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CENTRAL POINT — Southern Oregon Research and Extension Service, an arm of Oregon State University, will offer a workshop in improving family farm profitability.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Extension Service auditorium, 569 Hanley Road.

John Jeavons of Willits, Calif., will explore ways to make small farms more financially and ecologically viable through use of whole-system planning and niche marketing.

Jeavons is Grow Biointensive Mini-Farming program director for Ecology Action. He is the author of "How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine," the primer on sustainable biointensive mini-farming.

The fee is $115, including lunch and all course materials. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. The registration deadline is Jan. 15.

For information or to sign up, call 776-7371.

WHITE CITY — Southern Oregon High Performance Enterprise Consortium is offering classes promoting efficient business practices at Rogue Community College's Table Rock Campus in White City.

Lucas Reeves will present a class on learning how to write standard work plans for any office or plant process from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 9.

Reeves also will teach a class on systems to solve office and plant problems from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 9. A MicroSoft Excel Basics class will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. Jan. 16. Each training is free to SOHPEC members and costs $40 for nonmembers.

To register, e-mail lucas.reeves@ymail.com.

GRANTS PASS — Contractors doing work in Josephine County are now able to buy permits using the state's "Quick Permits" e-permitting Web site at www.BuildingPermits.Oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services' Building Codes Division hosts the Quick Permits e-permitting site, which makes simple permits available at any hour, from any computer connected to the Internet.

Compiled from staff reports