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Jaime Evers was chosen the 2020 Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador at the program’s 61st annual coronation and banquet Saturday at the Salem Convention Center.

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OPINION  The phrase “big dairy” is often used to depersonalize dairy farmers and imply some large, faceless force foisting an agenda. Consolidation has occurred in agriculture for generations and family farms are expanding. But about three-quarters of U.S. dairy farms have fewer than 100 cows on them, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

New Oregon dairies would need to pass muster with regulators before starting operations under a bill the state Legislature will  reconsider this session.

Bastian was instrumental in a university program to educate more dairy scientists to fill needed roles in the dairy industry, particularly in the West.