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Meet a few Young Farmers from Oregon

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I have been a member of Oregon Young Farmers & Ranchers committee for about 8 years now.  I joined up when I returned to the farm after college and have been active ever since.  I think that being involved in important for a lot of reasons, having a say, being at the table, networking with other farmers, meeting new people and broadening our understanding of our industry around Oregon and the US, just to name a few reasons.


Oregon Farm Bureau this year has put together videos of many members of our state committee.  We were asked why we were involved in Farm Bureau, we talked about our farms, and why it's important to be involved.  After filming this summer I was anxious to see the final product and it came out yesterday! 



After you watch all three of the videos (two more below), you can see that Farm Bureau attracts many different kinds of farmers.  Since Oregon is home to so many different crops, it's nice to have an organization who tries to always encompass what the industry as a whole represents.  To keep up with more videos from Oregon Farm Bureau you can subscribe to their YouTube page or like them on Facebook.


Meet Kathy Hadley, Chairman of Oregon Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee:



Meet Evan Kruse, committee member of Oregon Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee:

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Brenda Frketich is a third generation farmer from St. Paul, Oregon. She has been farming full time since 2006 and currently manages her family's 1000 acre farm. They raise grass seed, hazelnuts, crimson clover, wheat, vegetable seeds and peas. She grew up on the farm but never thought that farming was what would be her future. She left her small town to Los Angeles to get a degree in Business. But after years of city living she realized farming was in her blood. Brenda is very involved in many parts of her industry and community. She is a volunteer Firefighter and EMT in her small town. She is involved in Farm Bureau, is a Clover Commissioner, and always tries to find new ways to bridge the gap between her urban neighbors and her rural life of farming. One of the ways she does this is through this blog, and also her personal blog, Brenda is married to Matt Frketich who has also recently started farming with her. They also have a son, Hoot, and old hunting dog, Diesel and farm dog Yukon.