The Union County Chamber has given out thousands of copies of the Union County Community Map and it is now time to update it. The chamber is partnering again with Town Square Publications to produce the 2018 map, which is a highly effective way to advertise. Businesses that advertise in the publication will have a locator dot on the map. The map will be accessible on the Chamber of Commerce website and the National Community Profile Network at Town Square Publications, extending the exposure of the ad and increasing search engine optimization. For more information, contact Lini Handy of Town Square Publications at 760-567-9430 or

Powder Basin Watershed Council receives EPA grant

The Powder Basin Watershed Council in Baker City has received a $25,440 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to install streamflow gauges on the North Fork of the Burnt River and on Deer Creek.

The grant is part of $1,711,000 the EPA awarded to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Data from the stream gauges will contribute to a long-term study of the Powder River Basin that includes the effects of logging, grazing and other activities on water levels and temperatures.

Grab your partner for upcoming Farmer-Merchant Banquet

The 69th annual Farmer-Merchant Banquet will be held Nov. 9 at the Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th St., in La Grande. Hosted by the Union County Chamber of Commerce, the event will have a hoedown theme this year. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a no-host social and dinner is served at 7 p.m. There will also be live music, a silent auction and folk and swing dancing.

The Farmer Merchant Banquet is a long-standing national tradition that recognizes outstanding stewardship, conservation and agricultural innovation, as well as agriculture’s contribution to the local economy.

This event allows the community to express our appreciation to the members of the agricultural community who continue to be the backbone of our local economy.

Tickets are free for Union County farmers and ranchers and their families (limit four) and $28 each for other community members. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the Union County Chamber of Commerce office at 207 Depot St. La Grande, 541-963-8588 or Licensed childcare will also be available. Contact the chamber for more information.

Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference Nov. 11-12

Oregon Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee invites Farm Bureau members between the ages of 16 and 35 to attend the 2017 Oregon Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Leadership Conference Nov. 11-12 in Salem.

“The conference will be an excellent opportunity for young farmers and ranchers to learn about policy issues facing Oregon agriculture, gain useful information for their businesses, sharpen advocacy skills, network and have a lot of fun,” said Jenny Freeborn, vice chair of the YF&R Committee. “Registration for the two-day conference is also a great deal at only $40.”

Keynote speakers will be Kim Bremmer of Ag Inspirations, a nationally recognized motivational speaker who will discuss communication and advocacy in agriculture, and Derek Pangelinan of Derek Rey Consulting, the developer of “The 6 Perspectives of Leadership,” a model for teaching leadership skills to people from all walks of life. Presentations by industry experts will cover the topics of agriculture business, natural resources, ag advocacy and Farm Bureau basics. Registration is due by Nov. 3. Find the registration form and conference agenda at The $40 fee covers lunch both days and snacks at Saturday’s social event. For more information, contact OFB’s Jacon Taylor at or 541-589-9694.

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