Organic group honors six

The Oregon Organic Coalition honored six individuals and companies with awards for excellence at a luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Portland.

The winners include two scientists, an organic dairyman, a wholesaler, a retailer and a farmer.

Oregon State University Extension vegetable specialist Alex Stone won the coalition's top scientist award for her work in establishing the Northwest Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange and for her work in organic potato studies.

Ashland Food Cooperative was selected as the coalition's retailer of the year in part for the support it gives other organic retailers in Oregon.

Organically Grown Company, the Northwest's largest wholesaler of fresh organic fruits, vegetables and herbs, won the coalition's wholesaler award.

Jon Bansen, an organic dairyman from Monmouth and member of the farmer-owned cooperative Organic Valley, won the coalition's farmer/livestock award.

Anita Azarenko, head of OSU's Department of Horticulture, has won the coalition's organic policy award for her advocacy of policies that encourage organic research and extension.

And Winter Green Farm has won the coalition's crop farm award for helping draft Oregon's Organic Standards Law, in addition to other achievements.

--Mitch Lies

Slaughter unit

to be on display

The Puget Sound Meat Producers Cooperative's new USDA mobile livestock slaughter unit will be on display 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Bekkevar Family Farm, 273054 Highway 101, near Sequim, Wash. A sign for the farm will be posted.

During the event, five beef cattle, three hogs and one meat goat will be slaughtered.

The event is open to producers and others interested in learning about bringing the USDA-inspected slaughter and processing service to the Olympic Peninsula and other outlying areas

Information: Contact Curtis E. Beus at 360-417-2279 or

Tours highlight

horse practices

Snohomish Conservation District in will host two farm tours on Monday, Sept. 26, in the Grandview area north of Arlington, Wash.

The morning and afternoon tours will be at a cattle and horse farm that was once a dairy. The owners have retrofitted the facility to make chores easier, reduce mud and handle livestock waste.

There is no cost for the tours, but an optional barbecue lunch will be served for $5 per person. During lunch, Alayne Blickle, director of Horses for Clean Water, will explain how to prepare a farm for wet Northwest winters.

Pre-registration is required by phone at 425-335-5634, ext 123, or by e-mail:

Distillery course

offered Sept. 26

The Northwest Agriculture Business Center will host a one-day business-development class for producers interested in establishing a distillery in Washington state.

The class, which will be offered Monday, Sept. 26, at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Wash., will focus on start-up and operating costs, licensing, regulations, bonds and insurance policies .

Berle W. Figgins, Jr. of Ellensburg Distillery and the Washington State Liquor Control Board will be on hand to provide information about the new craft distilling law .

Information: Call 360-336-3727 or visit NABC's website at www.AgBizCenter,org.

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