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