohle (541) 447.6228 or Linda Parks (541) 737.6273.
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.