Farm Bureau holds annual meeting, old tool contest

JOHN DAY - The Grant County Farm Bureau will hold its annual meeting 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the John Day Elks Lodge, 140 N.E. Dayton St. Anyone interested in agriculture is welcome to attend.

Special speakers include Jean Wilkinson, associate director of Government Affairs for the Oregon Farm Bureau and Tom Falvey of Grant County Farm Service Agency. Reports and election of officers for the upcoming year will be presented along with a steak dinner served at 2 p.m.

A special event for this year is the Old Tool Contest, with attendees invited to bring an old tool of any kind, show and explain it to the audience. Judging will be based on quality of presentation and originality of the tool. First place will win $100; with $50 for second.

The Grant County Farm Bureau is sponsoring the event for members and those who may be interested in joining the farm bureau. Door prizes will be awarded.

For more information, call Joan Silver at 934-2399.

Oregon cattle producers meet in Redmond

REDMOND - The Oregon Cattlemen's Association and Oregon CattleWomen meet Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 7-9, at Eagle Crest Resort at Redmond.

The annual convention and trade show starts Thursday with a meeting about Oregon Trail Beef cooperative from 8-11 a.m.; a hearing about confined animal feeding operations rules is 9-11 a.m.. The trade show opens at 11 a.m. Opening ceremonies are at noon.

At 12:30 p.m., the Cattlemen's College begins, with the focus of "Producing Quality Beef" at the center of workshop. Individual session topics include "The Consumer's Eating Experince," "Cow-calf Management," "Beef Quality Assurance," "Your Image Regarding Animal Welfare" and "Communicable Diseases."

On Friday, the general session begins at 8 a.m., with National Cattlemen's Beef Association president Wythe Willie speaking from 8:15-8:45 a.m. Animal health committee chairman J.C. Oliver of Bear Valley will lead a session from 9-10:30 a.m. Other committees meeting that morning include the public lands committee, wildlife committee and land resources committee.

On Saturday, action culminates with a noon luncheon featuring Oregon and Washington Bureau of Land Management Director Elaine Brong as guest speaker. The OCA business meeting is 2-5 p.m., with the CattleWomen's meeting to follow at 2:30 p.m. Then, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., will be guest speaker at the president's banquet at 6:30 p.m.

PNW ag, water quality forum set for Yakima

YAKIMA, Wash. - A two-day water quality conference bringing together agricultural, environmental and government organizations from Oregon, Washington and Idaho is scheduled for next month in Yakima. The fourth "Water Quality in the Pacific Northwest Conference" is scheduled for Nov. 19-20 at the Yakima Conference Center. The conference is designed to improve communication, build understanding, and foster cooperation in discussing issues relevant to agriculture and water quality. A variety of perspectives will be presented in a non-confrontational forum. The conference is expected to draw more than 300 people.

The conference will offer 15 sessions on a variety of topics, including irrigation management, pesticide issues, farm planning, riparian buffer zones, and the Klamath Basin water crisis. Speakers will also discuss new rules surrounding the federal Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act and changes in permit requirements for Animal Feeding Operations and Confined Animal Feeding Operations. Featured speakers include Gus Hughbanks, Washington's state conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, as well as state agriculture directors Pat Takasugi of Idaho, Valoria Loveland of Washington, and assistant director Lisa Hanson of the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Attendees may be able to receive 12.5 certified crop advisor hours, if applicable.

The conference cost is $140 for those who pre-register and $185 for those who register at the door. The registration fee includes two lunches and one dinner.

Registration forms for the conference are available on the Internet at www.agwaterqualitynw.org or by contacting Matt Haynes at the Oregon Department of Agriculture at (503) 986-6471.

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