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Dunn Carney Hosts Another Successful Ag Summit

February 7, 2012

Dunn Carney hosted its fourth-annual Ag Summit on January 27, 2012 in Wilsonville.  Dunn Carney’s Ag Summit is designed to update the agricultural community on key issues that may impact farmers and ranchers in the coming year.  Katy Coba, Director of Oregon’s Department of Agriculture, provided an opening presentation. Other speakers at this year’s Ag Summit covered topics including farm labor, water quality regulation, and economic opportunity through supplemental farm and ranch use. The Ag Summit also provided an update on what to expect in the 2012 legislative session. The event culminated in a keynote address by Congressman Kurt Schrader.  The Ag Summit was covered in articles by the Oregonian and the Capital Press.

In his farm labor presentation, Tim Bernasek cautioned farm and ranch families to keep an eye on the Department of Labor’s new farm labor plan that increased restrictions on the types of jobs children and young adults can perform on the farm.  In response to comments from many farm and ranch groups, the Department of Labor recently agreed to modify its plan to include broader exemptions for children whose parents own or operate a farm, or have a substantial interest in a farm partnership or corporation.

Dunn Carney would like to thank its speakers and participating organizations for helping to make the Ag Summit a success.

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