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.

Cascadia Grains Conference

THE CASCADIA GRAINS CONFERENCE brings together farmers, processors and end-users, as well as investors, brokers and local government officials to support rebuilding a grain economy west of the Cascade Mountains in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia through three value-added enterprises – brewing and distilling, baking and other food uses, as well as animal feed.

The 3rd Cascadia Grains Conference will be held in Olympia, WA on Saturday, January 10, 2015. To view the upcoming conference’s schedule and program see our PROGRAM page and to pre-register please visit our REGISTRATION page.

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

Agricultural Safety Workshop & Pesticide Accreditation, Monday, January 26, 2015 The Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center Bend, OR., 1pm to 5pm

The Deschutes County Farm Bureau , Helena Chemical Company, and the Central Oregon Safety & Health Association will be presenting this agricultural workshop on January 26th, 2015, at the Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center, in Bend, Oregon, from 1 PM-5 PM. Attendees will receive four hours of CEU accreditation for licensed pesticide applicators approved by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. This same training will also provide one of the four requirements that can exempt small agricultural employers from a scheduled Oregon OSHA enforcement inspection. The cost for this Workshop is $45. However, if you are a current Farm Bureau Member, your cost is $20 for this seminar only. Just provide your Farm Bureau membership number at the registration table to redeem your discount. More information on call toll-free 1-888-292-5247, option 1.

Family Agricultural Enterprise Succession: A Management Transition Seminar

OSU will be presenting a two-session seminar series in three Oregon locations, which will bring together multi-generational family farms that are ready to start their transition to the next generation. The two-part format allows necessary time for reflection and discussion within the family. Families will explore future management duties and new systems of ownership. Participants will build genograms or family business trees, set guidelines for family meetings, and build five-year management transition goals. Their work will create a roadmap for retirement, a necessary step in the farm’s transition to the next generation. Both the current owner/manager and the designated or likely successor must participate to increase the chances of a productive transition and pre-registration is required.

The first sessions, all from 9:30am – 3:30pm, will be offered in:

  • Salem, December 2, at Chemeketa Community College’s Eola NW Viticulture Center.
  • Redmond, December 9, at Central Oregon Community College’s Redmond Technology Education Center.
  • Pendleton, December 10, at the Pendleton Convention Center.

Participating families will reconvene for a second session, (same times and locations) in March:

  • Salem, March 3; Redmond, March 10; and Pendleton, March 11.

Seminar registration is $325 per family, which includes workshops, all meals, course notebooks and materials. Registration can be completed by mail or on-line. Forms are available at County Extension offices or http://bit.ly/familyag

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/