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Briefcase: Business briefs for Feb. 21


nearing for farmers

Deadlines are looming for farmers who want to update crop yield information or reallocate base acres under Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage programs.

Feb. 27 is the final day for a farm owner to retain or reallocate crop acreage bases or prove up crop yields. Otherwise, 2013 figures would carry over.

March 31 is the final day for operators choosing which programs in which they will enroll through 2018. If no choice is made by this date, the farm will automatically be enrolled in the PLC program for the duration of the Farm Bill.

The Jackson-Josephine County Farm Service Administration office will hold a related workshop at 1 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 24, at the USDA Service Center, 89 Alder St., Central Point. For information, call 541-664-1070.

Phoenix Harley dealer recognized

D&S Harley-Davidson of Phoenix has earned recognition from Harley-Davidson Motor Co. for the second year in a row.

The local motorcycle dealer received Harley-Davidson's Bronze Bar & Shield Circle of Achievement award for its 2014 performance.

D&S Harley-Davidson earned the award for the West Region based on its sales performance, an evaluation of customer service and satisfaction, and operations.

The award puts the motorcycle firm, located at 846 S. Pacific Hwy., in the top 25 percent of the 600 U.S. dealerships. The motorcycle shop earned a Silver Bar & Shield award last year. In 2004, the dealership became the first in the nation to receive Harley-Davidson's Community Service Award.

Dick and Marie Martin of Talent have owned the shop since 1971. It was originally in Central Point and moved to Phoenix in 1975.

Webinar on new investment law scheduled

On Jan. 15, 2015, a new Oregon securities crowdfunding law was passed. On Jan. 22, Hatch Innovation helped launch the first nine companies to make use of this law, as well as the platform via which people can become local investors, HatchOregon.com.

Anyone curious about Oregon's newly instituted Community Public Offering system can register for a Hatch Oregon webinar providing an overview of the law.

The session, from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, Feb. 23, will allow participants to ask questions about how entrepreneurs may raise up to $250,000 from Oregon residents.

Amy Pearl, founder and executive director of Hatch Innovation, said the organization is gearing up its second cohort of applicants seeking funding. 

The cost to participate in the webinar is $50. To register, go to


Reach reporter Greg Stiles at 541-776-4463 or business@mailtribune.com.