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Eberhard's Dairy attending trade mission in Asia


Several local businesses visited by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission refused to sell alcohol to minors during a recent check for alcohol sells

In last week’s column, I made reference to FFA in regards to the FFA Greenhouse opening for the season. In my haste, I assumed that most people in a rural community knew what FFA stood for. I was wrong, as we received a phone call from a subscriber who wanted know what FFA stood for.

The letters "FFA" stand for Future Farmers of America; however, in 1988 the official name of the organization was changed from "Future Farmers of America" to "The National FFA Organization" to reflect the growing diversity of agriculture.

I stopped by the FFA Greenhouse, located at the east entrance of the Crook County High School, on Saturday and picked up a pick-up bed-full of plants. They have a great selection of annual, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetables, and more, all at great prices. They are open to the public Monday through Friday, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Deadline to enter the Sixth Annual Front Nine Flush, to benefit the back-to-back state champion Crook County High School wrestling team, is this Thursday, May 15. Teams are still needed for the tournament, which will be held on Saturday, May 17. For more information, or to register for the golf tournament, you can contact Eric Ovens at 541-480-3528.

The "What’s Brewing?" weekly community forum will be held on Wednesday, May 14, from 7 to 8 a.m., at Meadow Lakes Restaurant. This week’s speaker will be George Ponte and Travis Medema, Oregon State Forestry, on “How to prepare for wildfire season.” The community forum is free and open to the public, and breakfast is available for purchase.

The Crook County Community Coalition released that the following businesses did their part in keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors: Powell Butte Country Store, Gee’s Family Restaurant, Horseshoe Saloon, Sons of Beer, Tom & Charlie’s, Pizza Hut, Ray’s Food Store, 7-Eleven, Main Station Express and The Club at Brasada Ranch. At Crook County Community Coalition they work hard to reduce substance use among our youth and they are thankful for those helping in any way possible. To find more out about their prevention efforts contact Alex Bitz, Certified Prevention Specialist at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 541-416-8392.

The AYSO is holding 2014 registrations on Friday, May 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crook County Middle School Library.

Prineville Perk will be held at Ochoco Village on Friday, May 16, located at 830 N.E. Elm St. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304. The Chamber is looking for businesses to hold the weekly gathering at. If you would like to have active chamber members come to your business, have coffee, and learn what your business has to offer, give Kandice a call and get assigned a Friday that is convenient for you. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

Eberhard’s Dairy Products will be joining the Oregon Dairy Products Commission and Oregon Department of Agriculture in Oregon’s first dairy-specific trade mission to explore the potential of Oregon dairy product exports to Asia. Representatives of the two organizations and Oregon dairy processors are participating. Eberhard’s Dairy will be represented by Mark Eberhard, general manager and co-owner.

The dairy products trade mission to Asia includes Seoul, Hong Kong, Macau, and Tokyo. At each location, the group will meet with the USDA Agricultural Trade Office market experts and with US Dairy Export Council representatives. In addition, participants will present samples of their product for key market players to taste and provide feedback on potential market acceptance. Eberhard’s Dairy will be presenting samples of three top ice cream flavors from their Redmond, Oregon facility.

Since 1951, Eberhard’s Dairy has focused on the Central Oregon market. As opportunities have emerged over the last decade, the company has grown to expand into the Pacific Northwest market. “While Central Oregon remains our core base for local customers, we service customers in Eastern and Northern Oregon, and throughout Washington”, says Eberhard.

Oregon’s dairy products have tremendous growth opportunities in Asia. The mission is part of an ongoing statewide effort by the commission and the Department of Agriculture to assist Oregon dairy processors in creating sustainable dairy exports. Japan and South Korea have a combined population of approximately 175 million people. Hong Kong, although a much smaller market, is a strategic trading area providing a jumping off point to other markets in the region.

Run for Redemption House will be having a 5k Fun Run on May 24, with all proceeds going to support the Prineville Redemption House. You can register the day of the event from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The race will begin at 10 a.m. They are also asking for donations of personal hygiene items, bedding, towels, and unopened toys and games. You can drop your donations off at Mike Hornback’s State Farm Insurance Office or at The Round-Up office.

May at the Bowman Museum will feature “Archeology of the Paisley Caves,” by Dennis Jenkins, professor at the University of Oregon, on Thursday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s community room. Admission is free. For more information you can call 541-447-3715.

This column was written by the Central Oregonian’s general manager Teresa Tooley. If you have something that you would like to have included in the Central Oregonian’s business briefs, e-mail it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..