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OSU Forage Management Series

Small Farms Events - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 2:38pm
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Each part consists of an evening classroom presentation at the Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility on the OSU campus, followed by a morning field practical at a local outdoor location.

Class meets Wednesdays (6 – 8:30 pm) and Thursdays (10 – noon). Topics for each month are:
April 19 & 20 – Farm and Forage Assessment
May 24 & 25 – Harvest Management
June 28 & 29 – Irrigation
August 16 and 17 – Fertility
September 20 and 21 – Renovation Techniques

Pre-registration and a $30 fee per part per ranch is required. There is a discounted price of $120 for signing up for all five parts. Click here for on-line registration. If you do not have Internet access, stop by or call the OSU Extension Linn County office, 541-248-1088 for assistance.

Speakers will be Shelby Filley, David Hannaway, Serkan Ates, Gene Pirelli, and Troy Downing, plus other OSU faculty and local experts.

This series will focus on a “project ranch” that we work on together, including site visits and on-line document sharing and blog. The project ranch will be the Wilson Farm, the OSU sheep facility with sheep and cattle grazing the pastures. You can also work on your own ranch as a side project if desired. The objective of the series is to improve knowledge about managing forage on properties in the Willamette Valley.

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Soil School

Small Farms Events - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 2:38pm
Saturday, April 8, 2017 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Soil School 2017 will be held at the Portland Community College Rock Creek campus Event Center.  The day will again be kicked off by Dr. Soil, James Cassidy, OSU Soil Scientist, who will give us an overview of soil – what it’s made of and why.

We’ll have 12 sessions featuring expert speakers on a wide variety of topics related to soil health including but not limited to invasive species, landscaping with native plants, cover crops and irrigation, composting and fungi.

Registration will be open soon so please watch your mailbox or check our website, www.wmswcd.org/projects/soil-school/.  

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Small Farms Events - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 2:38pm
Saturday, April 8, 2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Limited to 8 people. The class is FULL. If you'd like to be on a waiting list, please call Paula, 541-776-7371, ext. 208

Hands on class held at Dunbar Farms. Instructor: David Mostue
Register: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarms

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Small Farms Events - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 2:38pm
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday evenings March 29;  April 5 and 12
This three-session course provides an excellent framework to help new farmers assess their skills and interests, learn the realities of farm business ownership, and become connected to local resources. The aim is to help those thinking about small-scale commercial farming learn what it will take to start and manage a farm business, and decide whether that is something they really want to pursue.
Register on line: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarmDream
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CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:07am
Thursday, March 2, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

BCMGA Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:07am
Monday, March 6, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting

Northwest Horse Fair & Expo

Small Farms Events - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 2:36pm
Friday, March 24, 2017 - Sunday, March 26, 2017 (all day event)

The Northwest Horse Fair and Expo 2017, presented by Akins Trailer Sales, will celebrate the spirit of the horse, featuring fancy dancing horses, spell-binding equine entertainment, first-class clinicians, dynamic demos, and a huge trade show, providing wholesome family fun for horse lovers of all ages!

Now in it’s eighteenth year, the expo will kick off Thursday evening March 23, with the first round of a brand new event: the Mustang Adoption Challenge 2017, presented by Teens & Oregon Mustangs. Then the “mane event” gets into full swing, running three full days: March 24, 25 and 26, with an array of equine performances, entertainment and education, at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany, Oregon.

More information & tickets available here: http://equinepromotions.net/northwest-horse-fair/event-details/

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Clackamas Tree School

Forestry Events - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 2:35pm
Saturday, March 25, 2017 (all day event)

Tree School date: March 25, 2017. Catalogs sent: January 16. Registration opens:week of January 23

Watch the website for the offical opening date. Classes fill fast, prepare in advance by setting up a Tree School log-in  now.

Oregon Forest Pest Detector Training

Forestry Events - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:39pm
Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Oregon Forest Pest Detectors (OFPDs) are volunteers that help prevent the damaging impacts of invasive forest pests by monitoring for and reporting potential infestations. The OFPD training is composed of two parts: (1) a short online course and (2) an in-person field workshop.

Field Workshop: March 23, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Avery Park, Corvallis
See website for additional information and to register

Woodland Discovery Workshops

Forestry Events - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:39pm
Thursday, March 23, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This program is for forest owners thinking about managing their forestland and those folks interested in find-ing out what resources are available locally for supporting woodland management. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about how to tap into these resources, gather information and potentially access financial as-sistance for management activities such as thinning and fuels reduction.


Come and join us for a great opportunity to learn more about what is available in your local area and who can provide support for and enhance your ability to manage your woodland property. We’ll have a variety of re-source folks in attendance who will provide a brief overview of their programs, including the My Blue Moun-tains Woodland project, Wallowa Resources, Oregon Department of Forestry Programs, Oregon State Univer-sity Extension Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation District, Water-shed Councils, Tree Farm Program/Oregon Small Woodlands Association/Landowner Cooperatives, and Blue Mountains Cohesive Wildfire Strategy Project and Community Wildfire Protection Plans.

We’ll also be discussing woodland management planning, such as benefits of planning, what’s in a plan, how to get started and financial incentives. Finally, we’ll reserve plenty of time for questions and discussion with local resource professionals as well as woodland owners who are actively managing their woods.

Please call ahead to the OSU Extension Offices below so we can plan for adequate handouts and snacks.

For Island City, 541-963-1010; For Enterprise, 541-426-3143; For Pendleton: 541-278-5403

Sponsors and supporters: American Forest Foundation, My Blue Mountains Woodland Project, Oregon De-partment of Forestry, Wallowa Resources, OSU Extension, US Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Watershed Councils, Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Hope to see you there!

Forage Workshop Polk County Fairgrounds

Small Farms Events - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:39pm
Thursday, March 23, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Times & presentations are as follows:
Forage and Livestock Resources Roundtable - 2 pm to 4:30 pm
Hay, pasture and silage experts will be available to present information in an informal setting. Workshop participants can ask questions and find resources which can be applicable to their individual forage situations.

Hay Evaluation and Current Livestock Issues - 5 to 7 pm
Paying too much for hay? Livestock still thin after eating? Learn what to look for when buying hay and factors that affect hay nutrition. Learn what makes good hay and how to identify it. Participants are encouraged to bring hay samples. Current Status of Food and Safety Inspection (FSIS) Labeling for Meat Products and The Veterinary Feed Directive

There is no charge for this event. In order to plan for the workshop pre-registration is requested. Call 503-623-8395 or email gene.pirelli@oregonstate.edu
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Captive audience.

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:31pm

We all have an audience (unless we are a reclusive hermit). The issue is what kind an audience.

An absent audience?

An all inclusive audience?

A captive audience?

An exclusive audience?

Reminds me of the saying, “You can please some of the people, some of the time; all of the people some of the time and not all of the people all of the time.”

So when I teach evaluation (or try to teach evaluation–evaluation is a scary concept), I begin by saying that we are all evaluators, that we evaluate daily. It is truly an everyday activity.

Some people engage at that point. Others are skeptical. Others are deniers.

Like the old saying–some of the people…

Unconsciously (maybe consciously) you identify criteria that will help you make a decision.

That decision will provide you with a decision tree, to be able to make decisions throughout the day.


The other day, I had the opportunity to explore a “teacher-made” test; to determine if it had face validity. The audience was similar to and different from the audience who will ultimately take the test (survey, actually). I needed to capture the concerns about the instrument; to determine if it did what it was supposed to do; and wording issues.

Then a decision needed to be made about its use. We were using the TOP model (Bennett and Rockwell, 1995*).  Specifically the KASA portion of the model.  This model can be used for program planning/development AND program evaluation/performance. Just one  example of a logic model.

There were concerns that the “knowledge” wasn’t specific enough; that the words used were not clear; that “skills” were not specific enough; that not all response options were included in the response set. Some KASA questions   could be easily fixed (the response set); some were not (the specificity issue). I sent the compiled responses to the people in charge of the project. I did not make a decision on the specificity. Perhaps if I knew more about the topic, I could have. Obviously, the survey needed changing.


Is all evaluation about making decisions? It all depends.

Evaluation is determining the merit, value, worth of a program or project.

You want to find out if you have made a difference in the lives of the target audience.

If you can answer that, you have captured your audience.


*Bennett, C. & Rockwell, K. (1995, December). Targeting outcomes of programs (TOP): An integrated approach to planning and evaluation. Unpublished manuscript. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska.




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Oregon Season Tracker Training

Forestry Events - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:37pm
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

OSU Extenison citizen science program observing and reporting precipitation and seasonal plant changes like leaf buds.  Participants take a self paced online training at home (approx. 2 hrs) and then attend one classroom hands-on session to practice protocols, ask questions, and pick up you rain gauge.

Attend one classroom sessions:
     Wednesday March 22, 2017 in Stayton, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
     Tuesday April 4, 2017 in Wren, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
     Saturday May 13, 2017 in Portland, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost: $40 per family sharing materials/$30 for Linn County residents requesting a LCEA grant discount
Register: online 
For information contact Jody or call 541-766-6311

Financial trade-offs, and good neighbor outreach

Forestry Events - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:37pm
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Join With Industry Leaders to Discuss:

-How Alternative Silviculture Systems Can Be Applied To Support a Wide Range of  Landowner Goals

-How to Keep Silviculture Vision Synched with Operations Reality --All the Way Through the Harvest Process.

For more information and to register, click HERE

Woodland Management - Mapleton

Forestry Events - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:36pm
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

This six-session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property. Topics covered include:

•Getting started: Assessing your property and your site •What’s going on in your woods? Understanding tree biology and forest ecology •Taking care of your woods: Tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control •Getting it done : Safety, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations •Field trip :  See real examples of things learned in class

Information and Registration 

Young Stand Thinning Tour

Forestry Events - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 2:35pm
Saturday, March 18, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Will address the need for timely thinning of young stands (aka PCT) and ways to do a thinning when needed.

Date: March 18th

Time: 9 am - 12:00 noon

Location: Benton County sites, meeting location and carpooling information to follow.

This event is free but RSVP required. Include name, phone, email, and number attending by email or 541-766-6750.

Climate change panel discussion

Forestry Events - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 2:35pm
Friday, March 17, 2017 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Panel lead: Gabrielle Roesch-McNally, PhD, Fellow for Northwest Climate Hub based in Corvallis and serving OR, WA, ID and AK in responding to and mitigating climate related risks in farms, rangeland and forests.  Join us for a conversation about some of the science behind a changing climate, predicted changes to our region and agricultural adaptive strategies that producers are experimenting with in our region. Growers from the region and extension specialists will join the discussion to share some local impacts and strategies for adapting for both home gardens and small farms.

Oregon Forest Pest Detector Training

Forestry Events - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 6:08am
Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Help protect Oregon forests from invasive species. Designed to help with early identification of exotic forest pests including the emerald ash borer and Asain honhorn beetle. Training has two parts: a self-paced online prerequisite, followed by a field workshop.

Corvallis field workshop, March 23, 2017, 9 am to 12:30 pm

Visit the website for more information and to register

Wildlife Trees in Managed Forests

Forestry Events - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 2:36pm
Thursday, March 16, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Trees with deformities or other defects such as mistletoe brooms, heart rot and “candelabra tops” often provide critical structure for wildlife.  This program will help you better identify and manage for valuable habitat trees and other structural features on your property that support a diverse range of species, from birds to mammals, to amphibians.

Speaker:  Bob Carey, Certified Wildlife Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Yreka CA.  Bob spent 15 years as staff Wildlife Biologist for a private forest management firm covering 300,000 acres in northeast CA and several years as a consulting wildlife biologist. 

Master Woodland Manager Course

Forestry Events - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 2:36pm
Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Do you want to make sure your forest is resilient to fire, pests or diseases?  Are you interested in how your land can better suit wildlife, timber production, or recreation? Would you like to make sure your roads are well-built, and know that you filed your taxes correctly? The Master Woodland Manager (MWM) program shows you how to “read” your woodland by understanding local ecological factors as well as how to conduct assessments to determine where your woodland is heading as it grows and matures. You will learn how various management activities can help you meet your long term vision for the property.   This is the flagship course of the OSU Extension Forestry program.  MWM volunteers represent a 20 year legacy, and include a wide array of people and woodlands throughout Oregon. Whether you own 5 or 1,000 acres, the MWM program will help you gain skills for tending your woodland and provide opportunities to share your passion for stewardship.  View the Master Woodland Manager application/registration brochure.