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Upcoming Workshops

Northwest Grazing Conference 2017
"Managing for Resilience"
May 10th & 11th
Pendleton Convention Center

Learn how you can be one of those happy producers at Managing for Resilience: Northwest Grazing Conference 2017. Join us for two full days of expert ranching advice on how to improve water infiltration, water quality, and riparian habitat; restore soil health; reduce fire risk; and produce more forage. Increase your ranch profits while increasing the resilience of your land and your ranch business. Register here.

Past Workshops

January 2017 Lambing School
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Mont Alto Ranch
2800 French Creek Rd
Glide, OR

More details available here.

Oregon Sheep Growers Association Annual Meeting
December 1-3, 2016
Holiday Inn Eugene-Springfield
919 Kruse Way
Springfield, OR 97477

Full schedule is available here.
For more information and to pre-register please click here.
Overnight group rate is $89+tax. Online reservation link:Oregon Sheep Growers Association-OSGA or call for reservations: 541-284-0707 (ask for teh OSGA room block).


SRM/PNW Section Fall Workshop
Corvallis, OR October 12-14, 2016
Click here for registration information

Since most of our tours focus on grasslands, we decided to offer a different venue this fall. The Willamette Valley can hardly be considered traditional rangeland, but it is an interesting area for several reasons. It was critically important in the birth and development of the State of Oregon; and, while it encompasses much of the state’s population, much of it remains agricultural. The vegetation of this region has undergone significant modifications since white settlement really began in the 1840’s. In recent years, there has been considerable effort to understand these changes and to restore two of the most critical native vegetation communities: oak woodlands and oak savannahs. What makes these efforts of particular interest to resource managers is that they are characterized by extensive and often innovative partnerships.

Accordingly, our activities on Thursday, 13 October, will consist of a tour of three oak woodland/savannah sites in various stages of restoration around the Baskett-Slough NWR. Our evening speaker will be Mr. Ed Alverson, who has worked as a field botanist and stewardship ecologist in the Pacific Northwest (particularly in Oregon's Willamette Valley) for over 35 years. Ed's topic will be vegetation changes in the Willamette Valley since the 1850's.


Roots of Resilience
Rejuvenating Grasslands and Healing the Planet

February 12-13, 2016 - Holistic Planned Grazing, Spokane WA
March 11-12, 2016 - Financial Planning, Spokane WA
March 19-20, 2016 - Holistic Planned Grazing, Bellingham WA
April 16-17, 2016 - Holistic Land Planning, Ellensburg WA
TBD: May 2016 - Ecological Monitoring

Registration is $247 for each course. Early Registration is $227. Students or each additional member of a family or farm after the first is $147.

Mid-Valley Winter AgFest

February 27, 2016: 9am - 4pm and February 28, 2016: 9am - 4pm
at the Polk County Fairgrounds.

The Polk Soil and Water Conservation District will have a booth doing outreach and are looking for volunteers to help set up and interact with the public (training provided). Anyone who is interested please contact Sawyer Finegan at

Central Oregon Forage Seminar
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Clover Club Building, 502 SE Lynn Blvd., Prineville, OR

More information and agenda here.
RSVP to OSU Crook County Extension Service by January 25th.
Mylen Bhole at 541-447-6228 or email at

Small-Scale Equipment Field Day
Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture
844 SW 35th St.
Corvallis, OR 97333

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 12-6 pm
More information and agenda:

Agenda for AFGC Warm Season Grass Professional Workshop
August 18, 2015
7:30am to 5:30pm
Lexington, KY

7:45-Welcome and Introductions
8:00-Genetics of the BMR Trait within the Sorghum genus  Ray Smith, Univ. of Kentucky
8:25-Seed Quality and Seed Industry priorities for warm season annual grasses  Chad Hale, Byron Seeds
8:50-Determining the best variety (quality and yield) of Warm Season Annuals  Chris Teutsch, Virginia Tech
10:00-Beef Cattle performance with warm season annuals  Jeff Lehmkuhler, Univ. of Kentucky
10:30-Dairy Cattle performance with warm season annuals Chad Hale, Byron Seeds
11:00-Agronomic practices to maximize yield, quality and regrowth of warm season annuals Dennis Hancock, Univ. of Georgia
11:45-Simple on-farm tests for nitrate and cyanide toxicity  Ray Smith, Univ. of Kentucky
12:00- Lunch
12:45-Minor use summer annual grasses: Teff, Crabgrass, German millet, and others  Panel Discussion, All speakers, led by Dennis Hancock, Univ. of Georgia
1:30-How I've integrated Corn grazing into my forage system Tommy Yankey, Anderson County KY Ag Agent
2:00-Bermudagrass production and emerging issues (ie -stem maggot) Dennis Hancock, Univ. of Georgia
2:30-What is the role of warm season native grasses on beef cattle farms? Tom Keene, Univ. of Kentucky
3:15-Depart for Field tour of Warm Season annual grass variety tests and Agronomic Demonstrations Gene Olson,  Univ. of Kentucky
5:15-Concluding comments

Pre-conference Evening Session August 17 at 7:00 pm Development of a rating system on the yield potential, digestibility, regrowth potential, grazing tolerance, leafspot resistance, etc. for  varieties of sorghum x sudangrass, sudangrass, pearl millet, and forage sorghum. Workshop speakers and others interested are invited to attend.

For more information and to register, click here.


2015 OSU Oregon Small Farms Conference

February 28th, 2015
OSU Campus - Corvallis, OR
$45 per person until 2/2/2015

Here is a sample of some of the session topics and speakers presenting this year:

  • Small-scale diversified vegetable production with Jean Marin Fortier
  • Small farm profitability with Ellen Polishuk, Potomac Vegetable Farms
  • Climate change and perennial fruit and nut production with farm Guy Ames and ATTRA's Rex Dufour
  • Expanding direct, bulk sales of local meat and poultry with Cornell's Matt LeRoux

This daylong event is geared toward farmers, agriculture professionals, food policy advocates, students and managers of farmers markets.

Click HERE to register today!

Hatfield Endowment Event Agenda
All events held after 10:00 am are open to the public.
Friday, December 12, 2014
11:00 am - Noon: Check in at Riverhouse Hotel in Bend, OR (20 rooms available for CNB)
12:15 pm - 5 pm: CNB Team Leader Meeting at Riverhouse Convention Center: Cascade C (Lunch Provided by CNB)
Saturday, December 13, 2014
7:30 am - 8:00 am: Complimentary full American breakfast for hotel guests, served in Crossings Restaurant
10:00 am-Noon: Brief Intro of Guests from the Pacific Northwest Center for Holistic Management. Opening address: Allan Savory
Noon - 1:00 pm: Lunch Break
1:00 pm - 3:15 pm: Rancher Panel, Allan Savory, Question and Answer Portion
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Depart to High Desert Museum
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm: Meet and Greet at High Desert Museum (Bar/Appetizers)
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Main Event: Allan Savory Presentation
8:00 pm: Dismissed
Sunday, December 14, 2014
7:30 am - 8:00 am: Continental Breakfast
10:00 am: Check Out Riverhouse Hotel
The Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center
3075 US 97 Business
Bend, OR 97701
Reservations: 866-453-4480
To get CNB group rate please make reservations before Dec. 1, 2014.
20 room available.
High Desert Museum
59800 South Hwy 97
Bend, OR 97702

Please RSVP to Dallen Davies at (541) 390-7034

Oregon Seed Growers League Annual Meeting
Salem Conference Center
December 8-9, 2014


OSU Forage Management Series
One Wednesday a month, April - June, and September-October

This is a multi-part series including sessions on forage assessment, harvest management, irrigation, renovation techniques, and fertility and includes indoor meetings as well as outdoor to demonstrate the principles of the series. We will have a project ranch that we work on together, including site visits and an online document sharing and blog. The project ranch will be the Wilson Farm, the OSU sheep facility with sheep and cattle grazing the pastures. You can also work on your own ranch as a side project if desired. The objective of the series is to improve knowledge about managing forage on properties in the Willamette Valley. Classes are held once a month on Wednesdays from 6:30-8: 30 pm at the Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility on Oregon State University's campus. Farm and field visits will be at 10 am on the day following each evening program.

Dates and Topics
April 9, 2014 - Farm and Forage Assessment
May 7, 2014 - Harvest Management
June 4, 2014 - Irrigation
September 10, 2014 - Renovation Techniques
October 1, 2014 - Fertility

For more information:


Targeted Grazing Online Workshops 2014
Third Thursday of the Month Starting April 17 @ 11:30 am Pac

Learn the principles of targeted grazing to manage landscape the Third Thursday each month in 2014. Online presentations and discussions will be led by experts on the topic of targeted grazing and made possible by the Targeted Grazing Committee of the Society for Range Management. All you need is a computer, a good internet connection, and a phone.  Bring co-workers, students, or colleagues to sit in on sessions with you. Make it a lunch if you are in the western states.


Grassland Connectivity Workshop

Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge
September 3, 2014
9am - 4pm
$50/$30 students

This is the first workshop in our Connectivity Series presented by the Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society in which we will address the issue of habitat connectivity for Oregon's wildlife and their varied habitats. During this one-day workshop you will learn from Oregon's foremost experts in grassland ecology and conservation about:

  • The history of grasslands in the Willamette Valley
  • Grassland habitat connectivity
  • Grassland restoration,
  • Endangered species including Fenders blue butterflies, and
  • Management of grasslands for native species.

To register, visit

Basic Principles
April 17: Why Targeted Grazing? - Dr. John Walker, Texas A & M University
May 15: Plant Ecology & Response to Grazing - Dr. John Hendrickson, ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory
June 19: Diet Selection Basics - Dr. Karen Launchbaugh, University of Idaho
July 17: Choosing and Developing the Animal for the Job - Dr. Rachel Frost, Missouri River Conservation Districts Council
August 27: Monitoring for Success - Dr. Marc Horney, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

For more information:

7-Week Course by Lane Livestock Services
April 2- May 21, 2014

A practical course on forages, grazing, pasture, hay, and silage! We'll cover plant growth, grazing techniques, nutritional value, storage, fencing, and much more, according to host, Woody Lane.

For more information:

Planned Grazing Workshop
May 3-4, 2014

The Pacific Northwest Center for Holistic Management is partnering with Aprovecho to present a workshop in Cottage Grove, OR on May 3 and 4.  The workshop provides an overview of Holistic Management and then moves into planned grazing, placing the right animals in the right place at the right time for the right reason, says Craig Madsen of Healing Hooves, LLC.

For more information: or

Contact: or 509-990-7132


"Estimating Oregon's Forage Production Potential Using GIS-based Modeling and Mapping Technique."
-Brianna Randow, MS candidate, Oregon State University

Brianna Randow is a MS student at Oregon State University working with Dr. David Hannaway. In January she traveled to the American Forage and Grassland Council annual meeting in Memphis, TN to participate in their Emerging Scientist Oral Presentation Competition. She gave a 10 minute presentation on her thesis project "Estimating Oregon's Forage Production Potential Using GIS-based Modeling and Mapping Techniques." Her presentation can be seen at or you can view her abstract at Randow AFGC Interpretive summary.