Yamhill Chapter

Yamhill Chapter Summer Update

Posted on: July 14th, 2017

by Jessica Jansen


Yamhill County has been busy starting to plan the 2018 OWA State Convention.  We had our June meeting at Helle and Bruce Ruddenklau’s in Amity.  We invited our current and past few years OSU and Community College Scholarship recipients  to tell us how our scholarship has or will help them further their education. (Hot tip, serve ice cream at your meeting!) It was a fun night!

Some of us will be hosting SAI teachers for Session 1.  That is always fun. A word to folks who haven’t done it before.  Try it.  The teachers we have hosted have always been overwhelmed with the many things farmers are doing.  When else do you get the attention of people who are shaping future leaders than with a teacher?  You get to speak up not only how you make your living, but what you do with your life!  They find out that farming is a 24 hour job, seven days a week.  We usually get them out on the berry pickers at night and its amazing how big their eyes get! Unfortunately, we will have to settle to taking them on a trip to change evening irrigation since we aren’t picking berries yet.

Most of us are getting done planting our row and spring crops.  Blackberries are still a ways off yet as are blueberries; not too far.  So things are getting busy.

We don’t have a July meeting but we will have one August 8th at 7 pm at Citizens Bank in McMinnville. Hope harvest goes well and safely.

Susie Kreder, President Yamhill Chapter

Yamhill Chapter Spring Update

Posted on: April 5th, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

Fields here in the valley are like walking on a sponge full of glue!  At least the birds have started singing.  The grass is getting green but its not dry enough to put any fertilizer on. Same goes for the lawn that just keeps growing with no hope of mowing until maybe after Easter.  I know, complaining can’t help.

Yamhill County Women for Ag have started seeing interest in our community college scholarship.  A few high school councilors have called me to inquire.  We try to have a decision made by the time graduation gets here so we can award it during senior night.

We are looking forward to the OWA Auction next month and are busy collecting donations.

Some of us have been busy at the Capitol voicing our opinions about a number of different concerns.

Susie Kreder, Yamhill Co. President

Yamhill Chapter Winter Update

Posted on: January 3rd, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

Yamhill County Women for Ag put together our annual gift boxes again this year – we’ve done this more than 40 years! We sell them to raise money to support our scholarships and grants.

Our gift boxes are made up of product mostly donated by local farmers such as Kauer Farms – hazelnuts; Scenery Farms – prunes; McKee Farms – walnuts; Meduri Farms – dried apples; and Oregon Cherry Growers – maraschino cherries. With the help of our local Wilco Stores (Thanks Wilco) in McMinnville and Newberg we sold out all of our gift boxes this year.

The FFA in our area are encouraged to apply for a $200 grant (we have seven local chapters) for projects that benefit the entire chapter.  Our county 4-H can apply for a grant for $500 for projects that benefit the entire county.

We also have two scholarships: one for $1,000 for an OSU student in agriculture; and one for $750 for any community college student earning a degree toward a career in agriculture. We also donate towards AITC and SAI. We have those that receive the scholarships report back to us at a local meeting. The MITCH Charter School in Tualatin bought a large quantity this year. The school curriculum is based on agriculture.

At our January meeting we will be hearing from Karla Erovick, Director of Marketing & Events with the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce. She wants to talk about how we can support ag tourism. We also will be working towards starting our scholarship applications and discussing how we can best support AITC and SAI.

Coming up in April, we are looking forward to AgFest! Always looking for volunteers to help out.

Our meetings are usually held the third or fourth Tuesday each month.  We will be meeting January 17th at 7 pm at Citizens Bank in McMinnville.  If anyone would like to attend or needs further information or directions, please email me.

Susie Kreder, Yamhill Chapter President


Yamhill County member shares why her farm family is voting No on Measure 92

Posted on: October 14th, 2014

by Marie Bowers

This op-ed by Helle Ruddenklau appeared in the McMinnville News-Register on September 12, 2014.

Helle Ruddenklau No on Measure 92
Helle Ruddenklau No on Measure 92

Yamhill County Women for Ag gearing up for Fall activities

Posted on: October 2nd, 2014

by Marie Bowers

Yamhill County does not meet during the summer, but our members helped out at state fair, hosted teachers for the Summer Ag Institute and informed others about harvest progress through our Facebook feeds.

We have had our first meeting of the fall and are getting ready to start our gift packs. We have started the process for our annual gift pack fund raiser.  So if anyone would like a nice Christmas present to send friends, relatives, or business associates of Oregon fruits and nuts, please let Helle know email or call 503-932-0558 if you would like to pre-order. They will be sold at the same price as the last couple of years – $25. each.

We are very pleased to use the money raised to have award two scholarships; one for $750 to Lorena Hernandez to attend Chemeketa Community College and one for $1,000 to Tess Scott to attend OSU. Both young ladies are very active in agriculture. We also use the money to support local 4-H and FFA.

Our member Helle Ruddenklau was quoted in the McMinnville News Register about why people should vote down Measure 92 – the GMO labeling initiative. We also have ladies ready to participate in the Ag in the Classroom program.

We meet at Citizens Bank on the fourth Tuesday of the month.  We will have our next meeting on Tuesday October 28th at 11:30 at Citizens Bank in McMinnville.  We also host the state board meeting on November 21st at Pape in McMinnville.

Thanks for your time.

Susie Kreder, president YCWA
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