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.

Horse Conformation Workshop

What Is Your Horse Really Built To Do? Monday, January 26, 2015, 11:45 am (FREE workshop and lunch)Warm Springs Education Building, Warm Springs, Oregon. Scott Duggan at (541) 553-3238 or scott.duggan@oregonstate.edu

eOrganic Webinar

eOrganic is hosting four new webinars in January 2015 on organic farming and research for your learning and professional development--so we invite you to join us! Topics include cabbageworms, rotational no-till, stink bugs and ancient grains. These free presentations are open to the public and take place at 2PM Eastern Time, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time. Find out more about the presentations and register in advance at the links below. Find the full schedule of upcoming and our archive of webinar recordings at http://www.extension.org/pages/25242

Central Oregon Forage Day --- Free Admission!

Thursday, January 29th, 2015, 4-H Clover Club Building, 502 SE Lynn Blvd., Prineville, OR., 8:16 am - 4:00 pm. Outstanding Speakers, Free Coffee, Pastries, Lunch, and a “FABULOUS” Door Prize Drawing (must be 2015 member of the Central Oregon Hay Growers’ Association to be eligible). RSVP by Noon, January 28th, to the OSU Crook County Extension office at (541) 447-6228. The Central Oregon Forage Day is sponsored by the Central Oregon Hay Growers’ Association in cooperation with Oregon State University Extension Service and supported by local area Agribusinesses. Agenda

Central Oregon Wheat Growers Winter Workshop and Dinner

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm, Jefferson County Fairgrounds (Central Oregon Farm Fair and Ag Show). Social and Dinner at 5:30 p.m., at Erickson Air Museum.  $30 per person includes admission to the Air Museum. Net proceeds will benefit the Oregon Wheat Foundation Scholarship Fund and Local Food Banks. EXTRA! Auction items: Trailblazer tickets; Fishing trip on the Snake River; Central Oregon steelhead fishing trip. Plus lots of great door prizes! RSVP by Friday, January 30 to the OWGL Office 541-276-7330 or via email: mblagg@owgl.org

  • 3:30 pm Legislative Forecast for the 2015 Session
  • Featured Speaker - Jana Jarvis, OWGL advocate
  • 5:30 pm Social and Museum visit
  • 6:30 pm OWGL Update - Eric Orem, OWGL President & Blake Rowe, Oregon Wheat CEO
  • 7:00 pm Prime Rib Dinner catered by Pump House Bar & Grill, Terrebonne

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.

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/