Kelli Hildebrandt

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Hildebrandt named new vice president of Northeast Oregon Board of Realtors

LA GRANDE — Kelli Hildebrandt, of La Grande’s Valley Realty, recently stepped into the role of vice president of the Northeast Oregon Board of Realtors. As such, she will contribute articles to the Northeast Oregon Real Estate guide. Hildebrandt is a former La Grande High School girls golf coach, after which she went into banking and then real estate. In the summer of 2018, she joined the team at Valley Realty, which has served the community for nearly 50 years. Both La Grande natives, Hildebrandt and her husband, Ryan, own and operate Prosper Business and Tax Services.

Putney joins Baker County Extension as new forester

BAKER CITY — Jacob Putney is the new extension forester for Baker County through the Oregon State University Extension Service. Putney, who was born and raised in Canby, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in forest management at OSU. While studying in Corvallis he worked at OSU’s research forest. Putney is looking forward to learning more about the forest types of Northeast Oregon and meeting and working with the region’s woodland owners. In his free time he enjoys hiking, backpacking and fishing. Putney can be reached at the Baker City Extension Office at 541-523-6418 or jacob.putney@oregonstate.edu.

Free online training for roofing safety available

SALEM — Employers and workers in Oregon’s roofing industry now have a free and convenient way to boost their ability to address fall hazards by using an online video training course launched by Oregon OSHA. The course, “Fall Protection for Roofing,” is the latest in a series of online educational offerings created by the division to help address fall hazards across specific industries and different on-the-job situations. The course includes insights from industry leaders and covers topics such as hazard identification, fall protection equipment and systems, safe access and training.

The roofing course includes the opportunity to receive a certificate of completion. The third of five planned online courses about fall protection, the roofing course joins “Fundamentals of Fall Protection” and “Ladder Safety.” The Fall Protection Suite of courses is available at https://osha.oregon.gov/edu/courses/Pages/fall-protection-suite.aspx. Those who complete the course have the option to receive a certificate of completion.

Oregon OSHA’s technical staff members can answer questions to help employers understand how to apply rules to their workplace. For more information, call 503-378-3272 or email tech.web@oregon.gov or consult the regional field office in Pendleton at 541-276-2353 or stop by 200 SE Hailey Ave., Suite 306.

Byproducts of grassfed industry used in ‘regenerative’ manufacturing

DENVER, Colorado — According to a press release from the American Grassfed Association, based in Denver, Colorado, the grassfed industry promotes human health, animal welfare and environmental sustainability. Now there is a growing market for products made from grassfed byproducts like leather and tallow. Other Half Processing was founded to get those byproducts into the hands of manufacturers, and a new partnership with Timberland is a big win for the regenerative agriculture movement. Currently, OHP is supplying grassfed cow hides to support Timberland’s special launch of thousands of pairs of “regenerative” boots, slated for summer 2020. AGA supports further partnership with Timberland’s parent company, VF Corporation, which also owns Dickies, Eastpak, Jansport, Eastpack, The North Face, Vans and 12 other consumer footwear and apparel brands. For more information on OHP, go to www.otherhalfprocessing.com. Information on AGA is available at www.americangrassfed.org.

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