Royal Order of Water Buffalos

HID would like to express our sincerest congratulations to West Extension Irrigation District’s Manager Bev Bridgewater and Newton Consultants founder David Newton both of which were announced as the newest inductees to the Royal Order of Water Buffalos at the Oregon Water Resources Congress Annual Conference Banquet on November 30, 2016.  This honor is bestowed upon individuals who have spent decades managing, engineering and advocating for water resources.


43rd Annual Hermiston Farm Fair – Seminars & Tradeshow

The 43rd Annual Hermiston Farm Fair – Seminars & Tradeshow will be Wednesday, November 30, through Friday, December 2, 2016 at a NEW LOCATION the Eastern Oregon Trade & Event Center, 1705 E. Airport Rd, Hermiston. The Farm Fair is an agricultural forum co-sponsored by OSU Extension Service, the Agriculture Committee and the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce. Local agriculture-related businesses will be displaying their wares and services, both inside and outside the Event Center. Agriculture-related seminars will be offered all three days.

The three-day conference is an assortment of sessions and vendor booths dedicated to various topics and products aimed at educating and informing industry members. 

All sessions are free to attendees except for the Pesticide Core credit sessions. Oregon, Washington and Idaho pesticide recertification credits will be available, in addition to CCA credits. A complete Farm Fair agenda with pesticide credit hours will be available by mid to late November. An overview at a glance agenda is available.

The Hermiston Farm Fair Banquet will be held Thursday evening.  A no-host social hour will begin the evening at 6:00 p.m. with entertainment, followed by dinner.  Tickets are available from the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce at $25 per person 541-567-6151. Location will be at the Hermiston Conference Center, 415 S. Hwy 395, Hermiston, OR 97838.

The success of this event is dependent on our local vendors, educational speakers and our generous sponsors, which allow us to attract the best speakers on the latest topics. The Farm Fair is a great opportunity to gain knowledge and visit with friends and neighbors over a variety of freshly prepared refreshments courtesy of our local food processors.  Come and treat yourself at the 43rd Annual Hermiston Farm Fair Seminars and Tradeshow!

Feed Canal Maintenance Continues

Rain or Shine the Field Crew continues to make great strides on the Feed Canal Improvement Project.  Crews and equipment can be seen working in Echo, Stanfield and Hermiston.  We are pleased at the progress we are making and our timeline.

The 26 mile Feed Canal was originally constructed in 1906-1907 and it was enlarged from 1913-1917.  The Feed Canal runs from the Feed Canal Diversion Dam 2 miles South of Echo on the Umatilla River and generally runs northwest along the Umatilla River about 8 miles, then northeast to Cold Springs Reservoir.

HID has a 50,000 acre foot water right entitlement and November 2nd is the first day that HID is authorized to either exchange or divert water for Cold Springs Reservoir.  HID must be ready, willing and able to divert water from the Umatilla River by that day and we plan to meet that goal.

Manager Kirkpatrick

Maintenance Season in Full Swing

The end of irrigation season marks the beginning of maintenance season for our field crew.  You will see lots of activity at the head end of the Feed Canal as we prepare to be ready, willing and able to take water to Cold Springs Reservoir.

20161014_080709Headworks of the Feed Canal in Echo

20161014_081310Let’s Get Rolling

20161014_081719Burning, Cleaning and Reparing

20161014_085308Feed Canal heading North through Echo20161014_085330