Southern Oregon Ag Online agriculture in Southern Oregon Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:54:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Farmers invited to Cultivating Effective Communication Skills Conf., 12/9 Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:54:21 +0000

Farmers invited to Cultivating Effective Communication Skills Conf., 12/9


All farmers and ranchers are invited to attend the Cultivating Effective Communication Skills conference on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Salishan Resort in Gleneden Beach (near Lincoln City). The event is presented by the Oregon Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and is open to both Farm Bureau members and non-members.


“The conference will cover all aspects of communication relevant to farms and ranches,” said Kathy Hadley, event coordinator and chair of the OFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. “We’ll have experts sharing their strategies for effective communication on the farm or ranch, with lawmakers, and with the general public as we share our story as agriculture producers.”


In the morning, workplace communication and bargaining/negotiating strategies will be addressed.


A lunch speaker will provide tips for communicating with lenders.


The afternoon session will feature Lindsay Calvert of American Farm Bureau discussing how farmers can effectively share their stories to potential customers and the general public.


The conference will wrap up with a panel discussion focusing on advice for communicating with elected officials.


The conference cost is $20 for voting and supporting Farm Bureau members, and $40 for associate members and non-members. (Note: Associate and non-members can pay the reduced member price if they bring three cans of food for the YF&R Food Drive.) The registration deadline is Nov. 13.


What: Cultivating Effective Communication Skills Conference
Why: Learn strategies from experts for effective communication on your farm or ranch, with the general public, and with lawmakers

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (lunch included)

Salishan Resort in Gleneden Beach

$20 for voting & supporting Farm Bureau members; $40 for associate and non-members (or bring three cans of food for the reduced rate)


To register: Get the registration form & agenda at The registration deadline is Nov. 13.
For more information: Contact Dennis Myhrum, dennis@oregonfb.org541.377.2362.

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Farm Bureau keeps pushing for tax reform Sat, 04 Oct 2014 12:14:10 +0000 Farm Bureau keeps pushing for tax reform


Since the beginning of the year, Farm Bureau has fought for tax reform at the national level after many temporary tax provisions important to agriculture expired at the end of 2013.

In September, the House passed H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act, on a 253 to 163 vote. The legislation incorporates 15 bills previously passed by the House. Farm Bureau supported the overall bill.


Four provisions in the legislation that garnered Farm Bureau support earlier this session are H.R. 4457, the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act, which makes section 179 expensing permanent at the $500,000 level; H.R. 4718, which makes bonus depreciation permanent; H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, which promotes responsible timber production and a short-term extension of “Secure Rural Schools” payments to counties; and H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act, which repeals the Affordable Care Act’s 30-hour definition of full-time employment.


Passage of the Jobs for America Act sets up debate on the extension of expiring tax provisions that will take place during the lame-duck session. The Senate Finance Committee has reported a two-year extension of 50-plus tax provisions that expired at the end of 2013. The full Senate failed to take up the legislation. The biggest difference between the House and Senate positions is whether expiring tax provisions should be extended for two years or made permanent.

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Kids learn about ag with My American Farm App Sat, 04 Oct 2014 12:12:49 +0000 Kids learn about ag with My American Farm App


The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has released a new version of its popular My American Farm app for iPads, Android tablets and Kindle Fire. The app is available for download on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.


The new version of the app, My American Farm 2.0, contains six My American Farm games, including the newly added Power Up game. This game allows young learners to dive into the world of energy and agriculture and embark on problem-solving missions for the virtual community of Energyville. The new app also builds on the math-focused game, In My Barn, with a Pre-K level to draw in new users. New badges also will be incorporated into the latest version of the app for everything from completing a game to engaging in virtual tasks like meeting a farmer or planting seeds.


My American Farm is an educational game platform launched in 2011 to engage pre-K through fifth-grade learners in the discovery of relevant agricultural issues. Today, the free site offers 19 agriculturally themed games and more than 100 free educator resources such as lesson plans, activity sheets and comics.


The My American Farm educational resource is a special project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The site and resources are made possible through the generous support of title sponsor, DuPont Pioneer.


To take advantage of the free My American Farm resources, games and activities, visit

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Bob and Tessie Fisher 4-H hall of fame Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:21:51 +0000 Bob and Tessie Fisher of Eagle Point, OR will be two of the four honorees for the 2014 Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame.

From a young age, Bob and Tessie Fisher have been active 4-H members and leaders. Together and separately, they have held leadership positions in various 4-H clubs including a horse group, a cooking and homemaking club and an Antelope Beef Club among others. Beginning in the late ’70s and continuing today, Bob and Tessie have served as leaders of the Butte Basin Beef Club. The two always open their door to 4-H members to host meetings and practices, and offer their barns and scales for 4-H functions. They also have financially supported numerous 4-H and Future Farmer’s of America Association members through purchasing their livestock projects at auctions. As prominent citizens of Jackson County, Bob and Tessie are honorary members of both the Oregon and Eagle Point FFA Association.

Each and every county has outstanding 4-H supporters that keep their 4-H programming running strong. The Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame was established to recognize individuals that have had a significant impact on the 4-H Program and/or its members and leaders. Hall of Fame honorees are individuals who have significantly helped to generate opportunities for 4-H youth by raising funds, gifting, or otherwise supporting 4-H at the county or state level. The intent is to honor lifetime volunteers, community leaders, alumni, and former faculty and staff who far exceeded the expectations of their roles.

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EPID HONORS ELLEFSONS Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:45:13 +0000 2014 09 28_1932 2014 09 28_1934 2014 09 28_1937The list of accomplishments of Roger and Hazel Ellefson on behalf the Eagle Point irrigation District is long, to say the least. Among that list is the purchase of property for the new office, the purchase of the Hydro plant, defending irrigator’s interests and keeping track of all the business of the District.

Patrons of the District honored the Ellefsons with a potluck dinner on September 28; about 75 patrons and friends attended the function. Emcee Leon Sherman opened the afternoon with a few stories about his relationship with the Ellefsons, Board members Gary Bedell, Stan Deupree and J. B. Dimick followed with more stories as each tried to top the previous speaker.

Following the presentation, Hazel was asked to comment and her immortal words were: “Thank you.”

Patrons brought enough food to feed half the starving world and enough deserts to give the largest dinosaur a really serious sugar-high.

Following their retirement from Eagle Point Irrigation District, the Ellefsons served approximately two years as consultants, offering advice to keep the system running smoothly. They have now completely retired and no longer serve the District. A plaque will be placed at the front of the office building on Brophy Road, commemorating their contributions to the District over the past 40 years.

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Shasta Livestock Auction Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:51:45 +0000 RECEIPTS:   This Week: 658 Last Week: 1391 COMPARED TO LAST WEEK: Slaughter cows & bulls mostly steady. Very few cattle under 475#, or over 700# today. Balacne of steers steady to $3 higher, heifers $5-$8 lower in small lots. Off lots & singles $20-$40 below top offerings. SLAUGHTER COWS: High Dress Low Dress           Breakers: 101.00-109.00 110.00-120.00           Boneing: 91.00-100.00           Cutters: 80.00-90.00                         BULLS 1 & 2: 100.00-119.00 120.00-129.00 FEEDER STEERS: 300-400 xxxx to xxxx Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 xxxx to xxxx 450-500 261.00 to                     280.00 few 500-550 xxxx to xxxx 550-600 245.00 to                     280.00 600-650 232.00 to                     240.00 650-700 215.00 to                     245.50 700-750 xxxx to                     233.00 1 set 750-800 xxxx to xxxx 800-900 194.00 to                     211.00  FEEDER HEIFERS: 300-400 xxxx to xxxx Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 xxxx to xxxx 450-500 220.00 to                     240.00 few 500-550 230.00 to                     240.00 550-600 205.00 to                     224.00 600-650 xxxx to xxxx 650-700 200.00 to                     220.00 700-750 xxxx to                     205.00 1 set 750-800 xxxx to xxxx 800-900 192.00 to                     193.50 2 sets                                   PAIRS: No market test                        CALVY COWS: Full Mouth $1700-$2150 Broken Mouth $1450-$1700

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Shasta livestock auction September Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:35:45 +0000 COMPARED TO LAST WEEK: Slaughter cows and bulls steady to $1 higher. Few lightweights steady to last week but overall market $5-$12 lower. Lots of plainer cattle today so off lots and singles were $25-$50 below top offerings. SLAUGHTER COWS: High Dress Low Dress                               Breakers: 101.00-109.00 110.00-122.00                               Boneing: 91.00-100.00                               Cutters: 78.00-90.00                                             BULLS 1 & 2: 100.00-119.00 120.00-133.00 FEEDER STEERS: 300-400 302.50 to                       340.00 (2 sets) Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 xxxx to xxxx 450-500 265.00 to                       317.50 500-550 230.00 to                       262.00 550-600 225.00 to                       259.00 600-650 215.00 to                       243.50 650-700 215.00 to                       244.50 700-750 205.00 to                       230.50 750-800 xxxx to xxxx 800-900 195.00 to                       205.00 (few) FEEDER HEIFERS: 300-400 280.00 to                       330.00 (few) Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 250.00 to                       281.00 450-500 230.00 to                       262.00 500-550 230.00 to                       260.00 550-600 210.00 to                       236.00 600-650 201.00 to                       234.50 650-700 200.00 to                       228.00 700-750 200.00 to                       221.00 750-800 xxxx to xxxx 800-900 xxxx to xxxx                                                        PAIRS:   No market test                                             CALVY COWS:   Few small bunches of full-mouth cows $1700-$2000;   Broken-mouth cows $1475-$1650 NEXT WEEK: Wed.,Sept. 24: Catalog deadline for Western Video Market sale October 3rd                      Friday, Sept. 26: Expecting 800 head @ Shasta Livestock

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Hay growers association meeting September 24 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:35:06 +0000 to me

Hi everyone……just a heads up….the fall Oregon Hay and Forage Growers meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday, September 24, 10 am at the Klamath Extension Office, south end of Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, Oregon. (Rich ….is the room reserved?)

If Klamath Falls is too far to travel please consider attending the meeting by Polycom……that means you Mark Butterfield (LOL) and you Bill Buhrig and others that  live in the northern and eastern parts of the state.   We would love to have your input  at these meetings!!!!!! Not just board members can come ….all members are welcome to attend!!!!!  Get a car load together and make a day trip out of it! Hope to see a room full at this meeting!!!!!!   Mary
Here is info on Polycoms:
Polycoms Make Attending OHFA State Board Meetings Easy

Mylen Bohle, with the Central Oregon OSU Extension Service, has been trying to figure out how more board members from other distant affiliates (depending upon who is hosting the board meeting) could / would participate in the state board meetings via Polycoms.  They are available in each region by contacting your local extension service.  With the Polycoms, we can see and hear you, and you can see and hear us. They are easy to connect up. The Polycoms would allow any affiliate president and board members, and any other interested OHFA members to participate, when a particular state board meeting is too far away to travel to because of time and expense.  As long the Polycom room is available and reserved ahead of time in an affiliate’s county Extension office, then every affiliate should be able to attend the meetings.

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Easy raised beds Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:48:15 +0000 2014 09 16_1345

The new raised bed, three blocks high and filled with three layers of straw alternating with three layers of soil mix.



Last year I built five raised beds for my garden. I have gotten tired of tilling and more importantly, tired of bending all the way to the ground. As my age goes up, my flexibility goes down. Funny how that happens.

The first two I built were 3 x 12″ lumber and they went together pretty quickly. Unfortunately, they are just one foot above ground level and that still leaves me with having to bend over, especially since the fill material sinks as the season goes on.

The final three I built last year are made of concrete block and they are generally taller than the wooden sided beds. The first two, one for winter veggies, the other for strawberries, are two blocks high, or a total of about 16-inches from the ground. Better, but still not good.


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This view gives a good look at the mortar I use to hold the blocks together. you can also see how the cavities are filled with soil mix in preparation for palnting.

The final bed I made last year is three blocks high and measures 5′ wide and 16′ long. This one was planted this spring with tomatoes, squash and peppers. This one is beautiful, I don’t have to bend very far to pull the occasional weed and being so far off the ground makes it easier to harvest veggies.

Last weekend, we bought a couple of pallets of concrete block and hauled them home for more raised beds. By Saturday evening, I had the first one complete and partially filled with our soil mixture.


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Spray foam insulation has enough bonding capability to hold the blocks in place.

We made the beds by first laying down 1/2″ hardware cloth to prevent burrowing animals from coming up from the bottom and raising havoc with out garden plants. Atop the wire, we place flakes of straw, then a layer of the soil mixture and alternate straw and soil until the bed is filled. We also fill the holes in the block with soil and plant them also with onions.

The construction of the block walls is fairly easy–heavy, but easy– and goes fairly quickly. I depend on spray foam insulation to bond the concrete block and apply it where there is room to do so. The alternative is to stack the block and use grout to bond the block. The soil in the pockets also hold the block. To leave the block stacked one atop another would likely not hold the block with the pressure of the soil inside.

Last year’s beds held well and worked extremely well. The soil/straw mix did shrink down during the season, approximately 6 inches over the course of the summer. The straw mix also held the moisture well and where possible, I placed straw over the bed to prevent wind evaporation.

From a minimum of plants, we were able to take most of the vegetables we used over that time. The tomatoes grew so tall, they grew over the tomato cages, sagged to the ground and probably put on some 10′ of growth. Plant growth is one thing, but the important part is the tomatoes. We don’t grow them simply for the vines, but for the fruit and they did very well in that category.


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Watering was simple; used pvc pipe was laid in the bed and holes drilled into it along the length of the pipe. Most watering lasted some 15 minutes and I didn’t have to water every day, but for the most part twice a week. It was a quick process and very easy.

Now those two beds that were put in last year, those will receive another course of concrete block to bring them up to the correct height and more soil will be added to fill it to the top of the retaining walls.

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Shasta Livestock auction September 12 Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:10:38 +0000 RECEIPTS:                       This Week: 864 Last Week: 3278 COMPARED TO LAST WEEK: Slaughter cows and bulls $2-$3 softer. Cattle under 700 lbs mostly steady. Yearlings steady to $8 lower on less demand. Off lots and singles $15-$40 below top. SLAUGHTER COWS: High Dress Low Dress                               Breakers: 100.00-108.00 109.00-120.00                               Boneing: 91.00-99.00                               Cutters: 84.00-90.00                                             BULLS 1 & 2: 100.00-120.00 121.00-129.00 (few) FEEDER STEERS: 300-400 295.00 to                       322.00 (few) Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 xxxx to xxxx 450-500 265.00 to                       302.00 500-550 xxxx to xxxx 550-600 240.00 to                       273.00 600-650 235.00 to                       254.50 650-700 215.00 to                       235.00 700-750 220.00 to                       235.50 750-800 xxxx to xxxx 800-900 200.00 to                       211.50 FEEDER HEIFERS: 300-400 xxxx to xxxx Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 265.00 to                       302.50 450-500 xxxx to                       283.00 (1 set) 500-550 239.00 to                       254.00 550-600 210.00 to                       230.00 (few) 600-650 210.00 to                       244.00 650-700 210.00 to                       244.00 700-750 xxxx to xxxx 750-800 200.00 to                       226.50 800-900 xxxx to xxxx                                                        PAIRS:   No market test                                             CALVY COWS:   Too few to test

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