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News Release
Second REAL Oregon Natural Resource Leadership Class Announced - 10/05/18

Contact: Greg Addington, Executive Director, 541-892-1409

REAL Oregon (Resource Education & Ag Leadership) Announces Class 2 

30 Resource Professionals Selected, Sessions Begin November 2018

Salem, OR — REAL Oregon (Resource Education & Ag Leadership) will launch its second leadership class in November. Following the successful completion/graduation of Class 1 last spring, the organization proudly announces the selection of 30 new natural resource professionals from throughout the state for Class 2. Participants were selected from a pool of well-qualified applicants and reflect a balanced mix of resource producers, agri-businesses, advocacy organizations, and government agencies.

Bill Buhrig, of Simplot Food Group and Board Chair for REAL Oregon, says that having such a successful first year helped with recruitment for Class 2. “We had a great response to the program in its second year. The quality and diversity of Class 2 applicants was outstanding and touched all corners of the state.”

REAL Oregon is modeled after a similar program in Idaho. “Leadership Idaho Ag is currently preparing for its 39th class, so we know this can work and be sustainable in Oregon,” says Buhrig.

REAL Oregon is a collaboration of industry and other groups throughout the state that have recognized the importance of developing and supporting leaders within Oregon’s natural resource communities. In addition to networking opportunities and learning more about the diversity of Oregon, the program brings current and future leaders together from agriculture, fishing, and forestry for a series of five sessions based in different regions of the state. The annual leadership program exposes this cross-section of professionals to the wide range of Oregon’s geography, economy, and culture through training in board governance, communication skills, conflict resolution, government interaction, public policy work, critical thinking, media relations, professional presentations, public speaking, relationship building, and other areas.

Class 2 includes nine individuals directly involved in production agriculture, five involved in timber production and forestry, 11 from agri-businesses or other natural resource organizations, three from state government, and two from resource-related university fields.

“I am very excited to get this group together and watch them grow as leaders,” says Greg Addington, REAL Oregon Executive Director. “This class will build on the solid foundation established by Class 1. We are beginning to fulfill the vision of building a solid network of agriculture and natural resource leaders who will benefit the state for many years to come.”

Class 2 will start in November and end with a graduation ceremony in March 2019. Recruitment of Class 3 will begin shortly after that.

For updates and additional information, visit www.realoregon.net and follow REAL Oregon on Facebook.

REAL Oregon Class 2 participants

Northwest /Willamette Valley -19

Jace Anderson
Producer/Owner – Anderson Land & Cattle

Liz Beeles
Publications and Web Coordinator – Oregon Department
of Agriculture

Becky Berger
Producer/Owner – Berger International

Kirk Burkholder
Producer/Owner – Burkholder Farms

Lance Christianson
Area Manager – Port Blakely U.S. Forestry

Ayreann Colombo
Owner – Aquila Consulting Group

Jacqueline Duyck Jones
Poducer/Manager – Larry Duyck Farms

Katie Glaser
Producer/Owner – Glaser Farms

Mallory Phelan
Executive Director – Oregon AgLink

Amber Pritchard
Investment Analyst – Harvest Capital Company

Shane Ruddell
Producer/Owner – Ruddell Farms
Sweet Home

Anna Scharf
Producer/Manager – Scharf Farms

Abisha Stone
Business Retention/ Expansion – Strategic Economic Development Corporation

Gilbert Uribe Valdez
Pesticide Licensing & Registration Specialist – Oregon Department of Agriculture

Christina Walsh
Student Engagement Coordinator – OSU College of Agricultural Sciences

Dylan Wells
Producer/Vice President – Autumn Harvest, Inc.

Karen Withers
Owner – AgCultured Consulting

Denis Sather
Senior Licensing Manager – Oregon State University

Lily Xu
Project Manager – Energy Trust of Oregon

Eastern/High Desert - 7

Angela Allum Smit
Veterinarian/Owner – Vale Veterinary Clinic

Shon Rae
Deputy Managing Director – Central Oregon
Irrigation District

Marie Cain
Dairy & Livestock Controller – Threemile
Canyon Farms

Shannon Hoehna
Owner/Food Safety Consultant – SH Consulting

Amber McCollough
Account Manager – Green Diamond
Resource Company
Klamath Falls

Robin Pickard
Owner – Athena Income Tax Service

Beau Reynolds
Crop Insurance Agent – Northwest Farm Credit

Coastal & Southern - 4

Mark Garrigues
GIS/Inventory Supervisor – GreenWood Resources, Inc.

Megan Huber
Branch Manager – Northwest Farm Credit Services
Central Point

Jeff Minter
Forester – Starker Forests, Inc.

Joe Newton
Lands Manager – Lone Rock Resources


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