What do you do when you have to do math for your legislative testimony and you find yourself out in a field pruning, paperless and pen-less?
Old Grey has been on our farm for 22 years. 22 fertilizer seasons of running around loaded down from field to field. 22 summers of hauling grass seed, clover, wheat, even filberts on long hot days. 22 years of wear, tear, washing and waxing before each season.
I realize it might seem silly to have an attachment to just a piece of equipment on our farm, but silly or not, I was sad to see her go. Maybe it’s because I always think back when I was a kid and that steering wheel seemed so big! I can perfectly imagine it’s what Hoot is thinking right as I took the photo below! Or maybe it’s the memories later, sitting in the driver’s seat of Old Grey, learning how to drive a semi, while dad sat in the passenger side and told me to “Take it easy on her!” and inevitably cringing while I grinded every gear heading down the road. Old Grey is the truck that didn’t have the get up and go of her new counterparts at our farm, but I’ll be dammed if she didn’t always get you where you wanted to go….eventually.We bought a new truck that is currently being put together, painted up all pretty and shiny. She’s newer than Old Grey by a long shot, has more horsepower, and will be a great addition to our farm. When we bought her and made the decision to sell Old Grey, it was the end of an era. This is the first large purchase that Matt and I have made since buying the farm from my parents. In a way Old Grey represents the past generation on our farm and the transition to the next.
So while Hoot was farming with me on Friday, we went to say our goodbyes. I gave our boy, generation number 4 a chance to stand on the seat and pull the horn one last time, just like I did growing up.
Obviously Hoot didn’t quite feel as sentimental as me, he was just excited to go see the combines haha! But regardless I said my thank yous for being such a great part of our farm, and for always getting us where we needed to be….eventually.
Many of you have heard this already, but the pieces of House Bill 2859 that included sunsetting some of the most important tax assessments for farmers in Oregon has been removed!
I’ll quote Representative Barnhart in saying,
“In other words, you win.”
What an incredible day at the Capital!
We showed up, we were at the table, and we killed it!
For a more extensive recap check out these links:
- Bad Bill Crushed: HB2859, a Win for Farmers, Ranchers & Foresters -Daughter of a Trucker (Shelly Boshart Davis)
- Lawmakes Back Away from Controversial Farm Property Tax Bill -Capital Press
And if you would like to read my testimony that I submitted you can find it by clicking HERE. Mine is under “Kirsch Family Farms Testimony” by Brenda Frketich (half way down the page). It’s pretty long, but if you’re curious why farmers should get or do get special assessments on their taxes, check it out.
Happy Friday folks!