photo: Amy Kaser, The Dalles, 2014

photo: Amy Kaser, The Dalles, 2014

Harvest season is in full swing in many parts of the state! Please be aware of, and courteous to, farm vehicles on roads and highways.

TIPS for HARVEST SAFETY Be informed - be safe! Harvest Safety

 Farm Bill Updates

We will post relevant and timely information here as we receive it.  You can also visit www.usda.gov/farmbillEconomic Research Service has also launched a website highlighting some of the economic implications  of the new programs and provisions.

FARM BILL WEBINAR – “This webinar was produced by Iowa State University and FSA.  It gives a very good overview of the Average Revenue Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC), and Supplemental Crop Insurance Option (SCO) programs.  It also walks through the options available to farmers to reallocate base acres and adjust yields before selecting among the ARC and PLC options.  The illustrations are corn and soybean based, but it is easy to follow the process.”       Farm Bill Webinar 

TOMORROW (Aug 21)!! Farm Contingency Plan Webinar hosted by DTN/Progressive Farmer is at 7:00 am Pacific tomorrow (different from FSA webinar, above).   Title: What farm contingency plan is right for you?  You must register in advance at this link.  We will post the webinar to this page if possible after the event.

SCO (Supplemental Coverage Option) Availability/Filing Dates Map:   “The map shows the counties where the SCO coverage will be available for the 2015 Crop Year.  Additional counties may be added for 2016”

SCO Fact sheet from RMA that explains the SCO program and explains how to obtain coverage.

USDA Sending Acreage History and Yield Reports to Help Producers Prepare for New Farm Bill Programs

USDA REMINDS FARMERS OF 2014 FARM BILL CONSERVATION COMPLIANCE CHANGES  - “The 2014 Farm Bill creates a link between conservation practices and eligibility for crop insurance premium support. This link connects growers to a release from USDA about the “Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026)” which must be on file with FSA to remain eligible for crop insurance support.”

 Upcoming Grower Events

OWGL  Board of Directors Meeting – September 10 – 9:00 am, Pendleton Red Lion Inn

OWC Meeting – September 8 – Sage Center, Boardman, OR

SAVE THE DATE!  2014 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention and OWGL Annual Membership Meeting, November 12-15 at Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA (across the Columbia from Hood River). Oregon is host state this year!  Show your support and attend this great event!  Registration opens August 1st; you can reserve your hotel room now – 800-221-7117!

Statewide Wheat Marketing Education Series – the meetings will resume in the fall of 2014, most likely in October.  Check back for details!

All Wheat Producers and industry supporters are invited and encouraged to attend OWGL events. RSVP is not required, but appreciated (except the annual convention). Watch your mailbox and/or inbox for details and RSVP information.

 Latest News

Oregon State Fair  - OWGL Staff will be greeting and educating fair visitors at the Umatilla County Booth in the Ameri-Craft Center next Thursday and Friday, August 28, 29.  We’ll be sharing some of these Mouth Watering Recipes and  handy resources  For Kids while we’re there. if you’d like to volunteer for 1/2 a day, or even a couple of hours, contact the OWGL office by Tuesday for passes.

Tentative Agreement Reached by ILWU and PNW Grain Companies

OSU Variety Trial Results Are In- OSU Extension Cereal Specialist Mike Flowers. Link to OSU site coming soon.
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OWGL Members!  Your member benefit on SAIF policies renewing July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 increases to 8%!  Contact your SAIF Representative for details. Thank you for striving to keep workers safe on your farm and supporting the OWGL!