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Malheur County Farm Bureau President Jeana Hall (left) presented Malheur County Fair Manager Lynelle Christiani (middle) and Fair Board Chair Shad Hansen (right) $10,000 for the reconstruction of buildings that were destroyed during the severe winter stor
Malheur County Farm Bureau President Jeana Hall (left) presented Malheur County Fair Manager Lynelle Christiani (middle) and Fair Board Chair Shad Hansen (right) $10,000 for the reconstruction of buildings that were destroyed during the severe winter stor
Malheur County Farm Bureau donates $10K to county fairgrounds (Photo) - 06/27/17

Malheur County Farm Bureau presented $10,000 to the Malheur County Fairgrounds for the reconstruction of buildings that were destroyed during the record-breaking severe winter weather, including iconic Girvin Hall.

The funds originated from ScottsMiracle-Gro, which entrusted Malheur County Farm Bureau to distribute monies in a way most beneficial to residents in this rural part of southeast Oregon.

"The Malheur County Farm Bureau Board of Directors voted to give the entire sum to the Malheur County Fairgrounds so the funds could benefit the community at large," said Jeana Hall, president of Malheur County Farm Bureau.

"So many of us in Malheur County have used the fairgrounds through 4-H, FFA, Farm Bureau, the county fair, and other events. It's part of our culture and our heritage. We felt it was important to help rebuild those facilities as soon as possible," said Hall.

Malheur County Fair Manager Lynelle Christiani said, "The Malheur County Fair Board is so grateful to have received this donation from Malheur County Farm Bureau of $10,000. The level of our appreciation may be beyond words. The Fair Board and I realize that the Malheur County Fairgrounds is not everyone's priority, and we are so touched when someone steps up and helps out. It gives us the boost we need to keep going on this uphill journey we're facing. This donation allows the Fair Board to breathe easier. It will allow us to fully focus on preparing for fair and not just the financial wreckage created by the winter storms."

The donation was presented to the Fair Board by Malheur County Farm Bureau on June 19. The funds will be dedicated solely to the reconstruction of buildings that were destroyed during the winter.

"We thank ScottsMiracle-Gro for generously contributing the funds used to make this happen and for entrusting Malheur County Farm Bureau to decide where the money would be best spent," said Hall. "We look forward to the day when Malheur County Fairgrounds will be repaired and back to doing a great job of serving our community."

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

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has nearly 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.

On June 19, Malheur County Farm Bureau President Jeana Hall (left) presented Malheur County Fair Manager Lynelle Christiani (middle) and Fair Board Chair Shad Hansen (right) $10,000, donated by ScottsMiracle-Gro, for the reconstruction of buildings that w
On June 19, Malheur County Farm Bureau President Jeana Hall (left) presented Malheur County Fair Manager Lynelle Christiani (middle) and Fair Board Chair Shad Hansen (right) $10,000, donated by ScottsMiracle-Gro, for the reconstruction of buildings that w
Malheur County Farm Bureau, ScottsMiracle-Gro donate $10K to county fairgrounds (Photo) - 06/23/17

On June 19, Malheur County Farm Bureau presented $10,000 on behalf of ScottsMiracle-Gro to the Malheur County Fairgrounds for the reconstruction of buildings that were destroyed during the record-breaking severe winter weather, including iconic Girvin Hall.

The funds originated from ScottsMiracle-Gro, which entrusted Malheur County Farm Bureau to distribute monies in a way most beneficial to residents in this rural part of southeast Oregon.

"The Malheur County Farm Bureau Board of Directors voted to give the entire sum to the Malheur County Fairgrounds so the funds could benefit the community at large," said Jeana Hall, president of Malheur County Farm Bureau.

"So many of us in Malheur County have used the fairgrounds through 4-H, FFA, Farm Bureau, the county fair, and other events. It's part of our culture and our heritage. We felt it was important to help rebuild those facilities as soon as possible," said Hall.

Malheur County Fair Manager Lynelle Christiani said, "The Malheur County Fair Board is so grateful to have received this donation from Malheur County Farm Bureau and ScottsMiracle-Gro in the amount of $10,000. The level of our appreciation may be beyond words. The Fair Board and I realize that the Malheur County Fairgrounds is not everyone's priority, and we are so touched when someone steps up and helps out. It gives us the boost we need to keep going on this uphill journey we're facing. This donation allows the Fair Board to breathe easier. It will allow us to fully focus on preparing for fair and not just the financial wreckage created by the winter storms."

The donation was presented to the Fair Board by Malheur County Farm Bureau on June 19. The funds will be dedicated solely to the reconstruction of buildings that were destroyed during the winter.

"We thank ScottsMiracle-Gro for generously contributing the funds used to make this happen and for entrusting Malheur County Farm Bureau to decide where the money would be best spent," said Hall. "We look forward to the day when Malheur County Fairgrounds will be repaired and back to doing a great job of serving our community."

PHOTO: On June 19, Malheur County Farm Bureau President Jeana Hall (left) presented Malheur County Fair Manager Lynelle Christiani (middle) and Fair Board Chair Shad Hansen (right) $10,000, donated by ScottsMiracle-Gro, for the reconstruction of buildings that were destroyed during the severe winter storms.

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

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has nearly 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.

Umatilla-Morrow County Farm Bureau asks rural Oregonians to donate to wildfire relief fund - 06/15/17

The Umatilla-Morrow County Farm Bureau Board of Directors recently donated $3,500 to the Wildfire Relief Fund set up by Farm Journal and Drovers Magazine to support farm and ranch families devastated by the spring wildfires in parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado.

This particular fund will make donations go even further, thanks to the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which will match dollar-for-dollar all contributions made until July 31, up to $1 million.

"As Farm Bureau members, we support all families involved in agriculture, whether they're from Oregon or across the country. The rural communities impacted by these deadly wildfires lost animals, equipment, homes, and human lives. These farmers and ranchers will need support for years to come," said Matt Wood, president of Umatilla-Morrow County Farm Bureau and a wheat farmer from Adams.

"Umatilla-Morrow County Farm Bureau challenges rural Oregonians to donate to this wildfire relief fund, which will generously match donations up to $1 million," said Wood.

Funds raised will help the families dealing with immense losses and financial challenges in the wake of the fires.

Umatilla-Morrow County Farm Bureau challenges Oregonians, particularly those involved in agriculture, to contribute what they can to this worthy effort.

Visit http://wildfirerelieffund.org/ to learn more and make a donation.

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

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has nearly 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising pumpkins, u-pick produce, and flowering baskets at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB's 15th president.

This donation of groceries, which occurred on June 12, is an annual tradition organized by the OFB Women’s Advisory Council that spans the entire 20-year history of the Ronald McDonald House in Bend.
This donation of groceries, which occurred on June 12, is an annual tradition organized by the OFB Women’s Advisory Council that spans the entire 20-year history of the Ronald McDonald House in Bend.
Farm Bureau donates $1.5K of groceries to Bend's Ronald McDonald House (Photo) - 06/13/17

9 overflowing shopping carts of groceries

8 Farm Bureau volunteers

1 long cashier's receipt

$1,500 raised by the OFB Women's Advisory Council and donated by County Farm Bureaus

Together these numbers add up to a pantry full of groceries at the Ronald McDonald House Charity in Bend, a home-away-from-home for the families of critically ill children being treated at a nearby hospital.

"When families come to stay with us, they're dealing with a stressful, often tragic situation," said Teresa Braun, director of guest services at the Bend Ronald McDonald House. "Having a fully-stocked pantry relieves a piece of that stress. They don't have to worry about finding meals."

"Most of us know someone who has used this facility. It's important for Farm Bureau to support the Ronald McDonald House and the services it provides to members of our local community," said Mickey Killingsworth, chair of the OFB Women's Advisory Council.

In 2016, there were 1,466 visits at Oregon's three Ronald McDonald House Charities for a total of 13,610 nights where families stayed and utilized its services. The houses are particularly valuable to families from rural counties who must travel farther distances for hospital treatment.

This donation of groceries, which occurred on June 12, is an annual tradition organized by the OFB Women's Advisory Council that spans the entire 20-year history of the house in Bend, and almost 30 years at the two houses based in Portland; the Portland donation of groceries took place on March 20. In 2017, all three locations received $1,500 worth of food from Farm Bureau.

"The fact that this comes from people who grow our food is especially meaningful, particularly in this day and age where so many of us aren't connected to agriculture," said Braun.

"As farmers and ranchers, we raise food and fiber for society every day. When we make this donation of groceries, we get to see that food going to support families in a very direct way," said Mollie Eder, member of Crook-Wheeler County Farm Bureau. "I look forward to it every year."

The Women's Advisory Council thanks the many County Farm Bureaus that contributed funds to this event, as well as Erickson's Thriftway in Madras, which gave a 10% discount on all items purchased.

As a grassroots organization, OFB very much appreciates the dedicated Farm Bureau volunteers who took time away from their farms and ranches at a very busy time of year to participate in this important effort: Mickey Killingsworth, chair of the OFB Women's Advisory Council; Mollie Eder of Crook-Wheeler County Farm Bureau; Kristie Glaser, vice chair of the OFB Women's Advisory Council; Brandon Glaser of Linn County Farm Bureau; Sue Vanek, president of Jefferson County Farm Bureau; Nancy Klatt of Jefferson County Farm Bureau; Cindy Tichenor of Jefferson County Farm Bureau; Roberta Valladao of Deschutes County Farm Bureau; as well as OFB's Anne Marie Moss.


PHOTO 1: From left are Farm Bureau members Sue Vanek, Nancy Klatt, Mollie Eder, Kristie Glaser, Mickey Killingsworth, Ronald McDonald House's Teresa Braun, Cindy Tichenor, and Roberta Valladao.

PHOTO 2: On June 12, eight Farm Bureau volunteers purchased $1,500 worth of groceries at Erickson's Thriftway in Madras for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House Charity in Bend.

PHOTO 3: This donation of groceries, which occurred on June 12, is an annual tradition organized by the OFB Women's Advisory Council that spans the entire 20-year history of the Ronald McDonald House in Bend.

See story online: bit.ly/2sYEVts

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* Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases.
The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has nearly 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising pumpkins, u-pick produce, and flowering baskets at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB's 15th president.

Marion County Farm Bureau to honor NORPAC Foods before Ned LeDoux concert in Salem - 06/05/17

John Zielinski, President of the Marion County Farm Bureau, will present our 2017 Modern Agriculture Award to NORPAC Foods on stage at the Elsinore Theatre before the start of a concert by country western artist Ned LeDoux.

"Our purpose is to promote, protect, and advance farm interests in Marion County. This award is a formal expression of thanks for the major investment made in recent years by NORPAC Foods to expand its operations in Salem," said Zielinski. "NORPAC has been committed to our valley and its growers for over 90 years, and this latest investment strengthens all of agribusiness here. Marion County Farm Bureau appreciates the work and the people of NORPAC Foods. Please join us for a great evening and concert."

Tickets for the concert, which starts at 7:30 pm on Friday, June 30, can be found at ElsinoreTheatre.com, or by calling the box office at 503-375-3574. Reserved seat prices range from $20 - $30.

NORPAC Foods, Inc. is a farmer-owned cooperative that grows and processes frozen vegetables and fruit, along with canning vegetables. Headquartered in Salem, NORPAC is Oregon's largest fruit and vegetable processor. NORPAC was established as Stayton Canning Co. in 1924 and now operates processing and packaging facilities in Stayton, Salem, Brooks and Hermiston, Ore., and in Quincy, Wash. The co-op was among the first processors to use quick-freezing units to produce what are known as Individually Quick Frozen, or IQF, products.

More than 200 farmers grow on contract with NORPAC, raising 27 different crops ranging from strawberries, broccoli and cauliflower to zucchini, corn, beans and peas. According to the co-op website, NORPAC is Oregon's largest vegetable and fruit processor and the largest unionized agricultural employer in the state. The co-op has about 1,000 full-time workers and employs up to 3,500 people during the peak harvest and processing season.

Ned LeDoux performs Friday, June 30, 2017.

In country music, a last name like LeDoux casts a big, storied and bittersweet shadow, but it's one Ned LeDoux doesn't mind standing in one bit. Having been a drummer in his dad Chris' band Western Underground since 1998, Ned knew from an early age that he had "no plan b" but to play music, "Once I got the taste of the road, and being in front of a crowd and just the sound of it, it was...freedom."

When his dad passed away in 2005, Ned continued to tour with his father's band to keep the musical spirit of Chris LeDoux alive. This drove him to pick up the guitar and try his hand at some of his dad's songs. It started with "Rodeo Man," and before long Ned had a whole catalogue of his father's early hits ready to play. When the other band members heard Ned's voice, he found himself front and center singing at the shows. Stepping out from behind the drums stirred something inside of Ned that he hadn't felt before, "It's a different kind of rush, getting up with a guitar and standing behind a microphone...shoot I'm getting butterflies thinking about it right now."

The timing couldn't be more right for Ned to pick up a guitar and belt out "Western Skies;" it has been over 10 years since Chris LeDoux passed and he believes people want to hear something new. Ned has boxes of song ideas his dad never finished and is digging through those for inspiration, "I will stick with what dad used to do but bring my own stuff to the table."
Keeping the cowboy in country is important to Ned as you can hear in the song, "Forever a Cowboy," also co-written with his dad. Ned plans to release an album of new material and include a few of his dad's songs re-recorded in his own style as a tribute. For the last year, Ned has been steadily touring and opening for acts like Toby Keith, Chris Janson, Aaron Watson and Randy Houser. Yet now that he is in front of the microphone, Ned has a new goal. "There's an age group now who never knew Chris LeDoux. I want to introduce him to these people. Just carry on his legacy and carry on his music and at the same time show them what I can do."

At the Elsinore, you're guaranteed to hear "This Cowboy's Hat," the song most requested by his fans and a request Ned is honored to oblige. His personal favorite song to sing though is one called "We Ain't Got It All." It's the first original song Ned co-wrote with his dad and seems to pick up right where Chris left off. And with his debut EP "Forever a Cowboy" available now, there is a new voice to carry on the LeDoux sound.

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Yamhill County Farm Bureau offers college scholarships - 06/01/17

This year Yamhill County Farm Bureau will award two $2,000 college scholarships to full-time students who have completed at least one year of college study toward a degree in a field related to agriculture.

Applicants must have graduated from a Yamhill County high school or come from a family who lived in Yamhill County during their senior year of high school. A minimum 2.5 college GPA is required.

All application materials, which include an official transcript and two references, must be received by August 1.

Download the application from http://www.oregonfb.org/scholarships/

Or request an application -- and get answers to questions -- by contacting scholarship coordinator Marie Schmidt at 503-852-7545.

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

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.

Deschutes County Farm Bureau announces scholarship winners - 05/31/17

Deschutes County Farm Bureau is proud to announce the winners of its 2017 scholarship program.

Five students were awarded $1,000, and two earned $1,500.

Congratulations to all well-deserving scholarship recipients: Lauren Riback, $1,000 winner; Christian Lisignoli, $1,000 winner; Alexander Cyrus, $1,000 winner; Andrew Stengel, $1,000 winner; Ethan Stengel, $1,000 winner; Cody Nance, $1,500 winner; and Kelley Duggan, $1,500 winner.

One of the scholarship criteria is that students come from families with a voting or supporting membership in Deschutes County Farm Bureau.

Scholarships were open to students pursuing any field of study, with preference given to those interested in agriculture or forestry.

Congratulations again to all scholarship winners!

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

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.

Deschutes County Farm Bureau represents 2,733 families.