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.

West Coast Irrigation Efficiency Webinar

Please join the Washington State University Energy Program on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM Pacific Time for “West Coast Irrigation Efficiency”, a webinar sponsored by Western Area Power Administration and Bonneville Power Administration’s Emerging Technologies Showcase series.

Register now at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2865766376341966338.

Agricultural growers are more concerned than ever about increasing both water and energy efficiency in addition to improving crop yield and quality. Precision irrigation does just this by releasing the right amount of water in the right place at the right time. This webinar fea-tures presentations on emerging technologies by experts on both drip and pivot irrigation sys-tems. Growers, utilities, irrigation consultants, researchers and policy makers are all encouraged aged to attend.

Sponsored by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and Western Area Power Admin-istration (WAPA), these monthly webinars bring you the latest information about some of the promising energy efficiency technologies and practices that BPA is considering for future research opportunities or focus areas. All webinars are recorded and available on the E3T website, www.E3TNW.org and Conduit, www.ConduitNW.org

Sheep Nutrition Workshop 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 
Crook County Open Campus Building, Prineville 
5:30 – 8:00 (Pizza dinner included) 

Shelby Filley, OSU Extension Livestock and Forage Specialist from Douglas County, OR will be the guest speaker at this workshop hosted by the Central Oregon Sheep Growers group and the OSU Crook County Extension Service. The purpose of the workshop is to dis-cuss the nutritional requirements of sheep according the animal’s biological cycle and the effects of nutrition on animal well-being and performance. The nutritive values of different feeds and why they differ will also be covered. Those in attendance will be encouraged to bring with them, information about their feed resources including costs. This information will be used to show producers how they can develop their own rations while including cost considerations. Sheep producers of all ages are invited to attend. RSVP’s are encouraged. Call the OSU Crook County Extension Office for registration. 541-447-6228.

Post-Fire Grazing Field Tour 

Thursday, October 15, 2015 
9:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Wildfires have altered wildland ecosystems throughout the west and negative-ly impacted rangeland-based beef cattle production and the rural way of life. On Thursday, October 15th (10 am MDT; 9 am PDT), a private landowner affected by wildfire and University of Nevada, Reno and USDA-Agricultural Research Service rangeland scientists will highlight the current science relat-ed to rangeland response to wildfire. They will also present three years of data collected on a post-fire grazing experiment that assessed simulated and natural grazing treatments applied for three consecutive years immediately after fire. That afternoon, participants will visit the post-fire grazing project area that lies within a Wyoming sagebrush/Thurber’s needlegrass ecological site to observe and discuss the impacts of light to moderate spring grazing, simulated grazing at different times of the year, and no grazing. 

The Post-Fire Grazing Field Tour is sponsored by the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources, the Ore-gon State University Extension Service, and the University of Nevada Coop-erative Extension. Please RSVP with Dr. Sergio Arispe before October 9th to help with lunch logistics. sergio.arispe@oregonstate.edu You will receive location details then.

Statewide Monthly Wheat Marketing Meetings 

The Oregon Wheat Growers’ League has announced that the Statewide Marketing Education Series Meetings will resume Thursday, October 15th, and then December, February and April. These meetings occur the third Thursday, every other month, via Polycom video conferencing at various locations throughout the state. In Central Oregon producers can view the monthly Polycom presentations at the COARC, Madras site or at the OSU Crook County Extension Service Office at 498 SE Lynn Blvd, Prineville. Please call 541-475-7107 (COARC Madras) or 541-447-6228 (Prineville) the day before to confirm your attendance and / or to make sure the meeting is taking place. 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, (phone), 541-276-1723 (fax). 

Oregon Society of Weed Science Annual Meeting 

The Oregon Society of Weed Science will be holding their Annual Meeting and Conference at Hood River on October 27-28. Membership is $20 annually and the one and one half day conference cost is usually $80. Agenda and registration details once updated will be located at http://osws.hort.oregonstate.edu/. Contact Andy Hulting at 541-231-7410 or email: andy.hulting@oregosntate.edu. Room reservations can be made at the Hood River Inn (1-800-828-7873) 

Tri-state Grain Growers Convention 

The 2015 Tri-state Grains Conference will be held at the Davenport Grand Hotel, Spokane, WA, November 11-14, 2015. The theme is “States Without Borders”. Some of highlights include Damian Mason, who delivers comedy and commentary with credibility (he is very good); Jolene Brown talking about “Wrinkles of Wit and Wisdom” (she is very good); Jack Bobo will present “Can Ag Save the World Before It Destroys it?”; and Mike Pearson will present “What is Driving Agriculture in the Coming Year.” Juke Box Heroes will provide the entertainments. Lots of other breakout sessions are scheduled. Idaho, Oregon, and Washington will hold their annual meetings at the conference. Full registration is $210 per person. For more details go to http://www.owgl.org/ or http://www.wawg.org/convention.

Western States Alfalfa and Forage Symposium 

The Western Alfalfa and Forage Symposium will be held at the Silver Legacy in Reno, NV December 2-4. The theme is “Producing Forages in a Water Challenged World”. Wednesday, December 2 is the preconference Irrigation Management Work-shop. Thursday and Friday, December 3-4, will feature presentations on alfalfa and other forages. This should be an excellent 2.5 days spent in Reno! Registration fee is $375 for the 3 days or $300 for the 2 days. Hotel Information, Agendas, and Registration at: http://calhay.org/symposium/ 

Klamath Basin Forage Seminar 

Plans are to hold a Klamath Basin Forage Seminar on Friday, November 13th, at the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center. This forage seminar would precede the Oregon Hay King Contest being held on Saturday, November 14th in Klamath Falls. Details and agenda are still being worked on at this time. Questions: Contact Mylen Bohle at 541-447-6228 or mylen.bohle@oregonstate.edu. 

Alfalfa Intensive Training Seminar 

The Alfalfa Intensive Training Seminar will be held on November 17-19, 2015 at the Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention, Fort Wayne Indiana. The seminar is taught by Extension Forage Specialists and USDA Dairy Research Center personnel from Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. There will be 11.5 certified crop advisor credits offered. 

Topics to be covered include: Genetics, Variety Testing & Selection Testing, Seed Production, Growth & Development, Forage Quality and Terms, Soils: Fertility and Manure Management, Establishment, Irrigation, Pest Management, Harvesting: Options, Losses, & Decisions, Mowing and Field Drying, Silage Preservation, Hay Preservation, Alfalfa in Rotations, Role of Alfalfa in Animal Diets, Alfalfa – Custom Harvesting, and Economics. 

This is an outstanding, 16-hour training, if you want to increase your knowledge of alfalfa. I have taken the beginners and advanced courses and found the two workshops to be some of the most valuable time spent at any training. (My attendance at those trainings was made possible by Central Oregon Hay Growers Association paying my registration fees.)

“National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance’s (NAFA) mission is to ensure the ability of all segments of the alfalfa and forage industry to compete effectively and profitably, domestically and abroad. The objective of NAFA is to be a forum for consensus building among the various stakeholders and to be an effective advocate on behalf of the alfalfa and forage industry.” Contact the NAFA at 1-509-585-6798 or go to their website at www.alfalfa.org. The registration is $550 prior to November 1st, or $600 after that date.

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