A multi-agency and multi-disciplinary team was awarded a PDP grant from Western SARE to host a total of eight training events in western Oregon and Washington in 2017 focused on training ag professionals. The team has developed and is now publishing the Western Oregon and Washington Pasture Calendar as a PNW Extension Bulletin through the University of Idaho, Oregon State University and Washington State University.
The Calendar summarizes key concepts for good decision making and pasture management concepts for west side pasture and livestock producers. Training ag professional is the best means to extend the information and bring the Calendar to life. With today’s professional facing limited travel and low budgets, the team approached WSARE with the idea of bringing the training to key west side locations for intensive, 8 am until 5 pm training workshops.
The training events will take place November 14 – 17 at Myrtle Point, Roseburg, Rickreall and Tillamook, OR, respectively. Starting December 5 – 8 at Mount Vernon, Port Hadlock, Olympia and Vancouver, WA, respectively, will complete this opportunity for Pasture Calendar training. Perhaps some of our Oregon folks will find the Vancouver, WA session on December 8th will fit their schedule.
A very intensive training schedule has been developed for this one-day event. Training starts with an overview of west side pastures, Calendar overview, Calendar details 1 (macro view), Calendar details 2 (micro view), west side pasture grasses and legumes, west side soils and fertility, grazing management and animal performance, then wrapping up training with attendees participating in different west side pasture situations and challenges. Greenhouse grown seedlings of adapted grasses and legumes will be viewed during lunch and there will be multiple evaluations throughout the day. Food and drinks will be provided throughout the day, including lunch, all at no cost to attendees. Trainees will be provided with a pasture stick, designed for west side pasture conditions and USB drives with the Calendar, presentations and other resources uploaded.
After you have received permission from your supervisor, please register to attend the Pasture Calendar training via the URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pasture-calendar-training-tickets-38046264401 (Editor: the agenda for the day is shown on the Eventbrite site).
Please forward this information on to your SWCD partners, watershed councils, weed districts, and also experienced pasture managers.
Hope to see you there!
State Resource Inventory Coordinator
USDA NRCS OREGON