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April 9 Briefs

Agricultural composting resources and education series

OSU Extension, Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Western SARE Program will co-host an Agricultural Composting Resource and Education Series, a two-day hands-on workshop being held on April 24 and May 1 at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center off Miley Road in Charbonneau.

The course is designed for agricultural professionals and agricultural composters and will include hands-on and classroom activities. Participants will learn about different composting methods, facility design and location, environmental and regulatory concerns, equipment for agricultural composting, developing compost recipes, using compost and more.

More information and registration can be found at on the small farms website http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/ag-compost-workshop. Registration fee is $90.

Conservation district honored by Agriculture Department

The Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District recently was awarded the Cooperator of the Year award by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

The annual Agricultural Progress Awards dinner was held on March 12 in Salem. There, the district received the award in recognition of its agricultural water quality program. Clackamas shares this award with the Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District located in The Dalles.

This event celebrates progress in agriculture made through partnerships among business, higher education, and state government. Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District board members Jan Lee and Joan Zuber, along with Michael Weinberg, director emeritus, and district manager Tom Salzer were on hand for the banquet.

Becker appointed to soil and water district

Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation recently announced the appointment of Jeff Becker to serve as Zone 3 director representing Canby and the surrounding area.

Becker has worked with the District since 2012, when he was appointed to serve on the district budget committee. In January 2013 he was appointed an associate board member.

Becker is a local farmer in Carus, about 7 miles south of Oregon City, and a property manager at Lewis & Clark College. A graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in business, as well as an accomplished guitarist and song-writer, Becker has long been interested in local food security.

He is currently the board president of the year-round Oregon City Farmers Market and views himself as a life-long land steward.

“When you get down to the basics, I’m a farmer,” he said. “I deal with water and stream issues daily, at work and at home, and I’m always striving to improve soil quality.”

Becker also is dedicated to utilizing organic processes wherever possible and seeks to improve rather than deplete the land for which he is responsible.

Becker said he is impressed with the wealth of resources the district manages.

“Like any organization,” he said, “there’s a gap between what we do and what the public thinks we might do. More and more people need to know about the services the District offers. This is an organization that gets things done.”

For more details, check out the website http://conservationdistrict.org




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