Capital Press 12/15/06
BEND, Ore. - Tracey
Liskey was elected to a second term as first vice
president of the Oregon Farm Bureau during
elections at the House of Delegates annual meeting
Liskey, a flower, hay, beef, and fish producer in
Klamath Falls, ran against Dan Goffin from
Delegate Bob Flowers, who is a friend and neighbor
to Liskey, nominated him and stressed Liskey's
dedication to the Farm Bureau.
"I know for a fact he's always pushed Oregon Farm
Bureau ideas. I've actually seen him argue Oregon
Farm Bureau policy when I know on his own farm if
it went through and he would win that argument, it
would cause him troubles on his own farm. That's
how dedicated he is in that respect."
Liskey, accepting the nomination, called the Farm
Bureau unique and admitted it takes a lot of time
and commitment to work up the ranks and learn the
"As Bob says, one of the things about being an
officer in this organization is you do not get to
believe in what you believe in - you believe in
what is best for the state. I have tried to do
that in every level on every decision," Liskey
"I will not say every decision I made is right,
but I know every decision I made was in the effort
to make Oregon Farm Bureau bigger, better and a
stronger organization for its people and the
farmers in the state."
Third vice president Barb Iverson, a tulip
producer from Woodburn, was returned for her
second term unopposed.
Not up for election but continuing to hold their
positions are Barry Bushue as president, Gary
Johnson as second vice president and Anne Rigor as
fourth vice president.
Elections were held for even-numbered regions,
with all the regional directors reinstated, except
for Region 10, where Dan Thackaberry replaced
Joann Hathaway after she decided to retire.
- Elaine Shein
The regional directors:
Region 1 (Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla): Larry Lear
Region 2 (Baker, Union, Wallowa): Eugene Hawes of
Region 3 (Grant, Harney): Steve Hammond of
Region 4 (Klamath, Lake): Lyndon Kerns of Klamath
Region 5 (Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Wheeler):
Bob Friend of Sisters.
Region 6 (Hood River, Sherman, Wasco): Lonnie
Wright of The Dalles.
Region 7 (Clackamas, Multnomah): Pete Postlewait
Region 8 (Clatsop, Tillamook): Dale Buck of
Region 9 (Polk, Yamhill): Dean Freeborn of
Region 10 (Benton, Lincoln, Linn): Dan Thackaberry
Region 11 (Jackson, Josephine): Bill Ryan of White
Region 12 (Coos, Curry): Sharon Waterman of
Region 13 (Malheur): Dave Bunker of Nyssa.
Region 14 (Columbia, Washington): Edmund Duyck of
Region 15 (Marion): Bruce Chapin of Salem.
Region 16 (Lane, Douglas): Don Hansen of Creswell.
Young Farmers & Ranchers Chair: Troy Hadley of