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.

Sun Sets on 55-Year Potato Co-op

Malin Potato Cooperative

Series: Pay Attention to your Co-Op

Words: Mitch Lies

Photos: lynnphoto.com

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.

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