The following endorsements reflect Oregon Farm Bureau public policy positions and were developed by our farmer and rancher grassroots leadership.  For more details on our endorsements, click here.  ~  Don’t know your district? Find it here.

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Brenda Frketich of Marion County Farm Bureau

NO ON MEASURE 97 Never have we seen a tax as unfair and damaging to Oregon agriculture as Measure 97. If passed, it would be the largest tax increase in Oregon history. Taxed businesses would pass along the costs to farming and ranching families, raising the price of feed, fertilizer, crop protection, fuel, electricity, transportation, equipment, and insurance.  Vote No on Measure 97.

STATEWIDE RACES

“More of the same” is not working in Salem. Legislators and statewide office-holders are further insulating their decision-making from the real-world consequences they cause for farm and ranch families and others in Oregon. Current state leadership has led to $300 million wasted on a Columbia River bridge plan that fell apart, nearly $300 million wasted on a website to enroll health plan participants that never signed up a single Oregonian, untold tens or hundreds of millions on questionable energy tax credits, and high homelessness and hunger rates coupled with low graduation rates.

A combat veteran and former state legislator who consistently earned endorsements from Farm Bureau, Dennis is the best choice for Secretary of State. He is focused on the job the secretary of state is meant to do: impartially administer the elections process, audit state agencies, and administer public records. The secretary of state also holds a position on the state land board, where Richardson’s experience and knowledge will let him serve and lead immediately.

FEDERAL RACES  

Greg continues to be a strong, dependable champion for Oregon agriculture. Tackling concerns over federal land acquisition, Greg opposes a monument designation in the Owyhee Canyonlands and earlier this year gave an impassioned speech from the House floor about how the rights of rural Oregonians had been trampled upon by overzealous federal agencies for decades. He supports the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would open markets for Oregon agriculture; pushes for federal regulatory reform; and helped pass a practical national standard for GMO labeling. This summer he introduced legislation to prohibit farmers and ranchers from being prosecuted under terrorism statutes for using accepted ag practices.

District Kurt has fought hard for agriculture this Congress. A farmer himself, Kurt Schrader’s passion for agriculture shines through in his work on Capitol Hill. He has vocally opposed the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to expand the definition of “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act, which would place virtually all water on private land under federal control. Kurt recently authored the Overtime Reform & Enhancement Act, which would alleviate pressure on small businesses imposed by the onerous Dept. of Labor overtime rule. He also supports the TPP and helped pass the national GMO labeling standard. He successfully intervened when the FAA tried to change rules in a way that would have grounded Oregon’s Christmas tree production last year. He also introduced legislation to address the Port of Portland debacle.