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Living On the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages

Small Farms Events - Fri, 09/04/2015 - 2:38pm
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 - Fri, 09/04/2015 - 2:38pm
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 - Fri, 09/04/2015 - 2:38pm
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 - Fri, 09/04/2015 - 2:38pm
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 - Fri, 09/04/2015 - 2:38pm
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 - Fri, 09/04/2015 - 2:38pm
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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NWREC Vegetable Variety Field Day

Gardening Events - Fri, 09/04/2015 - 6:13am
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

Biogeomorphology of Riparian Ecosystems

Forestry Events - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 2:34pm
Monday, August 31, 2015 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 3, 2015 5:00 PM

This workshop will present a synthesis and application of scientific literature and field methods designed to help participants develop a better understanding of interactions between channel processes and riparian plant communities. It is intended for novice-to-intermediate restoration practitioners, resource managers, and/or environmental educators, and is particularly well suited for early career professionals seeking to gain better knowledge of riparian plant communities and/or hydrogeomorphic channel processes. Aspects of channel evolution theory, properly function condition (PFC) assessment, and greenline methods will be emphasized. Field areas will include restoration monitoring sites in the Upper Klamath Basin. Focus is on semi-arid riparian ecosystems of the eastern Cascades, although content is applicable to regions where riparian grazing and other agricultural land uses are relevant.

Participants should be prepared to camp and supply their own field gear, including waders.

Transportation, some meals (Tues lunch through Thu lunch, inclusive), and reference materials will be provided.

Click HERE to register.

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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How to Measure Your Forest

Forestry Events - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 2:36pm
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Oregon State University Tillamook County Extension Service and Tillamook Bay Community College are offering “How to Measure Your Forest” for woodland owners or for those just interested in learning how forests are measured. Do you have an idea of the species composition, the vigor, and the volume of your forest? If you think it might be important to estimate these forest attributes, this class is designed for you. Learn to use tools that foresters use to collect individual tree data. Learn how to expand individual tree data to a sample that can estimate your timber stand attributes. Class will be at Tillamook Bay Community College. Cost is $10 per person that includes handout material and a woodland measuring stick. Registration form here.

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.

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How Does Wood Stack Up to Other Heating Fuels?

Forestry Events - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:37pm
Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

With fluctuating prices of natural gas, fuel oil and electricity, many people consider heating their homes by burning firewood or wood pellets as a less-costly alternative.  When considering a change in home-heating energy use, it’s a good idea to compare heat content of traditional fuels with wood and wood pellets. The most common measure of heat content in the U.S. is the Btu, or British thermal unit.

Oregon State University Tillamook County Extension Service and Tillamook Bay Community College are presenting a workshop to discuss traditional heating fuels and their production, consumption and costs. You will learn to use an Excel spreadsheet that makes it easy to compare different types of fuels based on their cost per million Btu of available heat. An OSU publication, Home Heating Fuels, EC 1628-E will be part of the handout materials. Burning wood or wood pellets can be less expensive at a cost per million Btu than natural gas, electricity, heating oil or propane. EC 1628-E also explains how to calculate the payback period for money spent on a new wood stove or insert.

Firewood heating values vary significantly depending on how dry the wood is, and we will discuss the importance of using seasoned wood and good quality wood pellets. Learn why it is important to know the difference in heat value among different tree species.

This class is designed for those homeowners who are thinking about heating their homes with firewood or wood pellets or for those just interested in learning how wood “stacks up” to other types of fuels. The class will be taught at Tillamook Bay Community College. Registration fee is $10 to help cover the cost of handout materials. Registration form here.

Tree Genetics Field Tour

Forestry Events - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:37pm
Thursday, August 27, 2015 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for an exciting look into the world of supertrees! OSU is partnering with Bureau of Land Management and private industry - Port Blakely Tree Farms to treat you to an inside look at genetics in Forestry.

Participants will:

·         Compare common Douglas-fir trees side by side with superior selected strains

·         Find out how superior stock is chosen

·         Understand practices to enhance seed production

·         Learn about management of conifer orchard trees

·         Inspect orchard stands


There is no fee, but registration is required. For more information, click HERE

How Wood Behaves

Forestry Events - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 2:58pm
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wood is a multilayered, lognocellulosic, visoelastic, thermoplastic, cellular material of biological origin that is both hygroscopic and anisotropic.  If this sounds interesting and you want to learn more, or if you work with wood in the forest industry or work with wood as a hobbyist woodworker this class is designed for you.  Join us for a fun and informative class that will help you understand wood behavior during cutting, shaping and drying, and why wood is such a great structural and aesthetic building material. Class will be at Tillamook Bay Community College. Registration fee is $10 to help cover the cost of handout materials. Registration form here.

Woodland Ponds

Forestry Events - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 2:58pm
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM

We  will discuss the many aspects of a successful ponds project, including:

· The permitting process

· Feasibility of a pond on your property

· Contracts

· Locating your pond

· Design features

· Construction

· Maintenance concerns

· Fish & wildlife

· Assistance programs

 Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

Fish smoking, canning workshops offered in September

Breaking Waves - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 9:36am

NEWPORT – Interested in smoking or canning some of the fish you caught or bought on the Oregon coast? Oregon Sea Grant Extension is offering workshops in both techniques in September.

The first workshop, on smoking fish, takes place Friday, Sept. 4 from 9 am to noon. The class fee is $20, and participants must register by Monday, Aug. 31.

The second, on canning tuna, is Friday, Sept. 11 from 10 am to 2 pm. Registration is $40, and participants must register by Sept. 7. A seafood lunch is included in the registration fee.

To register for either workshop, call 541-574-6534. Questions? Contact Sea Grant Extension fisheries specialist Ruby Moon at that number, extension 57418.

Learn more:

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