Upcoming Events & Classes

Central Oregon Pest Management Course

The annual OSU Central Oregon Pest Management Course will be held on Friday, January 27th, 2017 from 8am to 5pm at the Eagle Crest Resort, Redmond, OR 97756. Topics include: Nuisance Birds and Outdoor Mammals, Record Keeping, Laws and Regulations, Update, IPM in Turf: The Real Story, How to Read A Label, IPM for Nuisance Insect Pests, Lessons Learned/Case Studies, and How to Read a SDS. You can pre-register at www.ipmnet.org/tim. Register before January 8 for only $90, or after, for $130. For more information, contact Kimberly Brown at 541-737-6257 or email Kimber-ly.Brown@oregonstate.edu. Eight (8) pest recertification credits for Oregon, Washington & Idaho are anticipated. You can mail registration information (name, business name, address, phone num-ber, email, etc.) and payment (payable to: OSU C.O. Pest Mgmt Course) to Kimberly Brown, IPPC/OSU, 2040 Cordley Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331-2915, or for more information call (541) 737-6273.

 

Northwest Direct Seed Cropping Conference

The 2017 Northwest Direct Seed Cropping Conference will be held January 10-11 at the Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick, Washington. The conference will explore and share new and proven strategies to improve crop production and ultimately generate positive income for PNW producers.

The conference theme this year is "Educating Farmers and Connecting Communities." Keynote speaker Cherilyn Nagel, Saskatchewan Farmer and Ag Advocate, who will tell her story about the importance of educating communities on farming in the 21st century. Dave Brandt, a no-till, cover crop, livestock producer, from Ohio will inspire like Gabe Brown did last year, on the potential of a diversified operation. Renowned soil scientist Elaine Ingham is presenting on how to build healthy soil and thought provoking idea of perennial cover crops replacing no-till fallow. Also Curt Livesay on high-yield production strategies; and Andrew Ross will help producers understand gluten, falling numbers, and the impact to markets. There is a full track of how to's and benefits of integrating livestock back into the farm. Plus, opportunities to network and learn from other direct seeders, industry experts, and researchers. The conference will include low rainfall to irrigated production information. Registration fee is $210 (if a member) or $255 (non-member). Membership dues are $100. Agenda, information and lodging information is available at http://www.directseed.org/ or contact: (208) 995-6335 or email to PND-SA@directseed.org.

 

Strategies to Prevent and Mitigate AP of GMO’s in Organic and Export Alfalfa Hay Conference

A one-day conference on January 17, 2017, the day preceding the annual WA Hay Expo (January 18 – 19, 2017) at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA. Key topics for discussion include:

+ Broaden your understanding of factors that contribute to AP in alfalfa hay

+ Impacts of GMO alfalfa hay in organic hay, dairy and livestock production

+ How you can provide safeguards against AP on your farm

+ Hear how other producers have adjusted their management to support co- existence with AP

+ Meet other growers who face similar challenges

The specialist’s team is from Washington State University, University of Idaho, and Oregon State University. Invited hay, livestock and seed producers are from Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Support for this conference has been made available from the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). Registration is FREE, but you must register. Go to:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/strategies-to-prevent-mitigate-ap-of-gmos-in-organic-export-alfalfa-hay-tickets-28200767254 .

 

Northwest Hay Expo

The Northwest Hay Expo will be held January 20-21 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA. Preregister ($95 non-members) by January 14th, or pay an extra $10 at the door. For more information: go to: http://www.wa-hay.org/. Some of the topics include: Whole Farm Revenue Protection, Forage Risk Management for Forages, Struvite Fertilizer for Forages, WSDA Organic Program, Alfalfa Hay Quality and Production Influenced by Low Lignin and FD, Plant Nutrition for Greater Yield and Quality, Nitrogen Credits After Alfalfa and Other Crop Rotation Issues, Roundup Ready Alfalfa , Weed Control in Alfalfa, NAFA Update, Where to Cut and Not Cut Costs in A Down Year, 2016 Alfalfa Variety Trials, Weed Control in Timothy, Alfalfa Manage-ment for Stand Longevity, Nitrogen Fertilization in Timothy, Under-standing Timothy Growth and Development, Export Hay Market, Using Drones in AG, Fuel Update, Digital Media, Dairy Panel, and Export Panel.

 

Celebrating Agriculture

The SAIF Corporation Agri-Business Banquet is a celebration of the agricultural community and its impact on the mid-Willamette Valley. The banquet features a special guest speaker’s humor, inspiration, and business insight along with an appreciation for agricultural values. Each year they also recognize an outstanding Future Farmers of America student for leadership in shaping the future of the industry. Cara Ayres, keynote speaker, is deeply rooted in agriculture and “live” performance. Cara is an Ag teacher, FFA advisor, mother, wife, and Angus Breeder in Cove, Oregon. There is a social hour at 6:00 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm. The banquet will take place at the Salem Convention Center on Friday, January 22rd. Cost is $59, or $590 for a table of 10. Questions or to register - call Tristan Sornson at 503-581-1466, ext. 313 or go to www.saifagribusiness.com.

 

Climate Impacts to Water in the PNW Con-ference

This conference, at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA, will be held on January 25-26 and should be of interest to those managing water in agriculture and storm water situations. The common theme will be creating a dialogue amongst the communities that use and value the regions water supply and water quality. This conference will: Improve your understanding about projected climate impacts on water accessibility in the PNW, and the impact of sustainable management decisions. Create awareness of resources for adopting agricultural strategies that will make farming operations more resilient to climate change, while minimizing environmental impact. Build on the regional network of advisors and educators. Encourage you to take the knowledge gained at the conference and promote adoption in the field. Registration is $215. To see agenda and to register: https://www.cm.wsu.edu/ehome/index.php?eventid=178295&.

 

Organicology Conference

Organicology Conference is Organic Seed Alliance’s 5th Annual Organic Seed Growers Conference and will be held February 2-4, 2017 in Corvallis, Oregon. This conference is only held every other year. The agenda includes many experts in the fields of organic plant breeding, seed research, enterprise development, seed economics, policy, and more. For more information, visit www.seedalliance.org. Registration deadline is January 20th.

 

Irrigation Seminars

There will be 3 irrigation Seminars held the first full week of February. The program will be a close repeat of the C.O. Forage Seminar (January, 2016) that the Central Oregon Hay Growers’ Association and OSU Extension put together. The seminars will run from 9 am to 4 pm (each location may be a little different). All locations are hoping to offer free admission and lunch.

2/6/2017 - Harney County Irrigation Seminar, Harney County Community Center, 484 N Broadway, Burns. RSVP to 541-573-2506 by Feb 1.

2/7/2017 - Lake County Irrigation Seminar, Booster Club Building, Christmas Valley. RSVP to 541-947-5855 by Feb. 1.

2/8/2017 - Klamath County Irrigation Seminar, KBREC Conference Room, Klamath Falls, RSVP to 541-883-7131 by Feb. 1.

 

2017 Annual Paulina Landowner Workshop

February 16, 2017, Paulina Elementary School, presentation at 4:30 pm; Dinner at 5:30 pm. Kurt and Jenni Moffitt have spent the last decade investigating soils and ecological sites in Crook County. What did they discover? And what does it mean for production agriculture in the area? RSVP to Crook County SWCD 541-447-3548

 

Master Woodland Manager Training is coming to Central Oregon!

Master Woodland Manager (MWM) is our Forestry and Natural Resources Extension premier forest stewardship and volunteer program. This program has been running for over 25 years, serving more than 500 landowners around the state, and in 2017 it is coming to Central Oregon. This program only comes around to a given region about every 10 years, so take advantage of this opportunity! This unique training combines at-home readings and videos, online discussions, and field days. This allows us to focus our face-to-face time in the field (instead of in the classroom enduring long lectures!), reinforcing concepts, and practicing new skills. Field days are spaced out so that there is enough time to do the pre-session preparation, and for you to apply concepts at home and ask questions as needed in between sessions.

Central Oregon MWM Agenda

February 23: Introduction, Landscape Setting and Fire Ecology

March 15: Upland Ecology and Management

March 30: Business Management and Taxes

April 13: Riparian And Watershed Systems

May 4: Reforestation and Young Forests

May 25: Harvesting, Marketing Forest Products and Roads

June 15: Forest Health, Graduation Dinner

Interested in learning more about Master Woodland Manager in Central Oregon? Contact Nicole Strong

nicole.strong@oregonstate.edu or phone: (541) 548-6088 to receive a registration form. Learn more about MWM:

http://extension.oregonstate.edu/mwm/

 

Statewide Wheat Marketing Meetings

The Oregon Wheat Growers’ League Statewide Wheat Marketing Education Meeting is next scheduled for Thursday, February 16. These meetings are held via Zoom video conferencing at various locations throughout the state. The OWGL website is at www.owgl.org, or for other information, you may call Sally Christensen, Member Services Director, Oregon Wheat Growers League, 541-276-7330.

Central Oregon producers can view the Zoom presentations at the COARC, 850 Dogwood Ln., Madras, or at the OSU Crook County Extension Service Office at 498 SE Lynn Blvd, Prineville. Please call 541-475-7107 (COARC, Madras) or call 541-447-6228 (Crook County Extension, Prineville) the day before, to confirm your attendance and / or to make sure the meeting is taking place.

 

Idaho Hay and Forage Conference &Trade Show

The Idaho Hay and Forage Conference and Trade Show will be held March 2-3, 2017 at the Best Western Burley Inn, Burley, ID. In the past, the conference opened at 8:00 am on the first day and ran until noon on the second day. For more information go to: http://www.idahohay.com/ and if you would like more information about the annual conference, contact the administrative office at 208-888-0988 or email cindy@amgidaho.com

 

Oregon Pork Producer’s Spring

Educational Seminar

Are you looking to learn more about niche marketing of pork and pork products? Need to know how to better manage your females for estrus synchronization? Attend the 2017 Oregon Pork Producer’s Educational Seminar and Annual Meeting in Feb 18th in Corvallis, OR at the Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility.

We will have guest speakers Dr. Tim Safranski and Todd Geisert talk about and share those items and more potentially. Also if you are in need of Pork Quality Assurance training, please attend as we will be offering a chance to receive it from a representative from the National Pork Board.

Registration is required and please RSVP by Feb 13th. Cost is $25 for adults and $5 for kids and payment is due at the door. If you have questions or would like to RSVP, please reply to

Matthew.kennedy@oregonstate.edu

 

Central Oregon Forage Seminar

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 4-H Clover Building, Prineville, Oregon.

7:45  Registration, Coffee/Donuts

8:24  Introductions

8:30  Timothy Hay Response to Nitrogen &Using Greenseeker to Predict N Sufficiency

9:00  Mixed Grass Species Hay Response to Nitrogen & Using Greenseeker to Predict N Sufficiency

9:30  LESA/LEPA Pivot Irrigation Panel

10:15  Break

10:25  Update on EC Soil Testing

10:55  Update on Aerial Imaging to Determine Problems in Fields

11:15  Tilled and Top-dressed Lime Rate Effect on Soil pH: First Two Years

*11:30  ZP Cabbage Bait To Control Beldings Ground Squirrels: Grower Experience

Noon  Lunch (Sponsored by Local Area Agribusinesses)

*1:00  Oregon Department of Ag Update

2:00   Deficit Irrigation Effect on Grass Yield (in Utah)

2:15   Potassium Source and Rate Effect on Grass Hay

2:45   Break

*3:00  ZP/Cabbage Bait to Control Beldings Ground Squirrels Label Certification Workshop

5:00  Adjourn

*There will be 3-4 ODA pesticide recert credits available for the day. There will be a grand prize drawing for $500 Gift Certificate from Proline Fabrication. Must be present and be a 2017 COHGA member to win.

RSVP to OSU Crook County Extension Service (541-447-6228) or email to Kim.herber@oregonstate.edu by January 23th. Contact Person: Mylen Bohle at 541-447-6228 or email at mylen.bohle@oregonstate.edu

Beekeeping Workshop at COARC Apiary in Madras

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 1:00 to 4:30 pm, doors open at 12:30 pm

Do you have a honey bee hive in your backyard and like to learn how to monitor and treat your colony for parasitic mites in late fall or winter? Attend this educational workshop at the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center, 850 NW Dogwood Lane in Madras. The workshop includes a hands-on treatment of the colonies at the Research Center. Everyone who is comfortable being around live honey bees is welcome. You will need to bring your own protective gear (veil, gloves etc.). This is a free event. RSVP required. Please contact Heike Williams at 541-475-7107 or email her at heike.williams@oregonstate.edu for registration and additional information. Click HERE for flyer.

Tri-State Grain Growers Convention

The Tri-State Grains Convention will be held at the Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane, WA, November 8-11, 2017. Some of the highlights for this year include Mark Mayfield, Comedian; Peter Zeihan, Geopolitical Strategist; Bryce Anderson, Meteorologist; and Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Lots of other breakout sessions are scheduled. Idaho, Oregon, and Washington will hold their annual meetings at the convention. For more details go to: http://www.owgl.org/ or http://www.wawg.org/convention

Western States Alfalfa and Forage Symposium

The Western States Alfalfa and Forage Symposium will be held at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV November 28-30. This year’s theme is “Producing High Quality Forage in the West”. The first day will be a stand alone workshop on forage quality – lecture and hands-on activities ($100). The second and third day will be a mix of main and concurrent sessions.($250) or sign up for all 3 days ($325). For information, schedule, and registration go to www.calhay.org/symposium/

Alfalfa Intensive Training Seminar

The Alfalfa Intensive Training Seminar will be held on November 14-16, 2017, at the Sheraton Suites Akron Cuyahoga Falls, 1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH. The seminar is taught by Extension Forage Specialists and USDA Dairy Research Center personnel from Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. There will be 11.5 certified crop advisor credits offered.

“National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance’s (NAFA) mission is to ensure the ability of all segments of the alfalfa and forage industry to compete effectively and profitably, domestically and abroad. The objective of NAFA is to be a forum for consensus building among the various stakeholders and to be an effective advocate on behalf of the alfalfa and forage industry.” Oregon Hay and Forage Association is an affiliate member. Contact the NAFA at 1-509-585-6798 or go to their website at www.alfalfa.org. The registration is $550 for members (producers $100/year) or $750 for non-members and room reservations are needed by October 25.

Oregon Forage and Grassland Council/ Oregon Sheep Growers Assoc. Conference

OFGC will hold their winter meeting November 30 December 2 in Springfield, OR. This will be a dual meeting of the OFGC and the Oregon Sheep Growers Association. November 30 will be ranch/pasture tours and an Artificial Insemination Workshop. December 1 will be 4 concurrent educational sessions. (December 2 will be the Sheep Growers annual meeting and their reports.) OFGC web site is http://www.oregonforage.org/ or contact Woody Lane, President of OFGC, at woody@woodylane.com or call 541-440-1926.

Hermiston Farm Fair & Trade Show

Hermiston Farm Fair & Trade Show will be held November 29 to December 1, at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, 1705 E. Airport Rd, Hermiston, OR (NEW VENUE THIS YEAR). The Farm Fair is an agricultural forum co-sponsored by OSU Extension Service, the Agriculture Committee of the Greater Hermiston Chamber of Commerce, and local agriculture-related businesses displaying their wares and services, both inside and outside the Conference Center. 

There is a $10.00 fee for attending the Core Program. All other educational sessions are free to attendees. No pre-registration is required. Oregon, Washington and Idaho pesticide re-certification credits will be available, in addition to CCA credits. The full Farm Fair agenda with updates and pesticide credit hours will be available on the website by mid-November or so. For more info call 541-567-8321 or visit: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/hermiston/farm-fair-trade-show-1 

Pesticide Recertification Class

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Please note that this event is available statewide, so individuals need to contact their local OSU Extension Service office to see if they are participating (18 offices are participating) and to RSVP a seat!! Crook County Extension office (541-447-6228), Prineville, and COARC (541-475-7107), Madras are the local participating sites.

  • 9:45 Welcome, Orientation and Local Updates – Host County Extension Faculty
  • 10:00 Worker Protection Standards (WPS) – Kaci Buhl, OSU
  • 11:00 ODA Laws & Regulations Update – ODA Representative
  • 12:00 Sign up for AM Session - 2 re-certification credits
  • Noon (FREE Lunch at COARC Site)
  • 1:00 ODA Case Studies & Lessons Learned – ODA Representative
  • 2:00 First Aid & Spills Containment – Kaci Buhl, OSU
  • 3:00 Sign up for PM Session – 2 re-certification credits

This free training session will be delivered simultaneously via video-conference to multiple Oregon locations Please RSVP. The course is divided into two 2-hour sessions which allows participation in either AM or PM session (2 credits each) or both sessions (4 credits total). Oregon pesticide applicator re-certification credits earned during this training will count either as CORE or general credits. Please RSVP by contacting your local OSU Extension Service office and let us know you plan to attend.

Far West Winter Conference

The Far West Agri-business Association announces their conference will be held at the Boise Centre, Boise, Idaho on December 11-13, 2017. They are combining the two conferences into one and will rotate between Washington and Idaho every other year. There are some good irrigated, dryland, and safety related sessions always on the agenda. For more details, registration, and hotel information go to: http://fwaa.org/.

OHFA Fall Forage Seminar

There will be an Oregon Hay and Forage Association (OHFA) Fall Forage Seminar held at the Lake County Fairgrounds or Lake County Extension Office, Lakeview, OR on November 17th. This forage seminar will precede the Oregon Hay King Contest being held on Saturday, November 18th at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Lake County Hay and Forage Association (LCHFA) is hosting for-age seminar, in cooperation with the Oregon Hay and Forage Association, OSU Extension Service and Ag Experiment Station. Definitive details and agenda will be in the next newsletter or go on line at www.oregonhaygrowers.com Questions: Contact Pete Schreder at 541-947-6054, Dan Roberts, President of LCHFA at 706-742-0905, or OHFA President, Greg Mohnen, at 541-419-5339.