OCA Midyear 2016

For those of you who don’t know, I just accepted a new position with the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association located in Salem, Oregon; aka the Capitol. The way everything happened for the position was a crazy turn of events but I look forward to the opportunity to work in a job that allows me the opening to give voice through both my own voice and through my words for Oregon’s ranchers.

For a large part of my life I completely ignored politics. Then, about three years ago, I began to become very intrigued with them. I stayed away from voicing my political concerns for the fear of the hostile rants that I feared were inevitable. This past weekend, working my first midyear event for the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, I was caught off guard by how interested I was in today’s hot topics.

Oregon is in a very interesting place in our life. We have so much to give, not only the rest of the country but the rest of the world, and it seems as if there are legislative factors out there who are trying to curb our potential. I got to listen to updates on the Hammond Family as well as water rights and the latest topic, the Owyhee Monument Designation.

I don’t know what’s going to happen, I can’t predict the future, but now, more than ever, I want to encourage all of you to get involved with your state politics. We all have a voice and an opinion, it’s time that we shared it to help our legislature make educated decisions for the future of our families.

I look forward to working further with the OCA and it’s members as we strive for a stronger ranching front.

On a random note, I got super turned around at the Sunriver Resort that I once spent three hours lost at with our beloved team manager Graham trying to find my room, but quickly made myself at home (once I found said room) despite the fact that I was only three days home from my trip to Alaska! I learned a lot and met a lot of amazing, passionate, Oregon ranchers!

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