Jackson County’s Ron Bjork honored with Oregon Farm Bureau President’s Award

Barry Bashue and Ron Bjork at Farm Bureau picnic summer of 2013

Ron Bjork, president of Jackson County Farm Bureau, was honored with the Oregon Farm Bureau 2013 President’s Award by OFB President Barry Bushue and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon during the 81st OFB Annual Meeting in Bend, Dec. 10-12, 2013.

The OFB President’s Award honoree is selected by the sitting OFB president and is given to an individual who has displayed an outstanding level of vision, service, and leadership within Farm Bureau for the betterment of Oregon agriculture.

“I can think of few Farm Bureau leaders more deserving of the OFB President’s Award this year than Ron Bjork,” said OFB President Barry Bushue.

The successful bill package in this fall’s state special legislative session included a seed preemption bill, which Farm Bureau supported, that prevents local governments from regulating agricultural seed and nursery stock, including biotech crops. However, because Jackson County already had an approved initiative to restrict the use of genetically modified crops, the vote was allowed to proceed and will take place in May 2014.

Farm Bureau believes that agriculture regulation should remain at the state level not the county level, and that one type of farming should not be pitted against another, that all types of agriculture — organic, conventional, biotech, and no-tech — can coexist and are necessary to meet consumers’ wants and needs.

“Jackson County Farm Bureau and its president Ron Bjork have served as the voice of agriculture in this heated debate since its inception, and are leading the effort to ensure that voters have the best fact- and science-based information with which to make their decision,” said Bushue. “Ron’s engagement in this complex issue has been complete and motivated by the desire for good public policy so farmers can continue to make their own market-based production decisions under state regulation.”

Bjork is a multigenerational cattle rancher and hay grower from Eagle Point who has served as president of Jackson County Farm Bureau for 20 years.

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