Central Oregon Chapter

Central Oregon Spring Update

Posted on: April 14th, 2018

by Jessica Jansen

We are in full swing planting mode. Included a few carrot planting pictures.

Our chapter is spread all over Central Oregon but we managed a meeting online. We just approved donations to Ag In The Classroom & Summer Ag Institute. And are planning on reading to some classes for the Literacy Project & considering some fundraising options. We are excited once again to support our OWA dinner & auction!

Jessica Hanna Locke, President

OWA Convention Recap, New Officers, New Chapter & Upcoming events

Posted on: March 16th, 2015

by Marie Bowers

Convention Recap

OWA 2015 Convention
Thank you Central Oregon Chapter for a wonderful convention. If you were unable to attend we hope you were able to follow along on facebook or on twitter.

New Officers were elected: 2nd Vice President – Elisa Chandler, Recording Secretary – Emily Duerst, Corresponding Secretary – Jessica Hanna

New Chapter
Two conventions in a row we have added a chapter. This year we welcome Easter Oregon Women for Agriculture to our organization!

Other News:

OWA Swag
The Columbia Gorge Chapter would like to offer you some OWA apparel to start out 2015 in style! In addition to polos, we are selling two different styles of hats to promote OWA. These are great for husbands, kids, girlfriends in Ag and of course yourself! Download the order form.

Renew your membership
Please fill out this membership form or renew online!

Join Facebook Group
If you a current OWA member please join our private facebook group! This is a place for Oregon Women for Agriculture members to discuss and keep up to date on things happening in & out outside of OWA.

Upcoming Events:

Auction – April 18th at Linn County Fair & Expo – 2015 Donation Form or Buy a Ticket and don’t forget the appetizers!

AgFest – April 25-26th at Oregon State Fairgrounds Salem, OR – Sign up to help in the OWA booth.

AgChat PNW conference- April 27 & 28th- for more info click here.

AAW Mid-Year Meeting – March 27-29 in Oklahoma City Agenda and registration form.

AAW Fly-In – June 7-10 in Washington, D.C.

Looking Forward, Rooted in Tradition – 2015 OWA Annual Meeting

Posted on: February 4th, 2015

by Marie Bowers

The Central Oregon Women for Agriculture chapter has an exciting annual meeting and conference planned for March 5-7, 2015 in Madras at the Inn at Cross Keys Station. Our theme “Looking Forward, Rooted in Tradition” will feature guest speakers including Oregon Land Legacy, Kathy Jones and her sisters of Seneca Sawmill/Companies. Agricultural tours of the area are also scheduled. Deadline for registration is 2/15! Registration Form

Tentative Agenda

Thursday, March 5                  

6 – 8 pm    Hospitality Suite – Social Mixer (drinks & hors d’ouvres)

Friday, March 6                                   

7:30 – 8:30 am   Registration

7:30 – 8:30 am   Breakfast (provided by hotel as part of your stay)

8:30 – 9 am        Welcome – OWA Business agenda, budget, bylaws, nominations presented

9 – 9:30 am        Speaker -Johanna Symons, Symons Feedlot

9:30 – 10 am      BREAK/ Leave for Tour by 9:45am

10 – 10:45am      Tour: Central Oregon Seed Inc, Mike Weber

11 – 12 pm        Tour: Central Oregon Livestock Auction (COLA) & Green’s Feedlot

Noon – 1 pm      Lunch at COLA– sit with someone new!

1:15 – 1:45 pm   Tour: Country Vines hydroponics greenhouse for tomatoes and lettuce, Avila Family

2:00 – 3:30 pm   Tour: Opal Springs Water Source, Opal Springs Farms Tour & Hay Export, Vern & Karen Bare

3:30 – 5:30 pm   Free Time – options include:

Touring the Air Museum

Shopping in downtown Madras

6 – 6:30 pm       Social Hour (No host bar)

6:30 – 8 pm       Dinner and Keynote Speakers: Oregon Land Legacy Project; Kathy, Becky and Jody Jones (Seneca Companies)

8 – 10 pm          Hospitality Suite will be Open

Saturday, March 7                    

7:30 – 8:30 am   Registration

7:30 – 8:30 am   Breakfast

8:30 – 8:50 pm   Holly McLane, wife of Oregon State Representative, Mike McLane

8:50 – 12 pm    OWA Business Meeting Resumes:

Updates – 5 minutes each

Summer Ag Institute, Debbie Crocker

Newspapers in Education, Hannah Brause

Ag in the Classroom Foundation, Darcy Kirk/Jessica Budge

10:30 – 10:45 am     BREAK

Continue Agenda




Central Oregon Women for Ag keep engaged in community

Posted on: October 2nd, 2014

by Marie Bowers

On Wednesday, August 6th a few chapter members helped serve food at the Greg Merritt BBQ Scholarship Dinner.  Greg was a prominent local farmer in Crook County who strongly believed in education and community service, he passed away due to cancer at the age of 54.  The scholarship fund was started 13 years ago by family and friends to honor Greg & all he did for his family & community.  Each year, 5 scholarships are given to Crook County High School Seniors to help with their college expenses.

At the end of August, Jessica Hanna and Jackie Veelle enjoyed the opportunity to come over and work a shift at the state fair.

Jessica Hanna also participated as one of the 5 OWA ladies to be filmed for the Farm to School Campaign that OWA, ODA  & KATU are partnering in.  She was representing the specialty seed crop industry from Central Oregon.

Jessica Hanna
Central Oregon Chapter President
Oregon Women for Ag

March Report

Posted on: March 21st, 2013

by Arwen McGilvra

Our Central Oregon chapter has been busy working on new ideas and supporting old ones too. We are exploring the possibility of creating a scholastic scholarship. Christina Withers has volunteered to gather some information to present at our April meeting.
We are contacting local farmers to see if they’d be interested in posting crop ID signs in Central Oregon. Jana Kittredge brought back “mint” ID signs from the convention. She will be posting an “alfalfa” ID sign in her community.
We are busy collecting donations for our High Desert Getaway Golf and Dinner package fpr OWA’s auction in April.  Kris Jones is coordinating an Ag Day for 4th graders at Cecil Sly Elementary in Prineville, similar to what she did last year at Ochoco Elementary.  We are providing coloring books and note pads for the event.
We are ready to kick off this year’s AITC Literacy event in Central Oregon. Several schools are on our   schedule to visit this year.
We are exploring the option to become associate  member of Oregon Hay and Forage Association to gain more exposure of our chapter. Officer positions are up for election. Our next meeting will be held April 1st, noon at Farm Credit Services office in Redmond. Bring your lunch and join us! We will host the June 21st state board meeting at Amerititle, Redmond office.
We are ready for spring in Central Oregon!
Register Now for the 2019 OWA Convention

Golden Jubilee Celebration! February 28th – March 2nd, 2019 Spirit Mountain Casino – Grande Ronde

2019 OWA Convention Registration

Upcoming Events
  1. Linn-Benton Chapter Meeting

    January 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
  2. Auction Committee Meeting

    January 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. Auction Committee Meeting

    February 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm