Grange Co-op's distribution largest ever

CENTRAL POINT — Grange Co-op is distributing nearly $1.6 million of its 2016 profits in dividends and credits to nearly 12,500 participants in the Grange Rewards Program.

The dividend checks represent the largest distribution in the cooperative’s 83-year history. A dividend rate of 3.9351 percent adds up to $384,413 in cash going to participants, with another $1,208,135 distributed as credits.

The Grange pays dividends to members and to nonmembers who spend at least $500 annually.

Typically, 20 percent of nonmember dividends are paid in cash and 80 percent are paid in equity credits. Members and full- and part-time farmers and ranchers typically receive 30 percent of the dividend in cash and 70 percent in equity credits.

Artificial intelligence subject of Tech Talk 

ASHLAND —  Wayne Iba, an adjunct computer science professor at Southern Oregon University, will discuss artificial intelligence during a Tuesday, April 25, Tech Talk in Room 319 of the Stevenson Union.

Iba teaches artificial intelligence at SOU. He is a former research scientist for the Artificial Intelligence group at NASA Ames Research Center and on the Automated Fingerprint Identification System operated by the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services.

The hourlong session begins at 12:30 p.m.

Lean manufacturing explored in workshop 

WHITE CITY — A lean manufacturing fundamentals workshop will be held at Rogue Community College's Table Rock campus on May 5 and May 12.

Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc. and Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership are collaborating to provide lean manufacturing training by Tim Root and John Lamy, senior consultants for OMEP.

The sessions run 8 a.m. to noon both days in Room 184. Fees run $200 for SOREDI members and $225 for non-members. To register, go to

Zeal hosts monthly gathering

Software developer Zeal hosts its monthly software craftsmanship meeting to discuss next weekend's Ludum Dare Online Game Jam.

Software makers, developers, designers and engineers of language-agnostic code will gather at 6 p.m. at Zeal's headquarters, 37 N. Central Ave., Medford.