Protecting your home from wildfire. With the advent of this years drought there is considerable concern about wildfire safety for those living in woodland areas. Ole Helgerson, Area Extension Forester (509-427-9427), Washington Department of Natural Resources, Oregon Department of Forestry, and many of the local fire districts have available excellent information about how to better protect your woodland home from the threat of wildfire.
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) grants are available for 3 areas: Farmer/Rancher Grants (FRG), Marketing Systems Grants (MSG), and Organic Systems Grants (OSG). These are small funds, up to $7,500 for a single producer and $15,000 for three or more growers grouping together on a project. Proposals are due October 1, 2003.
Pests of the Garden and Small Farm. This is a very good resource for the small farmer who is looking for information on insect identification and management. It is put out by the University of California and can be obtained by contacting their publications department at 415-642-2431 and request publications #3332. The publication will cost about $25 per copy.
On-Farm Composting Handbook. This is the most up-to-date publication concerning on-farm composting and provides step-by-step help in setting a farm composting system. It is put out by Northeast Region Agricultural Engineering Service. Contact the publisher at 607-255-7654 or by e-mail at NRAES@CORNELL.EDU requesting publication #NRAES-54. The cost will be about $20 per copy.
Range and Pasture Management in Central and Eastern Oregon. This is a good pasture management guide for small and large acreage pastures. It gives tips on pasture management principals for both dryland and irrigated pastures, site preparation for new or renovated pastures, suggestions for plant species selection and suggestions for rotational grazing systems. This publication is available through any Oregon State University Extension Office. Cost of the publication is $.50 per copy.
Hort Update (http://osu.orst.edu/extension/wasco) is put out by Wasco County Horticultural Agent Lynn Long. Its focus is on commercial cherry production in the Mid-Columbia. To be put on the mailing list, call the Wasco County Extension Office at 541-296-5494.
Mid-Columbia Hort News ( http://osu.orst.edu/dept/mcarec) is put out monthly by Hood River County Horticultural Agent Steve Castagnoli. Its focus is on commercial pear and apple production in the Mid-Columbia. To be put on the mailing list, call the Hood River County Extension Office at 541-386-3343.
Mid-Columbia Livestock Newsletter ( http://osu.orst.edu/extension/wasco) er is put out monthly by Sherman/Wasco County Livestock Agent Bruce Nisley. Its focus is on commercial livestock production in the Mid-Columbia. To be put on the mailing list, call the Sherman County Extension Office at 541-565-3230 or the Wasco County Extension Office at 541-296-5494.
Mid-Columbia Farmers Newsletter ( http://extension.oregonstate.edu/wasco/) is put out monthly by Sherman Small Grains Agent Sandy Macnab and Wasco County Small Grains Agent Brian Tuck. Its focus is on commercial small grains and field crop production in the Mid-Columbia. To be put on the mailing list, call the Sherman County Extension Office at 541-565-3230 or the Wasco County Extension Office at 541-296-5494.
Sustainable Vegetable Production from Start-Up to Market (NRAES-104) is an excellent resource for small farmers interested in vegetable production. Cost is $42 per copy and can be ordered by calling 607-255-7654 or via their web site at http://www.NRAES.ORG.
Water Rights in Oregon: An Introduction to Oregon’s Water Law and Water Rights System. This is an excellent review of Oregon’s water law and water rights system and what it takes to obtain and keep water rights. Copies of the water rights booklet can be obtained by accessing the Water Resources Department web page at http://www.wrd.state.or.us.
2004 Pest Management Guide For Tree Fruits in The Mid-Columbia Area is now available through the Wasco County Extension Office at 541-296-5494 and the Hood River Co. Extension Office at 541-386-3343. Cost is $1.25 per copy (except for Fruit and Produce League members)
Oregon State University Water Conservation Publications -- With the shortage of water this year OSU has developed a list of available publications that will provide some very useful information concerning water conservation and use for agriculture. The web page for this list is http://eesc.orst.edu/waterwise/. For those who do not have access to a computer please contact the Wasco County Extension Office at 541-296-5494 for a copy.
The New Farmers' Market: Farm-Fresh Ideas for Producers, Managers & Communities. Cost is $24.95 plus shipping and handling. To order please contact New World Publishing at 530-823-3886. This is a good resource for those interested in how farmers markets' can be a valuable tool for marketing their products as well as those interested in the management and operation of farmers markets'.
WSU publications on a variety of irrigation topics can be found at this web address: http://pubs.wsu.edu/scripts/PubOrders/webListing.asp?category=340. Examples include "A Ready Reference for Irrigation Manual of Practice" (EB1810), and "Electrical Demand Charges: How to Keep them Low" (PNW0291), "Irrigation Management Practices to Protect Groundwater and Surface Water Quality in the State of Washington" (EM4885).
Winter Grain Varieties for 2001, Special Report #775, Spring Grain Varieties for 2001, Special Report #986. These publications are available from either OSU Wasco or Sherman County Extension Offices at no charge.
Beef Production for Small Farms, EC1514 and is available from any OSU Extension Office at a cost of $1.50 per copy.
Raising Small Flocks of Chickens, EC 761 and is available from any OSU Extension Office at a cost of .75 per copy
Small Farm Handbook. Small Farm Center, University of California, Publication #SFP001. You can obtain copies by calling 916-445-4038 or at http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/. Note: At this site you can review numerous other small farm publications available through the University of California.
Speciality and Minor Crops Handbook. Small Farm Center, University of California, Publication #3346. You can obtain copies by calling 916-445-4038 or at http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/. Note: At this site you can review numerous other small farm publications available through the University of California.
Oregon Winegrape Growers Guide. Published by the Oregon Winegrowers Association. Contact 503-228-8403 to inquire about copies. There is a charge for the guide.
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Washington State University Publications Department has an electronic listing of available publications. You can view a list of publications at http://caheinfo.wsu.edu. (After the page loads, click on "Publications On-Line" on the bottom of the screen.) You can order copies of WSU publications by calling
Washington State University has developed a web page to help the public learn how to deal with various drought-related issues. Publications, news releases, drought links and meeting notifications are available at http://www.drought.wsu.edu.
Oregon State University also has a web site where publications can be obtained either off the web site or as paper copies sent directly to you. Note: Mid-Columbia residents can go to any local WSU or OSU Extension Office and obtain publications and/or a paper copy of the publications catalog (see the beginning of this newsletter for phone numbers and addresses). http://eesc.oregonstate.edu
Washington State University Food and Farm Connection. This is a very good site that focuses on publications and information relating to small farms. It can be found at http://king.wsu.edu/foodandfarms/index.htm.
Northwest Berry & Grape web page. This is an excellent source of information concerning berry (caneberries, blueberries, strawberries) and grape production, research and markets in the Northwest. Go to http://osu.orst.edu/dept/infonet.
Commercial Vegetable Production web page, published by Oregon State University, is an excellent source of information concerning commercial vegetable production, research and markets for the Northwest. Check out the website at http://osu.orst.edu/Dept/NWREC/vegindex.html.
Colorado Small Acreage Management maintains a web page at http://www.cnr.colostate.edu/RES/rc/small.htm. This is an excellent web resource that contains a wide variety of small farm resources from throughout the Western states.
Farm and Ranch Recreation web page http://uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/RanchRecr/. Developed by the University of Wyoming, this is an excellent web site that contains all kinds of information from throughout the country to help those interested in learning how to develop tourism enterprises for their farm or ranch. It also includes an online Farm and Ranch Handbook that covers such topics as developing a business and operations plan, target marketing, financing etc.
USDA has developed a sustainable agriculture on-line directory of expertise that folks can go to find information on a wide range of topics related to agriculture. The web page address is http://www.sare.org/expertise. They have also developed a web page to support sustainable agricultural activities; this web page address is http://www.sare.org/. It is an excellent site that will provide you with a wide variety of information on sustainability issues.
WSU Irrigation Scheduling, at http://sis.prosser.wsu.edu, is a very good resource for those who irrigate and want information on how to increase irrigation efficiency.
WSU Ag Happenings/King and Pierce County This is a WSU websit that features agriculture production, marketing and conservation information for the small farmer.
The WSU Vegetable Disease web page is divided into six sections which include: Vegetable Disease Newsletter, Disease Photo Gallery, Diagnostic & Management Resources, Vegetables in Washington and Vegetable Events. The web page can be found at http://mtvernon.wsu.edu/path_team/vegpath_team.htm.
An excellent web slide show is available through the USDA SARE program that looks at soil health and what it means to farmers. The slide show is located at http://www.uvm.edu/~nesare/slides/index.htm.
A good publication that is available on the web that talks about the benefits of and how to use enterprise budgets to make decisions about your farm can be found at http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/pnw0535/pnw0535.pdf.