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OWA is OPPOSED to Ban on Aerial Spraying

Posted on: April 25th, 2017

by Marie Bowers

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Oregon Women for Agriculture are opposed to Lincoln County ballot measure 21-177.  This letter to the editor was submitted to the Newport Times on February 21st by OWA Past President and Lincoln County resident, Deanna Dyksterhuis.

To the Editor:

The ballot measure language banning all aerial  spraying in Lincoln County is misleading. (Same for the flyer dropped on your doorstep Sunday, February 12.)

These “corporations” are families (some large and many small) who have been responsibly managing their farms and timberland for generations.

The class of pesticides used on small woodlands, farms and timber have been researched extensively for over 50 years with solid data proving they are safe (not harmful) when applied as directed.

These pesticides are formulated only for specific brush control and insects that damage trees.

There is a required buffer area of 60′ or more around all creeks, rivers and water sources.

These pesticides do NOT contaminate the soil.

In eliminating dense brush, the sun can reach the forest floor vastly improving wildlife habitat.

These pesticides are applied only on timber acreage, which do NOT include urban neighborhoods, recreational areas, neighbors who do not want their timber sprayed or waterways.

This ballot measure authorizes “any person” to “take direct action” for enforcement. This “action” is defined as “self-government”. This is not true. This is criminal activity outside the law. The proponents also demand immunity from “civil or criminal action”. In other words they cannot be punished for causing physical harm or property damage.

Vote NO on Ballot Measure 21-177

Deanna Dyksterhuis, retired farmer

From OWA’s policy positions: 

OWA supports the pesticide pre-emption statute that says that all regulation of pesticides can only be done at the state or federal level.

OWA supports current RIGHT-TO-FARM laws. This protects farmers and ranchers from complaints and legal action by neighbors who are irritated with noise, dust, smoke, odor, etc. which are an integral part of producing food and fiber.
 
OWA supports flexibility and choices by individuals as opposed to regulatory command and control in making management decisions.

2017 Oregon Women for Agriculture Auction Success

Posted on: April 17th, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

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Nearly 1,000 guests from around the state attended the Oregon Women for Agriculture’s 30th annual auction and dinner on Saturday, April 15. Proceeds help fund year-round programs that educate the public about the many facets and values of Oregon agriculture, including Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom, the Summer Agriculture Institute and the truck wrap project.

Thanks to all attended and supported! See you next year!

For complete article about the auction, including photos visit the Albany Democrat-Herald story here.

 

1,000 Expected at 30th Annual Auction

Posted on: April 13th, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

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More than 120 volunteers will stage the 30th annual Oregon Women for Agriculture auction Saturday evening at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center.

The organization, whose goal is to support and educate the public about the benefits of agriculture, hopes to gross $110,000 to help fund numerous statewide projects, according to President Debbie Crocker of Monroe.

“More than 900 people attended last year’s auction,” she said. “Our most recent ticket count has already topped 800. It’s fun to enjoy the great supper and fellowship with fellow ag people.”

 Auctioneer Mac Stewart will offer several new items this year, including a vacation package to a condominium in Hawaii, four 4-day passes to the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival; tickets to a Tim McGraw concert in Portland; and .17 caliber Henry Golden Boy lever-action rifle.

“We also have a very nice package from the Inn at Diamond Woods near Monroe,” Crocker said. “The lodge sleeps eight with four master suites. Golf is included, as is a tour of the Benton-Lane Winery.”

Crocker said this year’s Fund-a-Need project will sponsor truck wraps promoting agriculture. Shelly Boshart Davis said last year’s Fund-a-Need raised enough money to add five truck companies and six trucks. There are now eight companies and nine wrapped trucks in the program.

The wraps promote the theme, “Almost Everything Starts on a Farm or Ranch.”

Read the full article here.

Portion of complete article by Alex Paul, Albany Democrat-Herald.

The 2017 Ag Fest is Coming April 29-30th

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017

by Arwen McGilvra

agfestOregon Women for Agriculture invite you to join us at Ag Fest, April 29-30th at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem.

FREE for Children 12 & under and FREE Parking!

Last year over 20,000 people attended Ag Fest to touch, taste and experience the amazing diversity of Oregon agriculture, in a fun-filled environment. The two-day event is aimed at helping families better understand where their food, fiber and flora come from. It is a unique learning experience, where hands-on exhibits make learning about Oregon agricultural industry educational and entertaining.

Oregon Women for Agriculture is just one of many groups offering hands on activities for families. Please consider volunteering to help!

USE THIS LINK TO SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AT THE OWA BOOTH.

Know a teacher? Encourage them to participate in SAI!

Posted on: February 23rd, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

OWA Members Please Pass This Great Opportunity On To Teachers You Know!

Time is running out!

Earn 3 Graduate Credits from OSU.

Apply to Master’s Degree or PDU Requirements.

Food, fun and hotel included. Total savings $3,300!

Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) is a week-long graduate level course for K-12 educators who want to learn more about Oregon agriculture. This course is offered through a partnership between Oregon State University and Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education.

Receive 3 graduate level credits from OSU for the cost of registration only, saving teachers over $3,300. Registration Fee is only: $600. This program is high quality, accredited with collateral materials provided. You receive hands-on experience interacting with agriculture through tours of processing plants, farms, vineyards, golf courses, nurseries and agribusiness operations; opportunities to meet and work with agriculturists; hotel accommodations with meals included.

This is an excellent opportunity for teachers to earn credit toward a Master’s degree or to fulfill their PDU requirement.

For more information, please contact Summer Ag Institute Session WEST(Please note date change) Coordinator Debbie Crocker – Corvallis or Summer Ag Institute Session EAST Coordinator  Kim McKague – La Grande.

Download a Program Fact Sheets or Application form. Check out the activities and what teachers have to say about their SAI experience on YouTube.

Video 1 – Excellence in Education – Summer Ag Institute

Video 2 – SAI Teacher Reactions

Thanks for helping spread the word!

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