Capital Press | Willamette Valley Ag Expo http://www.capitalpress.com Capital Press Mon, 2 Apr 2018 07:19:20 -0400 en http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/staticimage/images/rss-logo.jpg Capital Press | Willamette Valley Ag Expo http://www.capitalpress.com Willamette Valley Ag Expo: 17 years of growth http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/willamette-valley-ag-expo-17-years-of-growth http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/willamette-valley-ag-expo-17-years-of-growth#Comments Thu, 2 Nov 2017 09:31:42 -0400 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171109967 The Willamette Valley Ag Expo opens its 17th year will the most exhibitors ever.

Some 180 exhibitors — up from 168 last year — will offer their services, wares and equipment when the Expo opens its doors on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany.

Expo hours are Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Thursday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Expo features more than 250,000 square feet of exhibitors, equipment, seminars, classes and food.

The sponsoring Willamette Valley Agriculture Association is a nonprofit educational and trade organization whose members are either exhibitors, sponsors of the WVAE, or both.

Proceeds from the Expo go toward the association’s college scholarships, said the association’s manager, Jill Ingalls. She and her husband, Scott Ingalls, the Expo producer, have coordinated the Expo since its inception.

Along with exhibits, seminars, classes and other presentations, attendees can enjoy events such as the popular Dine Around Oregon — a buffet-style progressive dinner now in its sixth year — an antique farm equipment display and an educational area hosted by the Oregon Women for Agriculture.

Dine Around Oregon is 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15. This year, 850 tickets are available. As before, once the sponsors have all received their allotment the tickets will are sold online only at www.wvaexpo.com.

The Antique Farm Equipment Display is in Cascade Hall, and vendors will occupy the rest of the space.

The Willamette Valley Ag Expo is open to visitors of all ages. Current FFA and 4-H participants are encouraged to attend. Admission is $4 per person and parking is free.

Geoff Parks,

For the Capital Press

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All about this year’s Willamette Valley Ag Expo http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/all-about-this-years-willamette-valley-ag-expo http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/all-about-this-years-willamette-valley-ag-expo#Comments Thu, 2 Nov 2017 09:27:52 -0400 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171109968 2017 Willamette Valley Ag Expo

Linn County Fair and Expo Center

3700 Knox Butte Rd., Albany.

Tuesday, Nov. 14 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Wednesday, Nov. 15 (10 a.m.-9 p.m.)

Thursday, Nov. 16 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

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

Board of Directors

Bill Lusk, Chair, Ag West Supply

Eric Fery, Vice Chair, Ag Chains Plus

Don Kropf, Linn-Benton Tractor

Carl Laux, Papé Machinery

Mike Brown, DeJong Products

Steve Prouty, NW 94 Sales

Terry Marstall, Les Schwab Tires

Eric Martin, Boshart Trucking

Andy Steinkamp, Wilco Co-op

Expo managers

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

Event Producer Scott Ingalls

Ingalls & Associates info@wvaexpo.com

Association Manager Jill Ingalls

Ingalls & Associates info@wvaexpo.com

Phone: (800) 208-2168

Fax: (866) 509-3212

Website: www.wvaexpo.com

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Board members keep Ag Expo running smoothly http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/board-members-keep-ag-expo-running-smoothly http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/board-members-keep-ag-expo-running-smoothly#Comments Thu, 2 Nov 2017 09:46:36 -0400 Geoff Parks http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171109966 The nine members of the Willamette Valley Ag Expo Board of Directors each serve a minimum three-year term laced with hard work that depends on smooth interactions between themselves, the sponsoring Willamette Valley Ag Association and their colleagues in the agricultural industry.

Bill Lusk of Ag West Supply remains the chairman of the group and Eric Fery of Ag Chains Plus remains vice chairman. Terry Marstall of Les Schwab Tires, Don Kropf of Linn-Benton Tractor, Mike Brown of DeJong Products, Carl Laux of Papé Machinery, Andy Steinkamp of Wilco Co-op and Steve Prouty of NW 94 Sales also continue in their board member roles.

Eric Martin of Boshart Trucking, based in Tangent, is the new member, taking over from long-time member Stacy Koos of Citizens Bank.

Board members are elected by the members of the Willamette Valley Ag Association and are exhibitors or at-large that have participated in the Expo for at least a year. A WVAA committee accepts the nominations in advance, and they are voted on at the annual meeting, which this year falls on Thursday, Nov. 16.

“We meet once a month throughout the year to talk about what’s going on with the show, what we can do to make the show better, go through our budget and we send out a scholarship, typically to an FFA student,” said Laux, who is serving his second year on the board. “We try to focus on farm kids, those who are going to be involved in agriculture for the rest of the lives.”

Laux mentioned the hugely successful Dine Around Oregon event, which he called “a big draw and a big boost for the Expo.” He added that the evening movable feast “has generated more revenue for us, and the FFA kids do a tremendous job working that event.”

Anyone who would like to learn more about the Willamette Valley Ag Expo Board of Directors may contact Jill Ingalls at (800) 208-2168.

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Dine Around Oregon will be biggest, best yet http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/dine-around-oregon-will-be-biggest-best-yet http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/dine-around-oregon-will-be-biggest-best-yet#Comments Thu, 2 Nov 2017 09:11:36 -0400 Geoff Parks http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171109970 Dine Around Oregon continues to grow along with the Willamette Valley Ag Expo, according to Jill Ingalls, event coordinator.

The wildly popular dining event continues a 5-year tradition by increasing the seating and selling more tickets this year.

“We’ll be offering a total of 850 tickets, which is the largest we’ve seen,” Ingalls said, “but hopefully this year we won’t turn anyone away.” Seating areas have been added as well as some additional gathering spots to accommodate everyone.

The concept for Dine Around Oregon isn’t new, but this one will be a bit different, she said. That’s because there is a full meal buffet with a different theme in each building — “and you can eat your way through all of them!” she said. You’ll also find local products to sample, such as Oregon olive oil, and even local craft brews and spirits (not included with the meal ticket).

Dine Around Oregon has turned Wednesday night of the Willamette Valley Agriculture Expo into “a bit of a reunion,” Ingalls said. “So many folks look forward to seeing their neighbors and suppliers at this fun event.”

The value of a similar meal would exceed $30 anywhere else, she said.

“But here at the Expo, our sponsors and partners bring the hard cost of this meal down to just $12. For example, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association contributes Oregon beef products, the Oregon Dairy Women bring pounds and pounds of Oregon cheese and the list goes on with each type of food product,” she said.

“What started out as a nice idea for a fun activity on Wednesday evening has turned into a lovely event with high demand for tickets,” Ingalls said. “Vendors love the activity at night, and stay open to accommodate shoppers and farmers that can’t attend the Expo during the typical daytime hours.

“Small farms and home or backyard operation producers tend to show up on Wednesday night, as many work off the farm at a regular 8-to-5 type of job.”

Dine Around Oregon runs from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Ingalls said tickets are available online at http://wvaexpo.com.

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Who’s who at the Willamette Valley Ag Expo http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/whos-who-at-the-willamette-valley-ag-expo http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/whos-who-at-the-willamette-valley-ag-expo#Comments Thu, 2 Nov 2017 09:23:13 -0400 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171109969 Company • Building • Booth

Adams Grain Bins • Cascade • 301

Advanced Land Management • Cascade • 317

Ag Chains Plus Inc, • Santiam • 220

Ag Spray Equipment • Willamette • 164

AG West Supply • Willamette, Calapooia • 130 & 420

Agricultural Drainage Corp. • Willamette • 149

AgroLiquid • Willamette • 55

AgTel Services • Santiam • 217

American National Insurance • Cascade • 363

AMFAM Ins.-

Terri Powell Agency • Willamette • 73

Anderson Hay & Grain • Willamette • 114

Andros Engineering Corp. • Willamette • 54

B.E. Solar • Willamette • 48

Bakke Brothers • Willamette • 38

Bath Fitter • Willamette • 156

Bill’s AG Tire

Professional Consulting • Willamette • 75

Boshart Trucking • Willamette • 1

Boyer Seed • Santiam • 212

Bratney Company • Calapooia • 401 & 402

Bridon Cordage • Willamette • 29

Brim Tractor • Calapooia • 412

C&K Petroleum

Equipment Co. • Santiam • 236

Capital Press Ag Weekly • Santiam • 214

Carson American Equipment • Willamette • 46

Cascade Nut & Bolt Inc. • Cascade • 381

Cascade Truck Body

& Trailer Sales • Cascade • 378

Certified Laboratories • Willamette • 121

CH2O Inc. • Santiam • 251

Chehalem Valley

Orchard Equipment • Cascade • 336

Cisbay Inc • Cascade • 357

Citizens Bank • Willamette • 28

Clean Cutter Flail

& Tiller Blade Co. • Cascade • 345

Clearwater Irrigation

Supply • Willamette • 23

Coastal Farm Supply • Santiam • 253

CoEnergy • Willamette • 35

Coldwell Banker

Valley Brokers • Cascade • 360

Columbia River Carbonates • Santiam • 222

Commercial Services Inc. • Willamette • 163

Complete Wireless Solutions • Willamette • 6

Conklin Building Products • Willamette • 9

Continental Western Corp. • Willamette • 147

Country Financial • Santiam • 240

Creekside Valley Farms • Willamette • 39

Cutco Cutlery • Willamette • 41

D&S Tires Inc. • Cascade • 371

DeJong Products/

DPI Supply • Santiam • 218

Denfeld Packing Inc • Cascade • 344

Diamond K Sales • Cascade • 330

DitchWitch Northwest • Calapooia • 434

Earthfort • Willamette • 74

Earthlight Technologies • Cascade • 364

Edward Jones • Willamette • 153

Ellis Equipment • Willamette • 100

Embroidery Wholesale • Cascade • 335

Energy Solutions LLC • Cascade • 307

Ernst Irrigation • Willamette • 136

Exca-Drain Construction • Santiam • 206

Extenday USA • Willamette • 66

Farmland Tractor • Willamette • 31

FEI Inc. • Santiam • 242

Filter Care • Willamette • 150

Fitzpatrick Painting • Willamette • 51

Flora USA Inc • Santiam • 248

Fort Knox NW • Willamette • 11

G.E.W. LLC • Willamette • 157

Gerlinger Steel & Supply • Cascade • 338

GK Machine Inc. • Willamette • 67

Grasshopper Company • Willamette • 34

Ground and Water • Santiam • 208

Harvest Capital Company • Willamette • 116

Harvestco Fabricators Inc. • Willamette • 118

Heavy Harrow LLC • Calapooia • 408

Heco Ag & Mobile Products • Willamette • 80

Hilton Trenching • Santiam • 252

Hortau • Willamette • 8

Hydrotex • Willamette • 108

I-5 Sports • Santiam • 216

Innovative Forage Solutions • Willamette • 40

Integrated Seed Growers • Santiam • 256

Intelligent Ag • Cascade • 304

Irontree Solutions • Santiam • 211

Jim Wilhite’s Bale Wagons • Santiam • 201

JTI Supply • Willamette • 3

Kile Machine & MFG Inc. • Willamette • 105

Kitchen Craft • Cascade • 342

KWS Distributing • Santiam • 249

Lawson Products Inc. • Santiam • 250

Lee’s Diesel

& Mobile Repair • Willamette • 154

Legacy Steel Buildings • Cascade • 358

Lemken USA • Calapooia • 407

Les Schwab Tire Co. • Willamette • 110

Linde Vineyard Supply • Cascade • 308

Linn Benton Tractor • Willamette, Calapooia 140, 90, 424, 426

LiquiTube Marketing

International • Willamette • 146

Littau Harvester • Cascade • 332

Macdonald Industrial • Cascade • 311

Mascott Equipment Co. • Cascade • 339

Microbial Matrix Systems Inc. • Willamette • 82

Minnesota Pneumatic Products • Santiam • 224 & 226

MOLECAT • Cascade • 361

Munnell & Sherrill Inc. • Willamette • 123

Nachurs Alpine Solutions • Willamette • 68

National Solar • Willamette • 119

Norlift of Oregon Inc. • Willamette • 32

Northwest 94 Sales Inc. • Willamette • 25

Northwest Compressor • Willamette • 141

Northwest Dairy Services • Santiam • 213

Northwest Farm Credit Services • Willamette • 71

Northwest Tillers Inc. • Willamette • 50

Northwest Transplants • Willamette • 115

On Target Spray Systems • Cascade • 355

Oregon Blueberry

Farms & Nursery • Willamette • 143

Oregon Cattlemen’s Association • Willamette • 142

Oregon Farm Bureau • Santiam • 241

Oregon Grass Seed

Bargaining Association • Santiam • 215

Oregon Pacific Construction • Willamette • 72

Oregon State

Snowmobile Association • Cascade • 318

Overton Safety Training • Cascade • 306

OVS • Cascade • 365

Oxbo • Willamette • 65

Pacific Ag Systems Inc. • Willamette • 104

Pacific Building Systems • Willamette • 125

Pacific Hometown Insurance • Santiam • 255

Pacific Risk Management Inc. • Willamette • 144

Pape Group • Calapooia & Santiam • 434 & 228

Pape Machinery • Calapooia • 434

Pape Material Handling • Santiam • 228

PBM Supply & Mfg. Inc • Cascade & Outdoor • 324 & Outdoor

Pennington Seed • Santiam • 237

Performance Air Inc. • Willamette • 112

Peterson CAT • Calapooia • 409 & 436

Plas Ag • Willamette • 122

Point S Tires • Cascade • 375

PolyExcel • Willamette • 170

Potter Webster • Cascade • 380

Pratum Co-op • Willamette • 64

R&H Machine • Willamette • 10

R&M Steel Company • Willamette • 30

Ram Steel Inc. • Willamette • 152

Recology Compost Oregon • Willamette • 27

ReMax Advantage Plus • Willamette • 145

ReNewal by Andersen • Cascade • 359

Rhodes-Warden Insurance • Willamette • 56

Ron’s Nut Farm & Nursery • Willamette • 47

Rose Paper Products • Cascade • 351

Rule Steel • Willamette • 107

Sitech Oregon • Willamette • 86

SiteOne Landscape Supply • Cascade • 368

Six Robblees • Santiam • 208

Smith Seed Services • Willamette • 158

Smucker Mfg. • Cascade • 312

Spring Creek Sales Inc. • Willamette • 117

SS Equipment Inc. • Calapooia • 428

Stettler Supply Co. • Willamette • 44

Stor-Loc • Cascade • 302

Sunny D Mfg. • Willamette • 21

Superior Tire Service • Willamette • 33

Sure-Clean Northwest • Willamette • 58

TEC Equipment • Willamette • 7

Texas Refinery Corp. • Willamette • 151

The Heat Pump Store • Willamette • 36

Thomas AG Services LLC • Willamette • 168

Titan International • Cascade • 394 & 393

Trailer Sales LLC • Willamette • 93

Trailer World • Cascade • 366 & Outdoor

Tri-County Insurance Group • Willamette • 81

Tucker Sno-Cat Corp. • Calapooia • 406

Tyree Oil Inc. • Santiam • 219

Valley Agronomics LLC • Willamette • 106

Valley Fab Corp. • Willamette • 52

Valley Tool and Mfg. • Cascade • 322

Walker Mowers/

Coates Landscape Supply • Cascade • 353

Web Steel Buildings • Santiam • 235

West Coast Seed

Mill Supply Co. • Santiam • 232 & 234

Western Packaging LLC • Santiam • 204

WHA Insurance • Santiam • 210

Wiesner Metal Fab LLC • Willamette • 5

Wilbur-Ellis • Willamette • 102

Willamette Hose & Fittings • Cascade • 350

Wilson Irrigation • Willamette • 91

Yara North America • Santiam • 238

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Complete line-up for seminars includes CORE, first aid http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/complete-line-up-for-seminars-includes-core-first-aid http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/complete-line-up-for-seminars-includes-core-first-aid#Comments Thu, 2 Nov 2017 09:09:46 -0400 Geoff Parks http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171109971 CORE pesticide training and credit hours, first aid classes and forklift training are highlights of the classes and seminars featured at this year’s Willamette Valley Ag Expo, said Jill Ingalls, the Expo’s event coordinator.

No registration is required for the CORE training sessions, she said.

Here’s the line-up:

Meetings

• Oregon Farm Bureau Luncheon, by invitation

Training

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Going Soft on Pollinators and Hard on Pests — Andony Melathopoulos (1 CORE credit) No registration required.

Course description: There is concern about the impact of pesticides on pollinating insects, and new state and federal regulations around pesticide use and pollinators. This session will have an easy-to-apply set of rules to help attendees judge how to apply pesticides with minimal impact to pollinators. Attendees will leave this session being able to judge the risk of a pesticide treatment to pollinators from information on the pesticide label and using publication PNW 591, “How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides,” as well as the accompanying free mobile app and take practical steps for reducing this risk, while still keeping pests under control.

Speaker biography: Melathopoulos is an assistant professor of pollinator health extension in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. He has over 15 years of experience working with commercial beekeepers and growers to develop solutions for keeping bees healthy and crop yields high. Since 2016 he has been leading OSU’s efforts to design, implement and evaluate a statewide pollinator health program.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Worker Protection Standards Update — Janet Fultus (1 CORE credit). No registration required.

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Practical Sprayer Calibration — Andy Steinkamp (2 CORE credits). No registration required.

Course description: This course will cover the importance of sprayer calibration, sprayer calibration methods and dry bait calibration methods. It will cover step-by-step examples using basic math. There will be a best practices discussion and time for questions. The course will include discussing use of sprayer controllers and monitors but it will not cover specific controller brands and operations.

Speaker biography: Andy Steinkamp is a location manager for Valley Agronomics in Donald, Ore. He graduated from the University of Idaho with degrees in ag systems management and ag business. He has worked in the ag retailer industry for the last 10 years.

He was raised on a family farm near Gervais, where he first worked with sprayers in cane berries and onions. Steinkamp has been involved in all areas of application over his years as a grower, applicator, manager and in sales. He currently holds an Oregon commercial applicator’s license.

Meetings

Pennington Seed Growers Breakfast, by invitation

3-5 p.m.

Growing Olives and Producing Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Oregon.

An informational session by Bogdan Caceu, executive director of Olive Growers of Oregon, about all aspects of growing olives and producing premium olive oil in Oregon. Also featured is the new OSU olive research project by Neil Bell, OSU Extension community horticulturist, and Victoria Binning, OSU Extension agriculture program coordinator. Followed by Q&A session with Caceu, Bell and Binning. No preregistration required.

Training

1-3 p.m.

Forklift Certification Training (advance registration required online). Includes classroom, workbook, written knowledge check verification and a scheduled practical driving evaluation immediately following. Proof of successful completion of course, knowledge check and practical driving evaluation provided within seven days. Program and equipment provided/donated by Papé Material Handling and Overton Safety Training. Class size is limited to 50 people. Advance registration online at www.wvaexpo.com. This class is free with paid admission.

10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

CPR/AED/Standard First Aid Training (advance registration required at http://wvaexpo.com/classes/)

CPR — Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: Participants will review and practice emergency procedures that prepare responders to act in breathing and cardiac related emergency situations with adults and children (ages 12 and older). There will be demonstrations and practices to develop proper technique for chest compressions as well as techniques when dealing with unconscious choking situations in adults and children.

AED — Automated External Defibrillator: Training will offer device tech info, preparation, and operation. Participants will be trained on how to use the AED for adult and pediatric victims.

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Standard First Aid: Participants will review skills to recognize and respond to sudden illness such as diabetic emergencies, seizures, stroke and allergic reaction as well as care for electrical shock, conscious choking, bleeding wounds, and bone/joint injury. Training will culminate with skills practice and testing. Certification awarded upon completion.

Cost: $30 for CPR/AED/First Aid Training; $15 for First Aid Training only

Training

10:30-12:30 p.m.

Practical Sprayer Calibration — Andy Steinkamp (2 CORE credits). No registration required.

Course description: This course will cover the importance of sprayer calibration, sprayer calibration methods and dry bait calibration methods. It will cover step-by-step examples using basic math. There will be a best practices discussion and time for questions. The course will include discussing use of sprayer controllers and monitors but it will not cover specific controller brands and operations.

Speaker biography: Steinkamp is a location manager for Valley Agronomics in Donald, Ore. He graduated from the University of Idaho with degrees in ag systems management and ag business. He has worked in the ag retail industry for the last 10 years.

He was raised on a family farm near Gervais where he first worked with sprayers in cane berries and onions. He has been involved in all areas of application over his years as a grower, applicator, manager and in sales. He holds an Oregon commercial applicator’s license.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Worker Protection Standards Update — Janet Fultus (1 CORE credit). No registration required.

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Going Soft on Pollinators and Hard on Pests — Andony Melathopoulos (1 CORE credit) No registration required.

Course description: There is concern about the impact of pesticides on pollinating insects, and new state and federal regulations around pesticide use and pollinators.

This session will have an easy-to-apply set of rules to help attendees judge how to apply pesticides with minimal impact to pollinators. Attendees will leave this session being able to judge the risk of a pesticide treatment to pollinators from information on the pesticide label and using publication PNW 591, “How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides,” as well as the accompanying free mobile app and take practical steps for reducing this risk, while still keeping pests under control.

Speaker biography: Melathopoulos is an assistant professor of pollinator health extension in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University.

He has over 15 years of experience working with commercial beekeepers and growers to develop solutions for keeping bees healthy and crop yields high.

Since 2016 he has been leading OSU’s efforts to design, implement and evaluate a statewide pollinator health program.

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Papé sells equipment for every farmer’s needs http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/papxe9-sells-equipment-for-every-farmers-needs http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/papxe9-sells-equipment-for-every-farmers-needs#Comments Thu, 2 Nov 2017 09:06:34 -0400 Geoff Parks http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171109972 Corporate Products Specialist Carl Laux of the Lardon Road site of Papé Machinery in Salem explains that his lofty title merely means he focuses on all of the specialty products the company carries, which are many and varied.

Those products — ranging from windrowers to combines, nut and grape harvesters and sprayers — include equipment to handle “just about everything we do in this valley, most of it specialized,” Laux said.

Papé’s roots go back to 1938, when E.C. Papé started the company. It passed down to Dean and Edward Papé in the 1960s, and in 1990 Randy Papé expanded the business to form the Papé Group of Companies.

The fourth generation of the Papé family, Jordan, became CEO in 2013, and Ryan Papé currently is in charge of the agricultural division of the company.

Papé Machinery has 24 ag locations “when it comes to equipment sales,” Laux said, and a total of 93 in the six Western states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Nevada and Montana.

The company sells several well-known brands of equipment, including John Deere, Stihl and Honda, plus many lines of used equipment.

Laux said the company currently features two foreign-made brands built specifically for the wine grape and nut harvests.

Of those machines, Laux said Papé Machinery in Salem also specializes in sales of Italian-built Monchiero harvesters.

“It’s the only self-propelled harvester that is designed specifically for hazelnuts,” he said. “It’s an all-in-one unit that sweeps and harvests in one pass. We have been the exclusive importer for Monchiero for the past three years.” He noted that Papé has “a dozen of the machines in the field right now.”

Other specialized equipment promoted by Papé is the French-built Pellenc wine grape harvester, of which 16 are in the Willamette Valley’s fields during the height of this fall’s harvest.

“We have all of Oregon for the Pellenc products and all of the Western United States for the Monchiero equipment,” he said, adding that Papé Machinery also features specialty equipment from over 130 companies that sell sprayers, harvesters and other equipment.

Papé also provides training for customers.

“We feel that’s very important to make sure that customers and employees are trained on every piece of equipment we sell,” he said.

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Exhibitor shares love of fishing with Expo attendees http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/exhibitor-shares-love-of-fishing-with-expo-attendees http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/exhibitor-shares-love-of-fishing-with-expo-attendees#Comments Thu, 2 Nov 2017 09:04:53 -0400 Geoff Parks http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171109973 Not all backers, supporters, volunteers and exhibitors at the Willamette Valley Ag Expo are directly tied into the agricultural industry.

And though Justin Doane’s fishing guide business, Dangerous Baits Guide Service, seems even more distant from ag than most, his presence as a vendor and supporter during the three-day event demonstrates the quality of the relationships he has formed over the years of the event.

Since 2009 Doane, 35, has run several boats out of Pacific City. He stays busy throughout the year ferrying clients to the ocean and its surrounding bays, estuaries and rivers in pursuit of salmon, steelhead, sea bass, ling cod and other fish.

“A lot of my customers are in the grass seed and hazelnut and other seasonal ag businesses,” Doane said. “The ag world is pretty small, but has some really, really good people in it.

“I’ve found throughout the years that, with ag folks and the business of farming, when it’s not harvest season, it’s ‘game on’ for fishing, so it kind of made sense to advertise my service to like-minded folks.”

He said he especially loves it “on the day the FFA and 4-H get to come out and see the Expo.”

The expo is over 250,000 square feet of exhibitors, equipment, food, seminars and classes, said Scott Ingalls, event producer.

Doane’s Expo display features one of his drift boats and a banner, with a large fish bowl parked at the front door of the Willamette Building to receive tickets for a drawing.

The winning ticket drawn is rewarded with a two-person, eight-hour fishing trip worth $200 per person.

“Last year, we had over 1,300 people drop a ticket in the bowl,” he said. “The people that run the Expo are the best. They’re why I elected to participate and support it.”

Dangerous Baits Guide Service plans to be at the Willamette Valley Ag Expo again this year.

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Scio FFA members help Expo, which in turn helps them http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/scio-ffa-members-help-expo-which-in-turn-helps-them http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/scio-ffa-members-help-expo-which-in-turn-helps-them#Comments Thu, 2 Nov 2017 08:59:58 -0400 Geoff Parks http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171109974 For 17 years, the Scio FFA chapter’s relationship with the Willamette Valley Ag Expo has flourished as the two organizations successfully reached their yearly goals.

The Expo gets the energy and dedication of the FFA members, and they are rewarded with money to be divided among the workers for their club savings accounts.

The duties of the two co-chairs of this year’s chapter Expo efforts — Kyndal Porter, FFA treasurer, and Dallyss Vanderyacht, FFA reporter — center on organization and scheduling issues.

“Together we plan the volunteers’ Expo schedules and coordinate the duties of those who sign up for specific jobs and tell them what they need to do,” Vanderyacht, 17, said. At the WVAE’s featured Dine Around Oregon dinner, FFA members are runners, take tickets, serve and clean up after the meal and act as greeters.

With the money made from the Expo and other fund-raising events throughout the year, the students hopefully earn enough money to attend the annual state and national FFA conventions.

Porter, 17, said at the end of the marathon event the sponsoring Willamette Valley Ag Association “writes a check to us — which last year was about $1,000 — for the students’ hard work.”

It is disbursed to each student’s account, based on how many hours they worked, she said.

Krysta Sprague, the Scio FFA chapter’s adviser, said it costs “anywhere from $100 to $150 per student to attend the state convention in the spring and more like $1,000 each for the national convention in the fall.”

In addition to funding travel and expenses for the two conventions, Scio FFA students earn money throughout the year from barbecues, animal sales, auctions, a “pass the pig” event and other fundraisers to purchase jackets, scarves, ties, pay membership fees and other items and expenses.

Also, Vanderyacht said some of last year’s Expo money was spent on marketing and promotions for the chapter.

“I think working for the Expo each year is an excellent opportunity for our kids,” Sprague said, adding that there were 15 to 20 Scio FFA chapter members signed up to work at the Expo this year.

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Antique tractor starts with a ‘bang’ http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/antique-tractor-starts-with-a-bang http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Willamette/20171102/antique-tractor-starts-with-a-bang#Comments Thu, 2 Nov 2017 08:58:18 -0400 Geoff Parks http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171109975 Alan Painter of Brownsville, Ore., has the perfect machine to get the Willamette Valley Ag Expo’s Antique Tractor Display “off with a bang” on Nov. 14 in the Cascade Building at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center.

Of the four tractors Painter, 77, will be taking to the Albany event, the 1929 Lanz Bulldog is unquestionably unique. With a removable steering wheel that doubles as a crank, the engine develops 15 to 30 horsepower running on “just about any carbon-based fuel” including kerosene or diesel.

The battleship gray German unit has red accents, massive steel wheels and a jet-black smokestack.

Painter demonstrated the 10-minute routine the Lanz operator must go through to start the tractor. He begins by placing a lit cigarette-like rolled paper into a slot at the front of the machine. He then loads a shotgun cartridge containing gunpowder into a slot leading into the combustion chamber and sets it off with a hammer.

It’s not the most elegant starting mechanism, but Painter says the machine will “run all day, even during lunch,” so startup is a once-a-day event.

Painter was born in Eng-land and moved to the U.S. in 1967 at the age of 27 to work at Boeing near Seattle. He purchased his Brownsville land to raise sheep and hay for their feed, and has been involved in the 17-year-old Willamette Valley Ag Expo for several years.

Painter’s Lanz will join 50-plus other antique tractors and related implements and equipment at the three-day Expo. He plans on bringing three other machines from his 65-acre farm. Those will include a 1931 4-wheel-drive 15/24 horsepower Massey-Harris; a 1950 40-horsepower Field Marshall and a two-cylinder, 25-horsepower 1959 Porsche Diesel Standard, one of only 125,000 tractors the noted German automaker produced.

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