Agri-Women plan annual meeting

SALEM -- Oregon Women for Agriculture is hosting the 34th annual meeting of American Agri-Women, Nov. 12-15 in Salem.

The meeting includes presentations by agricultural finance expert David Kohl and Tom Wright, who will speak on federal tax reform. Shaniko, Ore., rancher-entrepreneur Jeanne Carver will offer marketing insights in a presentation titled "Imperial Stock Ranch: A Heritage Ranch Claiming New Markets."

The meeting includes tours of Willamette Valley ag.

Full registration, including the cost of tours, meals and speaking events, is $275. Partial registrations are available.

The meeting is at the Salem Conference Center, 200 Commercial St. SE.

Information: 503-243-3276.

-- Mitch Lies

Tilth conference prepares agenda

The Tilth Producers of Washington annual conference will be Nov. 13-15 at the Yakima Convention Center.

On Friday a symposium on advanced organic farming practices will be followed by a welcome reception, a value-added farm product tasting, dinner and evening workshops.

New this year is a series of Spanish-language workshops.

On Saturday, E. Ann Clark offers her keynote address on finding the common ground between organic and sustainable agriculture.The Tilth Producers' annual meeting and board elections will follow.

Later Saturday are workshops, a retailer and farmer meet-and-greet, organic wine tasting, trade show, silent auction, banquet and dance.

Sunday has three sets of workshops.

State to honor SWCD work

Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski earlier this month proclaimed Nov. 1-7 as Soil and Water Conservation District Week in Oregon.

The proclamation is designed to honor the work local soil and water conservation districts perform to benefit Oregon.

"The districts are an essential component of the state's effort to address conservation needs, whether it involves soil, water or fish and wildlife habitat," said Ray Jaindl, administrator of the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Division.

-- Mitch Lies

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