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In brief for Page 5 on July 15, 2011


Sessions focus on fermentation


A technical symposium titled "Focus on Fermentation" and featuring five guest speakers has been scheduled for three southern Oregon locations.


The presentation will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at each site: July 19 at the Oregon State University Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point; July 20 at Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Technology Building 119, Winchester; and July 21 at Lane Community College Center for Meeting and Learning, 4000 E. 30th Ave., Building 19 202, Eugene.


Topics will focus on fermentation techniques and related products, providing winemakers with useful information and tools for the upcoming vintage.


The guest speakers will be Gordon Burns, Patricia Howe and Richard DeScenzo of ETS Laboratories, Rick Mafit of Scott Laboratories and Dwayne Bershaw of Southern Oregon Wine Institute at Umpqua Community College.


Burns will discuss juice chemistry analysis, Howe's topic will be common methods for acid/sugar adjustments, DeScenzo will talk about juice microbiology and how it impacts the fermentation process, and Mafit will discuss juice fining and enzymes, tannins and other additives. Bershaw will be the moderator for panel discussions.


The cost per session is $25.


Information/registration: Southern Oregon Wine Institute, 541-440-7694 or e-mail sowi@umpqua.edu.


-- Craig Reed




Chain of stores merges names


A chain of Northwest farm and ranch stores has decided to use the same moniker throughout its territory in Oregon and Washington.


The "Big R Farm & Ranch" brand will be phased out from locations in Washington by mid-September and replaced with "Coastal Farm & Ranch," bringing uniformity to the company's 11 stores.


Traditionally, the company used different names in Oregon and Washington, but decided to make a change to reduce confusion, according to a press release.


Coastal Farm & Ranch has been selling feed, clothing, tools and other supplies since 1963.


-- Mateusz Perkowski



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