Pamela Glenn of Summerville elected to FSA Union County Committee

SALEM — The Union County U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announced that Pamela Glenn of Summerville was elected to represent local administrative area (LAA) 2 on FSA’s Union County Committee. Glenn and other recently elected county committee members will take office in January 2020. Every FSA office has a county committee made up of local farmers, ranchers and foresters who are elected by local producers.

County committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA. They help deliver programs at the county level and work to serve the needs of local producers. Committee members impact producers through their decision making and help shape the culture of a local FSA office. They also ensure the fair and equitable administration of FSA farm programs in their counties and are accountable to the Secretary of Agriculture. They monitor changes in farm programs and inform farmers of the purpose and provisions of FSA programs.

For more information, visit the FSA website at fsa.usda.gov/elections or contact the Union County FSA office at 541-963-4178.

Walden terms USMCA ‘a big win’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) in a press release lauded the recent House passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, calling it “a big win for Oregon’s businesses and ag producers.” According to the release, Oregon businesses export $3.7 billion in goods to Canada and Mexico, supporting 7,421 jobs in the state, and the USMCA “expands and solidifies the market opportunities that make that possible. USMCA will especially help Oregon wine, wheat and dairy producers and provides improved market access for our agriculture products,” Walden said. “I look forward to the Senate passing, and the President signing this agreement so that we can continue to grow our economy and expand access to markets abroad.”

SAIF offers free ag safety seminar in Hermiston

SALEM — SAIF will give a free seminar on agriculture safety and health in Hermiston from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in English and Jan. 15 in Spanish. The seminars are designed primarily for people working in agriculture but are open to anyone interested in ag safety and health. The seminar, which includes lunch, will take place at the Hermiston Conference Center, 415 S. Highway 395. Webinars in both English and Spanish will be offered in March.

“We purposely hold these in the off-season to encourage attendance,” said Courtney Merriott, senior safety management consultant at SAIF and presenter at this year’s seminars. “Our goal is to provide the latest safety content for the industry, so that every ag worker goes home safe and healthy each night.”

This year’s seminars will focus on four topics: respiratory personal protective equipment, working at elevation, safety leadership for anyone, and incident analysis — a structured process for identifying what happened and reducing recurrence of injuries moving forward.

Employers with small ag businesses who attend the seminar or watch the webinar will meet OSHA’s instructional requirement—one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections.

Registration is required. More information and registration details can be found at www.saif.com/agseminars.

Oregon DMV seeks qualified CDL testers

SALEM — Oregon DMV is looking for more skills test providers for commercial driver licensing across the state. DMV encourages businesses and organizations that can administer CDL skills tests to apply with the Oregon Department of Transportation for the CDL Third Party Testing Program. Once ODOT awards providers with a contract in this program, they will be authorized to administer CDL skills tests on behalf of DMV.

A Request for Proposal (RFP 730-34080-19) is available for download on the Oregon Procurement Information Network system. Any entities wishing to submit a proposal — the first step toward a contract — must be registered on ORPIN. Registration is free. More information on ORPIN, including how to register as a supplier, is available at http://orpin.oregon.gov/open.dll/welcome.

If you are new to Oregon public procurement, or would like training or assistance with how to compete in the government marketplace, the Government Contract Assistance Program has free tools available at www.gcap.org.

All questions related to this program and the RFP must be directed to Stephanie Lehman at stephanie.k.lehman@odot.state.or.us.

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