Columbia CFB donates “Get Oregonized” to schools

October 7, 2015


Fourth grade students in Scappoose School District will be learning about Oregon agriculture and history out of brand new textbooks thanks to the generosity of the Columbia County Farm Bureau.

The group donated $1,500 worth of new Get Oregonized student history books to be placed for use in fourth grade classrooms. Otto Petersen teacher, Kristy Larson (left in photo) helped make the arrangements with the school.

Get Oregonized is a recently updated history book written for grades three and four as they study regions of the state and Oregon’s history. The text is designed to help students understand and appreciate the rich history, people and natural resources that shaped the state of Oregon. The book includes maps, illustrations, graphs and historical photographs that complement the easy to read and understand text.

“It is very exciting for us to be able to participate in updating the textbooks for the fourth grade students at Otto Petersen School in Scappoose” said Marie Gadotti (right in photo).   Gadotti is the Vice President of Columbia County Farm Bureau. These textbooks replace outdated textbooks from 1991.

“It is wonderful to see the Columbia County Farm Bureau dedicated to the education of Oregon students,” says Jessica Budge. Budge is the executive director of Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom, the non-profit organization who publishes the textbook. The foundation is committed to teaching Oregon’s youth about agriculture and natural resources so important to the Oregon economy and way of life. “School budgets are constantly dwindling and new resources like updated textbooks are often the first to go, says Budge. “When community groups step up like this, the students are able to learn and teachers are able to teach with the best possible tools.”

Get Oregonized highlights various Native American tribes, Lewis and Clark and the fur trapping trade. Important historical figures include Henderson Luelling, Asahel Bush and Abigail Scott Duniway. Also featured are regions of the state and their agricultural contributions to the state’s economy. From cranberries on the southern coast to grass seed in the Willamette Valley, and from wheat in the Columbia Plateau to ranching in Oregon’s high desert, Get Oregonized captures the state’s agricultural diversity.


More information about the textbook and information on how you can support this project can be found online at

Statement by Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue on sentencing of Steve and Dwight Hammond to five years in federal prison

October 7, 2015


SALEM, OREGON, October 7, 2015 – “Today two Oregon ranchers were sentenced to five years in federal prison under terrorism statutes for setting preventative fires on their own land. We are gravely disappointed at this outcome.

Elderly Harney County rancher Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven, a former OFB Board member and Harney County Farm Bureau president, have already served time in federal prison for their mistakes and paid their debt to society for the less-than-140 acres of BLM land that was accidentally impacted by the fires.
This is an example of gross government overreach, and the public should be outraged.

Today’s verdict is also hypocritical given BLM’s own harm to public and private grazing lands, which goes without consequence. It is unjust. OFB worked on this case quietly behind the scenes with BLM through the spring and summer. That diligent diplomatic effort was fruitless.

This prosecution will have a chilling effect across the West among ranchers, foresters, and others who rely on federal allotments and permits. It will harm the positive relationship many ranchers and organizations have worked to forge with the BLM, and undermine the cooperative spirit most ranchers have brought to the bureau in helping the health of the range.

Please join Farm Bureau and declare your support for Steve and Dwight Hammond. Join over 2,600 other citizens from across the country and show BLM that this extreme abuse of power will not go unnoticed and is shameful. Sign the petition at This must never happen again.

OFB will continue to work to bring public and policymaker attention to this case.”

Sign petition to #SaveTheHammonds

October 5, 2015


If you follow OFB on social media, we hope you’ve noticed our #SaveTheHammonds campaign to bring to light gross injustice by the federal government on two Eastern Oregon ranchers. Sign the petition at Read on for the backstory.

Elderly Harney County rancher Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven (pictured at left, and a former OFB board member and Harney County Farm Bureau president) were convicted in 2010 for two fires they set in an effort to protect their ranch. The fires, one in 2001 and one in 2006, left their private land and burned less than 140 acres, combined, of BLM land.

BLM and the U.S. Dept. of Justice prosecuted the Hammonds under charges subject to the 1996 Anti-Terrorism & Effective Death Penalty Act. The government used a kitchen-sink strategy, charging them with 19 counts. They were not found guilty of any charges, except for the two fires, which they admitted setting. For their sentence, both served federal prison time (Steven over a year, Dwight three months), and together they paid over $400,000 in restitution and fines to the federal government. They made mistakes, broke the law, had a fair trial, and paid their debt to society.

Update on EPA’s WOTUS ruling

September 21, 2015

Ditchdownload Farm Bureau was very discouraged to see the State of Oregon intervening on behalf of the EPA in the lawsuit to stop the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) and Clean Water Act expansion. Farm Bureau’s national Ditch the Rule campaign is ongoing with the goal of stopping WOTUS in court and getting Congress to pass S 1140 to send EPA back to the drawing board. As it stands now, WOTUS is terrible news for agriculture.

On Aug. 28, American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman had some uplifting news regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule on the definition of Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act.

> Note: Though promising, this injunction does NOT cover Oregon, meaning the ruling is still in place here.

“Last night Chief Judge Ralph Erickson of the District Court of North Dakota issued an order to stop the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule in its tracks,” said Stallman. “He found strong evidence that the EPA was arbitrary and capricious in its rulemaking. He saw no connection between key provisions of the rule and science that was presented to support it.
Based on evidence presented so far, he ordered that the rule be stopped while the litigation continues to a conclusion.

“We applaud the court’s decision. The so-called Clean Water Rule is yet another example of EPA’s reckless and unlawful behavior in the face of science, economics, and the law. Whether you’re a farmer, a rancher, a homebuilder, or landowner of any stripe, the evidence is clear: This rule simply has to be stopped,” said Stallman.

“Even in the face of this court order, EPA is reportedly asserting it will enforce the new rule in the 37 states that are not part of the North Dakota lawsuit. Thus, for much of the nation, this unlawful rule will continue to create uncertainty and legal risk for commonplace land uses like farming and ranching. It’s clear that now is the time for Congress to act and pass S. 1140 to send EPA back to the drawing board. We won’t stop until this rule is finished,” said Stallman.

The following article highlights the impacts the WOTUS rule will likely have on agriculture and your ability to farm if it’s not stopped nationwide.

Article by Mike Barnett, Texas Farm Bureau

$37,500. Per incident. Per day. Per violation.

Does that grab your attention? It should.

That’s what you could be fined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) if you have an unauthorized discharge of “pollutants” from your farmland that requires a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit.

New Farm Bureau program w Caterpillar!

September 18, 2015


Thanks to a new agreement, Farm Bureau just announced with Caterpillar Inc., members can save up to $2,000 on new Cat® machines, including wheel loaders, skid steers, backhoes, excavators, and more.

All Farm Bureau members in Oregon are eligible. Discounts cannot be applied to past purchases. Members must provide a valid Member Verification Certificate to the Cat dealer at the time of purchase or lease quote to receive the discount.

Discount certificates may be obtained at Need your Farm Bureau membership number? Send a request with the name your membership is under to

Farm Bureau members in Oregon can receive up to $2,000 off Cat® machines, including:

– Small Wheel Loaders: $2,000
– Compact Wheel Loaders: $1,000
– Small Dozers: $1,000
– Backhoe Loaders: $500 – $1,000
– Compact Track Loaders: $500 – $1,000
– Multi Terrain Loaders: $500 – $1,000
– Skid Steer Loaders: $500 – $1,000
– Telehandlers: $500 – $1,000
– Mini Hydraulic Excavators: $250 – $500

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