Polk County Extension Service Quarterly Meeting

Meet and hear about some of the ways OSU Extension Service is working for you and other residents of Polk County. The OSU Polk County Extension Service District Quarterly Meetings will provide financial updates on the Tax District and feature area extension faculty serving Polk County.

This event is Free and open to the Public. For more information see the flyer (Click Here)

Wednesday April 23rd from 12:30 – 2:30 P.M.
OSU Polk County Extension Office Confrence Room – 289 E Ellendale, Suite 301, Dallas, OR
Accommodations for disabilities may be made by calling 503-623-8395


Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

The first nationwide Wildfire Preparedness Day is Saturday, May 3, 2014.  $10,000 in funding is available for neighborhood projects through a grant provided by State Farm.

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Visit www.WildfirePrepDay.org for all the details and use the hashtag #WildfirePrepDay.org for updates.

Transitioning Farmers Network – Apply by April 10th

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Click this link TFN Press Release 2104_FINAL for the full information!

Contact: Sarah Brown, Education Director, Oregon Tilth, 503-779-6557, sarah@tilth.org

“Beginning in April, Oregon growers who are transitioning to organic production will have their own network for guidance and information. Oregon Tilth’s Transitioning Farmer Network will provide tools, training, and technical assistance for farmers in transition, and those adding organic acreage or diversifying production. The Network will provide consultation with organic specialists, advice from experienced organic producers, and a forum to exchange ideas with other transitioning farmers.”

“The Transitioning Farmer Network will help farmers address these challenges while they grow successful organic enterprises. Members will get one-on-one help planning and managing transition or expansion, and they can ask questions and share experiences on the Network listserv. The Network will include a diverse group of experts, including Oregon Tilth staff, specialists from OSU’s Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems, and experienced farmers who will serve as mentors and guides. Members will also learn how to access USDA resources such as CSP and EQIP that can provide valuable financial and technical assistance.
TO APPLY The Transitioning Farmer Network is open to Oregon farmers who are in transition, planning to transition this year, expanding organic acreage, or diversifying their organic enterprises. Applicants should have been in production for at least five years. The 2014 cohort will be limited to producers of horticultural and agronomic crops. There is no fee to join but there is limited space. Interested farmers can fill out an application at: http://tilth.org/files/TFNapplication The deadline to apply is April 10, 2014.”

High Desert Youth Range Camp

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When: June 18-21 2014

Oregon is a dynamic and diverse state with unique ecosystem landscapes. The High Desert is thought of as the Great Basin region in much of Eastern Oregon. It is critical that all who utilize this vast area understand and appreciate the landscape and the resources.  Right now, decisions regarding the health and management of our natural resources are more critical than ever.  Attend the High Desert Youth Range Camp (HDYRC) and learn about these resources in a fun and exciting way!!

Top 6 Reasons to Attend

6. Learn-by-doing for rangeland management practices.
5. Find out about the current issues affecting our rangelands.
4. Enjoy the outdoors in a beautiful part of Oregon.
3. Network with other students and professionals working in the field of range science, soil science, ecology and wildlife biology.
2. Earn college credit and discover the educational options awaiting you after high school to pursue an education and career in rangeland or natural resource fields.
1. Top Camper will earn the opportunity to attend the Society of Range Management (SMR) high school forum and represent the state of Oregon, for free!

Range Camp 2014 Information Brochure

Fillable HDYRC Application Form 2014