Polk SWCD Personnel Committee Meeting

indexThe Polk SWCD will have a personnel committee meeting

Wednesday, March 11 at 5:30pm at the

USDA Service center: 580 Main Street, Suite A, Dallas.

They will be discussing a revised position description for the youth outreach coordinator.

Oregon Forage and Grasslands Council Spring Conference

Oregon Forage and Grasslands Council Spring Conference

Saturday, March 14, 2015


OSU Animal Teaching Facility

3521 SW Campus Way, Corvallis, OR 97331

For more information please contact Troy Downing – 503-842-3433


Polk County F.E.A.S.T.


Saturday March 14th – 9am – 3pm

Independence Event Center

Let’s talk about food!  FEAST stands for Food, Education, Agriculture, Solutions, Together.  It is a community organizing event focused on learning about local food efforts and creating opportunities for action.  The event is free for all community members living in Dallas, Monmouth, Independence and other communities in Polk County.

RSVP by March 7th to Lexi Stickel – 503-581-3855 x 333 or



Avian Flu in Oregon

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Recently avian flu has been detected in Oregon (http://odanews.wpengine.com/tag/birdflu) which has resulted in numerous trade partners excluding millions of dollars of poultry products from US.

It is not only poultry producers, as migratory aquatic birds can carry avian influenza. Indeed, Avian Influenza has even been detected on the feet of migratory songbirds.

People who have poultry at home should be cautious in handling their animals and if they have wild bird feeders may also wish to stop until the outbreak subsides.

Precautions should include:

1. Assemble a plastic tote to be carried in your vehicle with all the necessary items you need to clean your boots/shoes.
a. Boot scraper to remove mud/manure
b. Pan deep enough to stand in and hold 2-3” fluid. Oil pan is perfect.
c. Scrub brush, scrub for several minutes while standing in pan.
d. Bleach, 1 cup per 3 cups water.
e. Other disinfectants if you wish
f. Disposable booties

2. Watch this video recently created by USDA-APHIS and ODA-Avian Health Coodinator:

3. For more information go to these websites: