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Standing up for No on Measure 92

Brenda_Frketich
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As a farmer today I think that we have a certain level of responsibility to the public.  When I'm talking to farmers about this, I know it's frustrating, because in the end, we all just want to farm.  It's what we love, out in the field is where we want to be and in the dirt is where we are comfortable.  But today with such things like the Internet and social media, we have to step out of the dust, wipe the mud from our smart phones, and type a blog about what we are doing.  Why?  Because people who are eating the food that we are producing care, and they want to know what is going on from farm to fork.

 

I have been active ever since I came back to the farm advocating for farming here in Oregon.  I have testified many times at the state legislature, I try as much as I can to keep up with politics, and I really try my best to continue to allow for a bridge from my farm to my more urban neighbors.  It's not easy because let's face it, farming itself isn't easy.  For me, I love to write so blogging has been a pretty natural addition to my job description here at the farm.

 

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Measure 92 here in Oregon is a GMO labeling measure on the ballot this fall.  In just a few short days we will know if labeling will become mandatory in this state and I have been against it from the start.  I'm against it for many reasons and you can find them on www.nuttygrass.com, or by clicking the following links below:

Measure 92, GMO Labeling October 24, 2014

GMO Labeling in Oregon February 17, 2014

 

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Hoot, while not able to vote, is a big supporter of No on Measure 92 Smiley Happy

 

While this labeling law will only effect Oregon if it passes, I know it will have national repercussions.  Similar bills are on the ballot in Hawaii & Colorado.  It's not easy standing up for what you know is best for your industry, but we're hoping that it's all been worth it!  Should make for an interesting week coming up for GMOs.

About the Author
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, www.Nuttygrass.com 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.