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.

Woodland Management Methods in Blue Mountain Forests

Thursday, May 21, 2015, Westminster Woods, Meacham, Oregon. Learn about basic forest management, tree thinning, fire and fuels reduction, incentive programs, matching tree species to your site and your objectives, and much, much, more.  Pre-register by Friday, May 15th, or call the OSU Extension Union County office at (541) 963-1010.

Wildfire Field Workshop, Wednesday

May 27, 2015,  Prineville BLM Office, 3050 NE 3rd Street, Prineville, Oregon. Rick Miller, Professor Emeritus of Range and Fire Ecology, OSU and Jennifer Moffitt, Soil Scientist, Prineville BLM will discuss tools to rapidly assess resilience to disturbance (ability of a treatment area to recover), resistance to invasive annuals, predict successional pathways, and determine the need and suitability for seeding  on potential vegetation treatment areas and areas burned by wildfire. These discussions will be based on two field guides, “A field guide for selecting the most appropriate treatment in sagebrush and piñon-juniper ecosystems in the Great Basin,” and “Rapid  assessment of post-wildfire recovery in sagebrush and piñon-juniper ecosystems in the Great Basin.” Registration:  The workshop is free of charge, but please pre-register so that we have enough materials by sending your name and contact information to Génie MontBlanc at emb@cabnr.unr.edu, or (775) 784-1107, by Monday, May 18th.

Forage Field Day Tour

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, Culver, Terrebonne & Tumalo, Oregon. The Central Oregon Hay Growers’ Association, OSU Extension Service (Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties), and the Central Oregon Ag Research Center are sponsoring the Forage Research Field Day Tour.

Tour Location and Agenda:
  9:30 am-  Jeff Whitaker Farm, Trial at 2285 SW Iris Lane, Culver, Nitrogen Rate Effect on Timothy Hay.
11:00 am-  Danny Clark Farm, 8407 NW 31st, Terrebonne, Lime, Potassium, and Interseeded ‘Frosty’                      Berseem Clover Effect on Alfalfa Hay, Potassium Rate Effect on Alfalfa Hay.
 Noon -  Lunch (on your own).
 2:00 pm -  McGinnis Ranch, 64990 Collins Road, Tumalo (Bend)/Potassium Source and Rate Effect on                     Mixed Grass Hay, Nitrogen Rate Effect Mixed Grass Hay. 

For more information contact Mylen Bohle at (541) 447-6228 or Mylen.bohle@oregonstate.edu. 

Irrigated Pasture and Grazing Management Field Day

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 5680 SW Quarry Road, Redmond, Oregon. Sponsored by the Deschutes County SWCD and OSU Extension Service, tour will begin at 6:00 pm and conclude at dusk.   The pasture will be our laboratory and what is happening with the animals and the plants at this time of year will be our focus.  Tammy Harty of Deschutes County SWCD, and Mylen Bohle, OSU/Crook County Extension Service, (and others unconfirmed) will be presenters.

Agenda and Discussion:  Introductions, Producer goals for the Pasture, Demonstration of Pasture Stick, Dig & Look at Roots, Look at Pasture Plants, Watch the Animals Graze, Pasture Fertility, Grazing Management and Plant Heights (and Clipping Height Plots - not confirmed), Irrigation Management,  SWCD Programs, and When and Where is the Next Pasture Field Day? Please RSVP to Tammy Harty (541) 815-0203 or    tammyharty@msn.com.

Youth Tractor Safety Education, Training & Certification Course

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, June 22, 23, 24, 2015, Jefferson County Rod & Gun Club, 2353 NW Clackamas Drive, Madras, Oregon. The Youth Tractor Safety Education, Training, and Certification Course is a 24-hour program designed to teach safe and responsible use of tractors, tractor implements, and machinery operation. It offers both classroom and hands-on tractor driving and skills experiences for youth ages 14-17 who are interested in employment in Oregon’s agricultural industry. Cost is $75/participant (non-refundable), which includes        National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program Manual, reusable water bottle, snacks and drinks. (Students will also receive T-shirt and Certificate after completion on Wednesday.)

Pre-registration is required by June 5, 2015.  Students must be 14 by June 22, 2015.  4-H/FFA membership not required.  Participants must attend all sessions to receive certification.

To register please visit: https://apps.ideal-logic.com/osuextension?key=F3T9-25VWY_K9KH-5PTF_19f0233a (Link).  For more information contact Jon Gandy at (541) 475-3808 or jon.gandy@oregonstate.edu.

Regards to Rural

Friday & Saturday, June 26-27, 2015, Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center, 3075 U.S. 97 Business, Bend, Oregon          (Pre-session on June 25, 2015). Presented by RDI, in partnership with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, Oregon State University Rural Studies Program and Extension Service, Sustainable Northwest, and The Ford Family Foundation, the Regards to Rural 2015 conference, Navigating the Rivers of Change: Rural Communities in Transition, is a gathering to inform and inspire...all that is rural! This year’s conference features an abundance of 30+ sessions, workshops, and panels in addition to a pre-session, inspiring keynotes, and networking opportunities.  For more information call (541) 684-9077.

Grazing Management for Riparian-Wetland Areas Training Course

Monday, June 29/9:00 am, Tuesday, June 30/8:00 am & Wednesday, July 1/8:00 am, Crook County 4-H Clover Club Building, 502 SE Lynn Blvd., Prineville, Oregon. Course Objectives:  To build an understanding of the tools, concepts, and thought processes relative to livestock grazing in riparian areas so that participants will be able to work with other individuals, groups, and agencies to develop and implement successful grazing management strategies. Participants learn to develop riparian resource objectives and design grazing management strategies that are practical and foster sustainable conditions. Target Audience: Livestock producers, agency personnel, and others who are involved with planning, managing, or evaluating riparian grazing systems. Please RSVP to Jimmy Eisner/Prineville BLM (541) 416-6753 jeisner@blm.gov or Steve Gibson/Prineville USFS (541) 416-6573, sgibson@fs.fed.us.