April 23, 2012. Salem, Oregon – The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association will be sponsoring Water for Agriculture Town Hall meetings across the state. These workshops are being held in conjunction with Water for Life, Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and promoting agricultural water rights while advocating for responsible stewardship of natural resources including water. Six town halls will be held in May and June featuring Elizabeth Howard, attorney from Dunn Carney, who will discuss new water quality rules and the impact on agriculture. Andrew Martin, attorney from Yturri Rose will the featured legal expert in Ontario.

Oregon’s New Water Rules & Future of Irrigated Agriculture will be held at the following dates and locations:

  • May 22, 6 p – 9 p. Polk County Fairgrounds. Textile Room, Rickreall
  • May 23, 9 am – noon. Reedsport City Hall. City Council Chambers, Reedsport
  • May 23, 6 pm – 9 pm. Klamath County Extension Office, Klamath Falls
  • June 6, 6 pm – 9 pm. Malheur County Extension Office, Ontario
  • June 7, 9 am – noon. Harney County Community Center, Burns
  • June 7, 6 pm – 9 pm. Central Oregon Community College. Community Room RMDR 117, Madras

The town halls will discuss water rights, water measurement requirements, integrated water resources strategy, conservation cost share programs, technical resources and local ag water issues. Local Oregon Cattlemen’s Association members will also be present to participate in the town halls. Water conservation, sustainability and access have become critical issues for the agricultural industry. Increased regulation and associated costs that impact viability of ranching operations.

These town halls are free for ranchers and farmers with refreshments provided. Support for the Ag Water Town Halls has been provided by USDA Risk Management and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.

For more information, please contact the OCA at: 503-361-8941. Please visit the OCA website at www.orcattle.com.