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Apr 172015

angus cowsLearn about grazing management from experienced and informed ranchers and researchers on May 6, 2015 at a spring grazing conference to be held at the Washington Family Ranch near Antelope, Oregon.   The conference will be followed by two concurrent one-day workshops on May 7, 2015: Monitoring Grasslands and Holistic Planned Grazing.   This two-day program is being co-sponsored by Washington Family Ranch (WFR), Country Natural Beef (CNB) and the Pacific Northwest Center for Holistic Management (PNCHM).   In addition to grazing livestock, the Washington Family Ranch, formerly known as the Big Muddy Ranch, has become a Young Life camping resort and event center. The ranch has modern facilities that accommodate many gatherings in a beautiful rural atmosphere. It is a wonderful place to get away from regular activities and focus on learning and exchanging ideas. For more information, follow this link.

Dr. Richard Teague of Texas A & M is the keynote speaker for the conference. The focus of Teague’s research is identifying management practices that regenerate grasslands and sustain the people depending on the land. His work is unique because it encompasses whole ranch units. His studies show higher profits, healthier ecosystems and more resilient rural communities from multi-paddock grazing compared to continuous grazing. Teague will speak on the benefits of holistic planned grazing and other types of multi-paddock grazing when compared to traditional grazing practices.

Registration for the conference and workshops begins immediately. The first 30 people to register will get one free night’s stay with meals if requested. Register online at . The cost for the grazing conference on May 6 is $99 per person. The cost for attending one of the workshops on May 7 is $99 per person. Lunch is included both days. The cost for lodging and meals at the ranch is $70.00 per person per night.   Who should attend? Ranchers, landowners, agency representatives, consultants and those who want to improve their grazing management skills and learn more about restoring grasslands. Questions? Call (360) 220-5103, or (509) 629-1671.

Jan 192015

Were you unable to attend any workshops on the details of the 2014 Farm Bill? The following links will allow you view webinars and presentations on the following topics:

ARC/PLS Overview Webinar:

ARC/PLS Overview Presentation (pdf):
ARC-PLC Overview

Estimation Tool Overview:

Decision Tool Overview:


Oct 212014

Critical Deadlines:

Updating Payment Yields and Reallocating Base Acres: February 27, 2015

Program Selection – ARC or PLC: March 31, 2015


Farm Bill Toolbox: Decision-Aid Tools to Help Farmers Analyze Alternatives

2014 Farm Bill Publications and Resources (including webinars and recorded presentations) from the National Ag Risk and Farm Management Library

Photo: Malcolm Carlaw

Links to Specific Topic Publications:

Title I Commodities: Overview for Crops & Frequently Asked Questions

Conservation Title & Beginning Farmer Programs (webinar)

Specialty Crop Provisions

2014 Farm Bill Safety Net

Updating Payment Yields & Reallocating Base Acres

Choosing Between Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC):

Choosing between PLC and ARC by Kent Olson, U of Minn Extension Fact Sheet 3
ARC vs PLC on Wheat, Feedgrains, and Soybeans, by Art Barnaby, Kansas State University



Price Loss Coverage: PLC

Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO)

Questions and Answers for Landlords