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.

Farm Financial Analysis and Planning:  Chevy, Buick and Cadillac Approaches

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 9:00 am to Noon, COCC Technology Education Center, 2324 SE College Loop, Redmond, OR, 97756, $10.00 per Farm/Family. This workshop discusses the tools of financially analyzing and planning a farm or ranch.  We look first at an individual enterprise, then at the business as a whole.  For each tool, we’ll move from the simplest (Chevy), to a somewhat upgraded (Buick), to a “bells and whistles” (Cadillac) approach using readily available computer programs.  Bring your own (Windows) laptop, or use one provided by the Crook County Extension Service.  To sign up go to:  https://agbiz.eventbrite.com or contact the Crook County Extension office at 541-447-6228.

Statewide Wheat Marketing Polycom Meetings

The Oregon Wheat Growers’ League has resumed the Statewide Marketing Education Series. These Polycom video conferencing meetings usually occur on the third Thursday of the month, and are tentatively scheduled for November 20th, December 18th, and February 19th. Central Oregon producers can view the Polycom at the COARC in Madras, (541) 475-7107 or the Crook County Extension Service in Prineville, (541) 447-6228. Participants should confirm by phone prior to the day to make sure Polycom is taking place.

For more information contact Sally Christensen/OWGL, (541) 276-7330 or www.owgl.org

Private Pesticide Applicator Exam Prep Class

A training to prepare for the Private Pesticide Applicator License will take place February 25th, 2015 at the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center. If you need a new license or your license has expired, this is a good opportunity to prepare for and take the exam.  If you need “Core” or “Other” credits, this class will provide 4 hours of either.

Registration is $49, and can be paid by credit card online or by a check at the class. Oregon Pesticide Safety education manuals are also available at the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center (541-475-7107) for $22.50. Please RSVP or register no later than February 20th, 2015. 

For those wishing to take exams, Kelly Smith with COCC will be proctoring tests at 1:30. There is a $25 fee per exam and photo ID is required. If you are just wishing to take the test, please still register online, and select the pay by check option and in the notes section, designate you are wishing to only take the test and which test you would like.

Online Registration: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/848

Living on a Few Acres Conference

An all-day conference for people who want to learn more about livestock and poultry, gardening or living in natural areas. If you put up hay or have pasture, need to know about water rights or irrigation this conference is for you. LOAFA (Living on a Few Acres) will be held on March 14, 2015 and registration is open. More information at: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes.  Toni Stephan, Horticulture and Small Farms Instructor, Phone:  541-548-6088 ext. 7959, e-mail: toni.stephan@oregonstate.edu

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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