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2018 Graduate Research Showcase

Environment Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
Thursday, February 8, 2018 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The College of Engineering at Oregon State University is on the leading edge of new ideas, research, and innovation. The 2018 Graduate Research Showcase is a display of engineering research designed to promote the work of our graduate students, and how they are advancing the frontiers of engineering knowledge. Our graduate students will share their work through poster presentations with industry partners, alumni, the media, prospective students, faculty, their peers, and other academic institutions.

This event is free and open to the public, and we encourage everyone to attend. Whether you are a student, faculty, industry partner, or community member, our Graduate Research Showcase has something for you. Come learn and be inspired. 

 

 

 

Winter Career Expo

Health & Wellness Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Students at Oregon State are doers. Problem solvers. Communicators. If you’re looking for some of the best employers in the country (and who isn’t?), you won’t want to miss the Oregon State Career Expo. This career fair attracts approximately 130 employers seeking jobs and internships in STEM fields, the arts, humanities, business, and healthcare. See more on http://oregonstate.joinhandshake.com.

Eugene | Happy Hour for MPH and PhD Public Health Alumni

Health & Wellness Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Want to meet other MPH or public health PhD graduates in the Eugene area? Come have a drink on us as we gather for a casual happy hour.

Appetizers provided. One free drink to anyone who registers in advance. Details and registration 

The Sturm and Drang of implementing new programs of self-management support in primary care: lessons learned

Health & Wellness Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
Friday, January 26, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

CPHHS research seminar. Lawrence Fisher, PhD, Professor, Family Community Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine

Larry Fisher's primary research activity addresses the social, behavioral, self-management support and care system factors that affect the management of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes among adults through the Behavioral Diabetes Research Group in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at UCSF.

In collaboration with a multidisciplinary group of medical, developmental, and methodological specialists, Dr. Fisher has been studying how to address behavioral change, weight loss, medication adherence, disease management, and particularly depression and distress among type 1 and type 2 adults.

New projects test active interventions in primary care to re-configure panel management, outreach and care delivery to patients with chronic disease. Studies include longitudinal observational studies and active multi-arm interventions around behavioral change and implementation support for primary care system innovations.

Dr. Fisher has become impressed with how stress, depressive affect, disease management, and glycemic control operate together over time. These studies will help us learn more about the causal linkages among mood, disease management and glycemic control over time so that treatment programs, primarily in primary care where most patients with diabetes are seen, can be initiated.

All of this research adopts a social context perspective for understanding how social systems (the patient’s social context and the primary care system) affect chronic disease management.

The college-wide research seminar is Co-Sponsored by:

Co-Sponsored by the Health Promotion and Health Behavior Program

The seminar series provides a forum for faculty in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences and other researchers to present and discuss current research topics in an environment conducive to stimulating research collaboration and fostering student learning. Faculty and students from the Division of Health Sciences and other colleges, research centers and institutions are encouraged to participate.

Art & Science!

We also encourage you to attend this Friday’s Music A La Carte to enjoy a Friday with both Art & Science!

This free, lunch-hour concert series has been a tradition at Oregon State University since 1969 and features a variety of OSU music ensembles, faculty and student musicians, as well as regional, national and international guest artists.

The concerts take place in the beautiful Memorial Union Lounge, beginning at 12 pm and lasting for approximately 45 minutes.

From Non-Wearable Sensors to Advancing Telehealth Care Delivery: An Operations Engineering Approach

Health & Wellness Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
Friday, January 19, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

CPHHS research seminar. Harriet B. Nembhard, PhD, is the Eric R. Smith professor of engineering and head of the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME).

She leads this unit of 75 faculty and staff in fulfilling its vision to be an inclusive and collaborative academic community, its mission to educate students as profession-ready engineering graduates, its pursuit of research and innovation to drive world-changing breakthroughs, and its dedication to being a partner of choice for industry and government.

Her own research employs methods of statistics and operations research to improve complex systems and has led to numerous advances including the development of visualization methods for communicating healthcare data, a patented manufacturing process for small-scale medical devices, simulation models for assessing emergency department performance, modeling patient adherence to treatment, and tools for quantifying research translation. She is co-author of a ground-breaking textbook, Healthcare Systems Engineeering and has directed over 200 faculty and students on applied research projects in healthcare delivery that engaged AT&T, Highmark, Siemens, Verizon as well as several hospitals.

Dr. Nembhard has also been active in mentoring women and underrepresented minorities in the academic institution and has served frequently for many programs to positively impact STEM education, equity and inclusion, and student leadership.

Follow on Twitter: @HarrietNembhard
Follow on Instagram: HarrietNembhard

 The college-wide research seminar is Co-Sponsored by:

The seminar series provides a forum for faculty in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences and other researchers to present and discuss current research topics in an environment conducive to stimulating research collaboration and fostering student learning. Faculty and students from the Division of Health Sciences and other colleges, research centers and institutions are encouraged to participate.

Art & Science!

We also encourage you to attend this Friday’s Music A La Carte to enjoy a Friday with both Art & Science!

This free, lunch-hour concert series has been a tradition at Oregon State University since 1969 and features a variety of OSU music ensembles, faculty and student musicians, as well as regional, national and international guest artists.

The concerts take place in the beautiful Memorial Union Lounge, beginning at 12 pm and lasting for approximately 45 minutes.

Exploring the Small Farm Dream Workshop Series

Small Farms Events - 6 hours 4 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

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Dry Farming Forum

Small Farms Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Presenters:
Amy Garrett, OSU Extension Service
Dr. Alex Stone, OSU Vegetable Cropping Systems Specialist
Panel of farmers

Learn the basics of growing without irrigation for your garden or
farm. Studies in Western Oregon show melons, tomatoes, and
squash grown without irrigation actually surpass the quality and
taste of those grown with irrigation.
Presentations will include information on dry farming practices,
the Dry Farming Collaborative, research on dry farmed winter
squash, and how farmers in Western Oregon are using dry farming
principles in their production.

Register on-line or pay at the door


Register here: http://bit.ly/2B8Otpl

Or at the Extension Office, 1134 SE Douglas Ave. Roseburg OR 97470

541-672-4461

 

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Oregon Cheese Guild: Cheese maker education day

Small Farms Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
Friday, January 26, 2018 - Saturday, January 27, 2018 (all day event)

What: Cheesemaker Education Day is the west coast’s premier educational conference for the artisan cheese industry.

When: January 26 & 27, 2018

Where: Oregon State University, 115 Wiegand Hall, 3051 SW Campus Way, Corvallis, OR 97331

Who: Creamery owners and cheesemakers from Oregon, the NW, California, further afield; people interested in starting a creamery business, others related to the artisan cheese industry, and students. In addition to the seminars, there will be a small trade show for cheese industry vendors.

Cost: Tickets are $85, and include all seminars, lunch, coffee breaks, and reception.  First ticket $30 for Oregon Cheese Guild members, additional tickets $55.  After January 24 and at the door, tickets are $110. Hands-On Cheesemaking with Marc Bates and Gianaclis Caldwell on Friday, Jan. 27 from 1:00-4:30 is a $50 additional ticket.

Accommodations: Group rate of $129+tax at the Hilton Garden Inn adjacent to campus.  Call 541-752-5000 for reservations. Discounted rates are good until Jan. 7. 

Registration: http://oregoncheeseguild.org/cheesemaker-education-day/

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Creating Your Own Food Business Series

Small Farms Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
Monday, January 29, 2018 9:00 AM - 3:00 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 

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Creating Your Own Food Business Series

Small Farms Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
Saturday, February 3, 2018 1:00 PM - 3:30 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 

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Exploring the Small Farm Dream Workshop Series

Small Farms Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
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

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Field-to-Market: The Essentials

Small Farms Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
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

 

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Creating Your Own Food Business Series

Small Farms Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
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 

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Exploring the Small Farm Dream Workshop Series

Small Farms Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
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

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Exploring the Small Farm Dream Workshop Series

Small Farms Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
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

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Grower to Grazier Connections

Small Farms Events - 6 hours 4 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.

Categories: OSU Extension Blogs

Rural Living Day 2018 (Douglas Co.)

Small Farms Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
Saturday, January 20, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

If you are a small acreage/rural property owner or considering a move to the country you won’t want to miss Rural Living Day 2018. This day long workshop has something for everyone with 17 workshops to choose from and an opportunity to speak with representatives from over 10 local agencies and non-profits.

Pre-registration requested. Register today! 

Log on to our secure registration site and pay with a credit card or check when registering.  OR, use the registration form and mail a check to our office or come in and pay with check or cash. 

Schedule:

8am-9am: Check-in with coffee, donuts, fruit

9am-9:45am: Welcome & Plenary Session with Kaci Buhl – Pesticides in Pioneer Country

9:45am-10am: Break

10am-11:30am: Session A

11:30am-1pm: Lunch (Ask an Expert Exhibitors, and Demonstrations)

1pm-2:30pm: Session B

2:30pm-3pm: Break & Dessert

3pm-4:30pm: Session C

Session A Classes

1A:  Rainwater Catchment Systems That Work For You - Stan Dean, Retired Civil/Environmental Engineer and a Volunteer for various water resource and land stewardship organizations

This class will provide an overview of the basic components of rainwater catchment systems and how to size key facilities.  Emphasis will be placed on making sure that systems meet owners' objectives and capabilities in terms of cost, complexity, and functionality.  Information will be provided on basic water hydraulics and irrigation systems.  

2A:  What Can I Do With My Small Farm? - Melissa Fery, OSU Extension Service, Small Farms Faculty

Not all properties are created equal.  Soil, water, micro-climate and location all are important in determining what you can successfully do you with your small farm.  Your personal goals, values and interests also need considered.  This session will covers the many factors involved in making decisions related to the use of small-farm property. 

3A:  Tree Health in Douglas County - Ellen Goheen, US Forest Service Plant Pathologist

This class will focus on the major issues that affect tree health in Douglas County, including drought, forest insects, and forest diseases. We will review the major tree species in the  County and the major forest health issues. Additionally, we will discuss reasons for recent dieback and decline of Douglas-fir. Finally, we will also consider what management actions can be taken to ameliorate impacts.

4A:  Small Ruminant HealthDr. Charles Estill, OSU Extension Veterinarian

This class will provide information useful for both experienced as well as a beginning producer. Topics will include biosecurity, recognition of sick animals, modern approach to internal parasites, and diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses.

5A:  Training and Pruning Deciduous Fruit Trees - Steve Renquist, OSU Extension Service, Horticulture Agent

For small farm orchards it is critical to train and prune fruit trees to keep them compact to make pest management, fruit thinning, and harvest be more time efficient and effective. I will discuss several fruit tree training forms and how to achieve balanced trees that do not over yield or have too much vigor.

6A:  Tractor Maintenance Essentials - Earl Frazier, Umpqua Valley Tractor

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to do routine maintenance like checking fluids, changing filters and more.  This workshop will be outside, please dress appropriately for the weather.

Session B Classes

1B:  Pasture and Grazing Management: The Basics - Melissa Fery, OSU Extension Service, Small Farms Agent

Are you working to manage pasture for grazing animals and are not getting the quantity or quality of grass you'd expect?  Pastures under controlled grazing have less wasted forage, especially in the spring, and plants have an opportunity to rest and recover between pasture rotations, leading to increased forage production.  In this session we will cover topics such as how grass plants grow, rotational grazing systems and pasture fertility.

2B:  Soils:  The Foundation of Your Rural PropertyCassie Bouska, OSU Extension Service, Assistant Professor Agriculture

In this workshop you will learn about what soil is and how the soil on your property can make a difference in what you want to do there. We will cover physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of soil and learn about tools to assess soils on your property or property you are thinking about purchasing.

3B:  Identification of Native Southwest Oregon Trees - Alicia Jones, OSU Extension, Forestry & Natural Resources

Do you have trouble distinguishing white and black oaks? Have you ever wondered if that huge cedar is an incense, Port-Orford, or Western red? The more you know about your trees, the better you can care for them and improve their overall health. This workshop will give you all the tricks of the trade to identify the native trees in Douglas County - even the look-a-likes! We will also discuss the tree's life characteristics, habitat and range. Specimens will be available to enhance your learning experience! 

4B:  Small-Scale Poultry and Egg Production - James Hermes, OSU Extension, Poultry Specialist

Learn the ins and outs of raising chickens for egg production. Dr. James Hermes will cover topics including brooding and raising chicks, poultry nutrition, flock & bird health, breeds of poultry, and housing for poultry.

5B:  Preserving the Harvest: An Introduction to Food PreservationDouglas County Master Food Preservers

This fun filled workshop that will cover the dos and don'ts of safe home food preservation, including canning, freezing, drying, pickling, and making jams and jellies. You will also learn what equipment will you need as well as tips and tricks for quick and easy preservation so you can enjoy eating locally produced foods year round.

6B:  Chainsaw Safety & Operation (Part 1 of 2) - Mark Havel, Engineer, Havel Designs / Future Forestry Products Inc.

Take this class before you ever touch a chainsaw ideally, or of course to improve your felling techniques if you have years of experience already.  We will cover sharpening too, as well as overall safety and effectiveness. 

Session C Classes:

1C:  Pasture Weeds and Poisonous PlantsCassie Bouska, OSU Extension Service, Assistant Professor Agriculture

Presentation will cover common pasture weeds and control measures. It will also address common pasture plants that are poisonous to various classes of livestock.

2C:  Living With Your Well and Septic System - Chrissy Lucas, OSU Extension, Outreach Program Coordinator

Come learn about the basics of groundwater, water wells, and septic systems. Learn steps to protect the health of your family, neighbors, livestock, your property investment, and the safety of groundwater resources. Bring a 1/2 cup of untreated well water in any clean container for a free on the spot quick nitrate screening.

3C:  Wildfire: A Hot Topic - Kyle Reed, Fire Prevention Specialist, Douglas Forest Protective Association

Join the Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) for information about wildfire prevention, detection, and suppression for both small landowners and residential homeowners. This class will provide information on the following topics: public and industrial fire restrictions, wildland-urban interface issues, how to create defensible space, Firewise USA program, landowner/wildfire liability, what to do in the event of a wildfire, and a report on the 2017 fire season.

4C:  The Bee Project: Working Together to Keep Oregon Bee Friendly - Andony Melathopoulos, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University

Did you know Oregon has over 500 species of bees, including four species that are actively managed in ingenious ways for crop pollination? Come and learn who these bees are and some of the weird and wonderful features of their lives. The talk will also provide an overview of a state-wide strategy to keep Oregon bee-friendly, a strategy that leverages the patchwork of pollinator-friendly crops and adjacent natural areas in order to strengthen the state’s agriculture. 

5C:  Selling Your Farm Products - Sara Runkel, OSU Extension, Small Farms and Food Systems Coordinator

Are you growing more than you can use or give away? Do you want to turn your hobby into a small business? Take this workshop to learn about farm direct marketing. We will discuss local marketing opportunities and rules and regulations for a wide range of farm products including fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, meat, poultry, dairy, value-added products, and plants.

6C:  Chainsaw Safety & Operation (Part 2 of 2, pre-requisite part 1) - Mark Havel, Engineer, Havel Designs / Future Forestry Products Inc.

Take this class before you ever touch a chainsaw ideally, or of course to improve your felling techniques if you have years of experience already.  We will cover sharpening too, as well as overall safety and effectiveness.

Ask an Expert Exhibitors:

Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, OSU Master Gardeners, Douglas County Livestock Association...

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Orchard Management Series

Small Farms Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
Thursday, January 25, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The third of a three-part series about tree fruit production on small farms.

 To register go to: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/southern-willamette-valley-program/orchard-management-series

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2018 Lambing School

Small Farms Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
Saturday, January 20, 2018 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
2018 LAMBING SCHOOL
Co-sponsored by Oregon Sheep Growers Association & OSU Extension Service
DATE: SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018 TIME: 8 am to 5 pm LOCATION: Mont Alto Ranch, 2800 French Creek Rd,
Glide, Oregon
PRESENTED BY: Gene Pirelli, Oregon State University Extension Dr. Paul Bailey, Bailey Veterinary Clinic John Fine
This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to increase your odds of getting live lambs on the ground and off to a good start! This school will be held in a commercial sheep lambing barn, so there will be ample hands-on opportunities.
“EMPHASIS TO BE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE” Ewes: Lambing problems, obstetrics, grafting, foot trimming and health. Lambs: Castration, docking, vaccinations, and emergency situations as they arise. The school will also include discussions on sheep nutrition and facilities. Participants are also asked to wear warm, appropriate barn clothing and bring clean rubber boots! All footwear will be disinfected before entering the barn. Cost: $40 per person. The school will be limited to 12 participants. Selection for the school will be based on the first 12 registered. Preference will be given to those attending for the first time. Lunch will be provided with registration.
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION Monday, January 15, 2018 (Or until the class is filled)
Remember, first come, first served, because, unfortunately, we can only accommodate twelve people in the class. Fees will be returned if the class is filled. If you must cancel your plans to attend, please notify us four (4) working days prior to the lambing school, so that we can still refund your money. To register for the class, please fill out the enclosed form. Registration forms and fees must be received by January 15th to reserve your place in the class. All class participants will receive a packet of information. For more details on the Lambing School please call John Fine at 541-673- 0369 or email at johnandpeggyfine@charter.net.
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CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Gardening Events - 6 hours 4 min ago
Thursday, January 4, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM