In this episode, Tom chats with Tammy Dennee, Executive Director of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, about Tammy’s key role as one of Oregon’s leading advocates for agriculturalists, farmers, and ranchers.

Having spent her entire career in the ag industry (first in wheat, then dairy, and eventually in cattle), Tammy shares with us the vital work our farmers and ranchers do each day and the immense challenges they face with fluctuations in commodities and added burdens brought upon by strict state legislation. She also talks about her association’s priorities, which are to engage all corners of our state (including her members) in legislative discussions surrounding agriculture and educate residents of all 36 Oregon counties that raise cattle about the realities of an ag producer’s life and where their food comes from.

Coming from a broken home where she became the head of her household at a young age, Tammy learned to lead earlier than most and now uses those skills as a volunteer in several efforts. These include serving over 25 years in Oregon Rotary Clubs and as a member of the Salem Chamber’s SAIF Agri-Business Banquet Planning Committee. Tammy also talks about participating in this year’s Leadership Salem Cohort, an experience she is grateful for and proud of.

Tammy tells us that you don’t have to be in the ag industry to be a member of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. So, if you want to support the important work it does, visit

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