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The Power of Service: Outgoing President Nathan Jackson

December 31, 2019

So how does a young boy from a logging community in Douglas county rise to notable agricultural leadership? Simply put, Nathan believes in the power of service. His father encouraged him from a young age to build a career with strategy and integrity, and in doing so, Nathan has been able to rise through the ranks in one of the most honorable fields – agriculture.

“Like so many young adults today, I wasn’t raised on a ranch or a farm, so I faced capital barriers to forging a life in agriculture,” says Jackson. After graduating from South Umpqua High School, Jackson pursued ag classes at Umpqua and Klamath Community Colleges while working in the casino cages at the Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville. In 2000, the Cow Creeks purchased K-Bar Ranches, outside of Myrtle Creek. It was at that time; Jackson took his first professional role in agriculture as a ranch hand…

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Oregon Cattle Con 2019

December 12, 2019

You may have noticed some re-branding to the Oregon Cattlemen’s “Annual Convention” this past year. Adapting NCBA’s Cattle Con branding to “Oregon Cattle Con”, was a fresh way to market one of the largest cattle industry gatherings in the PNW to the old hats, the newbies, and everyone in between. The marketing strategy was a big hit on social media! As #oregoncattlecon built traction on Instagram and Facebook, Social Stories were flooded with snips and snaps of OCA presentations, speakers, and entertainment in Bend and the OCA Facebook page leaped past 10,000 followers to 10,315 in the month leading up to convention – a digital success! This was not the only change – this past year the OCA staff took a close look at how to make this event more informative to all, a fun happening, and as economical as possible for the association, members, natural resource partners, and dedicated sponsors…

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PAC: Support Where it Counts

October 16, 2019

On Sept. 19 cattle producers, allies and advocates gathered at the Malott ranch for the Cowboy ImPACt dinner, generously hosted by Central Oregon Ranch Supply on the eve of their annual tradeshow.

This event is the Oregon Cattlemen’s only annual fundraiser to support the lawmakers who fight for the rights of Oregon farmers and ranchers in the Capitol. All proceeds from the event go to the OCA’s Political Action Committee. For the second year, Mark Malott opened his barn doors and invited OCA members to gather for a delicious steak dinner and lively conversation about issues that impact the rancher’s way of life in this state

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Lifelong learning on the Ranch

July 31, 2019

Do we stop learning? Or better yet, do we ever want to stop learning? Of course not. Every day when we open our eyes in the morning, we’re presented with the chance to learn, to digest something new – from our work, community, or the world operating around us. At the same time, each one of us carries a sliver of knowledge that someone else does not know and just maybe, we will have the opportunity, on any given day, to shift, enrich or transform someone’s worldview…

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Putting Agri-Tourism to Work

May 5, 2019

What is agri-tourism? Simply put, it’s the practice of attracting travelers or visitors to an area used primarily for agriculture purposes. Attendees find themselves immersed in the beauty and nostalgia of the countryside while absorbing small gems of information about the farms and ranches that put food on the dinner table. I was fortunate enough to be a part of such a tour – and what an outstanding example it was! On April 26, the North Central Livestock Association (NCLA), comprised of Wasco and Sherman counties, held their annual Bull Tour with four site visits in the beautiful, rolling, green hills near Condon and Lone Rock…

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Green New Deal: Cows are not the enemy

March 1, 2019

On February 7, freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced a Green New Deal resolution highlighting hopes and dreams for accomplishing net-zero greenhouse gas emissions within a 10-year time frame. A picturesque conception of creating millions of high-wage jobs, investing in infrastructure and industry, and promoting justice for “vulnerable communities,” all while meeting 100 percent power demand through zero-emission energy sources – sounds pretty good on paper. The Green New Deal fails to state how the government will realistically enact, enforce or accomplish those goals…

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