Voting begins for 2019 Farm Service Agency county committee elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin mailing ballots on Nov. 4 to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the Farm Service Agency county committee elections. County committee members play a key role at FSA. More than 7,000 members nationwide provide their valuable knowledge and judgment on decisions made about FSA services, including disaster and emergency programs. To be counted, ballots must be returned to the local FSA county office or postmarked by Dec. 2.

Producers can find out if their local administrative area is up for election and if they are eligible to vote by contacting their local FSA county office. Eligible voters who did not receive a ballot in the mail can pick one up at their local FSA county office. Visit for more information. 

Northeast Oregon FSA offices:

Union County — 1901 Adams Ave., Suite 5, La Grande, 541-963-4178

Wallowa County — 401 NE First St., Suite E, Enterprise, 541-426-4521 

Baker County — 3990 Midway Drive, Baker City, 541-523-7121, ext. 106


Video contest promotes workplace safety for young workers

SALEM — High school students across Oregon are invited to let their video skills shine for a good cause: increasing awareness about workplace safety for young workers. The annual video contest — “Speak up. Work safe.” — is now open for submissions. The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500, and students will earn a matching amount for their school.

Students must create a 90-second or less video that inspires young workers to do at least one thing differently to stay safe on the job. The video must include the theme: “Speak up. Work safe.” The video must educate young workers about the importance of speaking up in the workplace. Whether they sing, dance, use humor, or go documentary-style serious, participants are encouraged to tap their imaginations while emphasizing ways to protect themselves and their co-workers from getting hurt on the job.

The deadline for submissions Feb. 7, 2020. Videos can be submitted online or mailed. Contest winners will be unveiled at a screening event in spring 2020, and winning entries will be posted on YouTube.

For contest details, rules, tips, entry forms, resources and a playlist of past finalist videos, go to


Roundtable, discussion explores racial privilege

ENTERPRISE — Northeast Oregon Economic Development District will continue its public programs and roundtable discussions in November for volunteers, boards and staff members to learn, share and discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) methods and strategies.

Emily Drew, an associate professor of sociology and ethnic studies at Willamette University, will facilitate a public conversation entitled “Racism, Power, and Privilege in Oregon” on Nov. 5, at two locations: 3 p.m. at the Cook Memorial Library, 2006 Fourth St. in La Grande, and 7 p.m. at The Place, 301 S. Lake St. in Joseph. Many Oregonians value racial diversity and the dimension and depth it adds to our lives, yet the vision of a racially integrated society remains unrealized. The discussion will seek to answer questions such as: What systems are in place to prevent the racial integration and equity many of us strive for? Knowing what we do, how do we act — as individuals, organizations and businesses — to embrace the opportunity presented by a more diverse Oregon? This conversation is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

On Nov. 6 at The Place in Joseph, Drew will lead a roundtable workshop, “Wrestling with Whiteness: White Privilege in Everyday Life.” Through an exercise and discussion, participants will consider the ways in which structured privileges afforded on the basis of race are everyday, unearned and usually invisible to those who receive them. Participants will also examine the central role of white privilege (and blindness to it) in maintaining institutionalized racism in the 21st century and will explore strategies to raise consciousness and interrupt patterns of white privilege in their work. The roundtable runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes lunch. Register at by Nov. 4.

For more information on these events, call NEOEDD at 541-426-3598 or go to NEOEDD is based in Enterprise. Its mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs businesses and communities in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties.

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