Capital Press | Willamette Valley Ag Expo Capital Press Tue, 6 Oct 2015 15:31:56 -0400 en Capital Press | Willamette Valley Ag Expo Biggest Expo packs a lot into three days Fri, 7 Nov 2014 10:10:56 -0400 Geoff Parks Willamette Valley Ag Association manager Jill Ingalls was explaining an increase in duties to a cadre of FFA students who will help out at this year’s event, stressing how much it has grown.

This year, the 250,000-square-foot Willamette Valley Ag Expo will be open at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11; from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13.

“We’ve added some positions this year,” Ingalls told the Scio High School FFA Chapter, whose members help with a variety of duties during the Expo. “It’s the biggest one we’ve ever had — and it’s getting bigger.

“So far, we’ve actually expanded our floor space, which is a good sign for the economy,” she said. “There will be more pressure on all of our volunteers and staff to handle the bigger crowds that will come.”

The Willamette Valley Ag Association is a nonprofit agricultural trade and education organization whose members are either exhibitors or sponsors of the event, or both.

Jill Ingalls’ husband, Scott, is producer of the Expo. His jobs include organizing the many exhibitors and vendors — more than 140 in all.

This year, the expanded Expo features three days of seminars and classes, including Pesticide Application CORE Course training sessions, training sessions on soil health and an Ag Lime Conference.

An Antique Farm Equipment Display with over 70 tractors and other types of equipment will be in the Cascade Building at the Expo Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 12 is Youth Ag Education Day.

“We encourage all ag students, FFA or 4-H, to attend the Expo free of charge,” Ingalls said. “Students are encouraged to visit the exhibitor booths and gather information related to their current education.” Transportation scholarships are available courtesy of Doerfler Farms.

Oregon Women for Agriculture will host an educational area in the lobby of the main Expo building with refreshments for visitors.

A unique treat is the third iteration of Dine Around Oregon, a “progressive dinner” of Oregon-grown food and beverages that will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Admission to the Expo is $4 per day with free parking on-site at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany.

Proceeds from the Expo go toward the association’s college scholarships.

FYI: Willamette Valley Ag Expo Fri, 7 Nov 2014 10:01:49 -0400 Albany, Ore.

Nov. 11, 12 and 13

• Tuesday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

• Wednesday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

• Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Admission $4 (price includes $2 discount on the featured lunch)

• Free parking

The nine-member board of directors is nominated by the members and serve a minimum of a three-year term. Board members are elected at the annual meeting, which typically takes place on the final morning of the Expo during the exhibitor breakfast meeting.

Current board members are:

• Bill Lusk, Chair, Ag West Supply

• Eric Fery, Vice Chair, Ag Chains Plus

• Don Kropf, Linn-Benton Tractor

• Tom Wells, Pape Machinery

• Mike Brown, DeJong Products

• Steve Prouty, NW 94 Sales

• Stacy Bostrom, Citizens Bank

• Andy Steinkamp, Wilco

• Terry Marstall, Les Schwab Tires

The Willamette Valley Ag Association contracts with Ingalls & Associates, LLC to provide association management services and event production.

Event Producer

Scott Ingalls

Ingalls & Associates

Association Manager

Jill Ingalls

Phone: 800-208-2168

Fax: 866-509-3212


Training, seminars keep farmers up to date Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:58:32 -0400 Geoff Parks The Willamette Valley Ag Expo will feature a full slate of educational opportunities spanning three days.

In addition to Pesticide Applicator CORE Training — each worth two to four credit-hours — that will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, and again on Thursday, Nov. 13, classes and seminars this year will focus on soil health management and a special Ag Lime Conference.

A training session offered by Soil Health Recology Environmental Solutions will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12. Soil Health Recology Environmental Solutions provides ideas for alternative waste handling, focusing on environmental sustainability and serves communities in the San Francisco Bay area, Portland, Seattle, Northern California and elsewhere in Oregon and Washington.

Recology is also offering a Compost for Soil Health Management Seminar on Nov. 12. In it, the company will share an overview of the uses and benefits of compost in tree and vine applications. The presentation focuses on compost’s contribution to soil health.

The role of custom blending and mechanical application methods as part of strategic cultural practices in orchards and vineyards will also be discussed.

Those who wish to participate in the seminar are asked to register at They can call Kim Carrier at (707) 693-2109 with questions.

Wednesday, Nov. 12, is also Youth Ag Education Day, a popular feature of the Expo. Free admission is offered for any youth educational program related to agriculture.

That includes “any ag-related programs from 4-H to FFA, college ag, home-school ag programs, community garden programs for churches, all sorts of things like that,” said Jill Ingalls, manager of the Willamette Valley Ag Association.

“We do have a small transportation grant available online,” she added. The grant is courtesy of Doerfler Farms.

The 2014 Ag Lime Conference will be hosted by Columbia River Carbonates on Thursday, Nov. 13. Class topics include applying lime to raise pH for crop production, in-field pH testing methods, lime application methods, prilled lime use in Europe and new liming technology.

Columbia River Carbonates is a supplier of high-grade, ultra-fine ground calcium carbonate products and is based in Woodland, Wash.

The Ag Lime Conference is free to WVAE attendees with their admission.

A free lunch ticket will be provided for the first 100 registrations at Certified Crop Advisor certification soil and water credits will be available.

Meeting and class schedule

Tuesday, Nov. 11

Meetings: Oregon Farm Bureau Luncheon (by invitation), 503-399-1701

Training: CORE training, no registration required. 2 to 4 credit hours, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Youth Ag Education Day — free admission for student groups (restrictions apply).

Meetings: Pennington Seed Growers Breakfast (by invitation)

Rabo Agrifinance Luncheon (by invitation)


• Soil Health Recology Environmental Solutions

This will be a non-scientific overview of the uses and benefits of compost in tree and vine applications. The presentation will focus on compost’s contribution to soil health as the foundation of successful, sustainable farming. The role of custom blending and mechanical application methods will be discussed as components of strategic cultural practices in orchards and vineyards. To register: http://www.recology.c om/compost-registration Questions: contact Kim Carrier, 707-693-2109

•Forklift certification — classroom and driving training

Free with admission but registration is required. 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 13

Training: CORE training, no registration required. 2 to 4 credit hours, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

2014 Ag Lime Conference

CCA Soil and Water Credits available. Four classes: Applying lime to raise pH for crop production; In field pH testing methods; Ag lime application methods; Prilled lime use in Europe

The Ag Lime Conference is free with admission to the Expo. Registration required at

Expo funds scholarships for college ag students Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:54:59 -0400 Geoff Parks That the Willamette Valley Ag Association’s scholarship winners are bright and focused is a given, but Riane Towery of Salem, one of the five 2014 recipients, takes those qualities to a higher level.

Towery, 21, is a senior this year in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University. She shows her academic prowess with a 3.98 grade-point average and her focus with a double-major in horticulture and leadership. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree in agricultural education and become a high school ag teacher and FFA adviser.

This year, five recipients were awarded $1,500 apiece toward their college educations. Besides Towery, the other WVAA scholarship award winners for 2014 are Jaimee Brentano of Corvallis, a senior in ag education; Justin Gutierrez of Heppner, a senior in agriculture; Kylee Jensen of Pilot Rock, a senior in agriculture; and Rebecca Thomas of Cornelius, a senior in agriculture. All attend OSU.

Towery said the entire amount “goes directly to my tuition, so I end up with less college debt.”

She said she raised sheep when she was in the fifth grade as part of 4-H and continued in her ag pursuits through her high school years at Silverton High, where her father is an ag teacher.

The WVAA scholarships are given out annually at the Willamette Valley Ag Expo. The Expo is the largest event put on by her group, WVAA manager Jill Ingalls said. It was established to support students pursuing a career in agriculture, she said.

A percentage of the proceeds from the Willamette Valley Ag Expo fund the scholarship program.

This year, Ingalls said the WVAA board of directors decided to bring management of the scholarship program in-house. The board will connect directly with ag colleges and make educators aware of the funds that are available — about $1,000 to $2,000 for each of five to seven students.

Under the WVAA board’s new plan, which does not require a federal student aid application from students or financial need as a primary consideration, awards would go to students who are on agricultural production-based career paths, Ingalls said.

Dine Around Oregon a savory trip for taste buds Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:51:54 -0400 Geoff Parks The third Dine Around Oregon event at the Willamette Valley Ag Expo will feature lamb, beef, pork and poultry “stations” for diners to choose their favorite entrees made with locally sourced products.

Mary Bentley will have had a hand in all four choices.

Bentley’s Valley Catering of Adair Village will be preparing all of the meals for the flourishing Expo event, created in 2012 by Willamette Valley Ag Association manager Jill Ingalls.

Dine Around Oregon has grown to the four stations. Expo visitors pay $11 for the event. Food is served during the Dine Around Oregon event in all four of the Expo’s buildings. The event is 5-8 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

The first year, 320 people took part in the culinary tour de force. More than 500 participated last year. Bentley expects about the same number this year.

But it’s the Oregon food that attracts the spotlight.

“We get products donated from companies such as Norpac (which will be supplying soups and appetizers),” Bentley said. “Willamette Valley cheeses get donated from the dairy people” along with other foods from around the valley.

“Each of the four stations will feature a different Oregon-raised meat, along with all the sides and goodies for a full meal,” Ingalls said. “The lamb will come from Reed Anderson of Anderson Ranches (and) it will be marinated and prepared by Pat Manning of Manning Farms. Both are famous for their lamb.

“We will be putting out 300 pounds of lamb alone.”

She added that the Expo also brings in other contributions from groups such as the Oregon Beef Council, she said.

Bentley’s Valley Catering has been in business since 1998, operating out of the former Officers’ Club building on the old Camp Adair military campus. She has three staff and 30 employees working full- and part-time.

Ingalls said the WVAE board budgets Dine Around Oregon to “buy down” the cost of the ticket, and “sponsors offset costs so we can serve a $35 meal for $11.”

“The goal of this event is to bring families and customers in for an outstanding experience while promoting the Willamette Valley Ag Association’s scholarship program,” Ingalls said.

Frequently asked questions Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:45:59 -0400 The Willamette Valley Ag Expo is easy to find. It is east of Exit 234 off Interstate 5 at Albany. The address is Linn County Fair and Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany, Ore.

Which classes are offered?

To view which classes are offered, please take a look at our class schedule, which is on Page 9.

Is there meal service on site?

Yes, it is located in two main buildings. Concessions are open during the Expo hours. The featured lunch special is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Calapooia building on the upper deck. Enjoy a $2 off coupon on this meal provided on the back of your admission ticket. The menu includes chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and salads.

Do I have to pay to get in?

Yes, admission is $4 per day, and parking is free.

Is there anything for my family to do?

Yes, several exhibitors are featuring products of interest plus the Oregon Women for Agriculture are hosting an educational area in the lobby with refreshments. Nearby Albany boasts a long list of dining and entertainment options, plus shopping, museums and historic districts.

Click on for more information.

These sponsors help make the Expo a huge success Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:44:12 -0400 Here is a list of sponsors who have helped make the annual Willamette Valley Ag Expo a success.

Please take the time to thank them, the many vendors and the board members who have all worked hard to make this year’s Expo the biggest ever.

• Sunbelt Rentals, Full Sponsor, Sunbelt Arena

• Complete Wireless, Full Sponsor, Complimentary Coffee for vendors

• Linn-Benton Tractor, Partial Sponsor, Dine Around Oregon

• Peterson Machinery, Full Sponsor, Dine Around Oregon Presenting Sponsor

• Farmland Tractor, Full Sponsor, Antique Farm Equipment Display

• Doerfler Farms, Full Sponsor, FFA transportation to the event

• Ag Chains Plus, Partial Sponsor, Dine Around Oregon

• Citizens Bank, Full Sponsor, Welcome Bags

• Wilco, Full Sponsor, CORE Training

• NW 94 Sales, Partial Sponsor, Dine Around Oregon

• Crop Production Services, Partial Sponsor, Dine Around Oregon

• Ag West Supply, Partial Sponsor, Dine Around Oregon

• Pape Machinery, Partial Sponsor, Dine Around Oregon

• Northwest Farm Credit Service, Partial Sponsor, Dine Around Oregon

• Coastal Farm & Ranch, Partial Sponsor, Dine Around Oregon

• Overton Safety Training, Full Sponsor, Forklift Training

• GK Machine, Partial Sponsor, Dine Around Oregon

Company offers many types of safety training Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:41:27 -0400 Geoff Parks Overton Safety Training is a new partner with the Willamette Valley Ag Expo.

Jill Ingalls, manager of Expo sponsor Willamette Valley Ag Association, said the professional training service is “jumping in to help provide free forklift training” at the Nov. 11-13 expo.

Overton Safety Training also will have a booth at the WVAE to meet customers and assist them with their company safety training and regulatory compliance needs.

The forklift operator classroom safety training course, written exams and practical operating evaluations for employers will be 10:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Registration is required.

Training, testing and evaluations of those employers’ forklift operators will take place that day as well.

Based in Aloha, Ore., the company says it is “one of the largest providers of crane, forklift, aerial lift and rigging training on the West Coast,” and is an accredited provider of National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators certification exams.

Several training options are available for employers, said OST owner Ron Overton, including getting all of their training done at one time or by sending a few employees at a time to classes.

“In addition to training, employers can qualify one or more of their employees to conduct in-house forklift training via a ‘Train the Trainer’ course,” he said. “Our forklift training courses offer the opportunity for them to become a qualified forklift operator in just one day.”

Optimizer gets whole job done in single pass Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:37:12 -0400 Geoff Parks The Optimizer One-Pass Tillage System implement is as big as its name implies — 18 feet wide and 40 feet long — and should be a big draw for visitors at this year’s Willamette Valley Ag Expo.

The Optimizer is a tillage instrument designed by Tillage Management, Inc., of Tulare, Calif., and is manufactured by GK Machine of Donald, Ore.

Steve Prouty is the owner of a manufacturer’s representative company and of NW 94 Sales in Albany. He is also is a two-year board member of the Willamette Valley Agricultural Association, which produces the Expo.

The implement is so large that Prouty said “it’s going in the space outside” his rented exhibition area.

“The Optimizer has actually been around for some time,” Prouty said. “It is a one-pass tillage system and basically replaces anything that will prep the ground for seeding. And it will actually do that, too.”

The machine is designed to operate at 5 to 7 mph and cover 8 to 12 acres per hour, saving “50 percent or more” on fuel, with less soil compaction and improved soil tilth, according to the company.

The company also says the one-pass tillage implement reduces labor by up to 70 percent, shortens turnaround time between crops and increases profits.

“We introduced it into Idaho this season,” Prouty said.

Prouty said farmers in the Oregon and Idaho area talk about how the Optimizer will “go into a corn field after harvest and prep it for seedbed” in one pass. And “it likes to go fast,” he said.

Scio FFA chapter, Expo continue partnership Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:32:38 -0400 Geoff Parks The Scio High School FFA has been the go-to chapter for the Willamette Valley Ag Expo for over 10 years.

The students play several important roles at the Expo, including serving as ambassadors and greeting attendees at the front door.

Krysta Sprague, in her first year as the Scio FFA’s adviser, is stepping into the successful, longstanding partnership between the FFA program and the Expo.

Sprague had the machinery of the Scio FFA Chapter humming along smoothly just after the start of the school year as plans were laid, assignments given out and activities prepared for the three-day, mid-November Expo. Sprague displays a firm command of her new duties and a determination to continue the success of the partnership. In addition to all four years of high school ag classes, she teaches beginner classes in welding and wood shop.

“I’m so new here and new to this community, so this is a big learning experience for me, too,” Sprague said.

Work her students do at the Expo includes duties as cashiers, greeters and survey-takers as well as hosting at the third year of the successful Dine Around Oregon event, which is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12.

“My kids work for the WVAE, which gives them money for what they do (pro-rated for hours worked),” Sprague said. “That money goes to pay off some of their debts to the chapter for things like their FFA jackets or anything else they owe.”

Some of the money they earn also goes toward attending the annual FFA National Convention in Louisville, Ky. Each student earns $900 to $1,000 during the year from car washes, sales of food items and events like the Expo, Sprague said.

The Willamette Valley Ag Association, a nonprofit ag trade and education organization, puts on the Expo each year. Association manager Jill Ingalls, works with her husband, Scott, to coordinate the yearly event.

Jill Ingalls made a trip to Scio in September to chat with the students and make sure the students were up-to-date on their Expo duties and responsibilities.

“You guys are very critical to this Expo,” Ingalls told the students. “We really do rely on you to be there to take tickets, sell tickets, act as our ambassadors and greeters and as the first faces people see when they come to the Expo.”

Antique equipment display pulls in crowds Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:24:30 -0400 Geoff Parks Delbert McLaughlin started as a member of the Willamette Valley Ag Expo’s Antique Farm Equipment Display crew about a half-dozen years ago. The hat he wears says it all: “Git ’Er Done.”

The Willamette Valley Ag Expo relies on the dedication of the volunteer crew crucial to making the display a success, said Francis Garceau, 72, who for years has organized the antique equipment display.

He said antique farm equipment collectors from around the Willamette Valley have joined the effort to expand the event each year, and McLaughlin has been a big part of that effort with his own collection of John Deere machinery.

“We’ve had 80 to 90 pieces of equipment” each year, McLaughlin said. The display has typically been housed in the Cascade Building at the Expo grounds.

“International has had a big show (at the Expo’s Antique Farm Equipment Display) in past years, as well as Case and others,” McLaughlin said. “And, of course, Francis (Garceau) brings all of his Canadian Cockshutts.”

McLaughlin, 75, of Buena Vista, said he is contemplating bringing one or two of his restored antique John Deere GPO, AR, 50, H and LA models. His brother, Glen, who lives nearby, will bring a John Deere B model he has restored.

McLaughlin’s recent purchase of a 16-foot John Deere flatbed trailer will help in the move to the Expo center, he said.

Formerly a millwright and maintenance man at now-defunct Evanite Fiber in Corvallis, McLaughlin said he has been a machinist most of his life but stays busy helping farm neighbors and others in his free time.

In addition to working on the 15 to 16 antique tractors and other machinery — “only four or five still have to be fixed up” — he helps out with a new John Deere exhibit going up at the Antique Powerland museum complex in Brooks.

“I think this is a wonderful Expo,” McLaughlin said. “Personally, I think it’s better than any of the others in the state.

“It seems to be smaller, but it just works better,” he said. “We get a lot of people coming to it and a lot of vendors, and this antique show we put on helps draw some of them in.”

The Antique Farm Equipment Display will be held throughout the three days of the Expo in the Cascade Building at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center in Albany.