Earlier this month I had the privilege of going on a tour hosted by AG PAC for candidates and current legislators. We visited IFA Nursery, which supplies trees to our nurseries and forest sectors; Gingerich Farms, which produces and processes blueberries; and Koch Farms, Inc., a multi-generational vegetable and seed operation. The day ended with an amazing steak dinner at the Coleman Corrals, Inc. – a cattle ranch.
Our state recognizes over 225 agricultural products raised and grown in Oregon. We lead the nation in Christmas trees, hazelnuts, loganberries, black raspberries, ryegrass seed, orchard grass seed, crimson clover, sugar beets for seed, red clover seed, fescue seed, blackberries, boysenberries, potted azaleas, and peppermint. We are also among the top producers of hops, snap beans, spearmint, nursery stock, blueberries, sweet cherries, pears, dried herbs, sweet corn, green peas, cranberries, and wine grapes. Oregon’s agricultural businesses are a vital contributor to our nation’s food and beverage industry. This beautiful state and industry makes me proud to be an Oregonian.
I heard first-hand how our state government is hurting family farmers. Our legislators either don’t understand or just don’t care about the impact their policies have on our small businesses and farmers.
Our farmers are some of the hardest working, most honest people I have met. Their families have farmed for decades and hope to farm for decades to come. As your next representative I will stand strong with the small business owners and farmers who are the engine of a healthy economy and community.
Keeping the Faith,