Spring Quarterly 2017
The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association hosted their Spring Quarterly for 2017 in Salem, Oregon with a focus on Legislative Updates and a Question & Answer Session with Legislators.
Events started in the Conference Room at the Oregon Farm Bureau with a variety of different speakers.
Nellie McAdams – Farm & Ranch Succession
A fifth-generation Oregonian, Nellie McAdams grew up part time on her family’s hazelnut farm in Gaston. She continues to work there in her spare time and her dad is training her to eventually take over. Nelle is also an attorney.
Nellie is the Farm Preservation Program Director at the Oregon nonprofit Rogue Farm Corps. In this role, Nellie researches the changing cost and ownership of Oregon’s agricultural land and how to keep this land in production. She also promotes programs and policies to help farmers and ranchers pass on their legacies of land and agricultural businesses to the next generation.
Paul Henson – USFWS Update
Paul Henson is the State Supervisor for the USFWS Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office in Portland, Oregon. Paul has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, & a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Minnesota. He started his career with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as field biologist in Oregon in 1992 where he worked on timber, water, & private land issues. He left Oregon in 1992 to supervise operations in Hawaii & the Pacific Islands. In 2004, he moved with his wife & two sons to Sacramento, CA, where he was Assistant Regional Director supervising all Endangered Species field offices in CA, NV, & the Klamath Basin in Oregon. He returned to Oregon in 2008 as State Supervisor to help manage issues such as greater sage grouse, wolves, bull trout, spotted owls, & many other conservation challenges.
Paul’s top priority is working collaboratively & finding ways to make the ESA work for private landowners & for conservation. Today, Paul will be discussing the Service’s desire to continue working collaboratively with OCA and Oregon’s ranching community for two mutually compatible goals: keep ranchers ranching and conserving Oregon’s fish and wildlife resources!
Guest Speaker – Alexis Taylor, Director for the Oregon Department of Agriculture
Alexis Taylor became the 15th director of the Oregon department of Agriculture and officially began on January 23, 2017. Taylor previously served as the Deputy Under Secretary for the Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services at the US Department of Agriculture. I her role at USDA, she was responsible for advancing international trade policy and international market opportunities for American farmers and ranchers.
Additionally, Taylor led the USDA’s Women in Agriculture Initiative, dedicated to fostering and growing a mentoring network for women pursuing careers in agriculture across the country. Taylor served in the United States Army Reserves from 1998 to 2006 and did one tour in Iraq with the 389th Combat Engineer Battalion. She is a graduate of Iowa State University and grew up on her family farm in Iowa, which has been in the family for more than 150 years.
The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is honored and excited for this opportunity to introduce Alexis Taylor to all of you and provide an opportunity for you to not only get to know Alexis, but to ask any questions that you may have.
April Snell (Executive Director for the Oregon Water Resources Congress) and Les Perkins (General/District Manager for Farmers Irrigation District)
Chiyanna Tolton (OCA Membership Outreach Coordinator) – Membership Report
Questions & Answer Session with Oregon Legislators