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.

Oregon Forage and Grasslands Council Spring Conference 

Saturday, March 14th, Corvallis, OR. Fertilizing pastures, soil mineralization and organic matter content effect on forage quality: an economic case study in calcium deficient soils, targeted grazing, utilization of sprouted grains as a feed alternative, parasite control, weed control, supplementation of beef cattle on pasture, and much more! For more Information contact Troy Downing at (503) 842-3433.

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/ 

Agriculture Business Workshop Series/Labor & Human Resources 

Saturday, March 21, (9:00 am to 11:30 am), COCC Technology Center, 2324 SE College Loop, Redmond, OR. Labor is the largest expense. Learn where to make changes to increase efficiencies and prioritize needs; how to determine your labor needs and develop labor management systems. Laws that apply to interns and volunteers will also be discussed. For more information go to: Information call Crook County Extension Service at (541) 447-6228). Hosted by: COCC SBDC, COIC, OSU Extension Service and Timber Creek Farm.

Irrigated Pasture and Grazing Management Class 

Tuesday, March 26 (6:00 pm to 9:00 pm), Redmond Public Library, Redmond, OR. The power point presentation will cover all aspects of irrigated pasture production and grazing animals properly on an irrigated pasture to optimize production. The class is for all levels of producer knowledge. Additional Irrigated Pasture and Grazing Management Classes will be held late spring, summer, and fall, on-farms around central Oregon. The late spring class will be a late afternoon/early evening walk through an irrigated pasture talking about what is happening with the plants (top growth and root growth), watch animals graze, check grazing height, hear about management goals of the producer, and evaluate the irrigation management, etc. Class fee is $10.00. RSVP by March 25 to the Deschutes County SWCD at (541) 923-2204 or (541) 815-8733. Hosted by: OSU Extension Service and the Deschutes County Soil and Water Conservation. District.

Youth Tractor Safety & Certification Course 

Wednesday, March 25, to Friday, March 27, North Willamette Research & Extension Center, Aurora, OR. The Youth Tractor Certification Course is a 22-hour program designed to teach safety as it relates to driving and managing farm implements. It offers both classroom and hands-on tractor driving experiences for youth ages 14-17. For more information call Jan Williams (503) 650-3127.

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

Thursday, April 9, 2015, Bend and Terrebonne, OR. The workshop will be held twice, once in the morning in Bend from 10-12 and once in the afternoon in Terrebonne from 2:30-4:30. Each workshop will have a maxi-mum attendance of 20 people. Cost of $20 must be received in the Deschutes County Extension office within 5 working days of signing up (if funds are not received within 5 workings days of signing up, your name will be taken off the workshop list so the space can be filled by another participant). To sign up and reserve your spot call (541) 548-6088, let the office staff know which work-shop you want to attend, Name, email and phone number required…so we can get back to you with directions to the workshops. Directions to the workshops will be sent to attendees by April 7, 2015. For more information contact Toni Stephan at toni.stephan@oregonstate.edu or (541) 548-6088.

Low-Stress Cattle Handling and Stockman-ship Seminar  

Thursday & Friday, April 16 & 17, Moses Lake, WA. Two nationally recognized cattle handling experts, Dr. Tom Noffsinger and Mr. Curt Pate, will in Moses Lake on April 16 and 17 to offer ways to work cattle in an effi-cient, effective, low-stress manner to enhance cattle movement, performance, and handler safety. Human safety, cattle performance, family dynamics, consumer perspectives are all impacted by the way we work cattle on our ranches. Low-stress cattle handling not only improves producer and family safety, morale, and retention, but has also has been proven to improve animal performance, safety, health, meat quality and the perception of the cattle industry. Cattle care and handling is a top concern of consumers. Registration brochures are available at: http://www.animalag.wsu.edu/Upcoming%20Events/2015/CattleHandlingBrochure-CowCalf-April16-172015, or contact Sarah M. Smith, WSU Extension Regional Specialist at (509) 754-2011, Ext. 4313.

Youth Tractor Safety & Certification Course 

Monday through Wednesday, June 22-24, 2015, Madras, OR. For more information contact Jon Gandy at (541) 475-3808.