Oregon Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, it’s More than JUST a Meeting…

HEADER_LOGOIt’s a busy week coming up! This is our annual Oregon Farm Bureau Meeting week and it will be held not too far from home this year. This is a 3 day meeting that I actually, really quite enjoy! I love to farm, I have the best job in the world for me, but sometimes I’m not going to lie, I need some social time. Being out in a rural area is much different from my college experience of having people all around, all the time! In Los Angeles it’s one of the first things that I noticed, there was no where you could go without someone else being very close by. Here on the farm I could walk for miles and never see a soul, and if I did run across someone I would probably know them and them me since I was a kid. In LA, those people who are so “close” to you all the time, you didn’t know them, lots of strangers. It was something that I didn’t expect to feel and I finally related to that saying of being surrounded by people and somehow still feeling alone.

YFR_INVOLVEDOur Committee a few years ago at Annual Meeting.

Anyway getting back to the point, this Oregon Farm Bureau Meeting is such a great way to get to see so many of the faces that I only get to visit with once or twice a year. We are all spread out over the state, with very diverse farms, with different crops, soil, weather, terrain and somehow we all come together to help write policy this week. Policy for Farm Bureau for those of you not familiar is basically our guidelines for what we think is important, what we think is fair and what “in a perfect world” is how we would like agriculture to be regulated, treated, and taken care of in our state. It’s important for our lobbyists so that they know what o fight for, and also what to compromise with. It’s also something that I use often as a starting off point for questions that I might have about issues I don’t know much about.

Just a few of the great friends I have made through YF&R

So yes meetings aren’t always the most thrilling way to spend a rainy week in December, but between the great friends I get to see and the interesting conversations about what’s going on all over our state, I think it’s more than worth it! I’m also very active in our state Young Farmer’s and Ranchers Committee and this will also be our annual Leadership conference, annual discussion meet competition, and annual meeting. So it will be a busy week to say the least, but again, I’m really excited! I think that you always come away from conferences like this with a new excitement for ag in our state. It makes you feel not so alone in this journey of sharing your story, of making sure agriculture is never forgotten as such an important part of this state, and working together to make sure that my grandkids can still keep this farm going and going!

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It’s Budgeting Time at the Farm….

It’s time to work on the budget…

At least I have a nice view out the window…

Yukon is totally bored with this whole “Office Work” thing…

I think it’s good I’m still smiling!

Farm Organization…at its Best

All through business school I learned about “Job Descriptions” and how important they were. I also learned that in order to fill out any type of application you had to be able to put down your job description. It was very important and something that we learned about, wrote about, studied on…then I started work for the farm. There are many things that change once the reality of the real working world hits. You realize that your job description that you applied for, can be changed, re-defined, or just one of those jobs where no one actually knows what you do while you’re busy at work all day. But then you come to work for your family’s farm, looking for direction and realizing that there aren’t job descriptions on a farm, there is just work!

So with the many constant projects on a farm, who does what, who is in charge of that and who checks to make sure it was done right?? I gotta tell you, it’s still quite a cluster this time of year, looking like chickens with our heads cut off running around to this job and that. Between changing equipment over for different crops, shipping crops out the door, and receiving crops at the same time! Trying to keep crews busy in the down hours of the day, while also making sure that you’re check on them or wake them up from their naps! And of course along comes all the unexpected, the broken shafts or sheer bolts, that weird sound that has started on the combine header or the squeaky driveline that has decided today is the day it will give out. The list goes on and on of what can be worked on. And when that moment comes that you think there just might not be one project left to work on, unfortunately that is the day that you get to clean the dreaded shop bathroom! It’s amazing the kinds of things you will find to keep yourself busy when you know that is the last project on the list!

This may look like chaos…but it’s really quite organized!

I don’t have a clue how other small businesses work, and I’m sure it’s a bit more streamlined than us. But here is one way that we here at Kirsch Family Farms keep ourselves somewhat organized. It may seem a bit archaic with computers and smart phones on all of our hips, but this is our own version of Google Cloud you could say. “The Board” it’s referred to. If something is not written on “The Board” I’ll be honest and say odds are about 1 in 100 that it will get accomplished in any kind of speedy fashion. But at the same time we have a few items up there that have been on “The Board” so long I don’t think any amount of cleaner will get them off. We keep track of equipment to fix, parts to pick up, parts to order, moles dad has killed (this is my favorite), meetings to attend, field work to be done, spraying to finish up, the list goes on and on!

Way to go Dad!

So with my description-less job of farming, I just keep chugging away and wiping things clean off “The Board”, all the while adding every day the next project to hopefully keep me out of the toilet cleaning job!

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