Meet the OFB Board of Directors, family farmers and ranchers from all parts of the state, representing many commodities and operation sizes. Photo taken on Dec. 9, 2016, during the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem.
Front row from left: Sharon Waterman, OFB 2nd VP; Mickey Killingsworth, WAC Chair & 4th VP; Peggy Browne, 1st VP; and Brian Glaser, OFB 3rd VP.
Back row from left: Larry Lear, Region 1 (Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla); Dan Andersen, Region 13 (Malheur); Wade Flegel, Region 5 (Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Wheeler); OFB EVP Dave Dillon; Lyndon Kerns, Region 4 (Klamath, Lake); Carol Marie Leuthold, Region 8 (Clatsop, Tillamook Counties); Ron Bjork, Region 11 (Jackson, Josephine); Peter Kenagy, Region 10 (Benton, Lincoln, Linn); Mike McCarthy, Region 6 (Hood River, Sherman, Wasco); Bruce Chapin, Region 15 (Marion); Dean Freeborn, Region 9 (Polk, Yamhill); Larry Duyck, Region 14 (Columbia, Washington); Pete Postlewait, Region 7 (Clackamas, Multnomah); Rick Epp, Region 16 (Lane, Douglas); Kevin Westfall, Region 12 (Coos, Curry); Shane Otley, Region 3 (Grant, Harney).
Not pictured: OFB President Barry Bushue; Bill Browne, Region 2 (Baker, Union, Wallowa); and Jason Flowers, YF&R Chair.
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 berries and pumpkins 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 Brian Glaser raises grass seed, wheat, and other crops in Linn County.
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)
Mike McCarthy raises pears in the Hood River Valley.
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, and hay.
Region 10 (Benton, Lincoln, Linn)
Peter Kenagy raises seed crops and u-pick pumpkins in in Albany.
Region 11 (Jackson, Josephine)
Ron Bjork raises cattle in Jackson County.
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, grass seed, wheat, clover, and other crops 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.