Agricultural Advisory Committee

Agricultural Advisory Committee

The Agricultural Advisory Committee (AAC) is a comprised of Central Oregon farmers and ranchers (two from each county if possible) that work to guide our agricultural support programming.

The purpose of the Agricultural Advisory Committee is to advise the Board and Staff on the direction and success of farm and ranch support programming offered by HDFFA. This includes providing input on HDFFA programs and specific projects including educational events, workshops, and grant objectives that best meet the needs and interests of the Central Oregon farmer and rancher community.

Sheep at Double F Ranch
Sheep at Double F Ranch

About the Committee

The Agricultural Advisory Committee was founded in May 2019 as a way for HDFFA to receive direct feedback from the farmers and ranchers it supports. Today, the AAC is comprised of eight HDFFA Partner farmers and ranchers from Central Oregon and a designated Board Member and Staff person. The AAC sets 2-4 priorities each year in relation to current programmatic work.

The Committee is made up of a majority of farmers and ranchers from each county (Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson) with representation from both beginning and experienced producers and small- and medium-scale operations. All members have a working knowledge of the organization’s mission, programs, and goals. Committee Members commit to a one-year term starting in October with meetings occurring four times per year.

If you’re interested in joining HDFFA’s Agricultural Advisory Committee, please email Annie at annie@hdffa.org.

2021 AAC Goals and Outcomes

  • Goal 1: Improved collaboration amongst producers to encourage networking and problem solving

    • Outcome 1: Two networking opportunities for Central Oregon farmers and ranchers by the end of 2021
  • Goal 2: The broader Central Oregon community is more educated about local foods

    • Outcome 2:¬†Alliance-supported social media, website, and newsletter campaign under the Get a Taste brand that educates people on local food basics for Central Oregon
  • Goal 3: Improved marketing efforts for local food producers to Central Oregon customers

    • Outcome 3: Multi-series workshop on how to build and execute a comprehensive marketing strategy offered to partners

Current Members

  • Ashley Petersen
    Ashley Petersen Sungrounded Farm
  • Courtney Schuur
    Courtney Schuur North 44 Farm
  • Gia Matzinger
    Gia Matzinger Deschutes Canyon Garlic
  • John Herman
    John Herman Lazy Z Ranch
  • Katia Steckly
    Katia Steckly Double F Ranch
  • Onda Hall-Hueners
    Onda Hall-Hueners Bluestone Natural Farms
  • Sarahlee Lawrence
    Sarahlee Lawrence Rainshadow Organics

Annie Nichols, HDFFA Agricultural Support Manager – Committee Chair
Tracy Wilson, Oregon State University Extension – Board Liaison

Past Members

Danae Miller – Vaquero Valley Ranch

Jenna Pike – Splitting Aces Livestock

Victoria Tranca – Cascade Mountain Pastures

Jim Crocker – Crown C Farms

Cate Havstad Casad – Casad Family Farms

Michael Hueners – Bluestone Natural Farms

Brian Lepore – Golden Eagle Organics

Clare Sullivan – Oregon State University Extension Service

Audrey Tehan – Seed to Table

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