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!


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!

Register Now for the 2017 OWA Convention

Posted on: January 16th, 2017

by Arwen McGilvra

oregon gardenThe Marion-Clackamas Chapter of Women for Ag invites you to join us at the 2017 Oregon Women for Agriculture Annual Convention: Cultivating Women Leaders, which will be held at the Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton February 16-18, 2017.

We are looking to help grow and develop OWA members as leaders in the agriculture industry by gaining knowledge from women in leadership positions, learning how to lead on social media and expanding our understanding of Oregon agriculture through two farm tours.

Speakers include American Agri-Women President Doris Mold, Grassland Oregon Co-founder, Partner and Director of Marketing Risa DeMasi, and Oregon Department of Agriculture Deputy Director Lisa Hanson. During an interactive social media panel, two pioneers in the Oregon agriculture blogging community, Darleen Sichley of Guernsey Dairy Mama and Brenda Frketich of Nutty Grass, will help inspire you to share your story with consumers in the digital world. Finally, we will visit two Marion-Clackamas Chapter members’ farm operations putting technology to use: Abiqua Acres, a dairy in the Silverton area and Northwest Transplants in Molalla. (See the convention schedule.)

Don’t wait to reserve your spot for 2017 Convention today and join OWA members from around the state!

Registration includes activities on schedule, breakfast vouchers (Fri/Sat), lunch (Fri), dinner (Fri) and tour transportation.

Last day to register for the room block and hotel discount is January 16th!

Early registration ends January 25th.


Download a registration form now!

Lodging Room rate: $99 + tax Group ID & Password: AGWOMEN Oregon Garden Resort 503-874-2500 ext. 0

895 W. Main Street Silverton, Oregon 97381

Please reserve your room before January 16th, 2017 in order to get in on the OWA room block. You may call the phone number listed above to make a reservation or follow the instructions to book online:

1. Go to www.oregongardenresort.com

2. Under “Your Place to Dream” click on the “Group Login” black button

3. Enter the group ID & password: AGWOMEN and click “Login”

4. A new page will open with available rooms in the OWA room block for you to reserve

5. If you require dates extending before or beyond Convention or you have special room requests, please contact the Oregon Garden Reservation Manager at 503-874-2508.

Questions? Contact Mallory Phelan (Marion-Clackamas Chapter President) at 541-990-9521 or via email.

Start Here When You Shop Amazon

Posted on: November 18th, 2016

by Arwen McGilvra

Oregon Women for Agriculture is an Amazon affiliate. That means that when you use our link (found in this blog or at the top of the OWA site) we get a small bonus for referring you. So make sure you stop by our website on the way to Amazon as your shop for gifts this holiday season. Use it anytime you shop at Amazon, we get the bonus all year long. And the more people who use it the bigger our bonus gets. It’s a great way to support us whenever you buy books, DVD’s, toys, gifts or anything else through the world’s largest online market place.

OWA Opposes Measure 97

Posted on: September 21st, 2016

by Arwen McGilvra

d97-join-sidebar-03Oregon Women for Agriculture opposes any additional taxes that would be burdensome to business owners, farmers, ranchers and the citizen of the state.

Measure 97 has been billed as a way to make out of state businesses pay their fair share. However, that is not the case. It will affect many Oregon businesses, and ultimately all the residents of the State.

It will affect family farms who buy their fertilizer, fuel and other inputs from local companies like Wilco and Coastal Farms.

A study by the nonpartisan Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) concluded that most of this tax on sales would end up being paid by Oregon consumers through higher prices on nearly everything we buy – including gasoline, utilities, clothing, medicine, and even food – costing the average Oregon household over $600 every year.

This measure’s $6 billion tax increase on companies’ sales in Oregon would badly damage our state’s economy and job market. In fact, the in-depth LRO study concluded that this giant tax increase would result in over 38,000 lost private sector jobs in Oregon.

Because this would be a new tax on gross salesnot profits – businesses would be required to pay the tax on their total revenues, regardless of whether they make a large profit, a small profit, or no profit at all. That would mean many employers would have to raise prices or cut jobs, or both.

The Portland Tribune calls it, “… a sales tax and will be most burdensome to the low-income Oregonians who can least afford to pay.” Editorial: Beware of sales tax lurking in disguise.

Please take some time to learn about this measure and join us in voting NO on Measure 97! See also editorials from the Who will pay Measure 97’s tax?, The Bend Bulletin More bad news about Measure 97, The Capital Press Oregonians, not corporations, will pay IP 28 tax, and the Wall Street Journal Oregon’s Regressive Tax Referendum.

OWA’s Position Statement on Taxes

  • OWA supports measures that will provide tax simplification for farmers, ranchers, and business and opposes any effort to make tax laws more burdensome.

Please visit No on Measure 97 for more information.

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