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Agriculture Notebook

*Polk SWCD can help with project grants*Small animal show set Feb. 10 at Rickreall*Central FFA slates auction and dinner *Small farm newsletter now is printed online *Several ag scholarshi

Polk SWCD can help

with project grants

The Mid Willamette West Small Grant Team will be accepting grant applications for projects March 19 to 30. The Polk SWCD is available to help with the planning and application process.

Eligible project types include urban storm water runoff treatments; urban off channel flood storage; non-commercial thinning; manure management; stream restoration; removal invasive species and re-planting natives; pasture management and fence building for rotational grazing; removing or replacing stream crossings; and implementing integrated pest management.

Funding is made available by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) through the Small Grant Program. Polk SWCD staff assists landowners in developing conservation projects and applications, applies for the grant on behalf of the landowner, administers grant funds, and assists with project completion documentation.

Because there are 28 Small Grant Teams across the state, applicants compete only at the local level, increasing the chance to obtain funds. Program awards are up to $10,000 per project and require a minimum of 25-40 percent secured match in cash or in kind (labor).

For more information application forms, see www.oregon.gov/OWEB and navigate to "Grant Program" and then "Small Grants." Or, contact Polk SWCD at 503-623-9680.

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Small animal show set

Feb. 10

at Rickreall

RICKREALL -- The Rickreall Roundup 4-H Small Animal Youth Show will be Saturday, Feb. 10 at Polk County Fairgrounds, 520 S. Pacific Highway W.

Kids through high school age will exhibit rabbits, poultry and cavies.

For participants, cost is $7 for the first five animals and $1 extra per additional animal, and registrations must be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 2. Late entries or day-of-show entries are $2 extra. Checks should be made payable to the sponsor: 4-H Achievers, 3810 Limestone Road, Dallas, OR 97338.

Animals must be brought in leak proof cages. A mandatory health check will be 8 to 9 a.m. in the Small Animal Barn (Building C).

Raffle tickets will be sold for items such as rabbits, gift baskets, and various items donated by the community. Snacks including donuts, hot-dogs, chips, pop and candy will be available to purchase during the show.

For more information: Nora Solvedt, 503-623-7707 or jnsd04@peoplepc.com.

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Central FFA slates

auction and dinner

INDEPENDENCE -- The Central FFA Alumni have scheduled a benefit auction and dinner for Saturday, Feb. 17, at Central High School. A silent auction will be conducted from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by an oral auction. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Tickets to the event are $10 for adults, and $5 for children age 6 to 12. Proceeds will fund scholarships for FFA students and help pay for FFA projects.

Auction item donations are welcomed. For more information: Frances Buckovic at 503-838-2035 or Martha Walton at 503-838-5424.

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Small farm newsletter

now is printed online

CORVALLIS -- The OSU Extension Service's Small Farms Project has published the first issue of its new online quarterly magazine, "Small Farm News."

"We invite commercial farmers, small acreage owners, those with small farms and those who are just thinking about farming in Oregon to use 'Small Farm News,'" said Garry Stephenson, director of the Small Farms Program.

"Topics focus on organic/biological farming, conventional farming, marketing methods and resources, land stewardship, and more."

The contents for the issue include articles titled:

* "Top 10 things I learned about buying a small farm."

* "Organic fertilizer calculator: a new planning tool."

* "Finding market information for agricultural products."

* "Winter's Coming Don't Get Stuck in the Mud!"

* "Is agroforestry appropriate for your small farm?"

* "Keep the compost cooking this winter."

* "Selenium fertilization of forages."

The publication also includes a calendar of events and a variety of resources.

Subscriptions to the online publication are free.

To take a look at Oregon Small Farm News, see the internet site http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu and click on the newsletter icon to examine the first issue.

In addition to the online magazine, the OSU Small Farms Program also offers an extensive information web site at http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu. The site provides the latest university research-based information and publications for commercial farmers, beginning farmers and small-acreage landowners.

Some of the topics are current events in the Pacific Northwest, livestock care, pastures and crops, soil maintenance, marketing and technical reports. There are also links to conferences and workshops to keep small farmers in the loop.

For more information: Garry Stephenson, 541-737-5833.

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Several ag scholarships

available for students

Scholarships from the Oregon Agriculture Education Foundation are available for high school graduates who plan to attend a two- or four-year college in Oregon to study for a career in an agricultural industry.

The Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship provides eight to 10 awards of between $750 and $1,500 to new and continuing full-time students. The Willamette Valley Ag Association Scholarship provides several $1,000 awards to agriculture students who are already juniors or seniors.

Application deadline is April 1. Details are at www.oregonfb.org (link to "programs" and then "Oregon Agriculture Education"), or by calling Betty Brose at 503-399-1701, ext. 327.

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