NW Ag Show Seminars

Check back later for an updated list of 2020 seminars. In the meantime, check out our line-up for speakers and topics from 2019.

Wed., Jan. 16: Cascade Hall - McKenzie Room

Current Trends in Agriculture

Jan 169:30am – 10:15am

Brought to you by Capital Press. Learn more about the most pressing issues facing the local agricultural industry.

Carl Sampson, Managing Editor, Capital Press

Presented by Carl Sampson, Managing Editor, Capital Press

Carl has been managing editor of Capital Press for 16 years. Before that, he and his wife had a small farm. He has been involved in journalism more than 40 years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Oregon, Alaska and Minnesota.

Wage, Hour & Civil Rights Laws

Jan 1610:30am – 11:30am

Brought to you by Kristin Bremer Moore. Learn how these laws protect employees and impact how you run your business.

Kristin Bremer Moore

Presented by Kristin Bremer Moore, Partner, Tonkon Torp LLP

Kristin is Chair of Tonkon Torp’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. She exclusively represents employers from claims of discrmination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and other labor and employment matters. She was recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Litigation, Labor & Employment in 2018.

Energy Trust of Oregon's Efficiency Upgrades Incentives

Jan 161:15pm – 2:15pm

Brought to you by Cascade Energy and Evergreen Consulting Group. This session will focus on how to save energy, which technologies make sense, and if Energy Trust offers incentives. Learn who is eligible, how they can be accessed and why Energy Trust offers these incentives.

Ulrike Mengelberg

Presented by Ulrike Mengelberg, Cascade Energy, Inc.

Ulrike has spent her career in the energy industry starting at Bonneville Power Administration working on agriculture supply curves. She has worked in every sector of energy efficiency and currently works for the Energy Trust of Oregon’s Streamlined Industrial Program Agriculture offering.

Doug Oppedal

Presented by Doug Oppedal, Evergreen Consulting

Doug has worked more than 30 years in the electrical and lighting field in a variety of roles. He currently works as a program manager and senior lighting specialist providing clients with technology training, efficiency measure research and site consultations.

Interest Rates: Outlook & Impacts on Rural America

Jan 162:30pm – 3:30pm

Brought to you by Harvest Capital Company.

Robert Owens

Presented by Robert Owens, Director of Fixed Income Strategy, Farmer Mac

Robert began his career at Farmer Mac in 2004. His role is to develop funding and hedging strategies. His previous experience includes trading short and long-term debt, rate locking and securitizing agricultural mortgages. He received his MBA from the University of Maryland and is a licensed CPA in Virginia.

Wed., Jan. 16: Cascade Hall - Santiam Room

Argiculture Weather Forecast

Jan 169:45am – 10:45am

Brought to you by the NW Ag Show. Get the latest update on El Nino, the rest of Winter and a look at Spring and Summer.

Presented by Philip Volker, Founder, ERF Company

Phil has a degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Oregon State University. He served 14 years as senior meteorologist at KOIN-TV, the CBS affiliate in Portland, Oregon. He brings a scientist’s eye to the formidable task of forecasting weather in the Pacific Northwest and the Western United States.

Conscious Decisions Mean Safer Work

Jan 1611:00am – 12:00pm

Brought to you by SAIF Corporation. Can you recall an in-the-moment choice that affected someone’s safety? This session will discuss ways to retrain our brains to make conscious decisions that influence safety, time, money and resources on your farm.

Chelsea Imdieke

Presented by Chelsea Imdieke, Safety Consultant, SAIF Corporation

Chelsea earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Oregon State University and a minor in leadership from OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences. She spent her summers during college working at a fish processing plant in Alaska. Chelsea lives on a sheep and shiitake mushroom farm and works on the safety services team, consulting primarily with small businesses around the state.   

Oregon Hazelnut Trends & Opportunities

Jan 161:30pm – 2:30pm

Brought to you by Hazelnut Growers of Oregon.

Presented by Patrick Gabrish, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Hazelnut Growers of Oregon

Patrick is a native Oregonian who has spent his career building brands across multiple channels in the consumer-packaged good industry. He applied his entrepreneurial skills to increase the reach of mainstream consumer products into new areas of distribution. He is excited to work locally to build markets for hazelnut products.

Getting New Employees On Board For Safety

Jan 162:45pm – 3:45pm

Brought to you by SAIF Corporation. The session will provide you with best practices and easy-to-use tools to make your onboarding process successful. These resources will help new employees be safe and productive while creating a strong safety culture in the workplace and review procedures for contractors.

Eric Lloyd

Presented by Eric Lloyd, Safety Consultant, Risk Management Resources

Eric’s exposure to safety and agriculture began at an early age, when he spent summers working on the family ranch in Idaho and watching his father provide training and consulting services to promote ag safety throughout Oregon. Eric earned a degree in criminal justice from Western Oregon University, and served in law enforcement for several years until being drawn back to his roots.

Wed., Jan. 16: Cascade Hall - Willamette Room

OSHA Safety Morning Sessions

ODA Pesticide Recertification Credits assigned: 2 Core Credits for completing all morning sessions.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Jan 169:30am – 10:30am

Brought to you by Oregon OHSA. PPE violations are the most frequently violated in regards to pesticide applications. This presentation offers the chance of others to learn from the mistakes of others.

Heat Stress & the Pesticide Applicator​

Jan 1610:30am – 11:00pm

Brought to you by Oregon OHSA. Your PPE and the rush to get done spraying before it gets even hotter can put your health at risk. Learn how you can avoid a very preventable day.

Pesticide Safety Gone Awry​

Jan 1611:15am – 12:00pm

Brought to you by Oregon OHSA. There are a lot of rules out there. Investigations into allegatioins of adverse health effects to pesticides in a variety of application scenarios offer multiple ways to learn from the mistakes of others.

Presented by Garnet Cooke & Khadija Mostafa, Oregon OHSA

Garnet has been with Oregon OSHA for over 28 years. She was instrumental in helping create OR-OSHA’s Pesticide Emphasis Program and serves as Pesticide Coordinator. She conducts training on multiple pesticide safety topics. She has been a part of the NW Ag Show for over 10 years.

Khadija, a Health Compliance Offer, is now Garnet’s partner after Lori Cohen’s retirement. She conducts inspections in all types of workplaces out of the Eugene Field Office to ensure that employees have access to safe and healthy workplaces.

OSHA Safety Afternoon Sessions

ODA Pesticide Recertification Credits assigned: 4 Core Credits for completing all afternoon sessions.

The REVISED Worker Protection Standard

Jan 161:00pm – 2:00pm

Brought to you by Oregon OHSA. This course highlights the changes from the updated WPS that will affect your farming, nursery or forestry operations and provides a multitude of helpful resources.

Navigating Oregon's Application Exclusion Zone*

Jan 162:00pm – 2:30pm

Brought to you by Oregon OHSA. The Oregon-specific AEZ is based on EPA’s updated Worker Protection Standard. Learn the background, the contentious discussions, why the AEZ is as it is, and how it impacts you.

Preventing Pesticide Spills

Jan 162:30pm – 3:15pm

Brought to you by Oregon OHSA. Pesticide spills are troubling. Learn how you can keep thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars tucked in YOUR accounts.

Pesticide Storage

Jan 163:30pm – 4:15pm

Brought to you by Oregon OHSA. This course will identify the common pitfalls others have experienced through the inspection process as well as pictures that demonstrate what “right” looks like.

Pesticide Shorts

Jan 164:15pm – 4:45pm

Brought to you by Oregon OHSA. A series of short topics ranging from the annual outcome of Oregon OSHA’s Pesticide Emphasis Program to getting answers to your most pressing Oregon OSHA questions.

Presented by Garnet Cooke & Khadija Mostafa, Oregon OHSA

Garnet has been with Oregon OSHA for over 28 years. She was instrumental in helping create OR-OSHA’s Pesticide Emphasis Program and serves as Pesticide Coordinator. She conducts training on multiple pesticide safety topics. She has been a part of the NW Ag Show for over 10 years.

Khadija, a Health Compliance Offer, is now Garnet’s partner after Lori Cohen’s retirement. She conducts inspections in all types of workplaces out of the Eugene Field Office to ensure that employees have access to safe and healthy workplaces.

Thurs., Jan. 17: Cascade Hall - McKenzie Room

Interest Rates: Outlook & Impacts on Rural America

Jan 179:15am – 10:00am

Brought to you by Harvest Capital Company.

Robert Owens

Presented by Robert Owens, Director of Fixed Income Strategy, Farmer Mac

Robert began his career at Farmer Mac in 2004. His role is to develop funding and hedging strategies. His previous experience includes trading short and long-term debt, rate locking and securitizing agricultural mortgages. He received his MBA from the University of Maryland and is a licensed CPA in Virginia.

Oregon Aglink Board of Directors Meeting

Jan 1710:30am – 12:30pm

Open to Oregon Aglink Members Only, Please

Oregon Aglink Lunch

Jan 1712:30pm – 1:00pm

Open to Oregon Aglink Members Only, Please

Oregon Aglink Membership Meeting

Jan 171:00pm – 1:30pm

Open to Oregon Aglink Members Only, Please

Farms of the Future: Practical Tech for Oregon Ag

Jan 171:30pm – 2:45pm

Brought to you by Oregon Aglink. You manage water, soil, fertilizer and dollars on your farm in order to be successful and sustainable. What about managing sunlight? Learn what’s on the horizon in the form of useful and practical technology, taking precision agriculture to the next level.

Chad Higgins

Presented by Chad Higgins, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University

Chad founded the Nexus of Energy, Water and Agriculture Laboratory (NEWAG lab) to study the physical, operational and geospatial tradeoffs in the energy, water, food nexus in 2012 just after he joined the faculty at OSU. He holds degrees in Biological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering and has broad research interests that cover topics from turbulence to precision agriculture to snow science.   

Chemical Safety in Agriculture

Jan 173:45pm – 4:45pm

Brought to you by SAIF Corporation. We all use chemicals, but are we using them safely and complying with OSHA rules? The session reviews common chemical uses, presents best practices and discusses tips and tools for getting the job done safely.

Chelsea Imdieke

Presented by Chelsea Imdieke, Safety Consultant, SAIF Corporation

Chelsea earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Oregon State University and a minor in leadership from OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences. She spent her summers during college working at a fish processing plant in Alaska. Chelsea lives on a sheep and shiitake mushroom farm and works on the safety services team, consulting primarily with small businesses around the state.   

Thurs., Jan. 17: Cascade Hall - Santiam Room

Managing Water Rights Assets

Jan 179:15am – 10:15am

Brought to you by Jordan Ramis PC. A primer on the more important — and in some cases, shifting — aspects of water law that affect current and future farming operations.

Peter Mohr

Presented by Peter D. Mohr, Jordan Ramis PC

As a regulatory compliance and litigation, and complex transaction lawyer, Peter is committed to helping clients secure both certainty and fairness. Within the area of water law in particular, Peter has successfully pursued water rights applications for agricultural uses before both state courts and administrative agencies.

Estate Planning

Jan 171:00pm – 2:30pm Brought to you by Harvest Capital Company.

Maria Schmidlkofer, Counsel, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

Presented by Maria Schmidlkofer, Counsel, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

Maria has been practicing in the areas of Estate Planning and Administration since 2007. She focuses on all aspects of estate planning, charitable planning, business and farm succession, guardianships, conservatorships, probate and trust administration.

New Year, New Opportunities: A SWOT Analysis of Pacific Northwest Agriculture

Jan 172:45pm – 4:15pm

Brought to you by Harvest Capital Company.

Ryan Kuhns

Presented by Ryan Kuhns, Economist, Farmer Mac

Prior to joining Farmer Mac, Ryan was an economist at USDA where he forecast farm sector income and researched topics related to agricultural finance. He currently focuses on analyzing the agricultural economic environment, developing quantitative credit risk models and analytics.

Organizing Your Finances

Jan 174:30pm – 5:30pm

Brought to you by Harvest Capital Company.

Royce Ann Simmons

Presented by Royce Ann Simmons, Executive Vice President, Harvest Capital Company

While at Harvest Capital, Royce Ann has worked through every aspect of the business and has concentrated her time and experiences primarily in loan portfolio management, loan origination and underwriting and is the closing agent for all loans committed through Harvest Capital.

Thurs., Jan. 17: Cascade Hall - Willamette Room

OSHA Safety Morning Sessions

ODA Pesticide Recertification Credits assigned: 2 Core Credits for completing all morning sessions.

The REVISED Worker Protection Standard

Jan 179:30am – 10:15am

Brought to you by Oregon OHSA. This course highlights the changes from the updated WPS that will affect your farming, nursery or forestry operations and provides a multitude of helpful resources.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Jan 1710:15am – 11:00am

Brought to you by Oregon OHSA. PPE violations are the most frequently violated in regards to pesticide applications. This presentation offers the chance of others to learn from the mistakes of others.

Pesticide Safety Gone Awry

Jan 1711:00am – 11:45am

Brought to you by Oregon OHSA. There are a lot of rules out there. Investigations into allegatioins of adverse health effects to pesticides in a variety of application scenarios offer multiple ways to learn from the mistakes of others.

Presented by Garnet Cooke & Khadija Mostafa, Oregon OHSA

Garnet has been with Oregon OSHA for over 28 years. She was instrumental in helping create OR-OSHA’s Pesticide Emphasis Program and serves as Pesticide Coordinator. She conducts training on multiple pesticide safety topics. She has been a part of the NW Ag Show for over 10 years.

Khadija, a Health Compliance Offer, is now Garnet’s partner after Lori Cohen’s retirement. She conducts inspections in all types of workplaces out of the Eugene Field Office to ensure that employees have access to safe and healthy workplaces.

Driving Safety On & Off The Farm

Jan 171:15pm – 2:15pm

Brought to you by SAIF Corporation. The session covers legal requirements, best practices, and risk management principles to ensure we and our coworkers arrive in one piece, whether they are operating an ATV, UTV, combine or anything in between.

Eric Lloyd

Presented by Eric Lloyd, Safety Consultant, Risk Management Resources

Eric’s exposure to safety and agriculture began at an early age when he spent summers working on the family ranch in Idaho and watching his father provide training and consulting services to promote ag safety throughout Oregon. Eric earned a degree in criminal justice from Western Oregon University, and served in law enforcement for several years until being drawn back to his roots.

AeroVironment's Quantix AG Drone, An Out-of-the-Box Review

Jan 172:30pm – 3:30pm

Brought to you by Caltec Ag. Get a review on AeroVironment’s Quantix AG Drone, including an “Out-of-the-Box”, AV DSS (Decision Support System), which includes review of multi-spectral images: True Color, NDVI, GNDVI, Anomaly Lyer, Canopy Coerage, Crop Count & more.

Jim McKay

Presented by Jim McKay, Caltec Ag

Jim has over 30 years of piloting experience in an array of general aviation aircraft. Jim is one of the few FFA Certified Remote UAS Pilots and loves challenging assignments. His interest in photography has expanded to UAS drone photography, creating NorCal Aerials in 2015.

Energy Trust of Oregon's Efficiency Upgrades Incentives

Jan 173:45pm – 4:45pm

Brought to you by Cascade Energy and Evergreen Consulting Group. This session will focus on how to save energy, which technologies make sense, and if Energy Trust offers incentives. Learn who is eligible, how they can be accessed and why Energy Trust offers these incentives.

Ulrike Mengelberg

Presented by Ulrike Mengelberg, Cascade Energy

Ulrike has spent her career in the energy industry starting at Bonneville Power Administration working on agriculture supply curves. She has worked in every sector of energy efficiency and currently works for the Energy Trust of Oregon’s Streamlined Industrial Program Agriculture offering.

Doug Oppedal

Presented by Doug Oppedal, Evergreen Consulting

Doug has worked more than 30 years in the electrical and lighting field in a variety of roles. He currently works as a program manager and senior lighting specialist providing clients with technology training, efficiency measure research and site consultations.