Sherman County eNews #133


  1. Oregon Farm Bureau Invites Photographers to Enter Oregon Ag Images

  2. Sherman County 4-H Club Report: Beef

  3. Memorial Day in Wasco with Veterans, Classic Cars, Author Jane Kirkpatrick & Friends, May 28

  4. Learning to Love Work

  5. Ranchers rage at Blumenauer Farm Bill amendment

  6. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

  7. Letter to the Editor: Jeff Merkley’s Wasco Town Hall

  8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Oregon Farm Bureau Invites Photographers to Enter Oregon Ag Images

camera.35mm.blueOregon Farm Bureau (OFB) invites all photography enthusiasts to enter their best images of Oregon agriculture to the annual OFB Calendar Contest.

Twelve selected photographers will have their work featured as month images in the 2019 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar.

The award-winning calendar celebrates all aspects of Oregon agriculture: the products, the people, the production, the landscape, the enjoyment, anything that depicts the beauty, technology, culture, enjoyment, or tradition of family farming and ranching.

“Spring is a fantastic time to look for photo opportunities within Oregon agriculture,” said OFB Communications Director Anne Marie Moss. “Farmers markets are in full swing, fields are blooming, farmers are preparing for summer harvest, and young animals abound.” 

Horizontal-format, high-resolution images — both close-ups and panoramic views — are needed of all types of agriculture in all seasons.

Subject ideas include scenes from farmers’ markets, close-ups of ag products or crops in the field, planting and harvesting crops, panoramic scenes of farmland, people enjoying Oregon-grown ag products, portraits of farmers/ranchers/families, farm animals, state or county fairs, 4-H and FFA events, on-farm festivals, to name just a few.

Photographers with images selected for month pages in Oregon’s Bounty will receive a photo credit in the 2019 calendar, which is mailed to 67,000 Farm Bureau members, and copies of the calendar. Everyone who submits an image will receive a complimentary copy of the calendar ($20 value), provided they include their mailing address.

The deadline for entries is Sept. 15, 2018. Photographers do not need to be Farm Bureau members to participate and there is no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted.

Find photo specifications and contest rules at The state’s largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state’s family farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. The calendar is mailed to 67,000 members around the state and thousands more are distributed throughout the year. 

For more information and to see previous years of the Oregon’s Bounty Calendar, visit Project contact is Anne Marie Moss, OFB Communications Director, at, 503.399.1701.

2. Sherman County 4-H Club Report: Beef

4-H clover1The Sherman County Beef Club held a meeting on 5/16/18 at 6pm. It was held in the Sherman beef barn.  The meeting was called to order by Patrick the pledge of Allegiance was led by Natalie and the 4-H Pledge was led by Allie.  The minutes were read by Courtney and they were approved as read.  The motion was moved by Allie and seconded by Natalie.  We talked about how and when to clip our steers and that we need to have bloat blocks in with our steers.  We also talked about show.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:20 pm, the motion was moved by Allie and seconded by Courtney. By: Courtney Coelsch

3. Memorial Day in Wasco with Veterans, Classic Cars, Author Jane Kirkpatrick & Friends, May 28

American-Flag-StarWe are lucky to have Jane Kirkpatrick coming to Wasco for our big old-fashioned Memorial Day Celebration on Monday, May 28th.  She will be located in city hall across the street from the RR depot  She will be visiting with our visitors and her fans, will be bringing books for purchase and will be reading at 1 p.m.  Enjoy celebrating our veterans with a military fly-over, parade, car show, Paradise Rose BBQ,  our popular pastry auction, kids’ tractor and train rides and more. ~Carol MacKenzie , committee member.

4. Learning to Love Work

Do you have trouble getting your kids to buckle down when there are chores to be done? Here are a few tips on how to help your children learn to enjoy work.

With all the distractions available to kids today, it can be a challenge to settle them into doing work around the home. For most families, each family member needs to pitch in, as they are able. And learning to work in this way sets a pattern that will be invaluable as the young grow up and enter the workforce.

First, and perhaps most important, set a good example yourself. Young people learn how to approach work by watching the adults around them. If you are constantly complaining about the work you “have to do,” don’t be surprised if your kids follow in your footsteps. The parent who states, “I hate housework!” will raise kids who hate housework, too.

Next, teach them that work brings material rewards. Instead of giving them an allowance, or in addition to a base amount that remains stable, set up specific daily and weekly jobs and a fair pay system, with small raises for improved performance. If money is an obstacle, how about a special time with you, reading or playing – something of far greater value to a child than money.

Even very young children can be helpful and they love earning this way. In addition to building an appreciation for work, you are also building their self-esteem and attaching positive emotion to their memory of accomplishment. One thing to remember: Avoid punishing a child with special household tasks. It’s almost guaranteed to create a negative attitude toward work.

Finally, praise even imperfect efforts before you point out any need for improvement. It is in the trying that we learn, in the attempts to take on more responsibility that we grow.

If you remember the rule that says give three pats on the back for every single criticism, you’ll be helping your kids see work not only as a way to earn a living, but also as a way to feel good about themselves and their accomplishments. (And future employers will thank you for it.) ~The Pacific Institute

5. Ranchers rage at Blumenauer Farm Bill amendment

American flag2The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and more than 40 of the nation’s most influential commodity trade associations are urging Congress to stand with farmers, ranchers, and rural communities by voting down the amendment offered by U.S. Reps. Dave Brat (7th Dist. – Va.) and Earl Blumenauer (3rd Dist. – Ore.) to the 2018 Farm Bill.

The Brat/Blumenauer amendment will negatively impact agricultural producers in all 50 states who raise, buy, and sell commodities by shackling commodity research and promotion programs commonly known as “checkoffs.” It is intended to improve the transparency and accountability of commodity checkoff programs, but in turn, takes control away from producers and will gut the programs that build demand for agricultural products.

In a letter sent to Congress today, the commodity groups emphasize the amendment’s duplicative and counterproductive burdens on producer-funded programs.

“These sweeping prohibitions are the result of the amendment’s ban on contracts with any party that engages in advocacy – even though the advocacy has nothing to do with the entity’s partnership with checkoffs,” the letter states.

Restrictions include sweeping prohibitions that ban contracts with any party that engages in advocacy on agricultural issues. In practice, this would mean that self-help checkoff programs are prohibited from collaborating with a broad range of stakeholders, including universities, public health associations, and producer education organizations. Currently these stakeholders use checkoff dollars to support producers and consumers with critical research on food safety, nutrition, marketing, and production.

“Our members see the checkoff programs as an investment in their families’ future which they and their fellow producers have voluntarily adopted. At a time of low farm incomes, we cannot afford to lose these important programs.”


6. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleHere are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

  • $36 million:Approximate amount of damages reported by various entities, including the U.S. Forest Service, ODOT and the Union Pacific Railroad and others, according to OPB, due to the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge last year. A Hood River County Circuit Court Judge will decide on how much restitution the teen who started the fire should have to pay.
  • 125:Years Marylhurst University has been in operation. The university in the Portland suburbs announced Thursday that it will close by the end of the year due to dwindling enrollment and revenues, according to Willamette Week.
  • 9:Number of poet laureates the state has had since 1921.
  • 40:Percentage of the state’s beer that is brewed by its five largest breweries, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.
  • 75:Percentage of the state’s beer that is brewed by its 20 largest breweries.
  • 10: Years a state police disciplinary panel is recommending that former Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea‘s police certification be suspended for dishonesty, according to The Oregonian. O’Dea retired after it came out that he’d accidentally shot a friend while on vacation in Harney County in 2016, then lied about it to investigators.
  • 46.36:Percent of the vote Knute Buehlerwon in the Republican primary for governor Tuesday night, according to early numbers from the Secretary of State’s Office.
  • 81.91:Percent of the vote incumbent Gov. Kate Brown won in the Democratic primary for governor.
  • 22:Percent of Oregonians who belong to a minority race or ethnic group, according to OPB.
  • 2:Factor by which that figure is expected to double in the next 40 years.

7. Letter to the Editor: Jeff Merkley’s Wasco Town Hall

To the Editor:

Dear Sherry, 

Most Senators don’t hold town halls. I can’t imagine doing the job without them. They are a fundamental part of our “We the People” democracy, and I thank everyone who came out to participate.

I recently visited Wasco for a town hall in Sherman County. It was great to see folks come together to discuss the four corners of the foundation we need to build for Oregon families to thrive — quality education, stable housing, affordable health care, and living-wage jobs. We talked about the need to reinstate net neutrality rules that allow fair access to the internet, and addressing the opioid crisis that’s affecting every corner of the country, including rural Oregon.

I look forward to working together to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and our country this year. 

To learn more about this town hall or any future events, or to learn more about any of the topics we discussed, pleasvisit my website at and stay engaged on Twitter. You can also like my Facebook page and follow me on Instagram for a look behind the scenes!

All my best,

8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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