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 [...]
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2016 Contacts: OFB’s Anne Marie Moss, email@example.com, 503-399-1701 OCA’s Kayli Hanley, Kayli.firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-361-8941 March 1, 2016, Salem, Oregon: The 2015 Annual Wolf Report by Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife makes official what Oregon ranchers know first-hand: the state’s wolf population has recovered dramatically, well beyond the goals of the [...]
The new goose season that eliminates check stations and allows for hunting seven days a week is now a reality thanks to the efforts of Oregon Farm Bureau, individual farmers, and the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife. “This is great news for farmers facing goose damage in their fields,” said Marie Gadotti, chair of [...]
Legislators ignore real concerns from farmers, ranchers and food processors Oregon agriculture groups are very concerned that the minimum wage hike passed by the House today threatens the future of farming and food production in the state. Hundreds of farmers, ranchers and food processors came to Salem in recent weeks to testify on the real [...]
To connect with and inspire the next generation of advocates for Oregon agriculture, the Oregon Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee organized an FFA Legislative Day for high school students at the Oregon State Capitol during the 2016 Legislative Session. Introducing FFA members to the Oregon Capitol, educating them about public policy issues impacting [...]
A 30%+ minimum wage increase. A paid sick leave law that’s unworkable for farmers. Legislation that would increase fuel and energy costs. Bills that would allow a patchwork of local ag regulations. Put them together and it’s a harrowing game of FarmCrush where Oregon farmers and ranchers are the big losers. Tell legislators not to [...]