Farm Service Agency offers text alerts

SALEM — Producers may sign up to receive important text message alerts from their local Oregon Farm Service Agency office. To subscribe, text FSANOW (372-669).

UC Chamber adds tech service members

LA GRANDE — The Union County Chamber of Commerce announced that Eastern Oregon Managed Services has joined the chamber. From security and VOIP services to networking and more, Eastern Oregon Managed Services offers cost-effective and professional computer and tech services.

The Union County Chamber of Commerce’s members span farther than just Union County, and includes another tech company, Uni-Tech Communications, of Hermiston. The company offers remote web consulting.

AGA welcomes new president

DENVER, Colorado — The American Grassfed Board of Directors welcomes Don Davis as the new president of the board of directors. Davis currently ranches in the Texas hill country with his wife, Debbie, where they raise Texas longhorn cattle and market AGA-certified grassfed beef under the label Bandera Grassland. Davis is past president of the Cattlemen’s Texas Longhorn Registry, a nonprofit organization devoted to preserving genetically pure and historically correct Texas Longhorn cattle and is currently a director emeritus with the organization.

The Davises own and operate Grassfed Livestock Alliance LLC, an alliance of AGA-certified grassfed producers. GLA was formed in 2006 to provide a fair and sustainable market for family farms and ranches that put their care, labor and reputation into the quality of meats they raise. GLA currently supplies local AGA-certified grassfed beef to Whole Foods Market locations in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Davis has been a director for American Grassfed Association (AGA) since 2005 and currently chairs AGA’s Standards Committee.

Don and his wife are also part owners of Grassfed Sustainability Group, which teaches holistic management and regenerative land practices to landowners, managers and producers throughout the Southwest.

BEO Bancorp reports second-quarter earnings

HEPPNER — BEO Bancorp and its subsidiary, Bank of Eastern Oregon, announced a second-quarter 2019 consolidated net income of $650,000 or $0.55 per share, compared to $872,000 or $0.73 per share for second quarter 2018. Year-to-date earnings were $1,744 million, compared to $1.629 million for the first six months of 2018. Total assets were $469.9 million, up 17.4% year over year. Net loans of $383.9 million were up 16.5% from the same period in 2018, while deposits were at $421.9 million, up 18.5% year over year. Shareholders’ equity increased by $3.127 million or 9.4% from June 2018. 

“Net income for the quarter is down from a year ago, (and) this is attributed to acquisition and startup costs of our Washington branches, our new loan production office in Hermiston, and expansion of our Pendleton and Island City loan production offices. While the 2Q 2019 results are down from last year, year to date results are up 7.1% when compared to this time last year,” said President and CEO Jeff Bailey. 

BEO Bancorp is the holding company for Bank of Eastern Oregon, which operates 18 branches and seven loan production offices in 12 Eastern Oregon and four Eastern Washington counties. Locally, a branch is located in Enterprise, and there is a loan production office in Island City. For further information, visit www.beobank.com.

Producers may re-enroll or extend expiring CRP contracts

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Farmers and ranchers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program contracts may now re-enroll in certain CRP continuous signup practices or, if eligible, select a one-year contract extension. USDA’s Farm Service Agency is also accepting offers from landowners who want to enroll for the first time in one of the country’s largest conservation programs. FSA’s 52nd signup for CRP runs from June 3 to Aug. 23.

This year’s CRP continuous signup includes practices such as grass waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration and others. Continuous signup contracts last for 10-15 years. Soil rental rates are set at 90% of 2018 rates. Incentive payments are not offered for these practices.

Producers interested in applying for CRP continuous practices, including those under existing CREP agreements, or who want to extend their contract, should contact their USDA service center by Aug. 23. More information on CRP can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.

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