PENDLETON, Ore. -- Oregon wheat growers honored a longtime leader in their industry as he banged a gavel for what may be the last time.
The Oregon Wheat Commission and Oregon Wheat Growers League held a dinner June 14 honoring Pendleton, Ore., wheat farmer Sherman Reese for nearly 20 years of service to the industry the same day Reese closed his last commission meeting as chairman. His term ends July 1.
Throughout his career, beginning in the early 1990s, Reese served in a variety of leadership roles on the Umatilla County wheat growers association, the state wheat league and the National Association of Wheat Growers. He was appointed to the commission in 2006.
"I'm privileged to have served the producers of Oregon," Reese said. "I did my very best in all capacities."
Reese said he plans to pay more attention to his own farm and spend more time with his family.
"I'll just be another farmer like everybody else," he said. "Maybe one with more experience."
-- Matthew Weaver