2017 Oregon Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference 

When: Saturday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For: Farm Bureau members between the ages of 16 and 35

Where: Oregon Farm Bureau office, 1320 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

Cost: A great deal at $40 per person, which includes lunch both days and snacks at Saturday social event.

  • Attendees must be Farm Bureau members and be between the ages of 16 and 35.
  • Registration forms are due to the OFB office no later than 4 p.m. on Nov. 3.
  • Limited to the first 70 registration forms and payments received.
  • Nearby hotel available at reduced rate for conference attendees

Get the registration form.  Due by November 3! 

>  See conference agenda.

> Have questions? Contact OFB’s Jacon Taylor at yfr@oregonfb.org or 541.589.9694.

Keynote Speakers

Kim Bremmer, Ag Inspirations (aginspirations.com): Kim is a nationally recognized motivational agricultural speaker. She will speak about communication and advocacy for agriculture, especially on some key local topics such as GMOs, niche marketing, and forestry.

Derek Pangelinan, Derek Rey Consulting, LLC: Derek has spent years offering leadership training for a Fortune 20 Company and is the developer of “The 6 Perspectives of Leadership,” a model for teaching leadership skills to people from all walks of life. He will speak about jump-starting leadership development.

Breakout Sessions

Agricultural Business Track:

Doug Hoffman, President & CEO of Wilco: “Developing a Culture for a Successful Business”

Joanne Humphrey, CPA/PFS, Aldrich CPAs and Advisors, LLP: “Harvesting the Tax Benefits for Oregon Farms”

Andrea Krahmer, Relationship Manager/AVP, Northwest Farm Credit Services: “Who Really Needs to Have a Business Plan?”

Sarah Brown, Education Director, Oregon Tilth: “Organic Farm Transitioning and Business Management”

Natural Resources Track:

John Williams, Oregon State University Extension, Wallowa County: “Oregon Wolf Management Update”

Mary Ann Cooper, Public Policy Council, Oregon Farm Bureau: “Emerging Issues in Water”

Stacy Davies, Country Natural Beef/Roaring Springs Ranch: “Wild Horse Management Issues”

Jana Peterson, Stewardship Forester, Oregon Dept. of Forestry: “Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention”

Farm Bureau Basics Track:

Jason Flowers, Past AFBF YF&R Committee Member and Patrick Hackley, Past AFBF YF&R Committee Member:

      “Farm Bureau 101: What is this organization all about?”

      “Why YF&R? Why should I get involved?”

      “YF&R Contests: Discussion Meet, Excellence in Ag, and Ag Achievement Awards”

Angi Bailey, Multnomah County Farm Bureau & AFBF PAL participant: “Oregon and American Farm Bureau Leadership & Development Opportunities”

Agricultural Advocacy Track:

Jonathan Sandau, staffer for Congressman Kurt Schrader: “Communication with your Congressman”

Mary Anne Cooper & Jenny Dresler, Oregon Farm Bureau: “Effective Engagement in the Legislature: How to Testify”

Mary Anne Cooper & Jenny Dresler, Oregon Farm Bureau: “Effective Engagement in the Legislature: Practice your Testimony”

Oregon State Senator Betsy Johnson, District 16: “Working with your State Legislators”

Saturday Evening Social Event and Entertainment:

Brennan Cooper, Karaoke DJ

The Red Lion Hotel, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, November 11

Special thanks to our generous sponsors!

Lunch Sponsors: Pape Machinery (Saturday), Northwest Farm Credit Services (Sunday)

Platinum Sponsors: Douglas County Farm Bureau, Jackson County Farm Bureau, Marion County Farm Bureau, Yamhill County Farm Bureau

Gold Sponsors: Aldrich CPAs + Advisors, LLP, Deschutes County Farm Bureau, Josephine County Farm Bureau, Northwest Animal Supply, Polk County Farm Bureau

Silver Sponsors: Ag West Supply, Baker County Farm Bureau, Boshart Trucking, Court Street Consulting, Grow Construction, Wilco

Bronze Sponsor:  Freeborn Farms

(Lunches will be from Adam’s Rib and Olive Garden.)