On Friday, Feb. 17, County Farm Bureau presidents gathered at the capitol to get an overview of ag-related legislation directly from lawmakers, and an update on Farm Bureau's progress this session by OFB staff. Lincoln County Farm Bureau President, and family forester, Tim Miller Legislators answered questions on many issues, including bills involving [...]
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SALEM, OREGON, February 28, 2017 – The following may be attributed to Oregon Farm Bureau Federation President Barry Bushue: “We applaud President Trump for listening to thousands of farmers and ranchers around the nation when he signed an executive order today telling the Environmental Protection Agency to ditch the onerous Waters of the U.S. [...]
"Immigrants, migrants, and guest workers are vital contributors to the U.S. economy. Farm Bureau recognizes and honors their contributions to agriculture and other sectors. We will continue to advocate for a workable immigration policy that meets the needs of the economy; gives employers access to a legal, reliable workforce; and provides national security." Feb. 16, [...]
New OFB Board members answer, "What are your goals in Farm Bureau?" Region 6 Rep. Mike McCarthy is a pear and apple orchardist from Hood River County. "I'm serving on the OFB Board to keep agriculture a vital industry in Oregon and to build public support for Oregon's farm and ranch families," said [...]
Falling commodity prices, labor shortages, new workforce mandates — 2016 was challenging for many Oregon farm and ranch families. But Farm Bureau members ended the year with important accomplishments to be proud of: Hundreds participated in the I Farm I Vote grassroots effort this November; the Measure 97 tax on gross receipts was handily defeated; [...]
While most of Oregon was mired in ice and snow last week, 25 Farm Bureau members were in the sunny-and-60s environs of Phoenix, AZ, attending the 2017 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Convention, Jan. 6-10, with about 6,000 fellow farmers and ranchers from around the country. Pic of most of the 25 Farm [...]
Jan. 10, 2017 in Phoenix: OFB's delegates doing important grassroots work on American Farm Bureau Federation Policy. From right to left are OFB 2nd VP Sharon Waterman, 1st VP Peggy Browne, board member Carol Marie Leuthold, and President Barry Bushue. Just like at the OFB Annual Meeting, at the heart of the AFBF [...]
We offer a heartfelt thanks to the more than 200 Farm Bureau members who traveled from all parts of the state to attend the 84th OFB Annual Meeting, Dec. 6-8 at the Salem Convention Center. Volunteer leaders were honored, experts shared useful knowledge in a variety of workshops, the grassroots House of Delegates conducted its [...]
The 2017 calendar that was mailed out incorrectly lists 30 days for August (not 31) and 31 days for November (not 30). We deeply regret this mistake and any confusion it caused. What you can do: 1. Get stickers to put on the calendar to fix those two days: Email email@example.com. Please include your name [...]
Now that the Halloween pumpkin and Thanksgiving turkey have had their turn in the seasonal spotlight, the public turns its attention to another Oregon agricultural product: the Christmas tree. With an ideal climate for evergreens, Oregon has long been the #1 grower of fresh Christmas trees in the nation. Last year Oregon’s Christmas tree production [...]