Register now for Eastern Oregon Economic Summit

HERMISTON — EOU Small Business Development Center is hosting the first Eastern Oregon Economic Summit on July 26 in Hermiston. The day-long event will offer a variety of discussion panels on subjects regarding Eastern Oregon’s economic potential and future as well as keynote speakers, regional economic updates and federal and state legislative updates. 

The summit will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hermiston High School, 600 S. First St. The cost for the full day is $25. Registration is required. Register online at www.EasternOregonSummit.com. Contact EOU SBDC for more information at 541-962-1532 or eousbdc@gmail.com.

U.S. Cellular plans ‘Leadership Career Days’

LA GRANDE — U.S. Cellular is hosting two sessions of a Leadership Career Day, from noon to 6 p.m. July 18 and July 19, at 11621 Island Ave., Suite C, La Grande. The event is open to anyone with leadership experience who is looking for a new career. For more information, go to www.uscellular.jobs.

Wallowa-Whitman treating invasive weeds on the forest

BAKER CITY — The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has started a project to deal with invasive weedsin several parts of the forest.

The work is expected to continue through October.

“The majority of herbicide treatments will be spot application to individual invasive plants using truck sprayers, backpack sprayers and UTVs,” said Maura Laverty, Forest Range and Invasives Program manager. Some broadcast application is also planned along a small subset of roadsides. 

“Manual and mechanical treatments are planned for a number of small infestations, some of which have been treated for over a decade and are subsequently greatly reduced in size,” Laverty said.

Herbicide treatments will be carried out following the project design features of the Record of Decision for the Invasive Plants Treatment Project.

Invasive plants targeted for treatment include leafy spurge, meadow hawkweed, orange hawkweed, sulfur cinquefoil, whitetop, knapweeds, rush skeleton weed, Scotch thistle, Canada thistle, whitetop, yellowstar thistle, yellow toadflax, Japanese knotweed, puncturevine, rose campion, hound’s tongue, and bugloss. Treatment sites are located across the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and will be posted at the time of treatment.

Maps of the proposed treatment sites are also posted on the forest’s website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/landmanagement/resourcemanagement/?cid=stelprdb5246581. 

For more specific information on timing and location of herbicide treatments, please contact the local Ranger District Office coordinators: 

• La Grande and Whitman Ranger Districts, Scott Schaefer: 541-962-8550

• Hells Canyon NRA, Eagle Cap and Wallowa Valley Ranger Districts, Beckjo Wall: 541-426-5535

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.

Funding through Farm Bill 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.

AGA welcomes new president

DENVER, Colo. — 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. Dvis 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.

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