For many Oregon farmers, summer is the busiest time of year. By July, harvest of major crops like grass seed and wheat is in full swing, and it’s not unusual for a farmer to spend 14-hour days on a tractor out in the field. Sometimes farms have acreage spread over a wide region, and farmers [...]
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Flowers and allergies alike are in full bloom, meaning only one thing: spring has sprung and the agritourism season is beginning. As city dwellers and consumers across the country make their way to farmers' markets, U-pick farms and creameries this spring and summer, it's the perfect time for farmers to share their stories with farm [...]
One thing all parties could agree on at a May 23 hearing about the Owyhee Canyonlands is that it is spectacularly beautiful. But who’s to thank for that? “Today we’ve heard the words ‘iconic’ and ‘awesome’ to describe the Owyhee Canyonlands,” said Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue before the House Rural Communities Committee at [...]
When some Oregon farmers discovered an ad by Fred Meyer for “GMO-free” herbs, tomato, and cucumber starts last month, they were not impressed. Why? Because of the nine GMO crops that are commercially available, these are not among them. Even if they were, a grocery store wouldn’t be able to sell GMO seeds or plant [...]
When Oregon berry farmer Jacque Duyck Jones climbed the steps of the Rayburn House Office Building, directly across the street from the U.S. Capitol, she was on a mission. “We came all the way from Oregon to Washington D.C. to let our legislators know how national issues impact our farms and ranches,” she said. “We’re [...]
Jason Flowers YF&R Chair, outgoing AFBF YF&R rep What do you raise? I’m a fourth generation farmer from Klamath County raising grass hay, alfalfa, oats, barley, wheat, and cattle. How was serving on the national Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee? I recently completed two years on the American Farm Bureau YF&R Committee. It [...]
Third-generation farmer. International export expert. Passionate “agvocate.” National Farm Mom of the Year. These are all accurate ways to describe Shelly Boshart Davis, member of Linn County Farm Bureau. [Photo above: Linn County Farm Bureau member Shelly Boshart Davis (right) is the third generation to work on the family farm in Tangent. From left are husband [...]
Central Oregon farmers and irrigation mired in the spotted frog issue twice had reason to celebrate in recent weeks. On March 22, the Federal Judge Ann Aiken denied WaterWatch of Oregon and the Center for Biological Diversity’s preliminary motion to restrict irrigation flows in their Endangered Species Act (ESA) case regarding the spotted frog. And [...]
April 7, 2016 statement from Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue on the dam removal plan: "Despite asking the Governor's office to be involved in the dam removal discussions, Farm Bureau was excluded. It's not clear if there were any representatives from the agriculture community at the table. The crux of the issue is water [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 3, 2016 Contact: Anne Marie Moss, email@example.com, 503.399.1701 March 3, 2016, Salem, Oregon: Oregon Farm Bureau applauds the 2016 Legislature’s passage of SB 1517B. The bill, proposed by Oregon Farm Bureau and the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association, creates a 10-year pilot program giving Tillamook County and local farmers more say on [...]