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Hon. Snodgrass: The farmer who became Speaker

Lynn Snodgrass

(R, D-10) Retired

Republican, Oregon House of Representatives, 1995-2001, District 10 Clackamas, Damascus, Happy Valley, Oregon City, Boring and Gresham. Republican House speaker, 1999-2001. Current: CEO, Gresham Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading

Hon. VanLeeuwen: A founder of Women for Ag

Liz VanLeeuwen

(R, D-1 (R, D-37) Retired 8)
Oregon House of Representatives, 1981-1999, District 37 At the time, included all of Linn County except Albany.

VanLeeuwen says she never dreamed she’d be in office, but her involvement in agriculture got her drafted as a write-in in the 1974 primary. Though she did not win the November general election in 1974, VanLeeuwen was elected to her first term in the House of Representatives in 1980, on her third try. Continue reading

Senator Betsy Johnson: Top dairy farmer defender

Betsy Johnson

(D, SD-16)

Oregon Senate, 2005-Present, District 16 Cities west of Portland from Scappoose to Tillamook up to Astoria. Oregon House of Representatives, 2001-2005. Continue reading

Rep. Sprenger: Haystacker turned lawmaker

Sherrie Sprenger

Sherrie Sprenger
(R, D-17)
State Representative, 2008-Present, District 17 East Linn County and part of Marion County.

On Representing Rural Oregon Sprenger sees herself as a steward of Oregon’s resources. She and her family love hunting, fishing and “just being in the far reaches of the state.” Continue reading

Sun Sets on 55-Year Potato Co-op

Malin Potato Cooperative

Series: Pay Attention to your Co-Op

Words: Mitch Lies


The mood was upbeat and confident at the Malin Potato Cooperative in February of 2015. The Merrill, Oregon, agricultural co-op was preparing to open a brand-new, $7 million state-of-the-art potato packing plant. The co-op’s members had been convinced the investment would provide a much-needed lift with the promise of high efficiency and new organic markets. Continue reading

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