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Ag Day is Everyday #AgDay365

10 Apr

A few years ago I was advocating for some pro-agriculture legislation at the state level.  I wrote a blog about how great it would be for Oregon’s farmers and for our industry as a whole.   A friend of mine reached out and told me that she was confused about why I was working so hard at getting this passed at the state level, she thought my efforts were wasted because,

“We should save these state level fights for things that effect everyone, not just for farmers.  This is not an issue of statewide concern.” 

To say I was shocked was an understatement, so I took a deep breath and asked a few simple questions…when she last had a meal.  I asked what her clothes were made of.  I asked her to look around her and told her that Oregon agriculture employs 1 in every 12 of the people she sees.  I wanted to help her see that while only 2% of the population might be a farmer…farming reaches everyone, statewide and beyond!

Which is why I was so excited to see the new campaign that American Women in Agriculture launched this year.  Ag Day 365, showing how Ag Day is Everyday! The goal of this campaign is to show everyone how much our lives, all our lives, connect to agriculture.  It’s not just for us farmers out in the fields, farming touches the lives of every single person every single day.  Even for all my friends from Loyola Marymount University in LA, yes to all of you who only know one farmer, your lives are constantly being affected by farmers from all over the world.

If you want to learn more you can check out the website AgDay365, or feel free to follow along with #AgDay365 to see the many posts from farmers all over the United States.  Here are just a few of my favorites from some great advocates for agriculture…

Allowing people a look into what farmers face each and everyday is not an easy task.  It takes time and effort that goes beyond just trying to make your business survive to the next generation.  But in the end, groups like American Agri-women and our local affiliate Oregon Women for Agriculture are always helping the effort.  Please follow along and encourage others to as well.  Because while farmers are such a small number in people, there are a growing number of us who are trying to reach out and let everyone know what we are up to out in the fields, how we raise the food you eat, and share in some of the challenges and successes that make up what we are proud to call Oregon agriculture.

Dirt Math

10 Mar

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?


You scratch it in the dirt with your pruning sheers!  Just another day of many hats…farmer, accountant and agvocate!  

Farmers, Ranchers & Foresters Crush Bad Bill

3 Mar

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!

17021431_1338033882902577_6820762043884180306_nA huge thank you to the over 100 folks who took the time, to come show up and stand up for our great industry here in Oregon!  You all made the difference on Wednesday.

We showed up, we were at the table, and we killed it!

For a more extensive recap check out these links:

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!

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