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The Informal Story

How the Oregon Wheat Commission was Formed

By Marion T. Weatherford *pictured to the right

The author of this informal story of the formation of the Oregon Wheat Commission, Marion T. Weatherford, needs no introduction to most Oregon people engaged in agriculture, and particularly those who produce wheat. Marion is a wheat and cattle producer in Gilliam County whose operation lies in the Shuttler Flat area, about 12 miles south of the town of Arlington. He is of a pioneer family. His grandfather emigrated to Oregon in 1861 by ox team and farmed in what is now Morrow County until 1881, when he homesteaded on Shuttler Flat and raised the first crop of wheat to be produced in Gilliam County. The original homestead is still included in the current Weatherford operation.

Mr. Weatherford has been extremely active in all phases of the state's wheat industry and agricultural pursuits in general. His various activities are much too numerous to be listed in their entirety here, but mention must be made of a part of them. They include a term as President of the Eastern Oregon Wheat League (now Oregon Wheat Growers League) after serving on key committees and lesser offices in the organization; 10 years on the Oregon Wheat Commission, four years of which he served as chairman; twenty-one years as chairman of the P.N.W. Grain & Grain Products Association representing the Wheat Commission, five years as President of the Oregon Agricultural Research Council, and two years as President of the Agri Business Council of Oregon. His many other activities combine with those mentioned to catalog him as one of the most devoted and dedicated individuals in the state who has worked in the interests of the wheat industry as well as Oregon agriculture in general. You will enjoy his breezy informal account of events leading up to and the actual formation of the Oregon Wheat Commission.

Read the full story in the PDF below!

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