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.

Generational farmers define the future

Darlen Sichley

Multi-Generational Farmers are Defining the Future

Words: Rob Goodman
Photos: NakalanMcKay.com

When Darleen Sichley finished high school in Silverton, she decided it was time to leave her family’s farm. Abiqua Acres was founded in 1938 by Darleen’s grandparents and Sichley had spent her entire life helping run the farm. However, one year later she returned to the farm to raise a family.

Becky Heimerl: Raising up the next Ag generation

Planting the Seed for Oregon’s Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow

Words: Rob Goodman
Photos: NakalanMcKay.com

Born with farming in her blood, Becky Heimerl grew up taking care of animals and working in the fields. Her mother served as the past president for Oregon Dairy Women (ODW) and is now chairperson of the Oregon Princess Ambassador program. This year ODW is celebrating its 60th anniversary. For Becky, the current president of ODW, the organization has a deeper meaning.

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