The 10-member State Board of Agriculture advises the Oregon Department of Agriculture on policy issues, develops recommendations on key agricultural issues, and provides advocacy of the state's agriculture industry in general.
State law requires seven of the appointed members to be farmers or ranchers who represent different segments of agriculture; two board members must represent consumers; and, the 10th member is the chair of the Soil and Water Conservation Commission. The ODA director and dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University serve as ex-officio members of the board without the right to vote.
The board issues a biennial report to the Governor and Legislative Assembly regarding the status of Oregon's agriculture industry. The board meets quarterly at various locations around the state.
This virtual meeting will be held via video/conference call
This meeting will be held via video/conference calls.
Workgroup A - Tuesday, January 19Workgroup B - Tuesday, January 19Board Meeting - Wednesday, January 20
Board Resolutions under reviewResolution packet January 2021
Meeting MaterialsAgenda Item 01Draft December 2020 minutes
Agenda Item 022021-23 ODA Governor's Recommended Budget summary
Agenda Item 03Farm to School presentation
Agenda Item 04League of Women Voters of OregonOregon Association of NurseriesOregon Cattlemen's Association
Agenda Item 05Written Public Comments received as of January 14, 2021Agenda Item 06NW Cider Association presentationAgenda Item 07Meat Inspection Information SheetODA Meat Industry Stakeholder update
Agenda Item 08ODA Program Area Updates to the Board January 2021
This meeting will be held via video/conference call. Details are provided on the agenda.
Meeting agenda June 2020Meeting minutesMeeting recording
Location: Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
1108 East Marina Drive, Hood River, OR 97031
Soil and Water Conservation Commission Chair
As chair of Oregon’s Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Barbara Boyer is automatically a member of State Board of Agriculture. However, her interests and experiences go far beyond conservation issues. She’s part of a small business. She’s involved in community supported agriculture and the local farmers’ market. She is an organic producer but has grown conventionally. She’s involved in nutrition issues and is a passionate supporter of farmland preservation through land use efforts.
So it’s fair to say, Barbara Boyer hopes to bring more than just a conservation perspective.
Born and raised on the east coast, Boyer graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in plant science. She was also a scholarship athlete as part of the women’s gymnastics team. After graduation, Boyer set sights on Oregon’s nursery industry, which was booming in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Barbara and her husband Tom took over the family farm’s operations in 1999 and also created two businesses from their farm– a company called Gourmet Hay and a small community supported agriculture operation where families are paying to grow organic vegetables. Boyer is clearly an advocate for local agriculture. In 2000, Boyer co-founded the McMinnville Farmers’ Market.
In 2004, Stan Christensen, who had been a director with the Yamhill County Soil and Water Conservation District for more than a half century, decided to retire. One of his last duties was to knock on Barbara Boyer’s door and ask her to run for his position at the SWCD. Just as it was when she was recruited by UConn to be part of the gymnastics team, Boyer said yes to Christensen and was elected.
The Yamhill County SWCD is considered cutting edge and many other districts around the state often seek its advice on a number of issues, especially farmland preservation. It’s not surprising that many of the tasks performed by the SWCD involve key issues facing the Board of Agriculture, including water quality and land use.
Term Expires: 9/5/2021Second term
Former Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Director Stephanie Hallock has been familiar with some of the issues confronting agriculture, but admits her past focus was relatively narrow. She is excited to expand her scope of knowledge while adding her impressive skills and advocacy to the group’s overall expertise.
It’s rare, if not unprecedented, for the Board of Agriculture to have a member who has been in charge of a major state agency. The daughter of a well-known state legislator, Stephanie Hallock earned a bachelor’s degree in English and masters in public administration at Portland State University. She was a presidential management intern in the Carter Administration– a program designed to bring more women and minorities into the federal government. She was assigned to the regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco and eventually landed at DEQ to manage the hazardous and solid waste programs.
Hallock was given a one-year special assignment to bring disparate groups of people together as part of the Healthy Streams Partnership created by Governor Kitzhaber in the late 90s. It was in that position Hallock developed strong relationships with the ranching community and other ag interests. Her ability to collaborate helped to work through some challenging issues.
After being persuaded to pursue the top job at DEQ, Hallock came back to Portland but was able to maintain the strong relationships she had developed. Working part time for Oregon Solutions, her strength in problem solving led to successful local and regional projects in the Lower John Day, The Dalles, and other Oregon locations. Her last project was to expand the City of Portland’s Community Gardens Program.
Hallock also returns to Central Oregon whenever possible—especially now that her son, daughter-in-law, and young granddaughter live in the Bend area.
Term Expires: 10/10/2024Second term
From running the 400-meter relay for the University of Oregon track team to running his family’s hazelnut orchards, Bryan Harper is bringing a fresh perspective and an interesting background as a new member of the Board of Agriculture. As a sixth generation family farmer, Bryan serves as Vice-President of Harper Farms Incorporated in Junction City.Harper’s story actually begins across the Atlantic Ocean, a continent away. He was born in Nairobi, Kenya, but was just 17-days old when his dad, mom, and four brothers and sisters relocated to the US. He’s been in Oregon ever since, growing up on the farm and watching with interest how is father handled the operation. The opportunity to attend the University of Oregon as a psychology major, and as a sprinter on the track and field team, taught Harper about competition, something that those who farm for a living can appreciate. He has also learned the importance of getting involved in agricultural organizations. Harper has been active as a board member of the Lane County Farm Bureau. His youth stands out, and he hopes other young farmers and ranchers will follow his example.Harper is especially interested in promoting co-existence in agriculture, one of the key issues often discussed by the Board of Agriculture. With Oregon farms being so diverse– not only in what is grown but how it is grown and marketed– he wants to understand and appreciate those who do things differently.Away from agriculture, Harper continues his passion of flying airplanes.Harper’s enthusiasm, combined with his willingness to work with others, will serve the Board of Agriculture very well.
Term Expires: 10/31/2022First term
Shantae Johnson, co-owns and manages a small urban farm called Mudbone Grown, in northeast Portland. She partners with the Oregon Food Bank and calls this work a dream come true. Her love for farming began as a child, helping her family grow much of its own food. As a mother, raising her children in Portland she always tried to keep a garden, in community plots or in the back yard. Her goal was to teach her children to be self-sufficient, a skill both she and her partner Arthur Shavers learned from their parents.
For Johnson farming is more than just a business venture it’s a homecoming, a celebration of her ancestors. Together she and Shavers have created a community-oriented collective farming and farmer training program designed for and led by people of color and veterans of military service. They are using the land as a way to teach job skills and self-sustainability. The couple’s six children work along-side them learning the skills inherited from their grandparents and great-grandparents.
Johnson and Shavers also work at other sites, assisting with community gardens and hosting gardening classes. They are interested in promoting diversity in agriculture calling people of color, veterans and the youth to the land where they can learn and grow together. Johnson’s unique urban farming experience, tireless spirt and wide range of knowledge will serve the Oregon Board of Agriculture very well.
Grant Kitamura has witnessed many changes in business and agriculture over the past
40 years. Born and raised in Ontario, Kitamura is the grandchild of Japanese
immigrant parents who were interned during World War II. As a child and into his
teens he worked on the family farm, irrigating, cultivating, planting and
harvesting. While his business transformed from farming to shipping he still understands
how agriculture in eastern Oregon differs from the rest of the state.
As the general manager and part owner of the onion packing firm Baker &
Murakami Produce Co. Kitamura continues to grow his business through
automation, new cultural practices and creative marketing. His vision for
Oregon agriculture is to prepare the industry for changes, to stay ahead of the
curve and to maintain and grow our market share for the many commodities our
state grows so well. He wants to help ready our producers to compete
regionally, nationally and globally.
Kitamura is the president of the Idaho/Oregon Fruit and Vegetable Association and a member of the Treasure Valley Onion Association Board. He is also a member of the National Onion Association Board and a member of the executive committee of the Idaho/Oregon Marketing Order. While agriculture is his life’s work Kitamura says he couldn’t do it without the love and support of Carole, his wife of 42 years and their three children and four grandchildren.
Term Expires: 10/28/2024First term
Elin Miller and her husband, Bill, own Umpqua Vineyards and farm hazelnuts in Douglas County. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Oregon Wine Council and is a member of the Fall Creek Farm and Nursery Board. Elin is keenly interested in water quality, agricultural trade and how Oregon’s agricultural diversity is promoted to buyers around the world. Miller’s path to farming in Oregon is unique. Raised in Mesa, Arizona, Miller’s lifelong career in agriculture began when she joined FFA in high school, which led to executive positions in government, corporate and not-for-profit organizations and volunteer work up and down the west coast, Africa, China, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Tyson Raymond considers himself a family farmer who goes to work everyday to do something he loves. Despite his youthfulness, Raymond brings a lot of real world experience to the board.
Raymond grew up on the family farm near Helix in Umatilla County and attended Willamette University, where he got his bachelor’s degree in biology. With an eye on medical school and a job at Oregon Health Sciences University, Raymond was lured back to the farm life and manages the family's wheat operation. The farm is home to Raymond, his wife Kate, young boys Uriah and Malachi, Raymond’s parents, grandparents, and brother and his family.
Raymond has served as a past president of the Oregon Wheat Growers League.
Raymond has been a familiar faces discussing key issues affecting the Columbia Basin and the wheat industry. From testifying at the State Capitol on legislation that would increase irrigation water to speaking on behalf of wheat growers affected by the 2013 discovery of genetically modified wheat in Eastern Oregon, Raymond has effectively articulated key messages that need to be heard. Raymond also looks forward to helping urban Oregonians and legislators learn more about the importance of agriculture to the state’s economy and environment.
But the greatest joy to Tyson Raymond is a return to the farm after going out of town for a few days. As he told the Capital Press newspaper in 2013, “At the end of the day, there is no better place in the world to raise a family than right here, at the end of a two-mile long, dead-end road.”
Term Expires: 08/22/2024Second term
Josh Zielinski is a manager and owner of a mid-sized nursery and farming operation in the Willamette Valley. Zielinski provides a voice for the production of many crops including: grass seed, specialty seed, vegetable row crops, hops and hazelnuts. A native of Oregon, Zielinski grew up working on his family’s farm. After attending college in southern California and studying a year abroad in Argentina, he returned home to join the family business. When he is not running the family farm, Zielinski serves on the Oregon Association of Nurseries Board and Chemeketa Community College Horticultural Advisory Committee. He enjoys camping, hiking and gardening with his wife Kattie, who works in the wine industry.
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