Our state stakeholder advisory committee will meet in May and discuss priority Sustainable Agriculture topics in Oregon. Based on the discussion, we will choose an Sustainable Agriculture topic to focus on for 2021 that can be applied throughout the state. Because Eastern and Western Oregon have very different climates and Oregon also has highly diverse farms, ranches and cropping systems, we will attempt to decide on a topic that is relevant to farmers and ranchers in all parts of the state.
Beginning in 2019, the Advisory Committee selected a priority topic for the year, which may be recurring over the course of two or more years. Once the priority topic has been decided, the AC and state coordinators will work together to come up with a strategy for delivering educational programming on the topic. In 2019, the AC chose the topic of hemp production in Oregon, and as a result, we organized a two-day training for agricultural professionals who will disseminate information to their counties during the spring and summer of 2020.
Once we decide on a topic with the AC, whether we chose to offer more programing on hemp or on another topic, we will plan a multi-day, statewide training to be followed by at least four regional trainings.
Project objectives from proposal:
Objectives of this project include:
- Work with the Advisory Committee to identify statewide priority topic in sustainable agriculture
- Develop a strategy for delivering educational programming to address topic
- Increase knowledge, skills and technical capacity of agricultural professionals on this topic
- Increase knowledge, skills and technical capacity of farmers and/or ranchers on this topic
- Assess success of educational programming and determine whether or not to address same topic 2022