Jackson County’s Ron Bjork inducted into Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame

Jackson County’s Ron Bjork inducted into Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame

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Ron Bjork with OFB president Barry Bashue and Vice President Dave Dillon.

Ron Bjork, president of Jackson County Farm Bureau, was inducted into the Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame by OFB President Barry Bushue and OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon during the 82nd OFB Annual Meeting in Gleneden Beach, Dec. 10-11, 2014.

The Hall of Fame, established in 1996, is the highest award given by Oregon Farm Bureau. To be eligible, candidates must be nominated by their county Farm Bureau and must have at least 35 years of active involvement in the organization. Inductees are selected by the OFB Membership & Recognition Committee. Bjork is the 27th Farm Bureau member to be added to the OFB Hall of Fame.
“I am honored to induct Ron Bjork into the Oregon Farm Bureau Hall of Fame,” said OFB President Barry Bushue. “For decades, Ron has served as a faithful member of the OFB House of Delegates representing Jackson County, as an active participant on county and statewide Farm Bureau agriculture issue committees, on countless initiatives and events at the county level, and as an effective spokesperson for Farm Bureau and Oregon agriculture as a whole.”

A passionate advocate for farmers and ranchers in his community, Ron is a well-spoken and informed participant in the debate on biotechnology in Jackson County. Farm Bureau believes that all types of agriculture — organic, conventional, biotech, and no-tech — are valuable and necessary to meet consumers’ wants and needs. Farm Bureau strongly believes that family farmers and ranchers are the best people to decide what types of crops and/or animals to raise, and which types of production tools are best suited to their own operations and customer bases.

“Ron has been on the front lines of the biotech debate and in the trenches fighting against ballot measures that would take needed tools away from farm and ranch families,” said Bushue. “A man of action and results more than mere words and plans, he has appeared in newspapers, on the radio, and on television countless times to promote science-based and rational public policy around technology options for farms.”

A proud Farm Bureau member since 1964, Ron’s current tenure as president of Jackson County Farm Bureau began in 2000. He also served in the position two other times in his 50 years of active Farm Bureau membership.

Ron raises beef cattle and hay on his third-generation ranch in Eagle Point. He and his wife of 34 years Cheri have three daughters and five grandchildren.

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