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Did you know that Oregon is the #1 producer of blackberries in the U.S.? Learn about blackberry harvest from family farmers Larry Duyck & Jacque Duyck Jones at OregonFB.org/videos.
Did you know that Oregon is the #1 producer of blackberries in the U.S.? Learn about blackberry harvest from family farmers Larry Duyck & Jacque Duyck Jones at OregonFB.org/videos.
Oregon Farm Bureau celebrates National Ag Week (Photo) - 03/12/19

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oregon Farm Bureau celebrates National Ag Week

March 12, 2019, SALEM, OREGON: March 10-16 is 2019 National Ag Week, and March 14 is 2019 National Ag Day, and March is National Ag Month.

Oregon Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general agriculture organization, encourages all Oregonians to take a moment to remember the hard-working farm and ranch families across the state and nation during National Ag Week/Day/Month.

“Agriculture benefits all Oregonians by ensuring food security, providing jobs, preserving the environment, and enhancing our quality of life. It’s particularly impressive when you realize that farmers and ranchers represent less than 1 percent of the state’s population,” said Anne Marie Moss, communications director for Oregon Farm Bureau.

   > See videos featuring an Oregon cherry farmer, mint farmer, blackberry farmer, green bean farmer, broccoli farmer, pumpkin farmer, Christmas tree farmer, grass seed farmer, and more here: https://oregonfb.org/videos/ - or on OFB’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/OregonFarmBureau

   > Help spread the word about National Ag Week/Day/Month with the cool facts below about Oregon agriculture using the hashtag #AgDay19. 

   > Fast facts about Oregon agriculture: Did you know? https://oregonfb.org/agweek/

  • 97% of Oregon’s farms and ranches are family owned and operated.
     
  • Less than 1% of Oregon’s population are principal operators of farms and ranches.
     
  • 39% of all Oregon farms and ranches are women, which is one of the highest percentages in the nation.
     
  • The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program reports that 1,212 farms and ranches have achieved century status for remaining operational and within the same family for at least 100 years. 41 more boast Sesquicentennial status for reaching the 150-year milestone. Now that’s sustainable by any measure!
     
  • Oregon farmers, ranchers, and fishers produce more than 225 crops and livestock, making Oregon one of the most diverse agricultural states in the nation.
     
  • Oregon agriculture represents a diversity of successful operations. That helps keep the ag community resilient. Big or small, organic or conventional, growing for local or export markets, Oregon is home to all types of farms and ranches.
     
  • Oregon is the No. 1 producer in the United States for blackberries, boysenberries, and hazelnuts, raising nearly 100% of the U.S. supply for these commodities — as well as being No. 1 in the nation for growing Christmas trees, rhubarb, potted azaleas, crimson clover, sugar beet for seed, and a few grass seed varieties.

Find more facts about Oregon agriculture on Oregon Farm Bureau’s website at https://oregonfb.org/agweek/

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* 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.

Umatilla-Morrow County Farm Bureau will award $3K in scholarships - 03/11/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2019

Umatilla-Morrow County Farm Bureau is proud to announce the continuation of its scholarship program. UMCFB will award up to $3,000 in scholarships to high school seniors in Umatilla and Morrow Counties who will be attending any school of higher education, including trade school, university and community college. 

Priority consideration will be given to those with an agricultural background, FFA or an intended major in an agriculture-related field.

Applications are available from high school counselors in Umatilla and Morrow County schools. 

Scholarship applications must be received no later than April 15, 2019.

Successful applicants will be selected based on accomplishments and need. It is not necessary for a family member to be a member of UMCFB, nor is a high GPA a requirement. Emphasis will be placed on ability, personal goals, school and community participation and citizenship. Students will be selected by a scholarship committee of UMCFB board members. 

For more information, contact the UMCFB Scholarship Committee in care of:

Julia Spratling
P.O. Box 309
Helix, Oregon  97835
(541) 457-6045

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Oregon Farm Bureau Statement on Federal Gray Wolf Delisting - 03/07/19

 

Oregon Farm Bureau Statement on Federal Gray Wolf Delisting 

SALEM, OREGON, March 7, 2019 — Oregon Farm Bureau applauds the U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife Service’s proposal to remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered species list.

The recovery of the gray wolf in Oregon and other states is a conservation success story by any measure. The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife reports that there are at least 124 known wolves in the state today, well above the goals set by the state Wolf Plan, and this number has increased annually since 2009. In fact, wolves recently have been found as far west as the Oregon Coast. 

The U.S. population of gray wolves also far surpasses recovery targets called for by the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).

A federal delisting will help simplify Oregon’s patchwork of laws. Right now, because of such strong recovery rates, wolves on the east side of the state are not covered by the state endangered species law, only the federal ESA.

The federal delisting proposal is also a laudable example of successful collaboration between ranchers, landowners, environmental groups, and government agencies. All of these stakeholders want and depend upon a healthy ecosystem. 

We are glad the Trump administration has joined both the Obama and Bush administrations in supporting the federal delisting of the gray wolf, basing decisions on sound science, and negotiating with a diverse group of stakeholders. 

We hope this will inspire greater collaboration at the state level around wolves and their increasing harm to livestock and Oregon’s ranching families.

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* 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. 
 

Yamhill County Farm Bureau offers $4k in college scholarships - 02/25/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2019

Yamhill County Farm Bureau offers $4k in college scholarships

This year Yamhill County Farm Bureau will award two $2,000 college scholarships to full-time students who have completed at least one year of college study directed towards a degree in a field related to agriculture.

Applicants must be students who graduated from a Yamhill County high school or whose family has lived in Yamhill County during their senior year of high school. Applicants must have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA during their time in college.

All application materials, which include an official transcript and two references, must be received by August 1, 2019.

Find the application form at www.OregonFB.org/scholarships.

For additional information, please leave a message at the Yamhill County Farm Bureau office at 503-472-9123 or call Marie Schmidt at 503-852-7545.

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Harney County Farm Bureau Scholarship available - 02/25/19

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2019

Harney County Farm Bureau Scholarship available

Harney County Farm Bureau Scholarship is proud to announce that a $500 scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors and current college students from Harney County.

The goal of the scholarship is to support Harney County students who will have a positive impact on production agriculture, or other agriculture- and forestry-related fields, during their career.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2019.

Find the application at www.OregonFB.org/scholarships.

For more information, contact Gabrielle Johnson, Harney County Farm Bureau Secretary/Treasurer, at 541-589-1239 or harneycountyfarmbureau@gmail.com.

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Washington County Farm Bureau offers scholarships - 02/19/19


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2019

Washington County Farm Bureau offers scholarships

Washington County Farm Bureau is proud to announce the availability of two scholarships: one for high school graduates and another for current college students.

The Washington County Farm Bureau High School Graduate Scholarship is open to high school graduates from Washington County, Oregon, who intend to pursue a degree in agriculture, education, nursing, or vocational training.

The Washington County Farm Bureau Collegiate Scholarship is open to full-time college or university students from Washington County, Oregon, who are pursuing a degree in agriculture or a related field.

The deadline for applications for both scholarships is April 3, 2019.

Find the application at www.OregonFB.org/scholarships.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Jones, jduyckjones@gmail.com, 503.997.0209.

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