Observer staff

Daniel Heath, of La Grande, recently enrolled in the American Angus Association’s MaternalPlus program as a commitment to making genetic improvements in lifetime cow herd productivity.

Breeders participating in the program are focused to better evaluate herd reproductive performance, the No. 1 profit driver in the cow-calf industry, according to a press release from the American Angus Association.

MaternalPlus is a voluntary, inventory-based reporting system that collects additional reproductive trait data to provide Angus breeders and their customers the information they need to make effective selection decisions. To date, more than 50 breeders have completed MaternalPlus enrollment.

Koza Consulting offers multiple services

Zee Koza has opened Koza Consulting Services, 905 M Ave., La Grande, with several services housed in one location.

One of the new business services specializes in providing a wedding officiant who can marry couples in the state of Oregon.

In addition, Koza has completed training by the InSight Institute and is a certified funeral celebrant. The funeral celebrants training is a new approach to personalized funerals.

“Every life deserves to be remembered and celebrated,” Koza said.

Celebrant-led services create memories by focusing on a loved one and telling his or her story. A celebrant will speak the words that may be difficult for family members to share at a time of loss. This innovative option is offered in a partnership with Loveland Funeral Chapel.

For more information, contact Koza Consulting Services at 541-962-8769 or .

Blue Mountain Conservancy hosting public tour of ranch

BAKER CITY — The Blue Mountains Conservancy is inviting the public to tour Mark and Patti Bennett’s cattle ranch near Unity, in southern Baker County, on July 1 to see how the couple has worked to improve habitat for sage grouse.

Mark Bennett, who is a Baker County Commissioner, and his wife, Patti, have undertaken a variety of projects, including cutting juniper trees to increase water flows in springs and streams. Their ranch also harbors populations of sage grouse.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the Lone Pine Cafe, 1825 Main St. in Baker City, to caravan to the Bennetts’ ranch, about 50 miles south of Baker City. The ranch is at 27053 Murray Road.

The free tour will run from 10:30 a.m. until about 2:30 p.m.

Participants should bring a sack lunch. They can RSVP by sending an email to .

Adult western cherry fruit flies require follow-up spraying

Adult western cherry fruit flies have emerged, and the OSU Extension Office is reminding cherry tree owners to follow up with spray applications to control the fruit flies until harvest.

According to a press release from the OSU Extension Office, the emergence of the fruit fly was expected June 6. Initial spray applications should have been made the first week after their emergence, according to the release, and then scheduled follow-up sprays are needed for season-long control.

One spray application does not provide season-long cherry fruit fly control, according to the release. Those who have cherry trees should either spray their own trees or hire a commercial applicator to spray trees. Those who opt to spray their own trees should make sure the insecticide they use is labeled for use on fruit/cherry trees. Always read and follow label directions for safe pesticide use, frequency of application and pre-harvest intervals.

The Extension says that unmanaged fruit trees do not make good shade trees because they harbor a variety of insect and disease pests. It is recommended to remove any cherry trees utilized primarily for shade and to replace with a suitable shade tree. For information on cherry fruit fly management and products for control, call the Union County Extension office at 541-963-1010.