February 2006

February 28th

The Oregon Fryer Commission's ninth-annual Youth Pen of Fryers Contest will be held May 20 at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall.

February 21st

New lambs will begin arriving at Oregon State University's Sheep Center early next month and the public is invited to view this annual rite of spring.

February 17th

Two outstanding Oregon 4-H members recently traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in a special community youth action training conference at the National 4-H Conference Center.

February 9th

The Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation has launched its second annual statewide essay contest about agriculture. All interested high school students throughout the state are invited to participate.

February 8th

As a Sun Grant Center, OSU is regional for research and development of new technologies for using agricultural wastes, residues and new crops for the production of bio-energy. OSU faculty are already working to harness microorganisms to produce hydrogen for fuel cells, growing crops for biofuel and finding replacements for petroleum with plant-based lubricants and pharmaceuticals.
The third season of “Smart Gardening,” a nationally broadcast half-hour gardening television series on public television is underway. Smart Gardening grew out of efforts by the Oregon State University Extension Service to reach gardeners around the Pacific Northwest with research-based programming, several years ago. This season, OSU is the national underwriter of the half-hour television series.

February 3rd

E.R. Jackman, a foundation that helps raise money for OSU agriculture education, has named new members to its advisory board. They are: Kirby Brumfield, Portland; Sue Fisher, Silverton; Mike McNab, Portland; Aurora Zamora-Ronning, Portland. They join continuing members: Dru Sloop, E.R. Jackman president, Salem; Alan Withers, Paisley; Kent Searles, Baker City; Jack Southworth, Seneca.
Oregon’s 4-H team entry in the recent National Western Roundup 4-H Horse Classic in Denver, Colorado enjoyed a strong performance, earning top finishes in several competitive events and coming in third overall in team competition.