The Oregon Liquor Control Commission received 27 applications for new liquor stores in 14 counties of Central and Eastern Oregon, an OLCC spokeswoman said recently.

Christie Scott did not have available a breakdown of where applicants had applied to open new stores. The application period closed July 31.

The OLCC is in phase two of a plan to increase the number of liquor stores throughout the state. The applications will next be reviewed for completeness. All applicants with a complete application will be interviewed, Scott said.

Then OLCC staff will review the applications to assess whether they meet the criteria set out by the agency when it solicited applications earlier this year. Criteria include plans for the store space, the business plan, the applicant’s financial backing and experience in selling alcohol, she said.

The next step is an appearance before the commission in October. The commission plans to award contracts by November, Scott said.

Master Woodland Manager Training is coming to region

The OSU Extension Service has announced that a Master Woodland Manager training will be offered in Baker County this fall. The Forestry and Natural Resources Extension’s premier forest stewardship training program, MWM is an immersive course for landowners who are interested in learning how to better manage their forest and are willing to share that knowledge with people in their local communities.

Whether you own five or 1,000 acres, the MWM program will help you to meet your long-term goals for your property; integrate forest management with ranching; make your forest better suited for wildlife, timber production and recreation and make your forest resilient to fire, insects and diseases.

The training will be held on the weekends between Sept. 15 and Oct. 21. Topics include upland forest ecology and management; watersheds, streams and fish; riparian forest ecology management; forest business management; marketing and roads; and reforestation and forest protection.

This program comes around to a given region only about every 10 years. To reserve a spot and for more information contact Bob Parker at the OSU Baker County Extension Service office at 541-523-6418 or email

Northwest Farm Credit Services sees 3.2 percent capital increase

Northwest Farm Credit Services, the Northwest’s leading agricultural lending cooperative, announced 2017 second- quarter earnings of $54.7 million, compared to $57.9 million for the same quarter of 2016. Earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2017, were $120.0 million, a 3.2 percent increase, compared to $116.3 million for the same period of the prior year. Total capital increased 3.2 percent during the year to $2.3 billion.

“We are pleased with our company’s financial performance to date in 2017,” said Phil DiPofi, president and CEO. “Our results are exceeding our business plan projections in several areas, primarily as the result of our overall customer-members’ strong financial positions. We anticipate economic challenges for some in agriculture, due to lower commodity prices and weather-related impacts in certain areas. However, a strong crop insurance program will help farmers manage their weather-related risks.”

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