Sherman County eNews #11


  • Sherman County Public/School Library Mitten Tree a Success
  • Mid Columbia Producers Position Open, Closing Date Jan. 15
  • Oregon’s Agricultural Economy
  • Clay Play Plus Class at The Dalles Art Center, Jan. 27
  • NRCS releases first Water Supply Outlook Report for 2016
  • Links


“It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled. It must be the combined virtue of the rulers and of the people to do this, and to rescue and save their civil and religious rights from the outstretched arm of tyranny, which may appear under any mode or form of government.” —Mercy Warren, 1805

1. Sherman County Public/School Library Mitten Tree a Success

~ Marylou Martin   mittens1

Thank you Sherman County Community members and School District staff and students for turning Sherman County Public/School Library’s Mitten Tree into a beautiful giving tree. Our school and community donated 44 hats, 22 pairs of gloves and mittens, 5 ear warmers, 7 scarves, 2 boot toppers, and 6 blankets to the Sherman County Food Bank. Your generosity is sincerely appreciated.

2.  Mid Columbia Producers Position, Closing Date Jan. 15

Mid Columbia Producers is a farmer owned risk management cooperative with facilities in Sherman, Wasco, Klickitat, Morrow, Gilliam and Deschutes counties and a market presence throughout the Pacific Northwest.

MCP is seeking applicants to join our team as the Assistant Retail Division Manager. This position will require a hands-on management approach. The chosen candidate will be responsible for the oversight and coordination efforts of our three farm stores located in Goldendale, The Dalles and Wasco.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

 Communicating areas that are in need of attention to each of the store managers

 Providing training and direction to the store managers through performance evaluations as well as verbal and written coaching.

 Assisting in the daily unloading of trucks, transferring products throughout the division as well as maintaining the grounds and equipment as needed

 Demonstrating awareness and compliance with loss prevention, safety policies and/or procedures

 Monitor competitive pricing, product and brand offerings, promotional activity, to insure MCP is appropriately priced and product/pricing/promotional opportunities are identified and captured

 Identifying and executing goals and objectives to reach maximum profitability throughout the division

 Making sound business decisions regarding product selection, order quantities, inventory management, gross margin management and vendor negotiations

 Safeguarding assets and consistently working toward maintaining a safe environment for customers and employees


 Must be able to operate a vehicle with a GVW of 10,000 lbs. or more, with or without a trailer in tow

 Lift, carry, push, or pull objects up to approximately 100 lbs.

 Must be within a reasonable commuting distance to each of the locations

 Experience and/or knowledge of feed programs, farm supply and hardware

 Must possess basic computer knowledge and be able to navigate with little assistance

 Must be able to accommodate a varying work schedule

 Operate with initiative, commitment, strong work ethic & sense of urgency

Employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment physical, drug screen, background check and MVR.

As a prominent agribusiness company, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Including health insurance premiums currently paid 100% for the employee and their dependents, dental, vision and Rx coverage, 401k with company match, robust profit sharing plan, paid vacation, sick, holidays, and more.

Applications are available for download at or be picked up at the main office in Moro. Please send cover letter, application and resume to:

Mid Columbia Producers,  Attn: Brittany Dark

P.O. Box 344, Moro, OR 97039

Fax: (503)536-6875 PH: (541)565-2277

3. Oregon’s Agricultural Economy

food.pearGreenhouse and nursery products are Oregon’s most valuable agricultural sector. Oregon farmers produce daffodils, gladioli, irises, lilies, peonies and tulips for bulbs.

Hay is Oregon’s second ranked crop generating 7% of the state’s total agricultural receipts.

Ryegrass, wheat and onions are also valuable crops within the state. Oregon produces almost all of the country’s seed for bentgrass, fescue,’ ryegrass, crimson clover, Kentucky and merion bluegrasses and orchardgrass and… Oregon is a leader in the production of peppermint oil.

Oregon produces a valuable timber harvest. The most important trees are the douglas fir and ponderosa pine. Oregon is a leading producer of Christmas trees.

Oregon’s a top vegetable-producing state and delivers a large potato crop. Green peas, onions, snap beans, sweet corn, hops, sugar beets and, of course, hazelnuts (filberts) are other Oregon crops. Oregon is also a top producer of berries, pears, plums and cherries. Apples are also grown in the state.

Beef cattle and milk are Oregon’s most valuable livestock products. Other livestock products are chicken eggs and broilers (young chickens).

4. Clay Play Plus Class at The Dalles Art Center, Jan. 27

Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield will be teaching an individually structured, friendly open studio ceramics class over the course of 5 weeks at The Dalles Art Center. Clay Play Plus covers basic hand building and glazing techniques with a twist. Participants can also chose to use slip-cast molds to create fanciful low-fired functional and non-functional clay products. Both cone 04 glazes and pit-firing options available. No experience is necessary. This class is for those who are curious about clay or who want to expand their ceramic skills in a supportive and light-hearted environment. SIGN UP at The Dalles Art Center, call or email: 541.296.4759 or

5. NRCS releases first Water Supply Outlook Report for 2016:

Oregon’s statewide snowpack at 123% of normal

PORTLAND, Ore. – (January 8, 2016) — Cold mountain temperatures and copious amounts of precipitation joined forces in December to bring a welcome return of winter to Oregon.

According to the first water supply outlook report for the year—released today by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)—all basins in Oregon are experiencing above-normal snowpack levels. Further, snowpack levels have already surpassed the peak levels of last year’s snow season in all locations statewide.

Following a year of record-low snowpack, water shortages, fires and widespread drought across the state, water users and water managers are cautiously optimistic that a successful start to 2016 will enable drought recovery.

“This is the scenario we had hoped for following last year’s extreme drought conditions,” said Melissa Webb, NRCS snow survey hydrologist. “The fall and early winter precipitation have started to fill reservoirs across the state that were heavily depleted going into the fall. Also, the snowpack that we have right now in the mountains is more than we had at any time last year, which is very encouraging.”

6. Links


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 Agriculture in the Oregon Economy

 The Age of Ignorance

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 CNN Townhall on Guns with President Obama

 The government closed its offices in Oregon days before the armed takeover due to fears of violence