Participant Testimonials

Bob Walder, Umatilla County - Athena

“REAL Oregon has provided me with a better understanding of the unique diversity of our state’s agricultural and natural resources industries.  The networking and professional development opportunities are invaluable.”

Andrea Krahmer, Northwest Farm Credit Services - Salem

“I plan to use the knowledge and experience I’ve gained
to share with and educate others in and outside of Oregon agriculture. I’m learning about new opportunities to become more active in the agriculture community.”

Kent Burkholder, Burkholder Farms - Albany

“The story of Oregon agriculture needs to be told by the people working in it everyday.  REAL Oregon is helping me develop the tools to become a better communicator and better leader for our industry.”

Victoria Flowers, Flowers Farms - Klamath Falls

“REAL Oregon has given me a broader outlook on the natural resource and agriculture industries in our state. I’ve gained greater confidence to engage with legislators, consumers, and others within the industry to create a better future for everyone.”

Susan Doverspike, Hotchkiss Company - Burns

“I think the REAL Oregon program is absolutely wonderful for the networking it allows us.  Making close acquaintances with people from across the state in various sectors of agriculture is so very valuable.”

Mark Kincaid, Lone Rock Resources - Roseburg

“My goals in joining REAL Oregon were to be challenged to step out of my comfort zone, engage in a wide variety of natural resource issues, and grow my leadership skills.  The program is accomplished all of these objectives.”