From OCA President, Nathan Jackson:

The 2017 Annual Convention has come and gone, and was a great success.  As an Association, we are blessed to have incredibly capable, dedicated staff, without whom this event would not go off nearly as well, if at all.  I urge each of you to let our staff and volunteers know how much you appreciate their work.  Our sponsors and vendors are also critical to the success of our Convention each year.  Without their financial and organizational support, the Convention would simply be impossible to put on.  Please take a moment to explore what each of these groups has to offer, and how they can be a part of your successful business.

The Convention was jam-packed with events and speakers, with wide-ranging topics that had something for every producer and every sector of our industry.  Thursday kicked off with our Cattlemen’s College, a perennial event that brings education to our producers, and would not be possible without the great support of Zoetis.  The speakers this year continued the tradition of excellence at the Cattlemen’s College, with presentations sponsored by Purina, Zinpro, and Zoetis.  Thursday also had myriad other opportunities for education and updates, and the day was capped by a fantastic evening at Deschutes Brewery hosted by the Oregon CattleWomen.

Friday was another busy day at the Convention, with presentations about land and resource management and how those factors influence our members, financial and accounting considerations, and other timely topics of interest to our members.  Committee meetings were a big part of Friday’s programming, and your involvement in our policy committees is essential for shaping the direction and goals of this Association.  Please be a part of a committee that piques your interest.  To find out more, contact the Committee Chair, your County President, or any other member of your OCA leadership team.

The last day of the Convention, Saturday, continued with presentations and Committee meetings in the morning, followed by business meetings of both the OCA and OCW in the afternoon.  At the business meeting, we received updates on the finances of the Association, updated our policy book, heard reports from our Committee Chairs and District Vice-Presidents, and elected officers of the Association.  We also had a robust discussion about how to re-engage with our strategic plan, and use that previous work to drive the Association to accomplish our stated goals.  While we did not agree to institute a standing committee for that purpose, we once again demonstrated one of the strengths of our Association, as evidenced by our ability to disagree honestly, and without hard feelings.


Saturday ended with the President’s Banquet, where we honored industry members and supporters, and passed the gavel of leadership.  I am humbled by the honor you have given me by electing me to lead this Association.  It is the people of the Association, the culture that binds us, and the faith that guides us all, that give me confidence and excitement about the future of our industry, and of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.  Over the next two years, the Association will focus on strengthening the connection with our members and county associations, becoming an even more effective organization, and revising and following our strategic plan.  The hard work and dedication of our members and staff have gotten us to where we are today, and will carry us into the future.  For that invaluable resource, we can all be thankful.

I wish each of you health and prosperity in this New Year.  I am excited about the prospects for our Association, and once again thank you all for your support and confidence in your entire leadership team.


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