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Marion County Farm Bureau offers CPR/First Aid/AED classes in English, Spanish - 02/16/17

Marion County Farm Bureau offers CPR/First Aid/AED classes in English and Spanish.

"Besides giving a voice to local farm and ranch families at the capitol, Marion County Farm Bureau promotes agriculture health and safety," said Marion County Farm Bureau President John Zielinski. "It's important that farm owners and their employees are certified in CPR and receive First Aid training. You never want to have to use those skills, but it's good to be prepared."

Up to two people from a farm with Marion County Farm Bureau voting membership can attend for free. Additional attendees or those without Farm Bureau membership can register for $50.

English Session 1 (up to 12 attendees): Tuesday, March 7, 8:30 am -- 12:30 pm; Oregon Farm Bureau office, 1320 Capitol St. NE, Salem. Refreshments included.

English Session 2 (up to 12 attendees): Tuesday, March 7, 1 pm -- 5 pm; Oregon Farm Bureau office, 1320 Capitol St. NE, Salem. Refreshments included.

Spanish Session 3 (up to 8 attendees): Monday, March 20, 9 am -- 4 pm; Oregon Farm Bureau office, 1320 Capitol St. NE, Salem. Lunch and refreshments included.

Class space is limited. To register, contact Jessica Carpenter at 503.378.0595 or jessica@marioncofarm.com. Or submit a registration form available at http://www.marioncofarm.com/events/.

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Oregon Farm Bureau Statement on Day Without Immigrants - 02/16/17

Oregon Farm Bureau Statement on Day Without Immigrants

Feb. 16, 2017, Salem, Oregon: "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."

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Deschutes County Farm Bureau Offers Scholarships - 02/15/17

Deschutes County Farm Bureau is proud to offer a college scholarship program to its member families.

Students from current Voting and Supporting Farm Bureau member families in Deschutes County are encouraged to apply.

DCFB will award three $1,000 scholarships for graduating high school seniors planning to attend a college or university. One award will be given in each of the three school districts in Deschutes County: Bend-Lapine, Redmond, and Sisters.

Also offered are two $1,500 scholarships for students who have already completed some college study and are returning to continue his or her education.

The scholarships are open to students pursuing any field of study, with preference given to those interested in agriculture or forestry.

The scholarships are a one-time award and are not recurring. They will be awarded after high school graduations and will be available for fall term.

In the case of a returning college student, a scholarship will be awarded after the spring term and will be available for fall term.

Grade transcripts must be submitted with the application.

High school students are encouraged to apply for the returning student scholarship after completing their first year of college. Returning students are welcome to reapply as long as they are still enrolled in the college or university.

Checks will be issued to the college or university to be applied to the student's account.

Winners will be determined by the Board of Directors of the Deschutes County Farm Bureau.

Applicants will be judged based on need, field of study, accuracy of completing the application, and the short biography.

Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2017.

The application can be downloaded at www.oregonfb.org/scholarships. Or students can contact their high school counselor or Deschutes County Farm Bureau members Matt Cyrus at 541-771-4980 or Tom Maddux at 541-419-7669.

Scholarship material should be sent to:

Deschutes County Farm Bureau
Attn. Scholarship
PO Box 2229
Sisters OR. 97759

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Hood River County Farm Bureau meeting on deer/elk on 2/15 - 02/02/17

On Feb. 15, Hood River County Farm Bureau will host a meeting for farmers, landowners, and other stakeholders to discuss the problem of deer and elk damage on local orchards and crops. Farmers in particular are encouraged to attend.

A representative from the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife will speak and will answer questions.

What: Deer and elk meeting with Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
When: Feb. 15, 2 p.m.
Where: Fire station in Parkdale

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Douglas County's Roger Collis Earns County Farm Bureau Service Award - 01/27/17

January 27, 2017, SALEM, OREGON: Roger Collis, a shepherd and member of Douglas County Farm Bureau, was honored with a County Farm Bureau Service Award during the 84th Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Annual Meeting in Salem.

The County Farm Bureau Service Award is for Farm Bureau members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, exceptional effort, and unparalleled dedication at the County Farm Bureau level year after year.

Collis has been an active Farm Bureau member for over 35 years, serving in numerous leadership capacities for Douglas County Farm Bureau, including as president and treasurer.

One of his lasting contributions was his steady leadership when Douglas County Farm Bureau was selling its building in the late 1980s.

Collis's experienced financial acumen kept Farm Bureau members informed about the complicated details of the transaction -- and helped guide the county to make smart decisions that left a legacy of strong financial standing lasting to this day.

"Because of Roger's efforts, Douglas County Farm Bureau is able to consistently offer generous scholarships for students and remain a major contributor to local agricultural programs and projects," said OFB President Barry Bushue.

A raiser of purebred sheep, Collis's decades of advocacy earned him lifetime achievement awards from the Douglas County Livestock Association and Oregon Sheep Growers Association. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Diamond Pioneer Award from Oregon State University.

> See full list of awards given at the 84th OFB Annual Meeting: http://oregonfb.org/media/press-releases/

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* Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 farm and ranch family members.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB's 15th president.

Tillamook County's Chad Allen Earns Farm Bureau's Service to Agriculture Award - 01/27/17

January 27, 2017, SALEM, OREGON: Chad Allen, a dairy farmer from Tillamook County, was honored with an Oregon Farm Bureau Service to Agriculture Award during the 84th Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Annual Meeting in Salem.

The Service to Agriculture Award is for an individual or group outside of Farm Bureau that has dedicated an extraordinary amount of time, resources, or expertise on projects that benefit Farm Bureau members and Oregon agriculture as a whole.

"Chad Allen represents the best of his rural community on the Oregon coast," said OFB President Barry Bushue. "A lifelong dairy farmer and active advocate for agriculture, Chad strives for collaboration when tackling complex regulatory issues. He reaches out to state agencies, conservation groups, and local farmers so all stakeholders can have a voice."

Most recently, Allen worked with Farm Bureau and state officials to champion Senate Bill 1517, which passed the 2016 state legislature.

This bill allows farmers to be at the table from the start when a conservation easement is in the siting process. The bill makes Tillamook County a pilot project, the first of its kind in Oregon -- and the entire nation -- for requiring that the state gets input from local landowners and community members when considering the development of a new wetland. The impacts on farm operations will finally be considered from the start.

"Chad feels strongly that it's in the interest of every Oregonian to evaluate what regulations are serving society and what ones are hindering growth and prosperity, including impacts on the production and processing of our food," said Bushue.

A member of the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association and Tillamook County Planning Committee, Allen is a full-time dairy farmer and the father of five kids.

> See full list of awards given at the 84th OFB Annual Meeting: http://oregonfb.org/media/press-releases/

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* Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 farm and ranch family members.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB's 15th president.

Marilou and Fred Wiebe (middle) of Coos-Curry County Farm Bureau were honored with an Oregon Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award by OFB 1st Vice President Peggy Browne and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon during the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in
Marilou and Fred Wiebe (middle) of Coos-Curry County Farm Bureau were honored with an Oregon Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award by OFB 1st Vice President Peggy Browne and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon during the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in
Wiebes of Coos County Earn Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award (Photo) - 01/27/17

January 27, 2017, SALEM, OREGON: Fred and Marilou Wiebe, cattle ranchers from Myrtle Point and leaders in Coos-Curry County Farm Bureau, were honored with an Oregon Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award during the 84th Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Annual Meeting in Salem.

"The Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding service to Farm Bureau and to Oregon agriculture," said OFB President Barry Bushue. "I can think of few people more deserving of this award than Fred and Marilou Wiebe, who have been active Farm Bureau members for over 25 years. They assist with all county activities and are always the first volunteers to arrive for events. As a grassroots organization, Farm Bureau's effectiveness depends upon engaged, passionate volunteer leaders like Fred and Marilou."

After moving from Texas to Alaska, the Wiebes made the journey to Oregon in 1986 and established roots. As soon as they joined Farm Bureau, they became active, essential members.

Fred served as county president from 1993 to 2002, and again from 2008 to 2009, his wife always side by his side in all Farm Bureau activities. He has served for decades on the county board of directors.

Marilou served as Coos-Curry County Farm Bureau's secretary/treasurer from 1995 to 2015. During this tenure, she earned an OFB Outstanding County Secretary of the Year Award. She has also served as the county women's representative and on the OFB Women's Advisory Council.

At the 2014 American Farm Bureau Federation Convention in San Antonio, the Wiebes helped coordinate a booth for Coos-Curry County Farm Bureau when it was honored by AFBF with a national County Activity of Excellence Award for work protecting local farmland from being converted into wetlands.

Beyond Farm Bureau, the couple has been active in the Coos County Livestock Association and local Grange. Fred has served on the Coos Soil & Water Conservation District Board. The Wiebes are also involved with food banks in their community.

PHOTO: Marilou and Fred Wiebe (middle) of Coos-Curry County Farm Bureau were honored with an Oregon Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award by OFB 1st Vice President Peggy Browne and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon during the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem.

> See full list of awards given at the 84th OFB Annual Meeting: http://oregonfb.org/media/press-releases/

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* Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 farm and ranch family members.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB's 15th president.

Rita Piercy of Malheur County Farm Bureau was honored with an Outstanding County Farm Bureau Secretary Award at the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem. She is pictured with Mike Dillard of OFB’s Membership & Recognition Committee.
Rita Piercy of Malheur County Farm Bureau was honored with an Outstanding County Farm Bureau Secretary Award at the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem. She is pictured with Mike Dillard of OFB’s Membership & Recognition Committee.
Malheur County's Piercy Earns Outstanding County Farm Bureau Secretary Award (Photo) - 01/27/17

January 27, 2017, SALEM, OREGON: Rita Piercy, secretary/treasurer for Malheur County Farm Bureau, was honored with an Outstanding County Farm Bureau Secretary Award during the 84th Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Annual Meeting in Salem.

"A good secretary is essential for the effective operation of any strong County Farm Bureau," said OFB President Barry Bushue. "I can think of few more deserving of this award than Rita, who has served Malheur County Farm Bureau for an incredible 30 years."

Piercy began as a secretary for the local Northwest Farm Bureau Insurance office, and later with Country Financial. She helped farmers and ranchers learn about their Farm Bureau membership, its benefits, and the legislative work the organization does to protect and strengthen Oregon agriculture.

Piercy keeps the grassroots organization on track by monitoring the status of Farm Bureau memberships, doing the county's books, taking meeting minutes, serving on the budget and scholarship committees, and helping organize meetings and events.

"Malheur County Farm Bureau appreciates her excellent dedication and service for the past 30 years. And I am grateful for such a prime example of what it means to have an effective County Farm Bureau secretary," said Bushue.

PHOTO: Rita Piercy of Malheur County Farm Bureau was honored with an Outstanding County Farm Bureau Secretary Award at the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem. She is pictured with Mike Dillard of OFB's Membership & Recognition Committee.

> See full list of awards given at the 84th OFB Annual Meeting: http://oregonfb.org/media/press-releases/

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* Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 farm and ranch family members.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB's 15th president.

Kevin Richards of Jefferson County Farm Bureau was honored with an Oregon Farm Bureau Top Hand Award during the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem.
Kevin Richards of Jefferson County Farm Bureau was honored with an Oregon Farm Bureau Top Hand Award during the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem.
Jefferson County's Kevin Richards Earns Farm Bureau Top Hand Award (Photo) - 01/27/17

January 27, 2017, SALEM, OREGON: Kevin Richards, a second-generation farmer and member of Jefferson County Farm Bureau, was honored with an Oregon Farm Bureau Top Hand Award during the 84th Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Annual Meeting in Salem.

The Top Hand Award is given to a Farm Bureau member who has contributed an extraordinary amount of time, energy, and leadership on behalf of the grassroots organization over the past year.

After years spent in Washington D.C. working for American Farm Bureau -- and before that, stints in the U.S. State Department and the White House -- Richards returned to his family's farm in Madras in 2013.

"Juggling a new career as a full-time farmer and life as a new father, Kevin still made the time to get involved with Jefferson County Farm Bureau," said OFB President Barry Bushue.

Richards recruited young agriculturalists to join the County Farm Bureau's Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) program, and also volunteered on the state YF&R Committee.

Using communication, advocacy, and public policy skills honed in Washington, Richards took the lead for Jefferson County Farm Bureau on the contentious lawsuits involving the spotted frog and water availability for agriculture.

In the past year, he organized two tours of farms and the local irrigation district and invited lawmakers, conservation groups, and the media to attend. The tours highlighted agriculture's responsible and efficient use of water and close working relationship with the irrigation district.

Richards was also featured prominently in the No on Measure 97 campaign, sharing how the measure would have impacted his family farm. He appeared in TV commercials, online ads, and promotional materials.

"Eloquent and well-versed on many critical issues, Kevin has met with lawmakers and editorial boards, given countless media interviews, and written many letters to the editor to share Farm Bureau's perspective," said Bushue.

He also participates in Oregon AgLink's Adopt a Farmer program, inviting classrooms to tour his farm and learn about modern production agriculture. As is his nature, he encouraged other farmers to join the program, thereby connecting hundreds more students with Oregon agriculture.

Richard's Fox Hollow Ranch is a diversified, second-generation farm growing hybrid carrot seed, mint, wheat, hay, alfalfa, and grass seed.

> See full list of awards given at the 84th OFB Annual Meeting: http://oregonfb.org/media/press-releases/

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* Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 farm and ranch family members.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB's 15th president.

Doug Hoffman (middle), CEO of Wilco, was honored with the Oregon Farm Bureau President’s Award at the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem. He is pictured with OFB 1st Vice President Peggy Browne and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon.
Doug Hoffman (middle), CEO of Wilco, was honored with the Oregon Farm Bureau President’s Award at the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem. He is pictured with OFB 1st Vice President Peggy Browne and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon.
Wilco's Doug Hoffman Earns Oregon Farm Bureau President's Award (Photo) - 01/27/17

January 27, 2017, SALEM, OREGON: Doug Hoffman, CEO of Wilco Farm Stores, was honored with the Oregon Farm Bureau President's Award during the 84th Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Annual Meeting in Salem.

The President's Award recipient is selected by the sitting OFB President to recognize an individual who contributes in extraordinary ways to Oregon agriculture, and therefore to Farm Bureau members.

"I am proud to give the OFB President's Award to Doug Hoffman," said OFB President Barry Bushue. "He has spent his entire career supporting farm and ranch families across several states and adding value to countless agricultural businesses."

Hoffman grew up on a cow/calf operation in South Dakota. He said of his youth, "I was one of nine children. We had 100 head of cows and calves and a bunch of hogs. It was a lot of hard work, and it taught me if you want things in life, you have to work for it."

Hoffman attended the University of South Dakota, receiving a business and accounting degree; married his wife Jan, with whom he raised three children; and started with Cenex, a management training program in Wilmot, S.D.

He quickly earned a reputation as a great business manager through a series of co-op jobs, each one bringing him further and further out west. In each case, he was known as a leader who puts others above himself.

This core value is evident in his personal service to many organizations, from the Oregon FFA Foundation and Oregonians for Food & Shelter, to ranging as far as Kenya where he is a volunteer leader in Empowering Lives International, which teaches young people the business and practice of farming and equips them for success.

"He is a man of faith, integrity, and service above self," said Bushue. "As CEO of Wilco, he has brought great value to Farm Bureau member families, great service to Oregon agriculture, and has built a brand around ag lifestyle retail stores that make a positive connection with the non-farm public."

PHOTO: Doug Hoffman (middle), CEO of Wilco, was honored with the Oregon Farm Bureau President's Award at the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem. He is pictured with OFB 1st Vice President Peggy Browne and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon.

> See full list of awards given at the 84th OFB Annual Meeting: http://oregonfb.org/media/press-releases/


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* Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 farm and ranch family members.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB's 15th president.

Marion County Farm Bureau was honored with the County Farm Bureau Action Award during the 84th Oregon Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Salem. Marion County Farm Bureau President John Zielinski (right) and Genoa Ingram accepted the award from Mike Dillard (le
Marion County Farm Bureau was honored with the County Farm Bureau Action Award during the 84th Oregon Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Salem. Marion County Farm Bureau President John Zielinski (right) and Genoa Ingram accepted the award from Mike Dillard (le
Marion County Farm Bureau Earns County Action Award (Photo) - 01/27/17

January 27, 2017, SALEM, OREGON: Marion County Farm Bureau was honored with a County Farm Bureau Action Award during the 84th Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Annual Meeting in Salem.

The award is given to a County Farm Bureau that has developed a successful, innovative project or program in the political or public education arena within the last two years.

"Since 2013, Marion County Farm Bureau has organized agriculture-themed bus tours to proactively connect with elected officials, candidates, and legislative staff," said OFB President Barry Bushue.

The county hosts a full-day bus tour highlighting different agricultural commodities, processors, distributors, and ag research facilities in the Willamette Valley. The goal is to help decision-makers have a greater understanding of and respect for Oregon agriculture and the challenges faced every day by farm and ranch families.

County Farm Bureau members help plan the tour, host tour stops, and work to build relationships with lawmakers while on the tour. Attendance has been excellent every year.

"These ag tours have successfully established Marion County Farm Bureau as a go-to resource when local government officials have questions about Oregon agriculture and the impacts of public policy on farmers and ranchers," said Bushue. "The program has excited members, the media, and the public. It has been a successful program by any measure."

PHOTO: Marion County Farm Bureau was honored with the County Farm Bureau Action Award during the 84th Oregon Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Salem. Marion County Farm Bureau President John Zielinski (right) and Genoa Ingram accepted the award from Mike Dillard (left) of the OFB Membership & Recognition Committee.

> See full list of awards given at the 84th OFB Annual Meeting: http://oregonfb.org/media/press-releases/

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* Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 farm and ranch family members.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB's 15th president.

Bob Dettwyler (middle) of Marion County Farm Bureau was honored with an Oregon Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award during the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem. He is pictured with OFB 1st Vice President Peggy Browne and OFB Executive Vice President Da
Bob Dettwyler (middle) of Marion County Farm Bureau was honored with an Oregon Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award during the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem. He is pictured with OFB 1st Vice President Peggy Browne and OFB Executive Vice President Da
Marion County's Dettwyler Earns Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award (Photo) - 01/27/17

January 27, 2017, SALEM, OREGON: Bob Dettwyler, a second-generation farmer and member of Marion County Farm Bureau, was honored with an Oregon Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award during the 84th Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Annual Meeting in Salem.

"The Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding service to Farm Bureau and to Oregon agriculture," said OFB President Barry Bushue. "I can think of few more deserving of this award than Bob Dettwyler, an active, dedicated Farm Bureau member for 26 years."

A grower of hazelnuts, blueberries, grass seed, wheat, and green beans at Blue Line Farms in Silverton, Dettwyler became concerned about water issues and wildlife damage to crops, both having a major impact on his family farm. He volunteered to serve on the Farm Bureau Goose Depredation and Water Committees at both the county and state level so he could make a true difference for all of Oregon agriculture.

Knowing that nothing has more of an impact than when farmers and ranchers tell their own stories, Dettwyler has met with legislators, written letters, and testified at the state capitol on issues involving ag production, labor, water use, and wildlife.

A strong believer in the value and effectiveness of Farm Bureau, Dettwyler serves on Marion County's Board of Directors and Membership Committee.

It was membership recruitment that brought him to his wife Gail. In 1990, Gail Zielesch, a member of the Marion County Farm Bureau Board at that time, was working on expanding the local grassroots membership.

"I said, 'I'm going to visit the boys at Blue Line Farms. They should be Farm Bureau members,'" said Gail. "I gave Bob a pitch, and I guess I was pretty effective. He decided to join, and a bit later, called me for a dinner date."

The Dettwylers will celebrate their 26th wedding anniversary in February, and to this day can be spotted at almost every Farm Bureau function held in Marion County.

Beyond Farm Bureau, Dettwyler was a founding member of the Pudding Watershed Council and has served the Pratum Co-op, Oregon Ryegrass Commission, Oregon Grass Seed Bargaining Association, and Marion County Soil & Water Conservation District, among other ag organizations.

"Bob is known and admired for his consistency, loyalty, and kindness. He's a reliable go-to person for Marion County Farm Bureau and we're grateful for his decades of service," said Bushue.


PHOTO: Bob Dettwyler (middle) of Marion County Farm Bureau was honored with an Oregon Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award during the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem. He is pictured with OFB 1st Vice President Peggy Browne and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon.

> See full list of awards given at the 84th OFB Annual Meeting: http://oregonfb.org/media/press-releases/

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* Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 farm and ranch family members.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB's 15th president.

Wasco County's Dean McAllister was honored with a County Farm Bureau Service Award during the 84th Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Annual Meeting in Salem.
Wasco County's Dean McAllister was honored with a County Farm Bureau Service Award during the 84th Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Annual Meeting in Salem.
Wasco County's Dean McAllister Earns County Farm Bureau Service Award (Photo) - 01/27/17

January 27, 2017, SALEM, OREGON: Dean McAllister, a wine-grape and cherry grower and member of Wasco County Farm Bureau, was honored with a County Farm Bureau Service Award during the 84th Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Annual Meeting in Salem.

The County Farm Bureau Service Award is for Farm Bureau members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, exceptional work, and unparalleled dedication to Farm Bureau.

"Dean McAllister is a leader who has served with distinction and effectiveness at both the county and state Farm Bureau level," said OFB President Barry Bushue.

From coordinating a grassroots effort in response to a large land acquisition by the state in the Columbia Gorge that did not involve local landowner input, to actively campaigning against Measure 97 last year, McAllister is a leader who gets things done and makes a difference for fellow farm and ranch families.

"Dean's effectiveness, thoughtfulness, and tireless efforts have benefited Wasco County Farm Bureau, Oregon Farm Bureau, and thereby Oregon agriculture as a whole," said Bushue. "We are grateful for his service."

PHOTO: Wasco County's Dean McAllister was honored with a County Farm Bureau Service Award during the 84th Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Annual Meeting in Salem.

> See full list of awards given at the 84th OFB Annual Meeting: http://oregonfb.org/media/press-releases/

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* Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 farm and ranch family members.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB's 15th president.

Dave Cruickshank (middle) of Yamhill County Farm Bureau was inducted into the Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame during the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem. He is pictured with OFB 1st Vice President Peggy Browne and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon
Dave Cruickshank (middle) of Yamhill County Farm Bureau was inducted into the Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame during the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem. He is pictured with OFB 1st Vice President Peggy Browne and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon
Yamhill County's Dave Cruickshank Inducted into Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame (Photo) - 01/27/17

January 27, 2017, SALEM, OREGON: Dave Cruickshank, family farmer and member of Yamhill County Farm Bureau, was inducted into the Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame during the 84th Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Annual Meeting in Salem.

The Hall of Fame, established in 1996, is the highest honor given by Oregon Farm Bureau. To be eligible, candidates must be nominated by their County Farm Bureau and must have at least 35 years of active involvement in the organization. Cruickshank is the 31st member to be inducted into the prestigious OFB Hall of Fame.

"Dave Cruickshank is an active leader in conservation practices, land use policy, farmland protection, and the preservation of Oregon's rich rural history and culture," said OFB President Barry Bushue.

"With over 40 years of Farm Bureau membership, Dave has served 10 years as president of Yamhill County Farm Bureau, over 25 years as a county board member, as an OFB voting delegate, and as an active OFB advisory committee member," said Bushue. "We are very proud to induct Dave Cruickshank into the OFB Hall of Fame."

A farmer of seed crops, grain, and hay, Cruickshank's volunteer work outside of Farm Bureau is equally impressive.

He has been a local Soil & Water Conservation District board member since 1998, is the current vice chair, and has hosted the district's woodland tour since 1961.

Cruickshank also spent 10 years as a 4-H leader, and many years as a Small Woodlands Association member and tour host. He also served on the Farmers Creamery Co-Op board of directors.

Cruickshank was a major driver behind the establishment of the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center and in its successful operation, including two major community Farm Fest events around planting and harvesting each year. The heritage center is a 12-acre site in McMinnville with several buildings housing a saw mill, blacksmith shop, and an incredible fleet of antique farm vehicles, many acquired by Cruickshank.

A recipient of the OFB Top Hand Award in 2011, and a SWCD Cooperator of the Year in 1996, Cruickshank has been a tireless leader on land use issues and protecting Oregon's farmground at the state and local levels.


PHOTO: Dave Cruickshank (middle) of Yamhill County Farm Bureau was inducted into the Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame during the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem. He is pictured with OFB 1st Vice President Peggy Browne and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon.

> See full list of awards given at the 84th OFB Annual Meeting: http://oregonfb.org/media/press-releases/


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* Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 farm and ranch family members.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB's 15th president.

Dalton Straus (middle) of Jackson County Farm Bureau was inducted into the Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame during the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem. He is pictured with OFB 1st Vice President Peggy Browne and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon.
Dalton Straus (middle) of Jackson County Farm Bureau was inducted into the Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame during the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem. He is pictured with OFB 1st Vice President Peggy Browne and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon.
Jackson County's Dalton Straus Inducted into Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame (Photo) - 01/27/17

January 27, 2017, SALEM, OREGON: Dalton Straus, a cattle rancher and member of Jackson County Farm Bureau, was inducted into the Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame during the 84th Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Annual Meeting in Salem.

The Hall of Fame, established in 1996, is the highest honor given by Oregon Farm Bureau. To be eligible, candidates must be nominated by their County Farm Bureau and must have at least 35 years of active involvement in the organization. Straus is the 30th member to be inducted into the prestigious OFB Hall of Fame.

"For an incredible 46 years, Dalton Straus has been a tireless grassroots leader in Farm Bureau," said OFB President Barry Bushue. "The critical issues of animal health, water, and land use have been forever impacted for the benefit of all Oregon farmers and ranchers because of Dalton's passionate, effective advocacy."

Straus's resume of leadership in Oregon agriculture speaks for itself:

* 46 years a Farm Bureau member
* 25 years on the Jackson County Farm Bureau Board of Directors
* 24 years on the National Cattlemen's Association Board of Directors
* 24 years on the Natural Resources Conservation Service State Technical Committee
* 14 years on the Farm Service Agency State Committee in Oregon, 8 years as chair
* 12 years as chair of Oregon Cattlemen's Animal Health & Brand Committee
* 9 years on the Oregon Beef Council, 5 years as chair
* 6 years as chair of Governor McCall's Livestock Advisory Committee
* 4 years as chair of Oregon's Board of Agriculture
* 3 years serving on the Oregon Farm Bureau Board of Directors

Straus's long list of accolades include being named Agriculturalist of the Year by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon AgLink, induction into the OSU Department of Animal Science Hall of Fame, Jackson County Soil & Water Conservation District Conversationalist of the Year, and recipient of Top Hand Awards from both OFB and Jackson County Farm Bureau -- among other honors.

Beyond all this, Straus is an Army veteran who served in the military for 35 years, retiring as a full colonel in 1986.

"Dalton's experience, foresight, and steady hand have blessed every organization he's been a leader in," said Bushue. "Since 2013, he has been a dedicated, engaged member of the OFB Board of Directors. He retired from the board in 2016, and we dearly miss him and his valuable wisdom and insight, which have been sought by many and shared with many."

PHOTO: Dalton Straus (middle) of Jackson County Farm Bureau was inducted into the Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame during the 84th OFB Annual Meeting in Salem. He is pictured with OFB 1st Vice President Peggy Browne and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon.

> See full list of awards given at the 84th OFB Annual Meeting: http://oregonfb.org/media/press-releases/

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* Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 farm and ranch family members.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB's 15th president.

Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation announces scholarship opportunities - 01/22/17

The Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education is pleased to announce that applications are available for two scholarship programs for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year.

> Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Memorial Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher learning; current full-time college students with a high school diploma; and Oregon home school graduates with some college coursework completed.

Applicants must be majoring in a field of study related to agriculture or forestry -- or be the child or grandchild of a current Voting member of Farm Bureau in Oregon.

"The goal of the OFB Memorial Scholarship program is to support students that will have a positive impact on production agriculture and other agriculture-related fields," said Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education Scholarship Coordinator Andréa Kuenzi.

Ten to 12 OFB Memorial Scholarships will be awarded.

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2017. The application is available at www.oregonfb.org/scholarships.

> The Oregon Farm Bureau Associate Member Scholarship, funded by COUNTRY Financial, of $1,000 is available to one new or continuing full-time student at an institution of higher learning.

Students can be pursuing any major, but must come from a family that has an Associate (non-farm) membership with Farm Bureau in Oregon and has insurance from COUNTRY Financial.

"The goal of the Oregon Farm Bureau Associate Member Scholarship, funded by COUNTRY Financial, is to help future community and business leaders obtain a baccalaureate education with the aim of strengthening understanding, cooperation, and mutual respect among rural, urban, and suburban Oregonians", said Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education Scholarship Coordinator Andréa Kuenzi.

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2017. The application is available at www.oregonfb.org/scholarships.

Contact Andréa Kuenzi, Scholarship Coordinator, at andrea@oregonfb.org

About the Foundation: The Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization formed to support, provide, and encourage education, training, and study in the field of agriculture. This foundation offers educational opportunities and research in subjects that relate to or benefit Oregon agriculture and farmers, such as the Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program, the Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship Program, and the Summer Ag Institute.

About Oregon Farm Bureau: Oregon Farm Bureau is Oregon's largest agricultural advocacy organization. Founded as a statewide, grassroots membership organization in 1932 and with county roots dating to 1919, Oregon Farm Bureau today represents almost 9,000 Oregon farm and ranch families.

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Clackamas County Farm Bureau offers scholarships - 01/22/17

Clackamas County Farm Bureau is proud to announce its 2017 scholarship program.

Scholarships are available to any Clackamas County high school graduate, current county resident, or prior recipient pursuing a career in agriculture or a related field at a two- or four-year institution of higher learning.

Scholarships will be awarded between $500 and $3,000 per recipient. A total of $15,000 will be awarded this year.

"Farm Bureau is proud to support Oregon students interested in agriculture," said Tom Winterrowd, scholarship coordinator for Clackamas County Farm Bureau. "Today's students are the future of Oregon's family farming and ranching community."

The scholarship deadline is March 15, 2017.

Find the application at www.oregonfb.org/scholarships.

For more information, contact Tom Winterrowd, 503.263.2696.

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