‘Keeping Traditions Alive’ topic of panel in lecture series

<p>Buck Matthews works cattle during Marr Flat Cattle Company's branding last year.</p>

JOSEPH?– The lecture series, “Wallowa County in Transition: New Stories from the Old West,” continues with stories direct from young adults in Wallowa County who are managing family land or have started their own businesses.

A panel discussion, “Keeping Traditions Alive: The Next Generation on our Working Lands,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Hurricane Creek Grange Hall near Joseph.

The panel will be moderated by Todd Nash of Marr Flat Cattle Company and feature panelists livestock producer Buck Matthews and farmer Joe Dawson. Tickets are $5 at the door ($3 students) or they can be purchased in advance at Wallowa County Grain Growers, The Bookloft, The Sheep Shed, or Blonde Strawberry.

National surveys show that young people are leaving rural areas and children of farmers and ranchers are unable to stay on the land. Young people and adults of Wallowa County are invited to hear how the young adults on the panel found a way to stay here and make a living from the land.

They will talk about their difficulties, successes and the advice they have for other young people wanting to get a start in agriculture or forestry.

This program is co-hosted by Wallowa Resources, Wallowa Land Trust and Fishtrap.

The panel discussion was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities, a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds Oregon Humanities’ grant program. Additional support is provided from Hurricane Creek Grange and Wallowa County branch of American Association of University Women.

The next event in the series is an April 19 lecture by speaker Lisa Hamilton titled “Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness.”

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