Former DEQ director, wheat farmers appointed to ag board
By Eric Mortenson
The former director of Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality and an eastern Oregon wheat grower have been appointed to the state Board of Agriculture.
Gov. John Kitzhaber announced Tuesday he's chosen Stephanie Hallock, who worked her way up the ranks of DEQ and served as director from 2000-2008, and Umatilla County farmer Tyson Raymond to fill spots on the 10-member board.
Raymond is past president of the Oregon Wheat Growers League and an outspoken representative of farmers. This past spring, Raymond stepped forward with other wheat growers to explain the industry's concern about the discovery of genetically-modified wheat plants in eastern Oregon.
Hallock, of Lake Oswego, began her career at the U.S. Environmental Protection agency in 1979. She was selected in 1988 to head DEQ's solid waste program, and worked on water quality and other issues for the state agency before being appointed director in 2000.
Her tenure was marked by budget cuts, staff reductions and political wrangling, however, and environmentalists criticized the agency as too cozy with the polluters it was supposed to regulate. Hallock retired in 2008.
Hallock and Raymond replace Jan Kerns of Haines and Lynn Youngbar of Portland, who had served the maximum of two four-year terms.
The board advises the Oregon Department of Agriculture on programs and policies, meeting quarterly to hear reports, tour projects and other work. The next meeting is Sept. 17-19 in Prineville.
The other board members are Barbara Boyer, Pete Brentano, Doug Krahmer, Sharon Livingston, Laura Masterson, Jerome Rosa, Steve Van Mouwerik and Chair Tracey Liskey.