POLK COUNTY -- Dean Freeborn of the Polk County Farm Bureau recently received the Oregon Farm Bureau's "Service to Agriculture Award."
Freeborn "has been a consistent, dependable leader dedicated to the advancement of Oregon agriculture -- and is a true advocate and fighter for family farms and ranches," said OFB President Barry Bushue.
Freeborn represents Polk and Yamhill counties and has the the second-longest tenure on the OFB board of directors. He served from 1987 to 1997, and was re-elected to the board in 2005, where he still volunteers today.
Freeborn has served as Polk County Farm Bureau president, an OFB House of Delegates member, a leader in OFB's Young Farmers & Ranchers Program, and on several agriculture issue committees and task forces.
Freeborn owns a 900-acre, multigenerational family farm in Polk County that raises grass seed, hay, grain and cattle.
Freeborn was presented the "Service to Agriculture Award" during the recent 79th Oregon Farm Bureau State Convention in Pendleton.