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Wendell Berry Film Screening and Community Seed Exchange

Small Farms Events - 7 hours 46 min ago
Friday, February 23, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join the Spring Creek Project and the OSU Center for the Humanities for a screening of Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry on Friday, February 23, at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center. We’re pairing the film with a community seed exchange for anyone who would like to participate. The seed swap will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the film will start at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets will be required. Reserve your tickets on Eventbrite.

About the film: Look & See is a cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the eyes of writer, farmer, and activist Wendell Berry. You can view the trailer here. 

This award-winning documentary was filmed in and around the rolling hills of Henry County, Kentucky, where Berry has lived and farmed since the mid-1960s. His lifelong relationship with the land and community form the core of his prolific writings. Henry County, like many rural communities, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, agrarian principles of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies, and rootedness-to-place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion, and debt. Watching this struggle unfold, Berry has become one of the most passionate and eloquent voices speaking in defense of agrarian life. Film runtime is approximately 90 minutes. 

About the seed exchange: As part of this event, we’ll be hosting a community seed exchange that participants can take part in as they mingle before the film. Sharing and planting seeds connects us to each other and to the land, and each variety has a story to tell—some heirloom varieties are rich with lore and have been passed down for generations. Here’s how the seed swap will work: 

  • Bring any open-pollinated seeds you’d like to share, whether home-saved or purchased seeds (make sure they’re relatively fresh, as many seed types are only viable for a couple of years).
  • For each variety, also bring a notecard stating the variety name and any descriptive notes about the variety.
  • If you have a limited quantity and would like to specify an amount participants can take, make note of that as well (e.g., “Please take up to 10 seeds per person”).
  • We’ll have large tables set up for the swap. When you arrive, set out your seeds and accompanying notecards on a table, so that each is clearly labeled. You may wish to bring a small scoop or spoon to help divvy up seeds.
  • We invite you to bring along small jars, envelopes, or baggies for seeds you'll be taking home. We'll also have blank seed envelopes available.
  • Even if you don’t have any seeds to bring to the swap, we invite you to participate. Oftentimes, some people at a seed swap will have bulk quantities to share. Chat with your community members and grab a few seeds here are there if there are plenty available.


Note: If you'd like to attend the seed swap but not the film, a ticket will not be required. Please simply join us at 6:00 p.m. outside of the Construction & Engineering Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center.

“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world.”  —Wendell Berry

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Pasture and Hay Ground Management Series

Small Farms Events - 7 hours 46 min ago
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Getting the Best out of Pasture and Hay Ground     Assessment and Management Series

 

Session 1: Forage Productivity

Soil Texture and Structure

Soil maps - soil type and potential productivity

Current production – haying and grazing

Strategies for management and inputs

About the Series:  

Pasture and hayground inputs and management are costly activities. Strategic methods can help you get the most out of your inputs. This program covers the basics of assessing pasture and hay ground, as well as advanced concepts in management to fit your goals. Participants will be guided through custom assessments of their own land. Sign up for one or more of these classes for information on agronomic-economic approaches to your forage production and harvest management. 

Presenters: Shelby Filley and Melissa Fery, OSU Extension Service

Location:  Lane Community College: 4000 E. 30th Avenue, Eugene. Building 17, Room 309

Times/Dates:   6 to 8 pm on Tuesdays, March 13, March 27, April 10, April 24 & May 8

Cost per Ranch:  $15.00 per session (Multi-session discount @ $60 for all five sessions)

Click HERE To Register
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Pasture and Hay Ground Management Series

Small Farms Events - 7 hours 46 min ago
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Getting the Best out of Pasture and Hay Ground     Assessment and Management Series

Pasture and hayground inputs and management are costly activities. Strategic methods can help you get the most out of your inputs. This program covers the basics of assessing pasture and hay ground, as well as advanced concepts in management to fit your goals. Participants will be guided through custom assessments of their own land. Sign up for one or more of these classes for information on agronomic-economic approaches to your forage production and harvest management.

Presenters: Shelby Filley and Melissa Fery, OSU Extension Service

Location:  Lane Community College: 4000 E. 30th Avenue, Eugene. Building 17, Room 309

Times/Dates:   6 to 8 pm on Tuesdays, March 13, March 27, April 10, April 24 & May 8

Cost per Ranch:  $15.00 per session (Multi-session discount @ $60 for all five sessions)

Click HERE Register
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Good Bugs vs Bad: Using biological controls in SWD managment

Small Farms Events - 7 hours 46 min ago
Friday, February 23, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

National team will present latest information on biological control of Spotted Wing Drosophila

With funding from the USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative, a team of researchers from across the United States is collaborating to improve management of spotted wing Drosophila. This invasive pest has challenged producers of berries and cherries across the United States and around the world in recent years. A key component of the project is to learn the role of biological control in controlling spotted Wing Drosophila, and to discover new biocontrol agents. To update growers and other stakeholders, the team will report on the current state of their research during a one hour webinar on February 23 from 12-1pm Eastern Time. Titled “Good Bugs vs Bad: Using Biological Controls in SWD Management” this webinar will include an overview of the project, an update on the native biocontrol agents that have been found in surveys at farms from Oregon to Maine, and the latest information on their search for parasitic wasps from Asia. This webinar is free and open to all. Register with your name and email address at http://bit.ly/2EhwqPf  

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Dairy Science and Sanitation

Small Farms Events - 7 hours 46 min ago
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (all day event)
  • The course consists of on-line lecture sessions that will cover basic dairy science, including composition of milk, dairy microbiology, and dairy food safety, as well as an overview of dairy regulations. Participants will also learn through hands-on sessions at the OSU campus the basics of cleaning and sanitizing principles, unit operations -- both raw milk production and receiving, and dairy processing, plant equipment and design, general control of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms, in depth information on cleaning and sanitizing chemicals, their properties and applications, and a discussion on CIP and COP systems.

Registration: https://dairyextension.foodscience.cornell.edu/content/0306-0718-dairy-science-sanitation-workshop-oregon-state-university

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A Practical Approach to Regenerative Farming Techniques

Small Farms Events - 7 hours 46 min ago
Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Scott Goode and Anna Eichner of Nourishing Systems in Central Point, Oregon will share information about how to begin implementing regenerative farming techniques on your property.  Regenerative farming utilizes practices that work with natural systems such as photosynthesis, soil microbiology and soil chemistry, as well as practices like integrated pest management, cover cropping, crop rotation, nutrient cycling, and reduced tillage to actively engage in carbon sequestration.

Hosted by OSU Extension Service Small Farms program & Willamette Women's Farm Network 

When: Thursday, February 22, 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: Lane County Extension, 996 Jefferson Street, Eugene, OR
Class Fee: $10 per person. 
Click here to register!

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Exploring the Small Farm Dream Workshop Series

Small Farms Events - 7 hours 46 min ago
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Exploring the Small Farm Dream

Are you considering launching a small farm enterprise, but are not sure where to start? Whether you are dreaming of raising sheep, growing berries, or selling heirloom vegetables, this class series will give you the tools to start making choices to determine if farming is right for you. In this four-session course you will learn about current opportunities in small-scale agriculture, explore objectives, assess personal and financial resources, conduct preliminary market research, and learn about farm business finances which will all feed into an action plan and guide your next steps.

If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal farming pastime into a more serious business activity.

What to expect:

  • Creative exercises, research, and class discussions that will help you assess your skills and resources.
  • Interview with local farm-business owner that will assist you in deciding how to carry your dream forward.
  • Learn about farm business finances to help form and fund your dream.
  • An opportunity to make connections with others interested in starting new farm enterprises.

Who should attend?
If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This
includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other
employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal
farming pastime into a more serious business activity.

Dates, times and locations:

Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27th, 2018

6:00-8:30 pm          

Marys River Grange (24707 Grange Hall Rd, Philomath, OR 97370)

Fee: $60 for one individual; $75 for two farm business partners.
Fee includes worksheets and handouts, 10 hours of detailed instruction and class exercises
led by Extension Faculty and successful local farmers, and refreshments at each session.

To register:
To register for the visit hereor contact Amy Garrett @ amy.garrett@oregonstate.edu or 541-766-3551

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Grower to Grazier Connections

Small Farms Events - 7 hours 46 min ago
Thursday, February 22, 2018 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 Join the Polk SWCD staff as we host forage seed growers from our region to learn about the many seed resources grown in our region.  Livestock and horse owners will learn about the many grass, legume and other kinds of seed available for high quality forage production.  Factors such as suitability to soil type and moisture, hardiness and livestock dietary need will be discussed by our panel of growers and seed company representatives.

   Please RSVP to Claudia.Ingham@PolkSWCD.com or 503-623-9680 ext. 101 to ensure your light dinner at 5pm.

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Exploring the Small Farm Dream Workshop Series

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:36pm
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Exploring the Small Farm Dream

Are you considering launching a small farm enterprise, but are not sure where to start? Whether you are dreaming of raising sheep, growing berries, or selling heirloom vegetables, this class series will give you the tools to start making choices to determine if farming is right for you. In this four-session course you will learn about current opportunities in small-scale agriculture, explore objectives, assess personal and financial resources, conduct preliminary market research, and learn about farm business finances which will all feed into an action plan and guide your next steps.

If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal farming pastime into a more serious business activity.

What to expect:

  • Creative exercises, research, and class discussions that will help you assess your skills and resources.
  • Interview with local farm-business owner that will assist you in deciding how to carry your dream forward.
  • Learn about farm business finances to help form and fund your dream.
  • An opportunity to make connections with others interested in starting new farm enterprises.

Who should attend?
If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This
includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other
employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal
farming pastime into a more serious business activity.

Dates, times and locations:

Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27th, 2018

6:00-8:30 pm          

Marys River Grange (24707 Grange Hall Rd, Philomath, OR 97370)

Fee: $60 for one individual; $75 for two farm business partners.
Fee includes worksheets and handouts, 10 hours of detailed instruction and class exercises
led by Extension Faculty and successful local farmers, and refreshments at each session.

To register:
To register for the visit hereor contact Amy Garrett @ amy.garrett@oregonstate.edu or 541-766-3551

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Report: HMSC Visitor Center generates an estimated $7.6 million in statewide income annually

Breaking Waves - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 9:59am

2-16-18

by Rick Cooper

The Visitor Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, generates more than 10 times as much as it costs to operate, according to a new report by Bruce Sorte, an Extension economist with Oregon State University’s Department of Applied Economics.

The total annual cost to operate the Visitor Center is $460,000 in 2017 dollars. As estimated in this report, that $460,000 generates more than 10 times as much in economic effects, with $5.4 million in income, $9.7 million in sales, and 133 jobs for Lincoln County. Statewide, the Visitor Center generates $7.6 million in income, $13.2 million in sales, and 156 jobs.

The Oregon Sea Grant-operated Visitor Center at HMSC. (Photo by Tiffany Woods)

Sorte said in the report that he used data from two types of surveys and the IMPLAN (IMpact analysis for PLANning) input-output model to estimate the annual economic contributions.

The Visitor Center, which is operated by Oregon Sea Grant, is supported primarily with federal and OSU funds, along with some donations from the approximately 150,000 visitors it attracts annually. Thirty-nine percent of visitors surveyed indicated that half or more of their reason for coming to the Oregon coast was to visit the Visitor Center. The percentage of visitors citing the Visitor Center as their reason for traveling to Lincoln County was the same.

The report, Economic Linkages and Impact Analysis for the Oregon Sea Grant-Operated Visitor Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, is available for free download here.

The Visitor Center has been undergoing extensive remodeling since early December and will partially reopen for the OSU150 Sea Grant Festival on Saturday, Feb. 17., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Its regular hours after that will be 10 to 4 Thursday-Monday.

 

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Report: HMSC Visitor Center generates an estimated $7.6 million in statewide income annually

Sea Grant - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 9:59am

2-16-18

by Rick Cooper

The Visitor Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, generates more than 10 times as much as it costs to operate, according to a new report by Bruce Sorte, an Extension economist with Oregon State University’s Department of Applied Economics.

The total annual cost to operate the Visitor Center is $460,000 in 2017 dollars. As estimated in this report, that $460,000 generates more than 10 times as much in economic effects, with $5.4 million in income, $9.7 million in sales, and 133 jobs for Lincoln County. Statewide, the Visitor Center generates $7.6 million in income, $13.2 million in sales, and 156 jobs.

The Oregon Sea Grant-operated Visitor Center at HMSC. (Photo by Tiffany Woods)

Sorte said in the report that he used data from two types of surveys and the IMPLAN (IMpact analysis for PLANning) input-output model to estimate the annual economic contributions.

The Visitor Center, which is operated by Oregon Sea Grant, is supported primarily with federal and OSU funds, along with some donations from the approximately 150,000 visitors it attracts annually. Thirty-nine percent of visitors surveyed indicated that half or more of their reason for coming to the Oregon coast was to visit the Visitor Center. The percentage of visitors citing the Visitor Center as their reason for traveling to Lincoln County was the same.

The report, Economic Linkages and Impact Analysis for the Oregon Sea Grant-Operated Visitor Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, is available for free download here.

The Visitor Center has been undergoing extensive remodeling since early December and will partially reopen for the OSU150 Sea Grant Festival on Saturday, Feb. 17., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Its regular hours after that will be 10 to 4 Thursday-Monday.

 

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Exploring the Small Farm Dream Workshop Series

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 2:39pm
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Exploring the Small Farm Dream

Are you considering launching a small farm enterprise, but are not sure where to start? Whether you are dreaming of raising sheep, growing berries, or selling heirloom vegetables, this class series will give you the tools to start making choices to determine if farming is right for you. In this four-session course you will learn about current opportunities in small-scale agriculture, explore objectives, assess personal and financial resources, conduct preliminary market research, and learn about farm business finances which will all feed into an action plan and guide your next steps.

If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal farming pastime into a more serious business activity.

What to expect:

  • Creative exercises, research, and class discussions that will help you assess your skills and resources.
  • Interview with local farm-business owner that will assist you in deciding how to carry your dream forward.
  • Learn about farm business finances to help form and fund your dream.
  • An opportunity to make connections with others interested in starting new farm enterprises.

Who should attend?
If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This
includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other
employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal
farming pastime into a more serious business activity.

Dates, times and locations:

Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27th, 2018

6:00-8:30 pm          

Marys River Grange (24707 Grange Hall Rd, Philomath, OR 97370)

Fee: $60 for one individual; $75 for two farm business partners.
Fee includes worksheets and handouts, 10 hours of detailed instruction and class exercises
led by Extension Faculty and successful local farmers, and refreshments at each session.

To register:
To register for the visit hereor contact Amy Garrett @ amy.garrett@oregonstate.edu or 541-766-3551

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Creating Your Own Food Business Series

Small Farms Events - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 2:38pm
Monday, February 12, 2018 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

ABOUT THE EVENT

The aim of this Southern Oregon four-part series is to help you transform your passion for food into an artisan and value-added food business. You will learn critical, useful and time saving information needed to launch a successful food business. Location:  Except for the ‘Kick Off’ onJan. 10, all other classes will be held at OSU Extension, Auditorium (SOREC-569 Hanley Rd. Central Point)

 Read more: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/recipe-to-market-series 

Part 1,  Jan. 10”Kick Off” at The Café at Medford Food Co-op, 945 S. Riverside Av. Medford
A panel of local business owners who are successfully producing, processing and selling a food product will share their experiences. Taste local artisan foods and network with others. (5:30 to 7:30 pm; FREE)

Part 2, Jan. 29: Launch a Successful Food Business. Location: Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center Auditorium. Instructor: Sarah Masoni, Product and Process Development Manager at the OSU Food Innovation Center. Sarah has a passion for assisting food entrepreneurs. Product Development, Laws, Labeling, Licensing and more. (9:00 am to 3:00 pm; $45- includes lunch)  Register for this class only HERE

Part 3, Feb. 03: Building Your Food Brand. Location: Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center Auditorium 
Discuss the pros and cons of various marketing and distribution channels, branding, logo development and using social media to create a buzz about your product. (1:00 to 3:30 pm; $20)  Register for this class only HERE 

Part 4, Feb. 12: Developing Your Business Plan and Financing.  Location: Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center Auditorium    
The Rogue Community College Small Business Development Center along with other local business advisors will answer important questions, including, 1)What type of business structure is best for me? 2) How should I approach budgeting and recordkeeping?  3) What different types of financing are available to me? Bring your own questions, too. (5:30 to 8 pm; $20Register for this class only HERE 

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Field-to-Market: The Essentials

Small Farms Events - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 2:36pm
Saturday, February 10, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Field-to-Market is for farmers and market managers interested in producing and selling farm-direct, value-added products; jams & jellies, fruit syrups, salsa, pickles, and sauerkraut.

Field-to-Market is a series of 5 workshops, including “Essentials,” and four hands-on, specialty workshops titled “Acidified Foods,” “Dehydrated Foods,” “Fermented Foods,” and “High Acid Foods. Workshops are facilitated by content experts who can deliver factual information, and trained Master Food Preserver volunteers who provide opportunities to practice research-based food preservation techniques.

Registration fee: $25 per person or $40 per couple. 

More details and registration information can be found at http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/field-market

 

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Beginning Farmer Needs Assessment Focus Group

Small Farms Events - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 2:37pm
Thursday, February 8, 2018 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Beginning Farmer Needs Assessment Focus Group
Hosted by OSU Small Farms, Rogue Farm Corps, and Willamette Farm and Food Coalition.

If you are a new and beginning farmer who has been at it for less than 10 years, or exploring farming as a career path, please join us for a focus group. The evening will include surveys, group discussions, networking, and food. Information gathered will be used to improve programming offered to new and beginning farmers across the state. We need your input! Come learn, share, and meet other new and aspiring farmers. Chance to win a free entry to the OSU Small Farms Conference. Light dinner will be provided.

When: Thursday February 8th 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: Stellaria Building Community Room 150 Shelton-McMurphey Blvd. Suite #104 Eugene, OR
Please RSVP to katy@roguefarmcorps.org
 

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Potential drawbacks of Young Stand Thinning

Tree Topics - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 3:21pm

Brad Withrow-Robinson, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension agent, Benton, Linn and Polk Counties.

We have been dedicating a fair amount of screen space and class time lately to the idea that many family forest landowners would benefit from thinning their young stands. We explored the reasons to consider young stand thinning (YST) as well as some approaches in a series of posts on YST .  YST is consistent with the situation and goals of many family forest landowners, which often include growing older and more diverse forests.

That said, like many other well-grounded activities, YST is not without some potential drawbacks.

Few of them are significant enough to justify not thinning at all, but each requires some thought and consideration to avoid unintended consequences. We present some of those potential drawbacks that you need to consider when planning a YST, along with some links to other information, below.

Weeds. Yes, blackberries and other weeds can make YST difficult, and may slow the growth of your trees, but do not change the need for YST if you find that you have more trees per acre (tpa) than your desired target.  YST is  probably a better justification for keeping ahead the weeds, than weeds are a justification for delaying or not doing YST.

Sunscald, yes your trees can be burned if young tender bark is abruptly exposed to the sun and gets too hot.  We see it particularly on warm, dry, south facing sites, and it is more commonly seen because of pruning than thinning.  If your site meets that description, it might be wise to thin and prune separately.  Consider modifying the pruning operation (do smaller lifts, leave a SW facing branch or two in exposed places like south facing road sides, don’t prune those areas in late summer).

Insects and diseases are the most significant concerns related to YST.  There is the potential to create a bug problem while trying to avoid a density related stress problems.  The outcome depends on the amount, timing and handling of the slash produced.  The cause for concern varies by tree species.

Valley ponderosa pine.  We have written about problems with slash and the ips beetle before and also directed people or one or another excellent ODF bulletin about ips and also about slash management. These destructive bark beetles thrive on stress and also disturbances that produce debris they use to multiply.  Creating lots of slash in a thinning operation can easily lead to an ips outbreak, and certainly represents the biggest single challenge to managing pine.

Douglas-fir. Black stain root rot is an increasing problem in some areas in western Oregon.  It is caused by a fungus, but it is carried

Black stain signs at root crown.  Photo by William Jacobi, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

by insects that are keyed-in on stress and disturbance (just like the ips).  Local outbreaks in young plantations may be associated with nearby disturbances such as harvests, road construction or brushing.  It can also be associated with YST.  Where other local disturbances or presence of disease cause concern, the most significant management recommendation is to avoid attracting and feeding the insect vectors by thinning in summer, after the insects’ breeding season.  Look for more about this disease in future blogs/articles.

Swiss Needle Cast is present throughout western Oregon, but it is most significant along the coast where it must be considered as part of every management decision. Potential implications of SNC to young stand thinning include retaining alternate species, and selecting among Douglas-fir based on needle retention.

Young stand thinning is an important woodland management practice that can help you keep your woodland vigorous and resilient to drought and other stress. A little caution can help it deliver on that promise.

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Pesticide Chemistry, Toxicology, and Policy Short Course

Small Farms Events - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 2:38pm
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

If you need pesticide applicator re-certification credits, Lane County Extension will be hosting the Pesticide Chemistry, Toxicology, & Policy Short Course at Lane Community College on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 6th (full day) & 7th (morning only).

We are anticipating 12 re-certification credits for both Oregon and Washington.  Cost is $110 if paid by January 19th, or $130 after January 19th.  Lunch is included on the first day.  Follow this link to register…

 

https://apps.ideal-logic.com/osuextension?key=F3T9-25VWY_K9KH-5PTF_bd6792ac

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Stories from 60 Years of Ocean Science

Terra - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 9:16am

We used to think that the oceans are unchanging and inexhaustible. After all, they are vast, covering 70 percent of the Earth, and the forces that drive them dwarf human endeavor. But today, in the course of a single human lifetime, our view has fundamentally changed, thanks largely to scientists who have explored extreme realms.

Researchers at Oregon State University have documented life forms, invented new ways to the see below the surface of the sea and endeavored to protect ocean ecosystems and to serve human well-being. OSU scientists are using this knowledge to fashion a new relationship to the ocean, one that values its bounty and beauty.

On February 24, hear from some of those who led the way and others who are still on the front lines of this urgent work. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held from 10 am to 12 noon in room 100 of the Learning Innovation Center at Oregon State University.

Speakers include:

  • Bob Collier, professor emeritus and former project manager of the Ocean Observatories Endurance Array.
  • Burke Hales, professor of ocean ecology and biogeochemistry, director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center
  • Bob Jacobson, the first marine Extension agent in the country, working with fishermen and seafood processors
  • Laurie Juranek, assistant professor of ocean ecology and biogeochemistry
  • Alejandra Sanchez-Rios, graduate student in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Bob Smith, OSU professor in physical oceanography, mentored by June Pattullo in the 1960s
  • John Byrne, former director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, dean of oceanography, NOAA administrator and president of Oregon State University

The event is part of the OSU150 Sea Grant Festival, OSU’s year-long celebration of 150 years as Oregon’s land grant university. See a full schedule of events February 12-24 and learn how our dedicated faculty are discovering new frontiers, educating current and future generations and working with communities to solve today’s most pressing issues.

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Pesticide Chemistry, Toxicology, and Policy Short Course

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 2:37pm
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 (all day event)

If you need pesticide applicator re-certification credits, Lane County Extension will be hosting the Pesticide Chemistry, Toxicology, & Policy Short Course at Lane Community College on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 6th (full day) & 7th (morning only).

We are anticipating 12 re-certification credits for both Oregon and Washington.  Cost is $110 if paid by January 19th, or $130 after January 19th.  Lunch is included on the first day.  Follow this link to register…

 

https://apps.ideal-logic.com/osuextension?key=F3T9-25VWY_K9KH-5PTF_bd6792ac

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Exploring the Small Farm Dream Workshop Series

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 2:37pm
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Exploring the Small Farm Dream

Are you considering launching a small farm enterprise, but are not sure where to start? Whether you are dreaming of raising sheep, growing berries, or selling heirloom vegetables, this class series will give you the tools to start making choices to determine if farming is right for you. In this four-session course you will learn about current opportunities in small-scale agriculture, explore objectives, assess personal and financial resources, conduct preliminary market research, and learn about farm business finances which will all feed into an action plan and guide your next steps.

If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal farming pastime into a more serious business activity.

What to expect:

  • Creative exercises, research, and class discussions that will help you assess your skills and resources.
  • Interview with local farm-business owner that will assist you in deciding how to carry your dream forward.
  • Learn about farm business finances to help form and fund your dream.
  • An opportunity to make connections with others interested in starting new farm enterprises.

Who should attend?
If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This
includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other
employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal
farming pastime into a more serious business activity.

Dates, times and locations:

Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27th, 2018

6:00-8:30 pm          

Marys River Grange (24707 Grange Hall Rd, Philomath, OR 97370)

Fee: $60 for one individual; $75 for two farm business partners.
Fee includes worksheets and handouts, 10 hours of detailed instruction and class exercises
led by Extension Faculty and successful local farmers, and refreshments at each session.

To register:
To register for the visit hereor contact Amy Garrett @ amy.garrett@oregonstate.edu or 541-766-3551

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