Organization pays tribute to five men for their efforts on behalf of dairy producers.
Salem, Ore. — The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association presented awards during its annual convention to acknowledge five individuals’ contributions to the state’s dairy industry.
During the awards luncheon, ODFA recognized Pete DeHaan for his years of service on the ODFA Board. DeHaan served as the producer representative for the Western States organization, participating in conference calls, and traveling to meetings throughout the West and in Washington, D.C., last spring as part of the Oregon delegation that met with elected officials and others. He also represented ODFA at several National Milk conferences.
ODFA and the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council jointly recognized Oregon State University’s College of Agriculture Dean Dan Arp. He has been a friend of the dairy industry for many years and will retire this summer.
Additionally, ODFA presented awards to acknowledge three recipients for their lifelong contributions to the industry. Bruce Wilson and Tom Thomson received the Distinguished Service Award and Jim Krahn received the Community Service Award.
Wilson and Thomson were honored for their work to develop and enhance the Online Decision-making and Record-Keeping system, known by the acronym ODARK. They wrote grants and raised $115,000 from multiple sources to develop ODARK as an online record-keeping tool for manure management. More recently they have raised an additional $55,000 to convert ODARK to a planning tool.
Throughout their careers, both men have focused on helping producers understand and conquer engineering and agronomic challenges.
Together, Wilson and Thomson have written the majority of the Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan and Confined Animal Feeding Operation plans in Oregon.
Krahn served as executive director of ODFA for 23 years. During his tenure, he and Oregon producers worked on a variety of issues. Highlights include being involved in the organization of the Western States Dairy Producers Trade Association. He was involved with immigration and served on the Governor’s Oregon Immigration Committee, a process that lasted two years. Krahn was actively engaged in recruitment of OSU students and restarted the OSU Dairy Judging Team. Through the years, the teams won 10 contests.
He was also influential in developing the Oregon CAFO program by bringing producers, regulators and environmental groups together.
He was also involved in the 2008 Air Emission Legislative Report.
Source: Capital Press