Training, seminars keep farmers up to date

This 30-acre field near Mt. Angel gets a dusting of lime in this photo. An Ag Lime Conference is scheduled as part of the seminars on the WVAE schedule this year.

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 www.recology.com/compost-registration. 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 http://aglime.eventbrite.com. 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)

Training

• 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 http://aglime.eventbrite.com

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