Fire protection group discussed
The Oregon Board of Forestry is holding a public hearing on a proposal to form a Frenchglen Rangeland Fire Protection Association.
The proposal calls for forming a cooperative, nonprofit, landowner-directed fire association to provide fire protection for rangelands in portions of Harney County.
The hearing is scheduled Dec. 11 at the Frenchglen Hotel, beginning at 3 p.m.
Rural fire protection associations were authorized by the Oregon Legislature in 1963 to fill a gap in protection for portions of the state. Currently 14 associations are active in Oregon.
Holt a 'livestock friendly' county
O'NEILL, Neb. (AP) -- Add Holt County to the list of areas designated by the state as "livestock friendly."
Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy announced that Holt is the 21st Nebraska county to receive the official state recognition. He presented a Livestock Friendly certificate Friday to Holt County commissioners in O'Neill.
The program is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. The county will receive road signs bearing the program logo to display along highways.
Counties apply for the livestock friendly designation by holding a public hearing and passing a resolution. County officials must then submit a completed application to the agriculture department.
New York adds apple trees
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Federal agriculture statistics show the number of apple trees in New York grew by 22 percent from 2006 to 2011.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says there were 11.6 million trees last year, compared to 9.46 million five years earlier.
The agency says the acreage under cultivation dropped by 2 percent, but farmers are increasing the number of trees they grow per acre.
It says the greatest increase has been in Honey Crisp trees, which more than doubled in number. Also popular with growers were Empire, McIntosh, Gala, Jonagold and Zestar.
Niagara County showed the greatest increase in acreage at 25 percent. Acreage in Columbia County dropped 14 percent and Orange County saw a 23 percent decline.
Almond meeting Dec. 11-13
SACRAMENTO -- Hundreds of almond growers will gather here for their annual conference Dec. 11-13.
The Almond Board of California-sponsored event at the Sacramento Convention Center will include numerous workshops on growing tips and regulations and a gala dinner with entertainers Penn and Teller.
The event was moved north this year from Modesto.
"In Sacramento, we've got more exhibits and more room," said Robert Curtis, the almond board's associate director of agricultural services.
The conference will include a symposium on nitrogen management and an opportunity for growers to talk one-on-one with researchers, Curtis said.