Ag community may reserve

free tickets for Farmer-Merchant Banquet

LA GRANDE — The 71st annual Union County Farmer-Merchant Banquet will take place Nov. 7 at the Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th St., La Grande. The evening will include live music, food (Island City Market & Deli), onsite bar (Benchwarmers Pub & Grill), photo booth and child care. A no-host social begins at 6 p.m., followed by the banquet at 7 p.m. This year’s theme is “The Roots of Union County.”

The event is hosted by the Union County Chamber of Commerce to honor those in the agriculture industry. Members of the ag community may attend the banquet free, but tickets must be reserved in advance. Tickets for the general public are $30. To make reservations, call the Chamber at 541-963-8588.

It’s time to get your holiday marketing plan in order

LA GRANDE — Ignite, 104 Depot St., La Grande, invites local business owners to attend “Spruce Up Your Holiday Marketing Plan,” a Google livestream, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Oct. 16. Topics will include: Google My Business listings, online advertising and email marketing. According to organizers, the workshop will be “jam-packed with good information. Come ready to take notes.”

The holiday marketing workshop is hosted by Ignite and the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are appreciated. For more information, go to www.ignitemybusiness.org.

Learn to digitally promote and grow your business

BAKER CITY, ENTERPRISE — The Blue Mountain Community College Small Business Development Center is hosting “Promoting and Growing Your Business Digitally” for local and regional businesses. Participants will learn about social media platforms, digital media advertising, budgeting, reporting and managing social communities. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 24 at 3275 Baker St. in Baker City and from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 19 at 107 SW First St. in Enterprise. 

The courses will be led by Michael Mettler, founder and director of strategy at MCM Strategic + Communications, a marketing and management consulting firm based in Walla Walla, Washington. Each class is $39, payable by cash or check made out to BMCC. For more information and registration, call Andrea Fowler at 541-278-5833 or visit BMCC SBDC on Facebook.

Producers: Don’t delay in filing Adjusted Gross Income Certification

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Farm Service Agency reminds producers that they may experience delays in receiving Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments, Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs) and Market Gains on Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) if they have not filed form CCC-941, Adjusted Gross Income Certification. No program payment can be issued to an eligible producer, including landowners who share in the crop, without a valid CCC-941 on file in the county office.

All farm operator/tenants/owners who have not filed a CCC-941 and have pending payments should immediately file the form with their recording county FSA office. Farm operators and tenants are encouraged to ensure their landowners have filed the form. FSA can accept the CCC-941 for 2017, 2018, and 2019.

For more information, contact your local county FSA office:

• Baker County, 3990 Midway Drive, Baker City; 541-523-7121

• Union County: 1901 Adams Ave., Suite 6, La Grande; 541-963-4178

• Wallowa County: 401 NE First St., Suite E, Enterprise; 541-426-4521, ext. 2.

 

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