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The Wide World of Oregon Agriculture.

Banditas are back!
Banditas are back!

Marie BowersBandita Marie Bowers is a 5th generation grass seed farmer in Harrisburg, OR farming land that has been in her family for over a hundred years. Prior to returning to the family farm she graduated from Washington State University with degrees in Agriculture and Agriculture Economics and Management then spent 3 years in the Farm Credit System.  She currently serves as Oregon Women for Agriculture President and Oregon Women for Agriculture Legislative Chair.  She is also a board member of the AgChat Foundation, which helps to empower farmers and ranchers through social media. Connect with her on twitter: @MarieB41 or on her blog oregongreen.wordpress.com

In my ever so humble opinion, Oregon is the prettiest state in the union.  You have four different climates & topographies; coast, valley, mountains and desert.   When these diverse regions are combined the result is over 220 different commodities or a colorful variety of food and fiber products some unique only to Oregon.

Land of Fruits & Nuts Interpret how you want ;)

If have you eaten US grown blackberries, boysenberries, loganberries, black raspberries or hazelnuts recently there’s a very likely chance they came from Oregon.  According to 2011 statistics, 100% of those crops are produced in the Beaver State.

Where the Green Grass Grows

Our farm is not blessed with the type of soil that allows us to grow nuts and fruits, however it is suitable for growing grass seed.  In fact, I happen to live in the ‘Grass Seed Capital of the World’.  Oregon’s Willamette Valley produces the majority of the world’s cool season grasses, mainly fescue and ryegrass.  This seed is shipped all around the world for pastures, erosion control, cover crops and lawns.  To see how grass seed is harvested check it out here.

My home county, Linn County, produces the majority of the world’s annual ryegrass, often used for pastures/forage, cover crops and erosion control.
My home county, Linn County, produces the majority of the world’s annual ryegrass, often used for pastures/forage, cover crops and erosion control.

‘Tis the season

Oregon wins at Christmas.  We lead the nation in Christmas tree and peppermint production.  While I don’t get overly enthused about the holiday season, I do love the smell of the trees and peppermint schnapps in my cocoa. ;)

To learn more about the impact  of Oregon’s awesome farms and ranches check out here.

Oregon Agriculture

White Christmas in Arkansas with the family [Video]

Fun in the SnowI hope you all had a very Merry Christmas this week with lots of food, family, and friends! I traveled home to Arkansas to spend the week with family and ended up seeing a VERY White Christmas. We had about a foot of snow at the house and 6-8 inches of snow with quite a bit of sleet and ice on our farms.

A White Christmas is a pretty big deal here in Arkansas. To put it in perspective, this was only the 4th White Christmas for Little Rock since record keeping began in 1875 and the 8th snowiest month ever with 10.3″ of snow at the official recording site. We were actually under a Blizzard Warning – the 1st ever issued by the National Weather Service in Little Rock. We were pretty excited to see the white stuff start falling even though it cut our day at the grandparents’ house a little short.

I spent Wednesday helping my dad and brother feed cattle. We have several different farms across town so it takes a little while longer to feed everything. It takes even longer when we get one of the trucks stuck in the first pasture then have to push trees out of the way on the road in the holler to one of the pastures. But we made it home by the time the sun set and all of the cattle were fed.


Recipe: Easy Pull Apart Bacon Bread

Pull Apart Bacon Bread RecipeAh, yes! You heard that right. Bacon bread. I was a little skeptical at first, but then I tried it and it was awesome. Tasty enough that I had to share with ya’ll. It would be perfect to prepare for Christmas morning.

One of my favorite recipes my mom made for me as a kid was Monkey Bread. I still make it every so often as a treat. It’s perfect sized bites for a snack as I am running out the door for the office in the morning.

This Bacon Bread recipe fits my qualifications for cooking. All of the ingredients are “whole” – meaning they are easy to measure out, hard to mess up.

Pull Apart Bacon Bread


  • 1 package (10oz) Bacon
  • 1 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 “whop-pop” tubes refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (Feel free to use more)


Cook bacon until crisp (Don’t burn yourself like I did). Drain, crumble, reserve grease.

In bacon grease, cook green pepper and onion until tender. Cut biscuits into quarters and place in a large mixing bowl. Add cooked vegetables, crumbled bacon, butter, and cheese. Toss and mix well (Have fun with this step, just don’t spill it everywhere).

Spray two loaf pans with vegetable oil. Divide mixture between the two pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Serve warm. Store left overs in fridge.

This recipe should easily please any bacon-loving crowd and is a great idea for breakfast for the family, brunch, or any party where bacon is appropriate.

Have any suggestions to improve my Bacon Bread? Have any similar recipes?


The Agriculture Proud blog has been hijacked!

The AgChat Banditas have taken over!
The AgChat Banditas have taken over!

The AgChat Banditas have taken over this blog! 

We interrupt your regularly scheduled blog for an important announcement!

As an early Christmas present to our dear friend Ryan, a group of agriculture loving bloggers have banded together to bring you posts from all corners of the agriculture world. We know that we could never take the place of our friend who is under a heavy work load with school right now but we didn’t want to let this blog sit idle. So buckle up and enjoy the ride! Who knows where this series of posts will take you!

P.S. Ryan has no clue who is in on this… Each post will be a surprise! This should teach him to trust me (DairyCarrie) with access to his blog! 

Banditas Posts.

The United States of Agriculture-  http://agricultureproud.com/2012/12/11/the-united-states-of-agriculture/

North Dakota Agriculture from a Born & Raised California Girl- http://agricultureproud.com/2012/12/12/caligoesnodak/

Conversations.-  http://agricultureproud.com/2012/12/13/conversations/ ‎

Kids of the Ag School- http://agricultureproud.com/2012/12/15/kids-of-the-ag-college/

It’s time for the choir to sing!- http://agricultureproud.com/2012/12/17/its-time-for-the-choir-to-sing/

Ag Proud Outsider- http://agricultureproud.com/2012/12/18/ag-proud-outsider/

I am a commercial cattle rancher- http://agricultureproud.com/2013/01/07/i-am-a-commercial-cattle-rancher/