IC Market & Deli hosts Business After Hours

ISLAND CITY — On Aug. 14, the Island City Market & Deli is hosting the Union County Chamber of Commerce’s August Business After Hours. Stop by 10101 W. First St., Island City, between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to check out the market’s Urban Vine venue and enjoy samples, giveaway prizes and networking. Reps from Barnard Griffin Winery and Ordnance Brewing will be onsite.

SBDC offers advanced notary class

LA GRANDE — The Eastern Oregon University Small Business Development Center is offering an advanced notary class from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 14. The class will be held at the Integrated Services Building, Room 147, 1607 Gekeler Lane, La Grande. This free class is taught by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office. Pre-registration is required and available at www.notsem.sos.state.or.us. For more information, call the SBDC at 541-962-1532.

The EOU Small Business Development Center offers free, confidential business advising covering everything from business concept to launch, marketing, human resource issues, business plan development, access to capital and exit strategy.

Union County student awarded Farm Bureau scholarship

SALEM — The Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship program awarded 18 scholarships totaling $21,000 to students for the 2019-2020 academic year. Among the recipients is Hailey Patterson of Union County, who is studying general agriculture at Oregon State University. Patterson received a $1,000 scholarship.

The Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education, through its Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship Project, offers scholarships to individuals preparing to continue their education through a junior college or a four-year college or university, with plans to study in an agricultural related major. Children and grandchildren of voting members of Oregon Farm Bureau are eligible regardless of their major. Contributions are received throughout the year in support of the OFB Memorial Scholarship Project.

The foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions may be mailed to Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation (memo: Scholarships), 1320 Capitol St. NE, Suite 200, Salem 97301. For more information, contact Holly Michaels, OFBF Memorial Scholarship Coordinator, at scholarship@oregonfb.org.

Opportunity to promote your business

UNION COUNTY — The Oregon Association of County Clerks Conference is coming to Union County Aug. 19-22, giving local businesses the opportunity to have extended hours or highlight their services or wares during the event. According to the Union County Chamber of Commerce, there will be more than 120 county clerks from across the U.S. coming to Union County for this annual conference and they will be looking for things to do.

Businesses that are interested in being promoted and included during this time should contact the Union County Chamber of Commerce at 541-963-8588 or Union County Clerk Robin Church at 541-963-1006.

Siddoway Cattle Co. joins American Angus Association

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Siddoway Cattle Company of North Powder is a new member of the American Angus Association, reported Mark McCully, CEO of the national breed organization. With more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, the American Angus Association is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on more than 18 million registered Angus.

The association records ancestral information and keeps production records and genomic data on individual animals to develop industry-leading selection tools for its members. The programs and services of the association and its entities — Angus Genetics Inc., Angus Productions Inc., Certified Angus Beef LLC and the Angus Foundation — help members to advance the beef cattle business by selecting the best animals for their herds and marketing quality genetics for the beef cattle industry and quality beef for consumers. 

Funding available for soil health trial

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Soil Health Demonstration Trial authorized by Section 2307(c)(7) of the 2018 Farm Bill is now underway. The trial will pay farmers for sequestering carbon in the soil. Producers are encouraged to request prompt implementation and full funding (at least $15 million) by contacting Leslie.Deavers@wdc.usda.gov.

Petition aims to give farmers a fighting chance

DENVER, Colo. — According to a press release from the American Grassfed Association, since 1980, 90% of U.S. hog farmers and 41% of U.S. cattle producers have gone out of business, and more than one million U.S. farmers have been driven off the land. Among America’s poultry farmers, 71% now live below the federal poverty level. Producers are encouraged to sign a petition demanding strong safeguards that give farmers a fighting chance. For more information, visit.www.standwithfarmfamilies.org.

Northwest Farm Credit Services reports 2nd-quarter earnings

SPOKANE, Wash. — Northwest Farm Credit Services announced 2019 second quarter earnings of $67.2 million compared to $69.7 million for the same quarter of 2018. Earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2019, were $133.3 million, compared to $144.5 million for the same period of the prior year. The decreased earnings in 2019 are primarily due to a higher provision for credit loss expense and a smaller refund of premiums from the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation, Total capital increased 2.6% during the year to $2.6 billion.

“Our financial performance at mid-year continues to be solid while we experience the increasing volatility in the ag economy,” said Phil DiPofi, President and CEO. “Despite greater trade and labor challenges, our credit quality remains strong as our customers around the Northwest are generally seeing good growing conditions and positive returns.”

Northwest FCS is a $12 billion financial cooperative providing financing and related services to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, commercial fishermen, timber producers, rural homeowners and crop insurance customers in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Northwest FCS is a member of the nationwide Farm Credit System that supports agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. For more information, go to www.northwestfcs.com.

 

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