Kortney Bahem and her husband, Daniel Lousignont, own and operate L&L Meats LLC, a mobile butchering business in Homedale, Idaho. She is among the many Women in Ag featured this week.
SILVER LAKE, Ore. — Cassie Pierson grew up helping on her family’s Christmas tree farm and admits the work wasn’t always easy.
NOTI, Ore. — Holly and Matt Kurzhal have turned their desire to live and to raise their children in a rural setting into a business.
INDEPENDENCE, Ore. — It’s fitting that Natascha Adams, a former hop farm worker, has been enlisted to manage Independence’s revised Heritage Museum.
SILVERTON, Ore. — Herman Goschie always thought no daughter of his would be a farmer.
NEWBERG, Ore. — Anne Iskra’s graduate thesis at Oregon State University includes valuable information she uses to this day.
OAKLAND, Ore. — Tami Jo Braz is not only a small woodland owner, but also an ambassador for those who grow and manage trees on small parcels of land.
NEWBERG, Ore. — Danielle Zarro grew up in Florida, about as far from Oregon agriculture as you can get.
ROSEBURG, Ore. — With a wide smile and laughter, Ellie Norris-Assmus calls Norris Blueberry Farm “a hobby gone wrong.”
ELLENSBURG, Wash. — For Linda Henderson and her husband, Lynn, ranching is more than a business; it’s a way of life.
SANDY, Ore. — Lili Tova’s history of working on farms in Oregon stretches back only 17 years, but she started “getting her hands in the dirt” as a child and then while gardening as a teenager.
GRAND RONDE, Ore. — Piper Klinger, who with her husband, Bob, raises sheep near the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation, was introduced to farming while a student at Ohio State University.
INDEPENDENCE, Ore. — Hang out at Martha Walton’s booth at the Independence Farmers Market on Monmouth Street and you’re sure to hear all the latest news.
CAMANO ISLAND, Wash. — At a farmers market filled to the brim with standard market veggies, the owners of Eternity Farm wanted to offer something different.
COLVILLE, Wash. — Angie Barton was always drawn to animals while growing up in Vancouver, Wash.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Marty Stingley and her husband, Russ, are ranchers near Ellensburg, Wash. She grew up in Kirkland, a suburb across the lake from Seattle, and came to Ellensburg to go to college.
BLACKFOOT, Idaho — Wendy and Mark Pratt came from ranching backgrounds. Her family homesteaded in 1870 and Mark’s family in 1904. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles away from their present operat…
ROSEBURG, Ore. — Elin Miller is an advocate for agriculture. She likes working in the hazelnut orchard and the winegrape vineyard, but she spends just as many hours, if not more, speaking up i…
Growing up in Southern Oregon, Brooke Getty wasn’t involved in agriculture but developed a strong appreciation for the impressive fruits, vegetables and livestock grown in the region. She is n…
BEATTY, Ore. — “I grew up with my feet and fingers in the dirt.”
HERMISTON, Ore. — As she walked through her blueberry patch, Kathy Dopps reflected on the joy the farm and its visitors give her.
JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Chloe Hess came to the auction yard with her parents back when she was a kid. Then she worked at the yard while a student at Oregon State University. And now she and her …
Linda Weatherly ranches in partnership with her brother, Tom, in the corner of eastern Washington near the Idaho and Oregon borders.
ELKTON, Ore. — The Holcomb sisters — Michelle, Laura and Angela — spent much of their childhoods out in the pastures and barn of the family ranch.
LOOKINGGLASS, Ore. — Charlene Henrikson has several reasons for being a business woman who is passionate about her involvement with cattle, sheep, pigs, a dairy cow, hay, chickens and a large …
BENGE, Wash. — Bridget and Paul Coon are part of a family ranch in the Channeled Scablands in eastern Washington, near the small town of Benge. Paul’s family has ranched there since the 1950s …
Kim Brackett grew up on a ranch in Wyoming, then married Ira Brackett and moved to his family’s Idaho ranch in Owyhee County near the Idaho-Oregon-Nevada border.
SALEM — Tammy Dennee is all about cattle right now, but her working life in agriculture has seen her laser-focused on ag sectors as varied as dairy, wheat and barley.
TONASKET, Wash. — Ever since orchardist Flor Maldonado was young, she knew she wanted to be involved in the family business.
CANYONVILLE, Ore. — For many years, Ken and Laura French worked together with their flock of sheep.
SHEDD, Ore. — Jordyn Coon has been involved in agriculture as far back as she can remember.
YAKIMA, Wash. — Jacqui Gordon doesn’t know where she would be if it weren’t for all of the support she has received from other people in Washington state agriculture over the past 10 years.
CAREY, Idaho — Brittany Dalton grew up on a farm at Carey, Idaho, with 4 sisters and 2 brothers. Her mother was a stay-at-home mom and her dad was an outfitter. When she was little, her dad fe…
DORRIS, Calif. — Some years Tamara Mitchel’s phone doesn’t ring much. But this year, living in a region where an unprecedented drought has already resulted in water cutoffs to irrigators, the …
LOOKINGGLASS, Ore. — Dixie Williams is a registered nurse and an artificial insemination specialist.
Melissa Fries doesn’t count chickens before they hatch — she does the counting afterward.
Twenty years ago two women — who had been friends for many years — had what they thought was a “crazy” idea: Let’s start a ranch.
Katie Murray has ridden a vast range of experiences from Alabama to Mongolia on the road to becoming the executive director of the nonprofit food and fiber trade organization, Oregonians for F…
One of the things that sets Oregon Women for Agriculture apart from other female-centered organizations is its name.
Barb Iverson grew up on a 225-acre family farm near Monitor, Ore., the fifth of six children who all remained active in what has become Iverson Family Farms Inc.
CANYONVILLE, Ore. — When Bob and Linda Sherman moved north from Southern California to southwestern Oregon, their initial plan was to purchase a few acres and to have a couple of cows.
The farm serves more than 100 customers and produces more than 90 million starts each year and grows more than 100 acres of produce for local wholesale and retail distribution.
Michele Ruby, part-owner of a large family dairy operation in the Western Oregon, seemed a bit surprised when answering a question about the challenges facing women in production agriculture: …
Since buying the 5,000-head feedlot near Melba in 1999, Smith has embraced trends in the beef industry.
Filley, 60, has been a livestock and forage specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service for the past 21 years.
She may be only a few years out of college, but Kady Porterfield is already commanding attention from the Northwest agricultural community.
Chris McDowell’s long history in the grass seed industry has taught her and her two daughters that Oregon is fertile ground for more women in agriculture.
TILLAMOOK, Ore. — After 56 years of marriage to Dan Leuthold, Carol Marie Leuthold still recalls “the boy in the blue jacket,” the FFA uniform Dan was wearing when she was 12 years old. She fi…
As a child, Allie Bear lacked modern amenities, yet she grew up with a priceless set of values that would serve her well in a modern world five decades later.
Darleen Sichley of Abiqua Acres, Mann’s Guernsey Dairy near Silverton, Ore., grew up on the farm and while she enjoyed her rural childhood, she harbored doubts about whether that was where she…
Cattle and hay ranching for Janice Flegel wasn’t inevitable, but it’s also not surprising. Farming and ranching are in her blood.
Eastern Washington farmer Sarah McClure has spent the better part of her 60 years in agriculture. But it wasn’t until 2011, when she and her husband, Dan, started growing organic produce full-…
Holly Hancock farms with her husband near Rigby, Idaho, raising alfalfa, grain and cattle—carrying most of the load while he has worked off the farm.