Linn-Benton Chapter

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.

March Report

Posted on: March 21st, 2013

by Arwen McGilvra

Linn/Benton—The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow…

On February 19th , 32 members attended our annual dinner meeting with a slide show movie put together by member, Shawn Wells. She visited Africa last summer and she was our entertainment.

We were surprised to find out that we came in FIRST place for the Points for Profit Fundraiser. We’d like to thank all OWA members for saving receipts all year. We are continuing with this project again this year.

Our Scholarship Committee is busy evaluating applications for two college scholarships. One for an agriculture related major and a second scholarship for a LB member’s child or grandchild that is not in an “Ag” related field of study. Applications are due April 15th. Please see our ad in this newsletter for more information.

A few members are busy scheduling AITC visits to schools reading “Who Grew My Soup?”. In fact, Kristi Miller read the book to the whole Takena School student body in Albany to help them celebrate Read Across America that honors Dr. Seuss’ birthday. AITC had her donate the book to their library.

LB is gathering items for two different baskets for the annual auction. One is a college basket with all the supplies a student would need to kick off a great year. The second basket is one we did before for gardening and it was so popular that we brought the idea back.

On March 12th we met at the home of Betty Jo Smith, had a wonderful taco salad dinner with all the trimmings, and had a guest speaker, Nicole Shrock. Nicole is Miss Rodeo Oregon for 2013 and a current student at OSU. She will travel the country spreading the word about Oregon agriculture and the sport of rodeo and intends to compete for the national rodeo title. Here is a link to a great newspaper article about her.

A big thank-you to Polk County Chapter for putting on a great OWA Convention at Salishan—I’ve heard so many good remarks from members that attended.

Kristi Miller, president, Linn/Benton

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