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Social Media Can Be A Team Effort

Picture this: a group of eleven people standing next to a mascot holding a ball on a court. You might assume it’s a basketball team, but that’s only part right. In this case, I’m scrolling through my Twitter feed and it’s a photo of the team behind the social media accounts of the Minnesota Timberwolves: eleven separate people working behind the scenes to produce content and engage fans.

Guess which team had the number one ranked NBA Twitter account for three years in a row until last year? Our very own Portland Trail Blazers. The big market teams who you would expect to rank high due to sheer numbers (such as New York, Boston, and Miami) didn’t even crack the top twenty!

So if it’s not the number of followers you have, what makes the best accounts? How do they connect with fans? How do they reach new fans?

First, they know the most likely reason someone would initially follow them: to know how the team is performing on the court, including stats, highlights, and game time commentary. Second, they know that fans want to interact with actual people and not a bot pumping out data. Not only do the best twitter accounts make the data visually appealing, they are witty with their words.

However, the best NBA twitter accounts give someone a reason to follow them beyond what is happening on the court. The best accounts entertain by including behind-the-scenes looks of practice, pre-game attire, the locker room, boarding the airplane— basically anywhere the typical fan doesn’t have access. They humanize the players by highlighting their personalities, including their work in the community. They creatively interact with other teams, accounts and capitalize on fan favorites. They also incorporate pop culture and current events. All of this makes fans feel like we’re part of the team, too.

The best twitter accounts stand out by striking a balance between being useful and entertaining, humorous and witty, honest and self-deprecating. They are all engaging and consistent. The end result? Fans feel like we’re interacting as opposed to just consuming.

So, how can we take a page out of this playbook and promote Oregon’s agriculture and natural resources?

All of this takes time to plan and create content to share on social media. Maybe you’re tired of spending too much time trying to do it yourself? Not sure how to start? Skeptical about whether it makes a difference? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, Oregon Aglink can help. We have a new benefit for our members through a partnership with Western Insights Media, an Oregon-based social media brand management company focused specifically on natural resources. Oregon Aglink members can save on services to manage digital content, and it’s completely customizable, catered specifically to your business’ needs.

Social media is not going away. The natural resource industry cannot hide from it. We must engage – certainly not at the expense of face-to-face connections, but we have to be in the digital space where untrue news and myths about natural resource production proliferate. Information spreads too quickly to ignore its potential impact.

While the majority of brands connected to Oregon agriculture do not have a professional basketball team-sized social media department (or budget) coordinating their posting online, we can work together to leverage one another and promote Oregon’s natural resources as a team effort in the digital world. Email us at to learn how your business and our industry can gain from this new member benefit!


Teacher Appreciation

Michelle Heuberger of St. Mary’s School in Stayton has been involved with the Adopt a Farmer program since 2014, when she was paired with Skip Gray of Gray Family Farms in Dever-Conner. After a few years of class visits and field trips, we thought she’d be the perfect candidate to share the teacher’s perspective of the Adopt a Farmer program.

Q: How did you get started with Adopt a Farmer?

A: I got started with the Adopt a Farmer program when Amy Doerfler contacted me.  She is a member of the Oregon Aglink board of directors and a former St. Mary’s graduate.


Q: What do your students think of their farmer, Skip Gray?


A: My students LOVE Farmer Skip. He is really good at talking to students on their level and he does so in a fun and engaging way.


Q: What is the process like for coordinating your match with Farmer Skip? Has that changed or gotten easier over time?


A: Skip and I coordinate our meetings via email.  The process is pretty easy as my schedule is really flexible.  I understand how busy farmers are so I try to work around Skip’s schedule as much as possible.


Q: What do the field trips and class visits look like for your match? What do the students get to see and do?


A: Skip visits my 7th grade classroom 2-3 times a year.  During those visits we try to coordinate activities which fit into the science lessons I am currently teaching. For example, during an engineering unit we used programmable robots called, Sphero. The students had to design a planter for Sphero to pull through a field. Then, students had to code Sphero to plant the field.  Another example, is when the students were learning about the Periodic Table of Elements, Farmer Skip presented about common fertilizer types. Each type of fertilizer was made up of one to four elements from the Periodic Table and each fertilizer helped to develop plants with specific physical characteristics. Afterwards, students transplanted radish plants and recorded data about the effects of different fertilizers on plant growth.


Q: What has been the most valuable part of the Adopt a Farmer program for you as a teacher?


A: The most valuable part of the program comes from the real life experiences Farmer Skip is able to share and show the students.  Farming is a big part of our community and modern farming practices are super important for sustainability. Farmer Skip is consistently reminding the students of this.


Q: In what ways could these field trips and class visits influence your students in the future? 


A: I hope the classroom visits and the field trip influence my students to see that Farming is a very diverse industry to which is directly grown by science and research.  I would love to see students in the program go onto college and look at agriculture in terms of sustainability, engineering, research and as a way to make the world a better place.  Lastly, I hope they grow a new appreciation for how much work it takes to produce food and fibers.


The Farmers Share

By Allison Cloo

 Seeking to expand upon the successful outreach model of Adopt a Farmer, Oregon Aglink began partnering with other groups in 2017 to create field trip experiences for adults to visit farms, meet professionals, and get answers outside of online echo chambers.

An initial partnership with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) became “Behind the Seeds”: two field trips funded by OMSI and organized by Oregon Aglink. Portlanders who might normally attend OMSI or its science-centered events could relive the “field trip” experience of their school days and get behind-the-scenes access to the farms growing some of their favorite products. Two trips, one to Sauvie Island and another to a hop farm in Mt. Angel, were a chance for farmers to field some tough questions they might not normally hear during a middle school field trip.

Pesticides? Organics? Pollinators? Genetic engineering? If participants came with buzzwords from blogs and advertising, the farmers were prepared—in large part because the daily experience of farming is a wealth of information to which the average consumer has little access.

Regarding the tough questions, Jeff Kuhn of JD Ranch knew that some participants may have been trying for a “gotcha” moment. “But they have to try pretty hard to get me,” says Kuhn. “Even if they’ve read a book or two, I’m out on a tractor every day.”

Yet the field trips showed one thing quite clearly: differences in knowledge don’t have to provoke a conflict.

The farmers have approached that knowledge gap with a sense of filling in the missing pieces for participants. Rather than a black and white world of simplified advertising or blogging, farmers presented their expertise in weighing risks and rewards. These trips offered up-close perspectives on why a farmer might need to spray a crop or amend their soil. Participants arrived with at least as many questions as opinions, and the knowledge they took away may be put to good use as they share their information with friends and family.

Seeking to replicate this “ripple effect” of spreading information, a second partnership with Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council (ODNC) has led to Oregon Aglink-organized field trips for adults training in nutrition and dietetics. Beginning with a trip for students last August and one for interns this June, the ODNC-Aglink partnership aims to help the future professionals understand how food production occurs and varies throughout Oregon.

“Connecting future dietitians with farmers makes a lot of sense because their reach will go so far in terms of disseminating information about food,” says Oregon Aglink executive director Mallory Phelan. “Since they are considered experts in nutrition and reach consumers who are conscious of their choices, it just makes sense to help them understand the full story of how food is grown in Oregon.”

Are there plans for future field trips? Phelan says yes. Outreach—to the public, the city, the consumer—has always been a core mission for Oregon Aglink. Field trips with adults and especially professionals whose network of influence extends from family to customer or patient can have an enormous impact on knowledge about food production and attitudes toward farming.


Many Hands Make Light Work

By Pamela Lucht

What are you reading these days? Does anyone else miss the days when someone might just send a newspaper clipping they thought you might find special?

These days it seems like there’s an unending pile of newspaper articles, magazine or journal pieces, online blogs or shared links to check out. In spite of the overwhelming number of things to read, I try to carve out some time to catch up every now and then.

So, here’s another recommendation to add to your “pile”! It is from the April issue of Costco’s member magazine, and was the cover story nonetheless: “Food 2.0: When Technology and Farming Converge.” Now, since Costco’s membership magazine aims for audience of suburban consumers, the technology at the four farms and greenhouses in the article might not be revolutionary for someone familiar with agriculture embracing technology. Even so, it was still worthwhile! I got to see how another business was handling the questions people have about their food.

For most of the people I know, life can get pretty busy between balancing business with family and “extracurriculars” whether that looks like hobbies, outdoor activities, or volunteer service. We don’t always have time to look around to see what else is going on around us.

We can miss out on a lot of things when we’re trying to get by day-to-day!

If it seems like we don’t have enough time and attention to spare for hearing other people’s stories, maybe it’s time to look at it a different way: if we listen to what other people are thinking and doing, we might find that we aren’t so alone in our shared mission and values.

Have you ever heard that old saying, “Many hands make light work”?

Telling stories can be a lot of work, and it can feel overwhelming to imagine that you or your family should add “Tell the story of farming in America!” to the to-do list that never seems to end around your farm or ranch. We hear all the time how consumers need to hear more about the people behind the food, but sometimes it isn’t too clear how we can accomplish that.

Well, for one, take five minutes while you’re enjoying your coffee in the morning or that half-sandwich you saved for later, and pull up that newspaper article, magazine piece, or website you’ve been meaning to read over. Allow yourself a moment to find the other hands out there that are making the work of agricultural outreach a little lighter already.

Now that you realize you don’t have to tell the story of all agriculture in America, or even all of Oregon, I don’t want you to feel discouraged that someone beat you to the punch or just relieved that maybe your voice isn’t needed now. Your own story is valuable to Oregon agriculture, and I hope you’ll read Mallory Phelan’s Executive Notes: Social Media Can Be A Team Effort to learn about how Oregon Aglink wants to help you do just that.

As the current president of Oregon Aglink, I hope I’ll get a chance to meet more of you and hear the stories that show the hard-working and innovative spirit of agriculture in Oregon!

Between Farm and Fork

“Where did the onion on this sandwich come from?” asked Mark Dickman, a farmer from Mt. Angel to a classroom full of seventh grade students at Laurel Ridge Middle School in Sherwood during an Adopt a Farmer classroom visit. Students had learned about onion production at Dickman Farms during a field trip and most answers were the store, the farm or the farmers market. While true, these are simple answers in comparison to the complex web of how an onion is grown, harvested, transported, stored, marketed, sold, delivered, distributed, stocked, and so on before a consumer cuts it up for a sandwich.

Farmer Mark diagramed this tangled web highlighting the array of jobs connected to agriculture by peppering students with more questions: How does the onion get to the store? Where does the truck pick up the onions? How did the onions get on the pallet? Students caught on to Farmer Mark’s questions regarding our food system as he went through each item in the picnic lunch he brought to class. This type of exploration gives a more complete story of all of the people involved in between farm and fork.

Not only are students able to better understand the bigger picture of how food is grown and ends up in their lunch, they also realize how many careers there are related to agriculture.

According to a report by USDA and Purdue University, there are an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings every year in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and environmental fields across the country. There is a shortage of 22,500 qualified high-skilled workers annually! This is a huge opportunity for the natural resources community to inspire and engage with the next generation who will have careers in management, business, food and biomaterials production, as well as education, communication, and government – all impacting the future of our industry.

We are intentionally weaving career awareness into the Adopt a Farmer program. Students see a variety of jobs on the farm during field trips and we are currently in the process of creating a classroom activity to explore the importance of not only jobs on the farm, but all of those between farm and fork, just like Farmer Mark talked about. By profiling actual people working in careers on and for the farms students have visited, we can help them discover the education required, skills needed, and how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) play a role in Oregon agriculture today.

The endeavor of showcasing careers in agriculture is not one Oregon Aglink is doing alone.

There has been a groundswell of focus on STEM in K-12 as well as Career and Technical Education (CTE), both of which the natural resource community can engage with and benefit from. Both FFA and 4H promote leadership development through agriculture. Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom will be launching an Agriculture Career Exploration project. Even the Oregon Department of Agriculture has identified “promoting Oregon food and agriculture as an exciting career choice” as a key objective in its recently released 2018-2023 strategic plan.

Winter Olympics & Oregon Wool

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 09: Flag bearer Erin Hamlin of the United States and teammates enter the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images) Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Four years after its wool was featured in Olympic ceremony outfits for Team USA in Sochi, Imperial Stock Ranch is once again part of the thread that connects Oregon agriculture to Winter Olympic history.

Oregon agriculture is no stranger to Korea. Most of the soft white wheat grown in our state is exported to East Asia for noodle and bun production, and that area has been a solid market for berry, nut, and brewing exports as well. In that sense, there’s some good agricultural company for wool to join once it has traveled from Imperial Stock Ranch to National Spinning Co. mills, and from there to Ralph Lauren studios to become sweaters, mittens and hats worn by Olympic athletes.

Wool produced by Dan and Jeanne Carver at their ranch outside of Shaniko, Oregon featured in both the Opening and Closing ceremony uniforms for Team USA in Pyeong Chang this year. While National Spinning Co., Inc. is the official yarn vendor this time around, the story of the wool’s source at Imperial Stock Ranch is as much a selling point for the yarn as its high quality.

Founded nearly a century and a half ago in 1871, Imperial Stock Ranch still runs cattle and sheep, and produces hay and grains, near the ghost town of Shaniko. The Carvers persevered through a market downtown for domestic wool in the 1990s, creating a value-added yarn and clothing business that catered to multiple markets and employed local artisans to produce clothing.  Following their visible relationship with Ralph Lauren during the 2014 Winter Olympics, they continued to grow.  In early 2015, National Spinning Co., Inc., one of the strongest spinning mills in the U.S., proposed a licensing partnership based on Imperial Stock Ranch’s rich history, sustainable practices, and sheep and wool production. Together, National Spinning and Imperial Stock Ranch met with Ralph Lauren’s design and production teams, and presented this new model.  National Spinning launched their Imperial Stock Ranch American Merino branded yarn program later that year.  Their partnership represented a strong business model that brought Ralph Lauren back for the 2018 Olympics.

Throughout it all, the Carvers maintain their roots with the ranch and its chief business: “converting sunlight,” as Jeanne Carver says, into grass that feeds their animals.

The practices at Imperial Stock Ranch made it a pilot audit site for the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), a benchmark set by the Textile Exchange of best practices surrounding animal welfare and land management. In 2017, Imperial Stock Ranch became the first ranch in the world certified under the RWS.

While honoring its 147 year history, the ranch is like many other operations in Oregon that look equally as hard at the future of their land and its productivity in the long run. In Carver’s words, she is most proud of “the management of natural resources, and the interconnected relationship of grazing animals and grasslands. All food, clothing, and shelter begins with the soil. Managing for the health of our soil and systems is good for our family’s future and for all.”

Imperial Stock Ranch, like many other operations in Oregon, is an excellent reminder of the thread between past and future that farmers and ranchers cherish. This second chapter of their story with the Winter Olympics, first in Sochi and then in Pyeong Chang, highlights another important thread, one that spans distances and connects places.

The story of the hats, mittens, and sweaters of Team USA at the Winter Olympics is a special one for Oregon, and both ends of the thread are important. At the one end we have the journey of an Oregon product across the ocean to be appreciated by millions around the world. On the other end we see Dan and Jeanne Carver, the ranchers who made that wool possible on their own patch of soil in Wasco County.

For their part, the Carvers are quick to acknowledge how very neat it all is: “We are very humbled as well as proud to be a small part of Ralph Lauren’s Olympic uniform program,” says Jeanne Carver, “it will always be special.”

Adapt and Embrace: A Salute to John McCulley

Q: Our records show that you started serving on the board of directors in 1988, does that seem right?

A: Wow! Didn’t realize it was that long ago.

Q: How did you get involved with ABC/Oregon Aglink originally?

A: I was executive secretary for the Oregon Fairs Association. At that time and for many years, Aglink (ABC) coordinated the Oregon’s Best Program at county fairs. Aglink also had a presence at the Oregon State Fair. Oregon fairs and Aglink both saw fairs as a way to connect with many non–ag Oregonians.

Q: What do you remember about the Agri-Business Council of Oregon in those years, before it became Oregon Aglink? Are there any campaigns or events you remember fondly?

A: Just as today, the organization has always benefited from dedicated leaders. The crop sign program was the signature activity 30 years ago and it continues to this day. I also fondly recall the first Denim and Diamonds events that were just a wonderful celebration. I think also the Landmark of Quality program with its widely used logo was a foundational campaign in those years.

Q: What are some ways you’ve seen Oregon agriculture and its producers change in the last 30 years?

A: The most obvious, of course, is the rapid adoption of technology. People in agriculture are the most inventive and forward thinking individuals around. I continually marvel at the way producers adapt to changes and how they embrace the most challenging business in the world. Two other things come to mind: the very impressive number of highly skilled young people returning to the farm and the growing number of women leaders in agriculture who are making such a huge, positive impact on the industry.

Q: What’s something that current and future members of the Board of Directors should remember going forward? Any advice or encouragement?

A: Aglink has moved to a higher plane in recent years. The challenge will be to continue to advance. Adopt a Farmer is the best and I only hope that the industry continues to embrace it. Any efforts that show the public (and especially policy–makers) the truth about agriculture are vital.

Q: What’s next for you?

A: I will continue to be a part of the agriculture community serving on the boards of the Oregon FFA Foundation and the Oregon Fairs Foundation. I really enjoy my involvement with Rotary where I serve on the club’s foundation board and several committees. Beyond that I’m a volunteer SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) reader, brew beer, garden, try to keep up with our grandson and squeeze in travel along the way. What a great life!

Expanding Horizons: A Salute to Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey of Orchard View Farms


Q: Our records show that you’ve been serving on the Board of Directors for quite a while– do you remember what year you joined?

A: I do not remember the year I began serving on the Board of Directors but it was over 10 years ago.  Orchard View Farms had been a member for many years and we have always appreciated those involved in promoting agriculture and a positive image of what agriculture does for the state of Oregon.

 Q: What led you to get involved?

A: I got involved as I have always been interested in encouraging producer involvement in the promoting agriculture.  I have always been involved in various groups representing agriculture and Oregon Aglink was a continuation of that involvement.

Q: What led you to go beyond the Board of Directors and serve on the Oregon Aglink Executive Committee?

A: I served on the Aglink executive committee to do what I could to get others involved.  Getting the younger generations involved in Aglink has energized the organization and it is great to see more and more younger producers getting into leadership position

Q: Why does it make sense for Oregon Aglink to have a member of its Board of Directors from the Columbia Gorge? Flipping that question around, why does it make sense for someone farming in the Columbia Gorge to have a local producer serving on the Oregon Aglink Board of Directors?

A: It is important that Aglink has board members from all regions of the state.  The need to have everyone represented is good for both Aglink and the various regions of the state.  Producers tend to get focused on local issues and it is great to expand horizons and see what other regions of the state have to offer.  We can all learn by better understanding the issues of producers with other interests.

Q: What’s something that current and future members of the Board of Directors should remember going forward? Any advice or encouragement?

A: Going forward, members of the Board of Directors need to remember that all aspects of agriculture need to be represented and we can better represent Oregon agriculture only if we have a good understanding of the vast diversity of what makes up Oregon Agriculture.  This diversity needs to be presented in a positive way to the whole state of Oregon if we are to continue to grow.

Q: What’s next for you?

A: As I move more toward an eventual retirement, I continue to be involved in our family farm and many different local and state organizations, not all of which are directly involved in agriculture.  We need to remember agriculture is a small portion of the state as a whole and we need to communicate with others so that they may have a much better understanding of what Oregon Agriculture is.

“Never Stop Learning”: Welcome to President Pamela Lucht

By Allison Cloo

With the annual membership meeting marking a new year, Oregon Aglink welcomed in its new president, Pamela Lucht of Northwest Transplants.

Some readers of AgLink magazine may be familiar with Lucht after a summer 2016 article explored the Molalla-based transplant business and greenhouses she runs with her husband Neal and daughter Lauren. Lucht has been serving as the Chief Financial Officer of Northwest Transplants since 1990. At a Denim & Diamonds event in 2014, then-executive director of Oregon Aglink, Geoff Horning, approached Lucht about serving on the board of directors.

Involvement with Oregon Aglink and its mission of education and promotion fit naturally into the path Pamela Lucht has carved for herself. “I was excited to be asked to serve,” she says, “especially where agricultural education is concerned.” Service and learning have been intertwined for Lucht since high school.

“At one of my first workshops in high school, we were told to never stop learning. Learning to do new things, learning about yourself and your leadership styles, etc.  This is one of my core beliefs.”

After running for class office in spite of childhood shyness, Lucht took that workshop lesson to heart and has continued to pursue opportunities to learn more about leadership and, as it happens, agriculture.

Lucht’s family had moved away from agriculture when her grandparents left a farming community in Oklahoma for California’s Bay Area in 1939. Lucht remembers her grandmother’s stories about picking cotton. For many families, the movement westward toward California and Oregon meant a journey away from farm life and toward other jobs. For Lucht’s family, that was construction and factory work for her grandparents in California, real estate once her parents moved to Eugene.

At the time Pamela Lucht was growing up in Eugene, she and her brother Douglas weren’t aware that their paths would lead them back to farming. A “city” kid like his sister, Douglas got degrees in computer tech and Spanish at University of Oregon but now works at Gingerich Farms. At Oregon State University, Pamela set out to study interior merchandising, an extension of an early interest in architecture and interior design. It wasn’t long, though, before she met her soon-to-be husband Neal and other friends who stoked her interest in learning about agriculture.

“Many of my college friends are producers around the state,” she says, “I had many opportunities to visit their farms and ranches, meet their families, and experience the farm lifestyle.” Beyond the warm welcome she received, Lucht appreciates the technical aspects that keep farms and processors running in Oregon. “I love farm tours and processing plant tours. I enjoy watching how machines work.”

Since attending OSU and co-founding Northwest Transplants, Pamela Lucht has doubled-down on her commitment to service, learning, and support of local farmers and rural communities.

Besides running the books at Northwest Transplants, Lucht keeps herself busy with other volunteer commitments like Molalla Drive to Zero: a campaign to reduce auto accident fatalities by 50% by the year 2020. Clackamas County chose Molalla as its pilot city, with hopes of expanding the program to other rural towns in the county.

If Molalla is setting an example with its drive for safety, Lucht is on a similar example-setting track with her other community work. She recently finished a project with Ford Institute Leadership Program, which focuses on building leadership in rural communities. Moreover, she has begun working with the Rural Development Initiative based in Eugene, Oregon. Their mission “to strengthen rural people, places, and economies in the Pacific Northwest” is a good match for Lucht, whose passion for Oregon agriculture and the surrounding communities is evident.

If it’s not clear already, Pamela Lucht is ready for her year as president of Oregon Aglink. She has no shortage of hopes and plans for the months ahead.

A strong marketing plan to boost membership will likely include sharing the benefits of the SAIF discount with potential members but also upcoming social media projects to help farmers tell their stories. Along with the Adopt a Farmer program, in which Northwest Transplants participates, Oregon Aglink will continue developing the adult education programs first piloted last year.

Lucht looks forward to working with Mallory Phelan and the rest of the board of directors:

“We have a tremendous opportunity to move the organization forward and capture some of the new energy that’s out there in agriculture.”

Investing in the Future

President’s Journal

By Pamela Lucht

Watch out, my millennial is taking over!  Wink, wink!

My husband Neal and I are in the beginning stages of turning over the business to our daughter Lauren. You would think that with only one child the process would be streamlined. I’ve always been a person to embrace new experiences but coming to grips with how quickly things move has been challenging for me lately.

For me, it has been critical to remain positive by asking myself not what is best for me now, but what is best for the future. How can we support and shape our daughter into the business partner that we need?

Neal and I agreed that investing in our daughter’s personal and professional development would be key, and Lauren graduated from the pioneer class of REAL Oregon on March 8.

REAL is a Resource Education and Agricultural Leadership program that promotes leadership and service to people in our agricultural and natural resource industries. During the five month program we have watched her step into new leadership roles in the company with confidence. It also kept her busy and slowed her down just a bit, for which Neal and I were grateful.

Investing in the future of Oregon Aglink is also something I am passionate about. We must embrace change to remain relevant and worthwhile to our membership.

A change in venue for Denim and Diamonds is one new thing in store this year, and the board is looking to add valuable services for members, such as social media support. Our Adopt a Farmer program is also aiming to expand its reach to our Eastern and Coastal regions of Oregon.  Most importantly, I hope that you feel welcome and continue to share your ideas to shape Aglink into a valuable resource for its membership and the agricultural community.

It is a year for growth! With new Executive Director, Mallory Phelan, comes a new perspective and new energy, and I hope to bring a spirit of support and collaboration to the endeavor.

Stay tuned for an exciting year of innovation!

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