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SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: Union County tax collector issues reminder to businesses

Business owners are reminded that personal property used in their businesses may be subject to property taxation, according to Linda Hill, Union County assessor/tax collector.

Taxable personal property includes machinery, equipment, furniture and fixtures used in a business. Oregon law requires business owners to file a personal property return with the county assessor by March 1. Tax return forms were mailed the end of December to businesses in Union County that were assessed for the 2013-14 tax year. New business owners who did not receive a form are still obligated to file a personal property tax return. 

Business owners can request a tax return from the Union County assessor’s office by calling 541-963-1002. There is a penalty for filing after the March 1 deadline. 

If business owners sell the business, they are asked to notify the county assessor’s office to avoid future tax liability on the personal property.

La Grande heating and cooling business opens in new location

All Air HVAC Service has relocated to 1703 Albany St. in La Grande, behind Wendy’s and the Re-Store.

All Air is an independent Trane dealer of heating and air conditioning equipment, and also offers Blaze King and Napoleon wood and gas products. The new location includes a stove showroom with a burning Blaze King catalytic wood stove and Napoleon gas stoves on display, offices and sheet metal fabrication shop.

Furnace filters, stove pipe and repair parts are available at the new location as well.

All Air HVAC Service can be reached at 541-962-0452, at www.allairhvac.biz and on Facebook.

Hundreds of small farmers to gather at OSU conference

CORVALLIS — Hundreds of farmers from throughout Oregon will gather in Corvallis this winter to improve their skills and get inspired for the next growing season. The 14th annual Oregon Small Farms Conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Oregon State University.

Michael Ableman, a nationally known farmer, author and photographer, will present the keynote address. For the first time, organizers are offering a special series of workshops in Spanish for Latino farmers. In the past the conference has provided translators for particular workshops already offered in English. Also new is a workshop on profitability for small farms.

Registration costs $45 per person until Feb. 2, then increases to $65 per person from Feb. 3-14 and $100 per person on the day of the conference — if space is still available. Organizers will cap attendance at 800 people. In the past, the popular conference has surpassed 800 attendees, said Garry Stephenson, the coordinator of OSU’s Small Farms Program, which organizes the event.

“I think there’s a huge social aspect to the conference — for a lot of people, this is the only time of year they get to see each other, so there’s a lot of interaction and networking,” Stephenson said. 

This year, attendees can register for specific workshops. The conference features 24 workshops in three concurrent sessions, as well as a lunch prepared with locally produced food. Workshops include financing a farm, growing quinoa in the Northwest, selling produce to schools and hospitals, transitioning to organic agriculture and health insurance options for farmers.

For more information and to register, go to smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/sfc.

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