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Oregon Farm Bureau statement on Governor Brown signing HB 2437 - 08/09/19


Oregon Farm Bureau statement on Governor Brown signing HB 2437

SALEM, OREGON, August 9, 2019 – By signing HB 2437, Governor Brown has signaled that good faith cooperation and solution-oriented bipartisanship are the “Oregon Way” and will be honored. We thank Rep. Susan McLain, Rep. David Brock Smith, and Rep. Brian Clem for their hard work, leadership, and political courage during the long, inclusive, and difficult process to produce a good bill that won large bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate.

We thank the Governor for her deep study of the merits of the bill and the process that led to it and for signing HB 2437. We look forward to working with the Governor to address her concerns during implementation. We thank the Nature Conservancy and Trout Unlimited for coming to the table, rolling up their sleeves, and helping solve this long-standing issue.

Farmers and the environment both won today. More importantly, the Governor and all the involved stakeholders showed that the Oregon Way of solving problems together can still work.


* 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 at the county level in 1919 and the state level in 1932, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Sharon Waterman is an OFB Hall of Fame honoree and operates a Century Ranch raising sheep, cattle, and timber in Bandon. She is OFB’s 16th president.

Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship Program Awards $20K to Students - 07/30/19

July 30, 2019
Contact: Holly Michaels, ship@oregonfb.org">scholarship@oregonfb.org


Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship Program Awards $20K to Students

The Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship program has proudly awarded $20,000 to students for the 2019-2020 academic year.

“We congratulate each of the outstanding award recipients, who come from all parts of Oregon, and wish them well in their academic pursuits. We also appreciate the contributions of our generous donors and friends who make this program possible. Their gifts are supporting students who are interested in careers in agriculture, forestry, or related fields, which in turn helps keep farming and ranching in Oregon viable  the future,” said Holly Michaels, OFB Memorial Scholarship coordinator.

[See a PDF of a poster of the award winners.]

The following students have been identified to receive a $2000 scholarship (2):

Amanda Fox
Animal Science
Oregon State University
Lane County

Sarah Michaels
University of Idaho
Douglas County

The following students have been identified to receive a $1500 scholarship (2):

Emily Iverson
Business Administration
Oregon State University
Clackamas County

Alexis Thomas
Agronomy & Crop Science
Brigham Young University
Linn County

The following students have been identified to receive a $1000 scholarship (13):

Gavin Newtson
Farm & Ranch Management
University of Idaho
Umatilla County

Luke Bailey
Wildlife, Fish & Wildlands Science
University of Idaho
Harney County

Taysha Veeman
Animal Science
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Marion County

Allison Gates
General Agriculture
Oregon State University
Washington County

Hailey Patterson
General Agriculture
Oregon State University
Union County

Juniper Cosner
General Agriculture
Oregon State University
Umatilla County

Megan Walton
Agriculture & Extension Education
Tarleton State University
Marion County

John Stables
Forest Engineering
Oregon State University
Yamhill County

Quaid Quisenberry
Animal Science
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Douglas County

Tiffany Belvoir
Oregon State University
Deschutes County

Matthew Demianew
Oregon State University
Umatilla County

Morgan Orem
Animal Science
Oregon State University
Morrow County

Laura Howard
General Agriculture
Oregon State University
Jackson County

 >> The following student has been identified to receive the OFB Associate Scholarship, funded by COUNTRY Financial:

Seth Tuede
Corban University
Marion County


Sponsors for the 2019-2020 Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Memorial Scholarship recipients are:

Tiered Levels:

Presidential- Level Sponsors, $5,000+:

Multnomah County Farm Bureau (I/M of Rose Garre & Irene Rossi)

Professor-Level Sponsors, $1,000 - $2,499:

Union County Farm Bureau

Tillamook County Farm Bureau

Linn County Farm Bureau

Yamhill County Farm Bureau (I/M of John Rossner)

Hood River County Farm Bureau (I/M of Ralph Smiley)

Josephine County Farm Bureau


Country Financial

Anonymous Donor

Instructor-Level Sponsors, $500-$999:

Larry & Pam Zweifel (I/M of Karl & Rose Zweifel)

Oregon Mint Commission

Tutor-Level Sponsors, $1 - $499:

Voss Farms LLC (I/M of Bud & Jean Voss)

Douglas County Farmer’s Co-op

Columbia County Farm Bureau (I/M of John Vardanega & Kathy Anderson)

Polk County Farm Bureau (I/M of Max Mulkey)

Contributions at this tier were received from many scholarship supporters and during our annual fundraiser at OFB Annual Convention.  Thanks to those, along with the sponsors listed above, and many generous Oregon Farm Bureau members who contributed with their Membership Dues, this scholarship program was able to award 18 scholarships for a total of $21,000!

OFBFMS Gift Sale/Raffle Donors & Helpers:

Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Dan Meeker, Troy & Holly Michaels, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Kent Smith, Jenny Kerns, Debbie D’s Jerky & Sausage Factory, Tillamook Farmer’s Co-op, Rosenberg Builders Supply, Werner’s Gourmet Meat Snacks, Pacific Seafoods, Blue Heron French Cheese Company


The Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education through its Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Memorial Scholarship Project, offers scholarships to individuals preparing to continue their education through a junior college, or a four-year college or university, with plans to study in an agricultural related major.  Children and grandchildren of voting members of Oregon Farm Bureau are eligible regardless of their major.  Contributions are received throughout the year in support of the OFB Memorial Scholarship Project.

The Foundation is a 501 (c )(3) Oregon non-profit organization.  Mail your contributions to:  Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation (memo:  Scholarships), 1320 Capitol St. NE, Suite 200, Salem, OR  97301.  For more information, contact Holly Michaels, OFBF Memorial Scholarship Coordinator, at scholarship@oregonfb.org.