Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Speakers Bureau can provide informative and enlightening speakers to community and civic groups, and professional organizations on a variety of issues. OCA Speakers Bureau coordinates requests for our roster of speakers. Each inquiry is carefully evaluated to identify the needs of the audience and determine the most suitable presenter.
Requests for speakers are given prompt, courteous attention. Please submit event information at least one month prior to the event date to Jerome Rosa at 503-361-8941 or email him at Jerome.Rosa@orcattle.com.
Bill is a cattle rancher with operations in Malheur and Baker counties and headquarters near Unity. Bill runs cattle on approximately 2,500 acres of hay and pasture land and 20,000 acres of rangeland. Bill has had a diverse career. He began working with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in a variety of positions statewide. He moved onto Atlantic Richfield working in their ag-bio group eventually rising to work as Senior Vice President in charge of worldwide production, processing, packaging and shipping of vegetable and field seeds for ARCO Seed Co.
Bill moved on from the corporate world to start a seed distribution company that he still owns today. He began cattle ranching in 1978.
Bill attended Treasure Valley Community College obtaining an Associate’s degree in Wildlife Management. He then transferred to Oregon State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management.
Bill has served on the Board for the Farmers Supply Co-Op and on the Board for Oregon Trail Beef. He has served as President of the Malheur County Cattlemen and as a Committee Chair and Regional Vice President for the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. The City of Ontario Chamber of Commerce honored him as Agriculturist of the Year.
Currently, Bill serves on the Board of Directors for the Burnt River Irrigation District, Board of Directors for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and was President of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association from 2008-2009.
Ray Sessler operates two cattle ranches in Oregon, located in Prineville and Paulina. He has grown up on the land with his family doing business with ranchers and owning cattle. Ray has also worked in the scrap metal business and sold his successful business in 1993. His practical experience has led to an understanding of what it takes to be successful in the livestock business and he applies this knowledge to his position as President of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.
Ray attended Shasta College and Contra Costa College. He and his wife have been cattle producers for over 25 years and he continues bringing his knowledge and expertise to the Association and to community partners statewide.
Curtis Martin is the owner and operator of VP Ranch in North Powder, Oregon. Curt has been in the ranching business since he was born. Growing up in Vale, he worked on his family’s ranch, learning the business from the ground up.
Curtis implements management practices that emphasize water conservation as well as control of invasive species such as juniper on rangeland. Curtis serves as President of the Powder Valley Water Control District, Director of Union Soil and Water Conservation District and is a former member of the Powder Basin Watershed Committee. He is also Co-Chair of the Powder/Brownlee Ag Water Quality Local
Advisory Council set forth in SB 1010. Curtis remains closely involved in these issues in order to continue creating workable solutions to address the management of water with sound science and methodologies in place.
Bill Hoyt is the owner and operator of Hawley Land & Cattle Company based in Cottage Grove. Hawley has been producing quality cattle for more than 35 years. Bill has been a part of the cattle industry since his birth and his family has been ranching in Oregon for over 150 years. Bill attended the University of Montana with a degree in Political Science and Education and served in the US Air Force.
Bill and his wife, Sharon, operate a diversified business that includes sheep and goat production as well as cattle. Hawley is implementing cutting edge forage production that results in a limited ecological footprint while growing forage that compliments the land and its many occupants. These new techniques require less conventional fertilizer and results in higher water conservation. Goats from the Hawley ranch are used in many Portland communities and the US Army Corps of Engineers for control of invasive weeds in environmentally sensitive areas. This use of natural means of control for invasive weeds has generated significant interest and Hawley will be hosting a Ph.D. project from Oregon State University looking at the use of goat grazing to promote nature control of invasive weeds.
Bill has served as the President of The Oregon Polled Hereford Breeders Association, the Douglas County Livestock Association. He is also a past president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and serves as their Legislative Chair. He is frequently called upon to provide testimony regarding Oregon’s agricultural industry and the role of cattle production in strengthening Oregon’s economy as well as preserving the land and natural resources of our state