SALEM, Ore., (1/20/2016) –The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is happy to welcome its new political advocate, Rocky Dallum, to the OCA Team. Dallum will be filling the political advocate position after the association’s longtime advocate, Jim Welsh, retired last June.

Dallum moved to Oregon from cattle country in Montana when he was 14. He recalled memories of participating in brandings and eating Rocky Mountain Oysters as a kid which at the time, he enjoyed.

“I spent my high school summers working on an Oregon grass seed farm,” Dallum said. From there, he ventured out to a dairy farm in New Zealand through IAEA (International Agricultural Exchange Association.)

Dallum comes to OCA as a highly qualified attorney and political advocate with degrees from Willamette University College of Law, and Linfield College.

“It’s really great for OCA to have an attorney like Rocky on staff,” said OCA’s Executive Director Jerome Rosa. “The Legislative process is becoming more intricate each session and I feel confident he will help guide us through it well.”

Dallum is passionate about his work and realizes the impact policy can have on everyone. “I recognize the impact public policy can have in rural communities,” Dallum said. “Oregon’s agriculture and natural resource sectors have always been important to me and my family, and I look forward to sharing that story with policy makers.

John O’Keeffe, president of OCA, said he is happy the association will be working with Dallum. “His legal background is helpful, he is respected, well-known and connected. These qualities will be invaluable as we lobby in the future.”

Rosa said he observed Dallum’s work on the prevention of an antibiotics bill last session and was impressed. “It was outstanding,” he said.

As he prepares with OCA for the 2016 session, Dallum said the thing he will be looking forward to most is building relationships. “I’m looking forward to getting to know OCA members and to learn about their businesses and their issues.”

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.

By Kayli Hanley