OFB’s Bushue Running for AFBF Presidency

August 26, 2015

SALEM, OREGON — Barry Bushue, president of Oregon Farm Bureau and vice president of American Farm Bureau, will run for the position of president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

On July 14, Bob Stallman, who has served as AFBF president for 16 years, announced he would not seek reelection in January 2016. The election will take place at the AFBF Annual Convention in January 2016 in Orlando, Florida, with voting done by representatives from all state Farm Bureaus.

Video Highlights Washington County Farm Bureau at County Fair

August 26, 2015

edmundKids attending the 2015 Washington County Fair in Oregon had a chance to become a Junior Farmer for a day!

Via fun, hands-on activities, they learned about harvesting crops, milking a cow, gathering eggs, and driving a tractor as they helped Farmer Ed do his chores.

The activity area was sponsored in part by Washington County Farm Bureau and featured Farmer Ed, aka Edmund Duyck, president of Washington County Farm Bureau.

See the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_4gAjEM8g8

Oregon Farmers Celebrated at Baseball Game

August 26, 2015
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From left are ODA’s Katy Coba, Brenda Kirsch Frketich, Shelly Boshart Davis, Amy Doerfler Phelan, Molly Pearmine McCargar, Kathy Freeborn Hadley, Macey Wessels, and Marie Bowers Stagg.

Oregon family farmers and ranchers were honored at a special ag-themed game of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes baseball team on June 28 in Salem – and many Farm Bureau members were in attendance.

As part of a salute to female farmers, OFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee Chair Kathy Hadley and member Brenda Frketich, along with Oregon Dept. of Agriculture Director Katy Coba, were among an exceptional group of women who threw out the first pitches before the start of the game.

FB Donates $1,500 in Groceries to Ronald McDonald House

August 26, 2015
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From left are Farm Bureau members Roberta Valladao, Mollie Eder, Katherine Povey, Hayden Povey, Nancy Klatt, Cindy Tichenor (kneeling), WAC Chair Mickey Killingsworth, and Kristy Krugh of the Ronald McDonald House.

On June 8 in Bend, a great group of Farm Bureau volunteers went shopping for $1,500 worth of food to donate to the local Ronald McDonald House Charity. The charity offers families of sick children a place to stay while the kids are being treated at a nearby hospital.

See video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVhPR_HF8Wo

Baker County Farm Bureau Teaches Kids About Ag at Field to Fork Days

August 26, 2015

eugeneTeaching kids that “food doesn’t come from the grocery store” and improve their understanding about agriculture in Baker County were the goals of Field to Fork, held May 11-12 at the fairgrounds in Baker City.

See video of Field to Fork event:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEXV6CfJm4M

“Baker County Farm Bureau has been involved with Field to Fork since its beginning eight years ago,” said Eugene Hawes, county Farm Bureau board member. “We realized that even though kids in Baker County live in a rural area, they weren’t making the connection to how their food is grown.”

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