Oregon Farm Bureau

06/17/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/17/2019 18:04

Q&A with a Farm Bureau leader: Drew Cruickshank

PHOTO: Drew Cruickshank, president of Malheur County Farm Bureau

Name: Drew Cruickshank

Role in Farm Bureau:President of Malheur County Farm Bureau

Raises:Grain corn, wheat, alfalfa hay, & onions

What do you love about farming?

I love farming because I get to watch seeds turn into producing crops that feed people and livestock.

Agriculture is also a lifestyle not for the faint-hearted. But if you can handle it, it's worth everything.

What challenges do you face?

Working on succession planning to take over the farm and keep it in the family.

Utilizing technology is also a big challenge as it's ever-changing and hard to keep up with all that's coming our way.

What do you wish people knew about agriculture?

I wish people knew how much work it takes to feed the world.

We also aren't trying to hurt people if we grow GMO crops.

American farmers grow the safest, cleanest, highest quality, and efficiently produced food in the entire world, yet sometimes if feels like we get criticized for everything.

Why is Farm Bureau important?

Farm Bureau is important because it keeps farmers and ranchers informed about what's going on in the capitol that's affecting agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. OFB staff helps us get the word out about why certain legislation will either benefit or hurt agriculture. Farm Bureau helps us organize and promote what's good for the Oregon agriculture community.

What's your motto on the farm?

If you aren't having fun, then it's just work - and no one wants to just work.