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TVCC will offer Pesticide Certification classes as part of the Western Treasure Valley Ag Show. If you can’t make that date, sign up for one of the February classes. To register contact Sheryl Romans in the TVCC Center for Business, Workforce, and Community Learning at 541-881-5757.

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PRIVATE APPLICATORS CORE TRAINING Meets: Saturday, January 19, 2013, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm or February 23, 2013 Instructor: Brian Jemmett Course Fee: $20 per person Offered in conjunction with the Western Treasure Valley Ag Show at the Four Rivers Cultural Center. Additional February date also available.

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This workshop will review (a) current federal and state laws (b) pesticide labeling (c) methods of pesticide application, equipment use, calibration and cleanup (d) safety equipment in pesticide application (e) proper handling, transportation, storage and disposal of pesticides and containers (f ) toxicity of pesticides to humans and other life forms (g) protecting farm workers and the public from pesticide exposure (h) and the endangered species act. This also qualifies for continuing education hours in both Oregon and Idaho for those who already have their licenses.

The Western Treasure Valley Ag Show comes to Ontario beginning on Thursday. The agriculture expo will occupy the Four Rivers Cultural Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The show, sponsored by the Four Rivers Cultural Center, the Argus Observer and the Ontario chapter of the FFA, is open Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 6 p.m. “We see this as a community service,” Four Rivers Cultural Center Director Matt Stringer said. “(It’s) an attempt to cater to our local agriculture community and provide a valuable forum for them to exchange ideas, stories and information.” Vendors at the show will span the range of the agriculture industry, including livestock, equipment, seeds, irrigation and alternative energy, among others. Some vendors present will take the stage throughout the weekend to give talks and demonstrations on their areas of expertise.

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PRIVATE APPLICATORS REVIEW Meets: Saturday, January 19, 2013, 1:00 to 5:00 pm or February 23, 2013 Instructor: Brian Jemmett Course Fee: $20 per person Offered in conjunction with the Western Treasure Valley Ag Show at the Four Rivers Cultural Center. Additional February date also available. This workshop will prepare individuals to take the State of Oregon pesticide examination. Once course is completed, arrangements can be made to take the examination at the TVCC Testing Center.

COMMERCIAL APPLICATORS, LAWS & SAFETY Meets: Thursday, February 21, 2013, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Instructor: Laurie Gordon Course Fee: $110 per person Includes text book and handouts The Commercial Pesticide Applicator License is required of individuals who apply or supervise the application of pesticides on the land or property of others while employed by a commercial pesticide operator.

COMMERCIAL APPLICATORS, RIGHT OF WAYS Meets: Friday, February 22, 2013, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Instructor: Laurie Gordon Course Fee: $115 per person Includes Text Book and handouts The Commercial Pesticide Applicator License is required to apply or supervise the application of pesticides on the land or property of others while employed by a commercial pesticide operator. License is also required of those who apply restricted-user pesticides to non-agricultural land that belongs to them or their employer, even if they are not employed by a commercial pesticide operator.

Interested in Wildland Fire Fighting?

WILDLAND FIRE COURSES S-130/S-190 BASIC FIREFIGHTER II Meets: March 2-3 & 9-10, 2013, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Course Fee: $220 per person *A minimum of 10 registrants is required to hold this class. Course includes S-130 Firefighter training, S-190 Introduction to Fire Behavior, and L-180 Human Factors. Fire Shelter is required prior to certification as an entry-level Firefighter (FFT2). Field exercise requires boots and gloves.

S-133 LOOK UP, LOOK DOWN, LOOK AROUND Meets: February 9, 2013, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Course Fee: $50 per person

This course is designed to train personnel to identify environmental factors and indicators of hazardous fire conditions. Learn to implement these indicators into Risk Management efforts.

S-290 INTERMEDIATE FIRE BEHAVIOR Meets: January 22-25, 2013, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Course Fee: $250 per person

S-290 is designed to meet training requirements to work in the ICS Operations Section as a Single Resource Boss. Course will instruct prospective fireline supervisors in wildland fire behavior for effective and safe fire management operations. Weather portion taught by meteorologist. There are prerequisites. Call Sheryl Romans for details (541) 881-5757.

S-230 CREW BOSS – SINGLE RESOURCE Meets: February 11-13, 2013, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm *A minimum of 10 registrants is required to hold this class.

Course Fee: $199 per person

The S-230 is designed to meet the training needs of a crew boss on a wildland fire incident. Topics include: preparation, mobilization, tactics and safety, off line duties and demobilization. There are prerequisites. Call Sheryl Romans for details (541) 881-5757.

S-231 ENGINE BOSS – SINGLE RESOURCE Meets: February 14-15, 2013, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm *A minimum of 10 registrants is required to hold this class.

Course Fee: $149 per person

S-231 is an interactive course that provides examples and exercises specific to the performance and duties of an engine boss. There are prerequisites. Call Sheryl Romans for more details about this program (541) 881-5757.

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IF YOU GO The Western Treasure Valley Ag show will be held at the Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 SW 5th Ave., Ontario. For more information, call (541) 889-8191 or visit the center online at www.4rcc.org.

Some notable speakers include Carl Simpson of Renewable Energy Northwest, Jay Chamberlain, Owyhee Irrigation District manager, and David Hyde of Simplot. Saturday will feature a free farmers appreciation breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Breakfast attendees can look forward to a speech from state Rep. Cliff Bentz in which he will address 2013 legislative issues affecting farmers. “Agriculture is the biggest industry in our area so it needs to be highlighted,” Stringer said. “The Western Treasure Valley Ag show gives farmers the opportunity to gather together to discuss issues that affect them all and to socialize together.” The Ag Show will also host a stew cook-off on Friday, featuring the best stews from Western Treasure


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Friday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Noon: Stew Cook Off • Vendor demonstrations and vendors all day. Saturday, Jan. 19, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. • 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Pesticide private applicators core training and applicators review courses. • 8-10 a.m.: Free farmer and rancher appreciation breakfast, sponsored by Four Rivers Cultural Center, Intermountain Community Bank and NW Farm Credit Services. • 8 a.m.: State Rep. Cliff Bentz will discuss legislative issues affecting agriculture during the appreciation breakfast. • Vendor demonstrations and presentations all day. • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Matsy’s will be serving lunch.

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Valley restaurants. Attendees from noon to 2 p.m. will be treated to samples of eight stews, including entries from Bob’s Steak n’ Spirits of Nyssa, Ore., Weiser Classic Candy of Weiser, Idaho, and the Star Lite CafĂŠ of Vale, Ore., as well as several establishments from Ontario. After tasting the stews, attendees cast their vote for a favorite by purchasing a bowl of stew, roll and salad for $5. All proceeds from the cook-off will go to the Oregon Food Bank. In addition to the free breakfast, Saturday will feature pesticide applicators core training and review. The classes will prepare students to test for a private applicator license. The core training class runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the review course goes from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. To register for either class, contact Jennifer Ainsworth at the TVCC Center for Business, Workforce and Community Learning at (541) 8815755. Stringer hopes to see the show grow from year to year. “We want to construct an event that will build and grow over time, that highlights innovations and changes in the industry,â€? he said. “An event that gives farmers the opportunity to be both educated and entertained.â€?


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Irrigation, solar technology among topics at agriculture show JOSH GAMBLE FOR THE ARGUS OBSERVER

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Innovation is the order of the day for the kickoff of the Western Treasure Valley Ag Show. The three-day-long expo, hosted by the Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario, begins Thursday with presentations from a handful of local agriculture experts. One such ag-man is Jonathan Demcak, owner of Droplet Irrigation. Demcak, who is based in Homedale, specializes in drip irrigation. According to Demcak, drip irrigation has long been favored for use with onions, one of the principle crops of the Treasure Valley. However, he has recently turned the method on a less likely crop:

corn. Traditionally, corn in the Treasure Valley is watered using flood irrigation, a much less efficient method. However, Demcak this method of irrigation, using pivots, often misses the corners of the fields. According to Demcak, in a 160-acre corn field, up to 32 acres of pivot land can go unused because of watering difficulties. “We have growers putting out a third or half their water to the pivots and getting the same yield,” Demcak said. Droplet Irrigation turned its gaze on corn growers two years ago, in

response to the rising cost of commodities and tightening water regulations. The company served five corn growers in 2012, and expects to have a dozen clients by the end of 2013. According to Demcak, two growers bought land specifically because of the availability of drip irrigation. Farmers investigating drip irrigation ofPHOTO COURTESY OF JONATHAN DEMCAK ten have a lot of quesirrigation installed by Homedale’s Droplet tions, Demcak said. He Drip Irrigation can be used to irrigate corn. agreed to present on Thursday as a way to reach a large Demcak said. “It definitely rewards a grower, but it’s not something you number of farmers all at once. “Its not a fly-by-night system,” can throw out there and forget

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about it.� During his presentation, Demcak said he will discuss the science of drip irrigation, its benefits over flood irrigation and water regulations, as well as incentives offered by the Department of Agriculture and the federal government. Droplet Irrigation will also have a booth during the rest of the weekend. Carl Simpson, owner of Renewable Energy Northwest, Simpson will also take the stage on Thursday to discuss his work with solar-thermal water heating. Simpson has installed solar-thermal panels in four dairies across Idaho. “Most people think of something that’s very, very expensive and doesn’t really pay for itself,� Simpson said of solar energy. However, according to Simpson, the energy systems will pay for themselves in savings after only a year, thanks in part to incentives from the USDA and tax credits. In 2012, Simpson installed a 30panel system on “a large modern

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Renewable Energy NW installed a solar-thermal system at Dirt Busters car wash in Fruitland in order to reduce the company’s natural gas consumption. dairy� in Burley, Idaho. The system Right, Renewable NW inhas 1,500 gallons of storage capaci- Energy stalled 30 solarty and is designed to provide 1,000 thermal water-heatpanels at a dairy gallons of water a day, heated to 165 ing in Burley.

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Bill Johnson Dave Hyde Jonathon Demak Carl Simpson Jay Chamberlain

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10 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 11:15 p.m. 11:45 a.m. 1 p.m. 1:45 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:15 p.m.

Kent Whittig Erik Feibert Clint Shock Clint Shock Joel Felix Joel Felix Dave Reynolds Lynn Larson/ Linda Rowe Carl Simpson Mike Williams

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