Linn-Benton Chapter

“Have You Thanked a Blade of Grass Today?”

Posted on: November 13th, 2015

by Marie Bowers

Since the formation of Oregon Women for Agriculture in 1968, our mission has always been to “Communicate the Story of Today’s Agriculture.” True to our mission around 1972 OWA put their efforts towards making an informational video about the Grass Seed Capital of the World. The result was “Have You Thanked a Blade of Grass Today?”

Charity Bowers, a charter member of OWA who passed in away in 2013, was instrumental in getting the fundraising for “Have You Thanked a Blade of Grass Today?” In her memory, money was donated to the Linn-Benton Chapter of OWA.  The chapter is now in the process of updating and re-creating the informational video.

“Have You Thanked a Blade of Grass Today?” goal was to tell the story of Oregon’s Willamette Valley’s top crop, Grass Seed. In the last 40 years equipment has progressed, practices have changed and the varieties of grass seed grown have been altered slightly. However, as the video states, “…the Valley belongs to grass.”

Thank you to the Oregon Historical Society and their archivist Matthew Cowan for helping the Linn-Benton chapter of Oregon Women for Agriculture moving images and video. Thanks to their help we have a digital file that is in remarkable condition from such a long time ago.

Have You Thanked a Blade of Grass Today?

Benton County Fair!

Posted on: July 9th, 2015

by Arwen McGilvra

It County Fair time! Our Linn-Benton chapter is helping with an activity booth at the Benton County Fair on July 29 – Aug 1st. The activity is grinding wheat into flour and answering questions about wheat germination and uses of wheat. There will be an instruction sheet at the booth and there will be student volunteers to assist.

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OWA Member wins America’s Farm Mom!

Posted on: May 7th, 2015

by Marie Bowers

Oregon Women for Agriculture member Shelly Boshart Davis has been chosen by voters as America’s Farm Mom!

Shelly Boshart Davis


From Capital Press:

Farming’s “Mom of the Year” runs a grass seed, wheat, hazelnut and radish operation in Oregon with her husband and three daughters.

Oregon’s Shelly Boshart Davis prevailed in 11 days of on-line voting and is 2015 National Farm Mom of the Year.

The contest, sponsored by Monsanto Co. in conjunction with American Agri-Women, honors women for their involvement with their families, farms, communities and the agricultural industry, according to a Monsanto news release.

Davis won $10,000 for getting the most votes in the contest. She grows grass seed, wheat, radishes and hazelnuts on her family’s farm near Albany, Ore., and is a vice president in her family’s straw pressing, trucking and exporting companies. She and her husband, Geoff, have three daughters.

The other regional finalists were Megan Seibel of Virginia, Shelley Heinrich of Texas, Amy Kelsay of Indiana and Sara Ross of Iowa. Each of them was awarded $5,000.

Linn/Benton Women for Ag have had a very busy summer

Posted on: October 5th, 2014

by Marie Bowers

In July and August we had booths at the Linn County Fair, and the Benton County Fair. At the Linn County Fair in Albany, we presented a cash award to the Outstanding Senior Member of 4-H. That prize went to Stephanie Wallace (granddaughter of member Mary Lou Neher). We also supported the Linn County 4-H auction with a donation to their program. At the Benton County Fair, L/B WFA supplied “Golden Brooms” to all of the winners in the herdsmanship divisions. We also had many members taking shifts in the Oregon State Fair booth.

County Fair Booth

County Fair Booth

With many of the members busy with harvest in July, we decided to not meet until August. Our August meeting was a luncheon held at the Children’s Farm Home in Corvallis. We had a guest speaker, Clare Sullivan who is the new Field Crops Agent for Linn, Benton and South Polk County. She spoke about her history and her focus for her new position. We also had 4 of our scholarship winners join us, and talk to the group about their college goals.

September meeting was held in Lori Boshart’s back yard where she hosted dinner for the group. We voted to provide a basket to Ag in the Classroom for their upcoming auction. We discussed our Christmas Tree Fundraiser – work days in November with a theme of Red and White. We are continuing to save receipts for Points for Profit. We are also starting to work on or baskets for the April OWA auction.

Our next meeting will be an Ice Cream Social at the home of Virginia Kutsch on October 14th – welcoming the Sigma Alpha girls back to school with this event.

Help Sigma Alpha Support Ag in the Classroom

Posted on: January 14th, 2014

by Arwen McGilvra

Sigma Alpha invites you to Pasta Bingo, a fun evening of dinner and bingo to support Agriculture in the Classroom & Sigma Alpha!

On Saturday, February 8th, 2014, Sigma Alpha will be hosting our first annual Bingo & Spaghetti Feed fundraiser to benefit Agriculture in the Classroom. The event will be held at the Zion Lutheran School in Corvallis, OR. Get more info from our events page.

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