Linn-Benton Chapter

Linn-Benton Chapter Winter Update

Posted on: January 3rd, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

Our November meeting was held at Dona Coon’s home on the 8th. A group met at 3 pm to assemble Christmas tree ornaments for Pape in Tangent. Carrie Corrado came with all the bits and pieces for the Farm Animal theme. It was a good time with laughing and glue involved. The tree was decorated on Tuesday, November 29. It was really lovely and customers actually brought ornaments to the counter and tried to purchase them! Quite a compliment ladies!

The regular meeting followed the work party. After eating dinner together, our members signed up for times to volunteer at the Willamette Valley Ag Show, organized by Jessica Jansen.  Linn Benton provided a basket for the Ag in the Classroom Auction. The crop identification sign program will be continued to be supported by Crop Production Services in Tangent and Pat Boren has volunteered to work with us. We discussed possible nominees for the Oregon Leaven Award and reviewed our participation at Girl Fest in Portland.

Girl Fest was attended by more than 3,000 girls and we were very busy all day! Elisa Chandler and her husband, Rick, went up the day before the event and set up a beautiful booth. Sujaya Rao brought displays of insects and even some live creatures to attract attention. Debbie Crocker, Emily Woodcock, Dona Coon and Michelle Carmony (M/C) assisted Elisa during the day. Elisa and Rick dismantled and hauled everything home. Nice work everyone!!

Members attended the December State Board Meeting in Salem and had no regular chapter meeting.

The January meeting will be held at the Eichler log cabin on Peoria Road Tuesday, January 10. Dinner will be served and our budget, meeting schedule and goals will be discussed.  Each member of the chapter is being asked to personally donate two items for the auction and to procure additional items from business’ they work with. Linn Benton is also hosting the January State Board Meeting at the Boulder Falls Inn, Lebanon. We are planning a winter social for Tuesday, February 7 at a location yet to be determined. We had such a good time last year bringing members we hadn’t seen for some time and potential new members together.

Can’t wait to see everyone at the State Convention in Silverton.

Dona Coon, Linn-Benton Chapter President

“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.

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