by: SUSAN MATHENY/THE PIONEER - Katie Ralls, Central Oregon Ag Research Center education coordinator, shows one of the new crop signs.A crop sign and website project to inform travelers to the area is under way in Jefferson County.

The Jefferson County Seed Council agreed to fund the effort with up to $3,500, in cooperation with the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center.

The project will place up to 24 crop signs along high traffic areas on U.S. Highways 26 and 97, and in the Culver area.

The Signs will be 48 by 16 inches and will be constructed from highly durable Dibond, with sturdy frames allowing them to be moved from year to year.

They will be printed on both sides with the crop name, website (, and a QR code to allow Smartphone scanning, which will lead viewers to the website and a quote on the economic value of agriculture in Central Oregon.

The website will present picture-rich information about a variety of crops grown in Central Oregon.

It will include pages offering information about the history of agriculture in Central Oregon, the importance of burning and smoke management, and testimonials by local, multigenerational farmers and their families. There will also be a Farm Fair page to allow interested vendors to sign up.

The website is a new communication tool to allow the seed council to get vital information and updates out to the local community, and to those traveling through the area.

It is scheduled to be launched this month, in time for tourist and farming season.

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