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2012 Ag Expo
by SAMANTHA TIPLER, Herald and News 11/29/12
Ag Expo
The 2012 Klamath Falls Ag Expo is back and it’s an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to gather, network and educate themselves about their work.

“Anyone who can help our farmers know more about their business, the more successful they will be and the better off the whole Basin will be,” said Donnie Boyd, of Floyd A. Boyd Co., one of the event sponsors.

The expo runs Dec. 7 and 8 at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. Events will run from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
“What farmers will have is an opportunity to talk to some vendors that aren’t readily available,” said Scott Allen, with Basin Mediactive LLC, an organizer of the event. “Last year what was most popular was anything involved with saving energy, reducing production costs and resource consultants.”
Watermaster talks
This year the expo will feature Oregon Water Resource Department Watermaster Scott White, who will talk about what his department does and the process of water rights adjudication in the Klamath Basin.
Allen said adjudication is an important, if hard to understand, issue for farmers and ranchers.
“It’s kind of a shape-shifting beast and nobody knows what to do with it,” Allen said.
White said his presentation will focus on the basics of what his agency, part of the Oregon Water Resources Department, is all about.
“We want to explain what this office does,” White said.
He also wants to explain the basics of adjudication and how it will affect farmers and ranchers.
Calving school
The expo will also feature a calving school put on by Oregon State University’s extension service. It will start at 2 p.m. Friday and cover the calving process, nutritional and management strategies to prevent calving problems, designing calving facilities, dystocia and calving assistance, disease and injuries associated with calving and managing newborn calves.
Willie Riggs, director of the OSU Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, said the calving school is already full with 70 people.
Side Bar
Since 1975 the Klamath Basin has been involved in adjudication, a process to decide the order of water rights filed before Oregon’s 1909 water code went into effect. Over the last 37 years, more than 5,000 contests have been filed challenging the 700 claims. The process is nearing its end, and Oregon Water Resource Department Watermaster Scott White is waiting for the final order of determination the state adjudicator will issue by no later than June 30, 2013. White hopes it will happen early next year before the deadline.
White said he sometimes gets calls from people who do not believe they will be affected by adjudication.
“With 700 claims it will affect everybody,” he said. “This ties the entire Basin together.”
White will be giving four talks at the expo: at noon and 7 p.m. Friday, and at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday.


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