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Purchasing Rural and Small Farm Property

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 31 min ago
Thursday, September 24, 2015 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Buying and owning rural property comes with a host of special considerations. In this 2-class series, you will learn about Douglas County zoning requirements and limitations, Exclusive Farm Use and the Farm and Forest special assessments, water rights, wells, soils, the purchasing process, farm financing, and more.  Learn from local experts and the Douglas County OSU Small Farms instructor.

Part two of this series will be on October 1st, 5:30 - 8:30 pm.

 

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Attention All Swine Producers!!!

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 31 min ago
Friday, September 18, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Attend one of two workshops brought to you by the joint efforts of Oregon Pork Producers, OSU Extension Service and Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Guest Speakers:
Dr. Todd Price, North Central Veterinary Services, Tiffin, Ohio: PEDv/Corona Virus diseases
Dr. Don Levis, Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Nebraska: Swine Reproductive Strategies

Workshop Locations:
Sept. 18th – Linn County Fairgrounds, Albany
Willamette Center, Rm. 4; 4:00pm. Dinner will beprovided

Sept. 19th - Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Madras
Darrar Building; 10:00 am. Lunch will be provided

NOTE:  Pre-registration is requested by Sept. 15th in order to plan for the meals and biosecurity kits. Every Family that attends will be given a free biosecurity starter kit.

For registration and questions, contact Matt Kennedy at matthew.kennedy@oregonstate.edu

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Attention All Swine Producers!!!

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 31 min ago
Saturday, September 19, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Attend one of two workshops brought to you by the joint efforts of Oregon Pork Producers, OSU Extension Service and Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Guest Speakers:
Dr. Todd Price, North Central Veterinary Services, Tiffin, Ohio: PEDv/Corona Virus diseases
Dr. Don Levis, Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Nebraska: Swine Reproductive Strategies

Workshop Locations:
Sept. 18th – Linn County Fairgrounds, Albany
Willamette Center, Rm. 4; 4:00pm. Dinner will beprovided

Sept. 19th - Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Madras
Darrar Building; 10:00 am. Lunch will be provided

NOTE:  Pre-registration is requested by Sept. 15th in order to plan for the meals and biosecurity kits. Every Family that attends will be given a free biosecurity starter kit.

For registration and questions, contact Matt Kennedy at matthew.kennedy@oregonstate.edu

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Winter Feeding

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 31 min ago
Monday, September 28, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This program will cover hay sampling, laboratory methods, and interpretation of hay test results. Animal nutrient  requirements will also be discussed in  relation to hay nutrient content so that proper feeding of livestock can be done more accurately. This will benefit productivity and profitability of your livestock enterprise. Hay evaluations can also help determine dollar value of hay so that marketing, whether buying or selling, can be done with confidence.

To get the most from the class, bring your hay test results to the program. If you do not already have lab results for your hay, you can use the Oregon State University Beef Cattle Sciences Forage Evaluation program. Call for a copy, or see http://beefcattle.ans.oregonstate.edu/, click on Forage Evaluation. There is an “Order Form” and a “Recommendation Report” that you can fill out. The recommendation is for beef cattle, but producers can write in that they have sheep or goats and I will help them with recommendations.

More value... Individual or group consultation appointments may be scheduled after the meeting, including ration balancing for commercial production ranches.

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Living On the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 31 min ago
Thursday, October 15, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

There are 4 classes included for one low price. Sponsored by the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council  & the OSU Extension Service Small Farms Program

$20 per person or $30 for a couple from the same farm for the entire series 
Scholarships available upon request.

October 1st -  
October 8th -   
October 15th -
October 22nd - 

Class topics may shift throughout the series depending on participants interest. and speaker schedules.

Register NOW!

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Lost Rivers Grazing Academy

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 31 min ago
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - Friday, September 18, 2015 (all day event)

Workshop Brochure with More Information

Who Should Attend:
- Producers of beef and dairy cattle, sheep,horses, and other domesticated grazing animals
- Professionals working in livestock-related industries

Participation Costs:
Full-time (includes continental breakfasts, lunches, suppers, breaks, one set of materials per ranch or farm, plus evening presentations):
Per person: $525
Per ranch/farm team: $525 for first team member and $400 for each additional member (1 set of materials)

Day-time only: $175 per day or any part
Alumni: $350 (does not include materials)
Additional materials: $100 per set
University of Idaho graduate level or professional development credit available for an additional fee.

For More Information:
Scott Jensen at 208-896-4104 or scottj@uidaho.edu in Marsing
Chad Cheyney at 208-527-8587 or ccheyney@uidaho.edu in Arco
Class size limited. Pre-register by September 8,  see Event Brochure for details.
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Purchasing Rural & Small Farm Property

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 31 min ago
Thursday, October 1, 2015 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Buying and owning rural property comes with a host of special considerations. In this 2-class series, you will learn about Douglas County zoning requirements and limitations, Exclusive Farm Use and the Farm and Forest special assessments, water rights, wells, soils, the purchasing process, farm financing, and more.  Learn from local experts and the Douglas County OSU Small Farms instructor.

 

Speakers from:

· Umpqua Basin Water District

· North West Farm Credit Services

· USDA Farm Service Agency

· Natural Resource Conservation District

·  and more.

 

Please pre-register by calling the Douglas County Extension office: 541-672-4461

 

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NWREC Vegetable Variety Field Day

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 31 min ago
Thursday, September 17, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

At this field day extension agents and seed companies will lead field walks of vegetable variety trials, including tomatoes, basil, parsley, leeks, fennel, shiso, spigarello and low heat peppers.

 Pleae RSVP to heidi.noordijk@oregonstate.edu

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Living On the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 31 min ago
Thursday, October 8, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

There are 4 classes included for one low price. Sponsored by the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council  & the OSU Extension Service Small Farms Program

$20 per person or $30 for a couple from the same farm for the entire series 
Scholarships available upon request.

October 1st -  
October 8th -   
October 15th -
October 22nd - 

Class topics may shift throughout the series depending on participants interest. and speaker schedules.

Register NOW!

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Dealing with Drought

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 31 min ago
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Oct. 6 - Dealing With Drought

5:30 PM TO 8:00 PM
$15 per session or $100 to attend all Sessions
Contact OSU KBREC for More Information

(541) 883-7131
http://oregonstate.edu/dept/kbrec/
http://oregonstate.edu/dept/kbrec/sites/default/files/klamath_small_farms_series.pdf
6923 Washburn Way
Klamath Falls, OR
97603
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Small Farm School

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 31 min ago
Saturday, September 12, 2015 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Small Farm School is a full day event with hands-on and classroom workshops for beginning farmer and small acreage rural landowners. Join us Saturday, September 12 at Clackamas Community College.

2015 Program and Session Descriptions

 ** Registration Page **

Click here to join the Small Farm School outreach list

Presented by OSU Extension in cooperation with Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District and Clackamas Community College

 

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Living On the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 31 min ago
Thursday, October 1, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

There are 4 classes included for one low price. Sponsored by the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council  & the OSU Extension Service Small Farms Program

$20 per person or $30 for a couple from the same farm for the entire series 
Scholarships available upon request.

October 1st -  
October 8th -   
October 15th -
October 22nd - 

Class topics may shift throughout the series depending on participants interest. and speaker schedules.

Register NOW!

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Small Scale Equipment Field Day

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 31 min ago
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 (all day event)

Finding the right tools and equipment can be challenging for small farmers. Having the right or wrong equipment can greatly effect efficiency of operations and make a significant impact on farm profitability. Renting or borrowing equipment before purchasing your own is recommended as equipment can be expensive!

A small-scale equipment field day will be held at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture on September 22, 2015. Multiple tool-makers and suppliers will bring equipment and tools for farmers to try out, see in action, and ask questions. 

For more information, visit http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/small-scale-equipment-field-day

Register here
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Livestock First Aid & Parasite Management

Small Farms Events - 3 hours 31 min ago
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Sept. 15 - Livestock First Aid and Parasite Management
Oct. 6 - Dealing With Drought

5:30 PM TO 8:00 PM
$15 per session or $100 to attend all Sessions
Contact OSU KBREC for More Information

(541) 883-7131
http://oregonstate.edu/dept/kbrec/
http://oregonstate.edu/dept/kbrec/sites/default/files/klamath_small_farms_series.pdf
6923 Washburn Way
Klamath Falls, OR
97603
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Summer 2015, DROUGHT! And Heat. A Forest Health Report

Tree Topics - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 7:23pm

By David Shaw, Forest Health Specialist, OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension

Douglas-fir killed by drought

The summer of 2015 is shaping up as a big year for drought and drought related forest health issues throughout Oregon, but especially in the Willamette Valley, SW Oregon, and in Eastern Oregon.

In late summer, it can be very difficult to discern whether insects, disease, or drought and heat are causing tree dieback and deaths, but we are becoming pretty confident that drought and heat together are influencing much of what we see.  In this report I outline and describe some of the more common problems we are seeing with conifers and hardwoods as of early September.

Drought related issues

In severe drought, trees may die with no associated biotic agents such as bark beetles or canker diseases. However, it is very common to find dead trees with these agents too.

Douglas-fir

Douglas-fir in the oak zone of western Oregon (the drier area of the Valley and on heavy clay and shallow dry soils at lower elevations) is having an especially hard summer, with some sites outside the oak zone also showing drought effects. The general symptoms are top dieback, branch flagging, and whole tree mortality. These symptoms may or may not be directly related to a biotic organism. The major ones are branch cankers, bark beetles, and twig weevils. All these organisms seem to do well on Douglas-fir during drought, and this year is no exception. We also believe root diseases are exacerbating the issue, but it can be difficult to discern. Twig weevils and branch canker diseases are very common on young Douglas-fir during drought, and both are known to increase attacks on drought stressed trees.

Douglas-fir twig weevil damage. Whitney Schmike photos.

 

Left: Douglas-fir branch flagging, likely from dought and canker interaction. Right: Douglas-fir canker. Note the brown dead bark area and green live bark. Branch is flagging.

Bark beetles

Douglas-fir beetles initiating an attack this spring. The tree had a red crown already, likely from drought. Photo Kara Shaw.

Bark beetle attacks on conifers increase during drought. This is the case for Douglas-fir, grand fir and other true firs, as well as pine. In these conifers it often results in top dieback, but can also result in whole tree mortality. We do not have the results from this year’s the statewide survey yet, but it appears that bark beetle activity is going to be really up. However, symptoms of bark beetle attack vary with beetle type and drought effect. For example, typically when a Douglas-fir is attacked by Douglas-fir beetle in April or May, the tree crown does not go red for many months, perhaps not until late fall or even early the next spring. However, this year many trees that were attacked in the spring were turning red right away, by mid-summer. This may be because they were already dying from drought, and this may also be exacerbated by existing root diseases.

Group mortality of Douglas-fir in May. Douglas-fir beetle was found in all these trees. Photo Kara Shaw

Many declining Douglas-fir trees have an associated stress cone crop, a smaller than normal abundant cone crop that is hypothesized to be related to the last gasp of the tree to reproduce before death. For a stress cone crop to hang on a tree in early 2015, means they likely formed in 2014, indicating many of the trees with top-dieback this summer have been suffering for two years or more.

Douglas-fir with stress cone crop. These cones formed in the previous year, therefore indicating stress beginning in 2014 or earlier. Photo Kara Shaw.

True fir/Grand fir

The fir engraver bark beetle attacks all true fir, but is especially important on grand fir and white fir during drought. We anticipate a lot of grand fir mortality this summer, but it will not become evident until fall, as the trees may take a few months before showing red foliage. Throughout the range of grand fir, the species has expanded its site occupancy with fire suppression, even in the Willamette Valley.   During drought, many of these sites are not suitable for fir and mortality may become very common. Root diseases may also exacerbate the mortality.

Foliage loss in conifers

Many conifers lose foliage in a drought, theoretically as an adaptation to reduce water loss through leaves. Although this is poorly understood, this summer it is quite common to see conifers like Douglas-fir or ponderosa pine losing two-year-old foliage and older. There may be interactions with foliage fungi/diseases, but it is very difficult to differentiate what is happening during mid-summer.

Foliage browning in hardwoods

Foliage browning in hardwoods is becoming more and more common throughout the region as drought intensifies this summer. Partial tree crown and whole tree crown foliage browning is already present in big leaf maple, Oregon ash, and cottonwoods. We anticipate Oregon white oak will also begin showing symptoms within the next month. We believe this is an adaption to prevent whole tree mortality, a type of early season senescence, and next spring most these trees will flush and be healthy if rains return this winter. Significant foliage browning is also being reported in California black oak in southern Oregon already this summer.

 

And, a few NON-drought issues…

Oregon white oak with branch flagging from Cynipid wasp and squirrel interaction.

Oregon white oak has had a big year for small branch dieback in some areas of the Willamette Valley. This is associated with a complex which involves a twig gall wasp (Bassettia ligni)(Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) in which the grubs develop under the bark of small twigs. The western gray squirrel is attracted to these areas with gall wasp grubs and the squirrel debarks the twig. If you see branch dieback in oak (red-dead foliage in clumps), check just below the dead foliage and see if you see the twig debarked. It is very characteristic and easy to see generally. This issue is common in the Valley, but year-to-year it varies in locations and intensity. This year it is particularly common in the Corvallis area and along the west side of the valley.

Bigleaf maple also begins showing branch dieback this time of year. This often is associated with western gray squirrel feeding damage, but no gall wasp is involved, the squirrels just like young maple bark. Again, to verify this is squirrel damage and not drought or other issue, check to see if the branch has been debarked below the dead leaves.

Bigleaf maple with dead branch flagging (left) and showing debarking by squirrels (right)

Swiss needle cast along the coast is still persisting and the aerial survey again showed over 500,000 acres of visible disease symptoms from the air. This was restricted to sites within about 20 to 30 miles from the coast. Occasionally young stands also show symptoms along the Cascade foothills. However, in the Willamette Valley and SW Oregon in general, the foliage loss we are seeing this summer is likely not caused by Swiss needle cast. See the Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative website.

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Rogue Farm Corp Class: Animal Care

Small Farms Events - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 2:36pm
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Upcoming Rogue Farm Corp class on Animal Care.

Presenters:
5:30-7:15 pm
Dr. Damon will cover some/all of the following topics:
- Maintaining General Health, including annual schedule of vaccinations, hoof trimming, other preventative actions
- Safe Animal Handling Tips
- Troubleshooting Common Ailments and Infections
- Warning Signs and What to do in Case of Emergency
- Calving
- Legal Requirements for buying/selling animals
- What to look for when buying in animals

7:15-8:30 pm
Dr. Judkins of Animal Kind Veterinary Clinic, will cover holistic medicine modalities such as herbs, acupuncture and homeopathy for animals.

Please RSVP to secure your spot by emailing megan@roguefarmcorps.org.
With your acceptance, please include your first and last name, phone number and email address.
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Register now for State of the Coast, this year in Coos Bay

Breaking Waves - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 1:55pm

Registration is open for Oregon Sea Grant’s annual State of the Coast conference, taking place Oct. 24 at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay.

Noted author and marine biologist Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols will deliver this year’s keynote address: “What happens when our most complex organ — the brain — meets the planets largest feature — water?” Nichols will discuss the research behind his book, Blue Mind.

Registration, which includes lunch, snacks and a reception, is $35.00, $25 for students. To register, and for more information, visit www.stateofthecoast.com.

After years in Florence (where it began as the Heceta Head Coastal Conference), organizers decided to move this year to Coos Bay in response to requests to bring the event to other Oregon coast communities.

State of the Coast brings scientists, students, industry and everyday citizens together to learn, network and engage in conversations about the current and future state of Oregon’s ocean and coastal environment.

This year’s morning plenary session will provide quick updates on coastal issues including new DEQ water quality rules, marine reserves, Oregon’s shellfish initiative, changing ocean conditions, an overview of 2014 fisheries and the threat of a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake. Afternoon break-out sessions allow participants to choose a topic to explore in more depth: Forage fish, Cascadia Earthquake, “The Blob”, Innovations in Fishing, Citizen Science Opportunities, Aquatic Invasive Species, and more.

The popular student research poster session will give participants an opportunity to interact with some of the state’s brightest university students and learn about current ocean and coastal research at Oregon universities.

 

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Register now for State of the Coast, this year in Coos Bay

Sea Grant - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 1:55pm

Registration is open for Oregon Sea Grant’s annual State of the Coast conference, taking place Oct. 24 at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay.

Noted author and marine biologist Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols will deliver this year’s keynote address: “What happens when our most complex organ — the brain — meets the planets largest feature — water?” Nichols will discuss the research behind his book, Blue Mind.

Registration, which includes lunch, snacks and a reception, is $35.00, $25 for students. To register, and for more information, visit www.stateofthecoast.com.

After years in Florence (where it began as the Heceta Head Coastal Conference), organizers decided to move this year to Coos Bay in response to requests to bring the event to other Oregon coast communities.

State of the Coast brings scientists, students, industry and everyday citizens together to learn, network and engage in conversations about the current and future state of Oregon’s ocean and coastal environment.

This year’s morning plenary session will provide quick updates on coastal issues including new DEQ water quality rules, marine reserves, Oregon’s shellfish initiative, changing ocean conditions, an overview of 2014 fisheries and the threat of a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake. Afternoon break-out sessions allow participants to choose a topic to explore in more depth: Forage fish, Cascadia Earthquake, “The Blob”, Innovations in Fishing, Citizen Science Opportunities, Aquatic Invasive Species, and more.

The popular student research poster session will give participants an opportunity to interact with some of the state’s brightest university students and learn about current ocean and coastal research at Oregon universities.

 

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PROMISE interns record their summer with Sea Grant

Breaking Waves - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 9:15am

Check out this lively video from PROMISE interns Dulguun Baasansuren and Noelle Moen, recounting how they spent a busy summer working with Oregon Sea Grant’s aquatic invasive species program:

Learn more:
  • Our Oregon Sea Grant Scholars program offers a variety of marine science, policy and education opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

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PROMISE interns record their summer with Sea Grant

Sea Grant - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 9:15am

Check out this lively video from PROMISE interns Dulguun Baasansuren and Noelle Moen, recounting how they spent a busy summer working with Oregon Sea Grant’s aquatic invasive species program:

Learn more:
  • Our Oregon Sea Grant Scholars program offers a variety of marine science, policy and education opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

The post PROMISE interns record their summer with Sea Grant appeared first on Breaking Waves.

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