Media
Press Releases


For more information or to submit a press release, email Anne Marie Moss (annemarie@oregonfb.org).

Marion Co. Farm Bureau’s Brenda Frketich recognized by Agri-Pulse in 50 Under 50 list
August 13, 2014
Oregon Farm Bureau congratulates Brenda Frketich, a 30-year-old, third-generation farmer from Marion County Farm Bureau for her inclusion in Agri-Pulse magazine’s “50 Under 50” list of agricultural leaders from across the country.
See press release

Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program Awards Century Status to 8 Farms & Ranches & 2 Sesquicentennial Farms in 2014
July 10, 2014
At the annual awards ceremony at the Oregon State Fair, families from across the
state will receive recognition for operating as Century or Sesquicentennial (150-year) Farm or Ranch.
See press release

Find u-pick fields, roadside stands, farm festivals with Oregon’s Bounty
June 6, 2014
Wanting to visit a u-pick strawberry field to harvest berries for the perfect pie? Hoping to take the family to an on-farm festival this summer? Check out the Oregon’s Bounty website at oregonfb.org to quickly and easily locate family farms and ranches in your area with roadside stands, u-pick fields, on-farm festivals, CSAs, and more.
See press release

Oregon Farm Bureau seeks calendar photos
June 2, 2014
Oregon Farm Bureau invites the public to submit photos for its 2015 Oregon’s Bounty calendar.
How to submit photos for the 2015 calendar
See press release

2014-2015 Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship Recipients
May 28, 2014
The Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation (OAEF) is pleased to announce the following
sixteen (16) recipients of the Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship program
is open to any Oregon High School graduate and/or current college students with one full year of
college transcripts preparing for a career in agriculture or forestry. Students attending institutions
outside of Oregon are eligible. The goal of the OFB Memorial Scholarship is to “Support students
that will have a positive impact on production agriculture and other agricultural related fields.”
See press release

2014-2015 Oregon Farm Bureau, COUNTRY Insured, Associate Member Scholarship
May 28, 2014
The Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation (OAEF) is pleased to announce the following
recipient of the Oregon Farm Bureau, COUNTRY Insured, Associate Member Scholarship,
funded by COUNTRY Financial.
See press release

Washington County Farm Bureau awards $19,500 in scholarships
May 19, 2014
Washington County Farm Bureau proudly awarded $19,500 in scholarships to Oregon students.
See press release

Douglas County Farm Bureau awards $6K in scholarships
May 14, 2014
Clackamas Douglas County Farm Bureau is pleased to announce its scholarship recipients for the 2014-2015 school year.
See press release

Clackamas County FB awards $16,500 in scholarships
May 9, 2014
Clackamas County Farm Bureau is proud to announce its 2014 scholarship program.
See press release

“Farmland” by Oscar winner James Moll to be shown in Portland on May 15
May 9, 2014
Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Moll’s new feature length documentary, Farmland, will make its Oregon debut on May 15 at Portland’s Century 16 Eastport Plaza theater, 4040 SE 82nd Ave. in Portland.
See press release

Governor Kitzhaber to Sign Crop Donation Tax Credit Bill
April 24, 2014
Representatives from the Oregon Food Bank Network and Oregon Farm Bureau will welcome Governor John Kitzhaber as he signs a bill into law that would bring more fresh food to families experiencing hunger.
See press release

Oregon Farm Bureau seeks calendar photos
April 14, 2014
Oregon’s Bounty is an award-winning calendar produced by Oregon Farm Bureau that features gorgeous photos of agriculture. Images for the 2015 calendar are being sought. Farm Bureau invites the public to submit their own photos of Oregon agriculture: the commodities, the families, the production, the landscape, the events, the enjoyment, anything that depicts the beauty, technology, culture, or tradition of farming and ranching.
How to submit photos for the 2015 calendar
See press release

Farm Bureau offers to agritourism workshops
March 21, 2014
Oregon Farm Bureau will present two Outdoor Business Workshops for farmers, ranchers & landowners: April 29 in Grants Pass and May 1 in Klamath Falls
See Grants Pass event press release
See Klamath Falls event press release

Clackamas County Farm Bureau offers scholarships
March 13, 2014
Clackamas County Farm Bureau is proud to announce its 2014 scholarship program.
See press release

Farm Bureau’s Summer Ag Institute honored with ODA Excellence in Education award
March 7, 2014
Oregon Farm Bureau congratulates the Summer Agriculture Institute for receiving the 2014 Excellence in Education award by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA).
See press release

Farm Bureau to donate food to Ronald McDonald Houses on Feb. 24
Feb. 24, 2014
To highlight family farmers’ and ranchers’ commitment to their community and to promote Oregon agriculture, on Monday, February 24, Oregon Farm Bureau members will donate over $1,000 worth of groceries to Portland’s Ronald McDonald House Charities.
See press release

Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program Seeking Applications for 2014 Century and Sesquicentennial Awards
Feb. 10, 2014
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 award year for the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program. The application deadline is May 1, 2014. Families throughout Oregon who have continuously farmed portions of their family acreage for the past 100 or 150 years are invited to apply.
See press release

Greg Walden, Doug Breidenthal, Oregon Farm Bureau to hold press conference in Central Point on Friday about House passage of farm bill
Jan. 28, 2014
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, Jackson County Commissioner Doug Breidenthal, Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue, and Jackson County Farm Bureau President Ron Bjork will hold a press conference in Central Point on Friday to discuss House passage of a five year farm bill and what it means for southern Oregon.
See press release

Washington County Farm Bureau offers scholarships
Jan. 28, 2014
Washington County Farm Bureau proudly offers a variety of scholarships to local students planning to continue their education. High school seniors enrolling in an Oregon school of higher education and planning a career in agriculture, education/teaching, and nursing are eligible for $1,000 scholarships.
See press release

Federal judge rules USDOL used duress on Oregon blueberry farmers
Article from the January 2014 OFB Newsletter: The two Farm Bureau members who filed suit against the U.S. Dept. of Labor (USDOL) because of blatant misuse of its “hot goods” powers scored a major victory this month.
See article

Federal judge delivers stinging rebuke to USDOL in hot goods cases; Quotations from the January 15, 2014 Judge Coffin ruling against USDOL
January 15, 2014
U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Coffin issued a ruling Jan. 15 vacating the U.S. Dept. of
Labor consent agreements imposed on two Oregon blueberry farms in summer of 2012. Judge Coffin
ruled USDOL used illegal duress in coercing the farms to sign the agreements. Under Oregon law,
agreements reached when one party is under duress are not valid. In 2012, USDOL had used its so-called
hot goods powers to tell customers of these farms to not accept shipment of fresh blueberries, one of
Oregon’s most delicate and perishable farm products. Only by signing away their right to appeal
“whether future finding of fact or law” later exonerated them, would DOL tell customers it was ok to
receive blueberry shipments from the farms. USDOL also required the two farms to immediately pay
over $200,000 in alleged back wages and penalties without giving any evidence that such wages were
owed nor penalties warranted. USDOL’s visits to the farms were not complaint-driven and neither farm
had ever been cited for federal or state wage violations. Quotations and the complete ruling from Judge
Coffin are attached.

See press release
See quotes from Judge Coffin

Klamath County’s Jason Flowers appointed to national Young Farmers Committee
Jan. 6, 2014
Oregon Farm Bureau congratulates Jason Flowers on his appointment to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s national Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee for the 2014-2016 term beginning in March. The committee, which is comprised of 16 positions representing all regions of the United States, works to develop leadership-building events and opportunities for young agriculturalists.
See press release

Klamath County’s Jason Flowers appointed to national Young Farmers Committee
Jan. 6, 2014
Oregon Farm Bureau congratulates Jason Flowers on his appointment to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s national Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee for the 2014-2016 term beginning in March. The committee, which is comprised of 16 positions representing all regions of the United States, works to develop leadership-building events and opportunities for young agriculturalists.
See press release

Gary Harris of Jefferson County Farm Bureau inducted into OFB Hall of Fame
Dec. 20, 2013
Gary Harris of Jefferson County Farm Bureau was inducted into the OFB Hall of Fame by OFB President Barry Bushue and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon during the 81st OFB Annual Meeting in Bend, Dec. 10-12, 2013.
See press release

Lou Wettstein of Malheur County Farm Bureau inducted into OFB Hall of Fame
Dec. 20, 2013
Lou Wettstein of Malheur County Farm Bureau was inducted into the OFB Hall of Fame by OFB President Barry Bushue and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon during the 81st OFB Annual Meeting in Bend, Dec. 10-12, 2013.
See press release

Jackson County’s Ron Bjork honored with Oregon Farm Bureau President’s Award
Dec. 20, 2013
Ron Bjork, president of Jackson County Farm Bureau, was honored with the Oregon Farm Bureau 2013 President’s Award by OFB President Barry Bushue and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon during the 81st OFB Annual Meeting in Bend, Dec. 10-12, 2013.
See press release

Farm Bureau honors Lynne & Ethelma Barnes with Distinguished Service Award
Dec. 20, 2013
Lynne Barnes and the memory of his wife Ethelma were honored with an an Oregon Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award by OFB President Barry Bushue and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon during the 81st OFB Annual Meeting in Bend, Dec. 10-12, 2013.
See press release

ODA’s Lisa Hanson honored with Farm Bureau Service to Agriculture Award
Dec. 20, 2013
Lisa Hanson, deputy director of the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture, was honored with the Oregon Farm Bureau Service to Agriculture Award by OFB President Barry Bushue and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon during the 81st OFB Annual Meeting in Bend, Dec. 10-12, 2013.
See press release

OFB honors Mike Weber with an OFB Distinguished Service Award
Dec. 20, 2013
Mike Weber of Oregon State University Extension was honored with an OFB Distinguished Service Award by OFB President Barry Bushue and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon during the 81st OFB Annual Meeting in Bend, Dec. 10-12, 2013.
See press release

Farm Bureau honors OSU’s Mike Newton with a Distinguished Service Award
Dec. 20, 2013
Mike Newton of Oregon State University was honored with an Oregon Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award by OFB President Barry Bushue and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon during the 81st OFB Annual Meeting in Bend, Dec. 10-12, 2013.
See press release

OSU’s Doug Johnson receives Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award
Dec. 20, 2013
Doug Johnson of Oregon State University College of Agriculture was honored with an Oregon Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award by OFB President Barry Bushue and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon during the 81st OFB Annual Meeting in Bend, Dec. 10-12, 2013.
See press release

Douglas County’s Ellen Williams honored with 2013 Outstanding County Farm Bureau Secretary Award
Dec. 20, 2013
Ellen Williams, secretary for Douglas County Farm Bureau, was honored with the 2013 Outstanding County Farm Bureau Secretary Award by Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon during the 81st OFB Annual Meeting in Bend, Dec. 10-12, 2013.
See press release

Farm Bureau recognizes Rep. McLane and Sen. Ferrioli
Dec. 20, 2013
Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli and House Republican Leader Mike McLane were honored with special awards by OFB President Barry Bushue and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon during the 81st Oregon Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Bend, Dec. 10-12, 2013.
See press release

Oregon Farm Bureau officer elections: Bushue, Browne reelected; Killingsworth joins – See press release  Dec. 20, 2013

Barry Bushue was reelected to an eighth two-year term as president of Oregon Farm Bureau during the 81st OFB Annual Meeting in Bend, Dec. 10-12, 2013. A third-generation farmer, Bushue runs a family nursery, berry, and flowering basket operation near Boring.

Elected to a third two-year term as OFB 2nd Vice President was Peggy Browne of Baker County Farm Bureau. As OFB 2nd Vice President, Browne focuses on national legislative activities for the organization. She operates a family cattle ranch along with a natural resource consulting firm in North Powder.

Mickey Killingsworth of Jefferson County Farm Bureau was elected to a first two-year term as chair of the OFB Women’s Advisory Council. As WAC Chair, Killingsworth becomes the OFB 4th Vice President. She raises sheep on a farm in Madras.

Oregon’s Brenda Frketich named one of America’s Best Young Farmers
Dec. 20, 2013
Oregon Farm Bureau is proud to announce that Brenda Frketich of Marion County Farm Bureau was named one of America’s Best Young Farmers and Ranchers by DTN/The Progressive Farmer magazine.
See press release

Scholarships available through the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation
November 22, 2013

The Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation (OAEF) is pleased to announce that applications are available for two scholarship programs for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year: Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarships and the Oregon Farm Bureau Associate Member Scholarship, funded by COUNTRY Financial

See press release

Wyden can help heal Oregon’s forests and rural communities
November 6, 2013

Op-ed by Barry Bushue, president of Oregon Farm Bureau

As Oregonians, we all face economic challenges that are difficult to surmount. Tragically, when it comes to economic decline, poverty, hunger, and despair in our rural communities, a substantial amount of the harm comes from our own federal government and its lack of wise management of Oregon’s greatest renewable natural resource: timber.

See full article

Coos-Curry County Farm Bureau receives national award
October 24, 2013

Coos-Curry County Farm Bureau recently received a national County Activities of Excellence award from the American Farm Bureau. The CAE program acknowledges exceptional grassroots projects, events, and activities at the county Farm Bureau level. Only 24 county Farm Bureaus across the nation earned this honor in 2013.

See press release

Oregon ag community invited to farm succession workshop, Nov. 3-4

The Oregon agriculture community is invited to attend the “Planning for the Four Seasons of a Farm’s Legacy: birth, growth, retirement, succession, a free workshop set for Nov. 3-4 in Salem. (Attendees can register for one or both days.)

Presented by the OFB Women’s Advisory Council and sponsored by The Capital Press, the event will focus on successful succession planning, an issue that impacts almost every farming and ranching family.

On Nov. 4, keynote speaker Rod Sharp, an agriculture economist with Colorado State University Extension Service, will present “A Lasting Legacy.” He will focus on practical, easy-to-use strategies to help families plan for a smooth transition of the farm from one generation to the next. Sharp has shared “A Lasting Legacy” with agriculture audiences in multiple states, earning rave reviews along the way.

See press release

Find farm stands for the fall’s best ag products
October 16, 2013

As autumn brings a chill to the air and a golden hue to the trees, Oregonians start dreaming of the season’s favorite agriculture products and experiences: a trip to a pumpkin patch, apple picking and cider sipping, and afternoon harvest festivals.

To help families discover where they can buy fall fruits, vegetables, beverages, nuts, meats, and more, Oregon Farm Bureau presents Oregon’s Bounty at oregonfb.org, an online searchable database of public ag ventures, including farm stands, pumpkin patches, u-pick orchards, harvest festivals, vineyards, and more.

See press release

Pacific Power & OFB encourage farm safety this harvest season
October 1, 2013
Harvesting is well underway in many rural communities Pacific Power serves. The busy fall harvest season is one of the most productive, but also one of the most dangerous times of the year for farmers, ranchers and their work crews.

“As the Northwest’s largest rural power supplier, we know how busy it is for our agricultural customers this time of year,” said Gene Morris, Pacific Power’s director of health, safety and environment. “Electricity helps with the harvest, but if you take it for granted and try to cut corners, tragedy could result.”

“Contact with overhead wires during harvest is a leading cause of electrocution and injury, and Farm Bureau joins Pacific Power in urging special vigilance during this busy season,” said Ray Austin, co-chair of Oregon Farm Bureau’s health and safety committee. “We advocate that our members have safety procedures for all their machinery and give special safety briefings to any seasonal workers they may have. Always mark areas with low hanging wires to bring special attention to the presence of a hazard.”

See press release

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week with Oregon’s Bounty
August 5, 2013
In celebration of National Farmers Market Week, Aug. 4-Aug. 10, Oregon Farm Bureau invites fresh food lovers to visit the online version of Oregon’s Bounty at oregonfb.org. It’s a listing of 370 family farms and ranches hosting roadside stands, u-pick fields, booths at farmers markets, vineyards, and on-farm events across the state.
See press release

Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program Awards Century Status to 10 Farms & Ranches and One Sesquicentennial Farm in 2013
July 22, 2013
At the annual awards ceremony at the Oregon State Fair, families from across the state will receive recognition for operating as Century Farm or Ranch. The 2013 ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at noon at the Oregon State Fair. The public recognition ceremony and awards celebration will be held in the Corporate Tent on the west side of the fairgrounds. Please join us for this special event that celebrates Oregon’s agricultural heritage.
See press release

OFB & Ore. Dept. of Ag remind motorists to be safe on rural roads
July 10, 2013
Road construction crews aren’t the only ones to be aware of this summer as Oregonians get behind the wheel. It’s also the season for slow moving farm machinery– including trucks, tractors, and combines– to occasionally use the same roadway. Whether the sharing of the traffic lanes takes place in the more congested Willamette Valley or the wide open spaces of Eastern Oregon, the general advice is the same– be on the alert, slow down, and have patience.
See press release

14 Students Awarded Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarships for 2012-2013 Academic Year
July 2, 2013
The Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation (OAEF) is pleased to announce the 14 recipients of the Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship.
See press release

Farm Bureau awards scholarship to student from Cove, Ore.
July 2, 2013
The Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation (OAEF) is pleased to announce that Brandon Batty of Cove is the 2013 recipient of the Oregon Farm Bureau Associate Member Scholarship, funded by COUNTRY Financial.
See press release

Farm Bureau Decries Agri-Terrorism in Jackson County
June 20, 2013
Earlier this month, two Jackson County farms were the victims of terrorist acts which destroyed nearly 7,000 plants, according to an FBI press release issued this afternoon. This crime is an intolerable attack on family agriculture in Oregon.
See press release

OFB files suit against USDOL
May 29, 2013
On May 29, 2013, Oregon Farm Bureau, the state’s largest family agriculture organization, filed suit in U.S. District Court in Portland in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) refusal to comply with the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In the filing, Farm Bureau seeks public records about USDOL’s use of “hot goods” powers. Filing this lawsuit is Farm Bureau’s only option after USDOL failed to meet its deadline to respond to an April 23, 2013 appeal. The department had 20 business days to comply with the law and failed do so.

Press release re: Farm Bureau’s filing federal suit over USDOL violation of FOIA

Comments are closed.