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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Annie Nichols, HDFFA Agricultural Support Manager – Committee Chair
Tracy Wilson, Oregon State University Extension – Board Liaison
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