Expanding Small-scale Grain Production in Southwestern Oregon

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2009: $24,402.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2009
Region: Western
State: Oregon
Principal Investigator:
Maud Powell
OSU Extension
Shelley Elkovich
OSU Extension Small Farms


  • Agronomic: wheat


  • Animal Production: feed/forage

    Proposal abstract:

    The project will encourage the expansion of small-scale grain growing in southwestern Oregon by holding grain trials, offering workshops on grain production, and providing producers with in-depth technical assistance from agricultural professionals during the workshops and access to markets and equipment-sharing opportunities through the classes. The program will include local bakers in the process, in an effort to build markets for locally produced grain.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    Through university-approved written evaluations after each field day and class, we will determine specific knowledge and skills learned during the program. In addition, we will interview 25 participants who attended at least three of the field days and/or classes six months after the program has ended to determine the mid-range impact of the course. During these interviews, we will determine how many producers have started to grow grain or expanded their grain-growing operations as a result of attending the class. We will also determine how often agricultural professionals have used the information from the course in working with other producers.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.