Farm Bureau celebrates women’s contributions to agriculture

SALEM — Oregon ranks fourth in the nation for the number of farmers and ranchers who are women, according to the latest U.S. Census of Agriculture (2017), reported in a press release from the Oregon Farm Bureau.

There are 29,868 female farmers and ranchers in Oregon, representing 44% of the state’s agricultural community. Nationally, 36% of all U.S. farmers and ranchers are female, according to the census.

To celebrate women’s contributions to Oregon agriculture — and the impact of public policy on all farm and ranch families — the Oregon Farm Bureau Women’s Advisory Council hosted a reception for lawmakers and the general public at the state capitol on Monday, the first day of the 2020 Oregon Legislative Short Session.

Janice Flegel, OFB Women’s Advisory Council chair


“Farm Bureau members will be at the capitol to remind lawmakers their decisions directly impact our ability to grow crops, raise animals, contribute to the economy, and stay viable and sustainable for the next generation,” OFB Women’s Advisory Council Chair Janice Flegel, who runs a cattle and hay ranch with her family in Crook County, stated in the release.

“Women play an essential role on Oregon’s farms and ranches in every capacity, as owner-operators, as bookkeepers, as mothers, and as advocates for agriculture in the Legislature.”

Skip-Line under new ownership

LA GRANDE — La-Grande based Skip-Line Inc., a leading manufacturer of equipment and technology for the pavement marking industry, has a new owner.

Spec-Rite, a limited-liability transportation safety, data and software company formed in 2018 in Adams Center, New York, recently announced it purchased Skip-Line, which turned 50 in 2019.

"This transaction will allow Spec-Rite to deliver its pavement marking management software to the highway markets using Skip-Line's family of products and market reach," according to the statement from Spec-Rite. "The synergies from this transaction will also accelerate 'smart' products to market from Skip-Line, which improve the application and management of pavement markings for human and machine vision."

The announcement also stated Skip-Line will continue to operate from 10514 N McAlister Road, La Grande. Skip-Line President Brian Kausler stated the move allows the local business to better meet the needs of customers.

"Skip-Line has developed so many great relationships over the years, we can't wait to give our industry friends and partners more tools to succeed in making roadways safer," according to Kausler.

Free QuickBooks class held Feb. 22

LA GRANDE — Locals can take a free class on the the accounting software package QuickBooks.

Eastern Oregon Univeristy's Small Business Development Center is offering the free introduction to QuickBooks on Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, in room 147 of the Integrated Services Building, 607 Gekeler Lane, La Grande.

The instructor is Diana Bautista, a senior accounting student at Eastern Oregon University. The class requires pre-registration by calling 541-962-1532 or emailing

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