Meet the OFB Board of Directors, family farmers and ranchers from all parts of the state, representing many commodities. Photo taken on Dec. 11, 2015, during the 83rd OFB Annual Meeting in Sunriver.
Front row from left, Carol Marie Leuthold, Region 8 (Clatsop, Tillamook Counties); Dalton Straus, Region 11 (Jackson, Josephine); Kevin Westfall, Region 12 (Coos, Curry); Bruce Chapin, Region 15 (Marion).
Middle row from left, OFB EVP Dave Dillon; Dean Freeborn, Region 9 (Polk, Yamhill); Larry Duyck, Region 14 (Columbia, Washington); Pete Postlewait, Region 7 (Clackamas, Multnomah); Mickey Killingsworth, WAC Chair & 4th VP; Wade Flegel, Region 5 (Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Wheeler); Peter Kenagy, Region 10 (Benton, Lincoln, Linn); Peggy Browne, 1st VP; Bill Browne, Region 2 (Baker, Union, Wallowa); Barry Bushue, OFB President; Jason Flowers, YF&R Chair; Sharon Waterman, OFB 2nd VP; Barb Iverson, OFB 3rd VP; Larry Lear, Region 1 (Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla); Dan Andersen, Region 13 (Malheur).
Back row from left, Dean McAllister, Region 6 (Hood River, Sherman, Wasco); Rick Epp, Region 16 (Lane, Douglas); Shane Otley, Region 3 (Grant, Harney); and Lyndon Kerns, Region 4 (Klamath, Lake).
As a grassroots, nonprofit organization, the OFB Board of Directors is comprised of volunteer leaders — family farmers and ranchers who take time away from their fields or livestock to make a difference for Oregon agriculture.
All of OFB’s policy and political priorities develop from a completely democratic process, beginning at the county Farm Bureau level, where decisions are made by Oregon family farmers and ranchers. Positions, ideas, and initiatives then make their way to the OFB annual convention, where Farm Bureau members from around the state meet to discuss and vote upon the organization’s goals for the coming year.
2016 OFB Board of Directors
President Barry Bushue is a family farmer raising a variety of vegetables, berries, and flowers in Boring, and also sells at farmers markets.
1st Vice President Peggy Browne is a cattle rancher and also raises hay and grain in North Powder.
2nd Vice President Sharon Waterman has a ranch in Bandon with timber, cattle, and sheep.
3rd Vice President Barb Iverson grows tulips, grass seed, wheat, and other crops in Woodburn.
4th Vice President/Women’s Advisory Council Chair Mickey Killingsworth raises sheep in Madras.
Region 1 (Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla)
Larry Lear is a retired wheat and hog producer from Condon.
Region 2 (Baker, Union, Wallowa)
Bill Browne raises cattle, grain, and hay in North Powder.
Region 3 (Grant, Harney)
Shane Otley is a cattle rancher and alfalfa hay producer based in Burns.
Region 4 (Klamath, Lake)
Lyndon Kerns raises cattle and hay in Klamath Falls.
Region 5 (Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Wheeler)
Wade Flegel is cattle rancher and hay farmer from Prineville.
Region 6 (Hood River, Sherman, Wasco)
Dean McAllister grows cherries and wine grapes in The Dalles.
Region 7 (Clackamas, Multnomah)
Pete Postlewait grows beans, cucumbers, rhubarb, and pumpkin seeds in Aurora.
Region 8 (Clatsop, Tillamook)
Carol Marie Leuthold is a dairy farmer based in Cloverdale.
Region 9 (Polk, Yamhill)
Dean Freeborn a variety of seed crops, grain, cattle & hay.
Region 10 (Benton, Lincoln, Linn)
Peter Kenagy raises seed crops and u-pick pumpkins in in Albany.
Region 11 (Jackson, Josephine)
Dalton Straus operates a cattle ranch in Central Point.
Region 12 (Coos, Curry)
Kevin Westfall raises cattle, hay, and timber Broadbent.
Region 13 (Malheur)
Dan Andersen is a cattle rancher from Ontario.
Region 14 (Columbia, Washington)
Larry Duyck raises a variety of berries in North Plains.
Region 15 (Marion)
Bruce Chapin grows cherries and hazelnuts in Salem.
Region 16 (Lane, Douglas)
Rick Epp raises hay, stockers, and timber in Roseburg.
Young Farmers & Ranchers Chair
Jason Flowers raises grass hay, alfalfa, oats, barley, wheat, and cattle in Midland.
Dr. Larry Curtis – Associate Dean, College of Ag Sciences, Oregon State University
For more information, email Tiffany Nino or call (503) 399-1701, ext. 301.