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Ag Stations
Beef Workshop
Sheep Mentorship
Gardening Corner
Polk County Website
  Upcoming Events
Nov.29  Beef Quality 
Nov 30  Oregon Agritourism
Dec 1  Sheep Mentorship
Feb 1  Beekeeping essay
Mar 2 Small Farms Conference  
November 16, 2012                                  Volume 12 #14
Welcome to the  Polk County E-News.   We hope you will pass this on and share with others.  Gray
We hope you can spend this special time with family and friends, remembering all the many things and blessings we have to be thankful for.
Volunteers are wonderful... important... vital.  And absolutely critical to our collective success. - 2C1c-MINET
OSU Extension helps Oregon's $10 million cranberry industry float to the top Cranberries
Native to North America, cranberries were first planted in Oregon in 1885. Now the state ranks fourth in the nation's cranberry production. Perched on the southwestern edge of the state, cranberries are a $10 million industry and an important part of the coastal Oregon economy.
Small Farms Conference - OSU - March 2, 2013
Did you know that there are 440 cranberries in one pound?  Cranberries4,400 cranberries in one gallon of juice? 440,000 cranberries in a 100-pound barrel? And that Americans consume some 400 million pounds of cranberries each year?  
Ag Stations experiment with funding from outside sources
Capital Press By MITCH LIES
CORVALLIS, Ore. - In 2008, Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences administrators began considering asking farmers and ranchers to donate to the financially strapped agricultural experiment stations.

Farmer support, the thought went, could help branch stations thrive, show lawmakers that farmers appreciate the stations...
"It has opened up some conversations that probably wouldn't have taken place without it," College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Dan Arp said. "And one thing that has come through loud and clear to me is how important these branch stations are to the local communities."         Read more........ 

Beef Qualilty Assurance and Basic Cow-Calf Certification Workshop

Nov 29th, 2012   Corvallis, OR- OSU Campus, Oldfield Teaching Ctr., SW Campus Way x SW 35th St.  (4 pm to 8 pm)  Program: 3-h workshop training, followed by the certification exam and dinner.  A workbook will be provided.

For more information, please contact Reinaldo Cooke (541-573-4083)     Info... 



The Oregon SWellheep Growers Association, in cooperation with Oregon State University and the Oregon Purebred Sheep Breeders Association, is developing a mentorship program for new adult sheep producers in Oregon.   The goal is to make the knowledge of experienced sheep producers available to new sheep owners.   

Dec. 1, Dallas.         Agenda and Details  

No cost for workshop, but pre-registration is required by November 29.    

Phone: (503) 623-8395 or email: gene.pirelli@oregonstate.edu       


2012 Oregon Make It With Wool Contest will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach, OR.

8 Tips for Having an Awesome Family Volunteer Experience
Volunteering as a family is a great way to spend time together and make a difference in your community!    Read all of the tips....
Family Volunteer Day - Saturday, November 17th, 6pm to 8pm at Calvary Chapel, 628 SE Jefferson Dallas OR. Come help make fleece scarves and Christmas Cards for Dallas Christmas Cheer. Hot Cocoa and Cookies will be served.
Joymaker Project - Any youth that does any type of service will help to earn more toys for tots.  Easy to join in, more ideas...
Gardening Corner:  November Gardening Calendar
Here are just a few tips - check the calendar for more ideas.
  • Plant window garden of lettuce, chives, parsley.
  • Good time to plant trees and shrubs. Consider planting shrubs and trees that supply food and shelter to birds; flowering currant, and mock orange.
  • Western Oregon: Still time to plant spring-flowering bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses. Don't delay.
  • Western Oregon: Good time to plant garlic for harvest next summer, and to transplant landscape trees and shrubs.  
2013 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest       Due February 1 
Topic: "Reducing the Usage of Bee-Killing Pesticides in my Community"
The 4-H Beekeeping Essay is a great opportunity for 4-H members to research and write about honey bees. Cash prizes  will be awarded.                  Contest Info....
 Recipes:   OSU's "Food Hero" curriculum                                    
Broccoli and Everything Salad                 pie                                                      Hot Wild Rice Salad 
Side dishes to go with your Holiday meal.

The Holiday Food Safety Hotline   

Toll Free: 1-800-354-7319   

November 19 - 21; Monday thru Wednesday:  10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Many families enjoy turkey for holiday meals and as leftovers in the days after.  money 

Frequently asked questions on how to store and cook turkey for best taste and safety:  

  1. What size and type of turkey should I buy? 
  2. How do I safely thaw a frozen turkey? 
  3. How do I prepare a thawed turkey for roasting?  Check the answers to these and other questions and answers....   

Your turkey leftovers can get a makeover with these tasty recipes!

Click on the recipes and try some new ideas for your meals tonight! 


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