Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Barry Bushue was re-elected to an eighth two-year term as president of Oregon Farm Bureau during the 81st OFB Annual Meeting in Bend, Dec. 10-12. A third-generation farmer, Bushue runs a family nursery, berry, and flowering basket operation near Boring.
“I thank you for your trust and confidence that I will continue to do good work on behalf of Farm Bureau,” said Bushue. “I believe in and am proud of our grassroots process and am passionate about enacting public policy that protects Oregon’s family farmers and ranchers. Through Farm Bureau we secure progress for agriculture that we could never accomplish alone.”
Bushue is also vice president of the American Farm Bureau Federation and will serve in this capacity during the AFBF Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Jan. 12-15. Bushue, an east Multnomah County berry and nursery stock producer, is OFB’s 15th president.
Elected to a third two-year term as OFB 2nd vice president was Peggy Browne of Baker County Farm Bureau. As OFB 2nd vice president, Browne focuses on national legislative activities for the organization. She operates a family cattle ranch along with a natural resource consulting firm in North Powder.
Mickey Killingsworth of Jefferson County Farm Bureau was elected to a first two-year term as chair of the OFB Women’s Advisory Council. As WAC chair, Killingsworth becomes the OFB 4th vice president. She raises sheep on a farm in Madras.
The state’s largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state’s family farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas.
First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,500 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge