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Visit Grant County, and the importance of agriculture comes across big as a billboard.
In fact, the message is spelled out on four new signs erected as a cooperative project involving several local ranching and resource organizations. The signs are posted along the highways leading into the county – from north, south, east and west – and tout the value of agriculture in preserving open spaces, feeding families, and providing wildlife habitat.
The Grant County Stockgrowers, Grant County Farm Bureau, Grant and Monument Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Natural Resources Conservation Service organized the project and secured a grant from the Oregon Beef Council to help pay for it.
The project grew out of a sense that tourists coming to the county to motorcycle, snowmobile, fish and hunt may not realize the contributions of agriculture, said Cici Brooks, a rangeland management specialist for the NRCS.
Brooks, who wrote the grant proposal, said the signs offer “a reminder that agricultural producers pay through their hard work and investment to benefit the open spaces and wildlife habitat” – amenities enjoyed by all who visit or live in Grant County.
The signs also underscore the fact that while the county has large federal land holdings, the working ranches play a key role in resource management.
Brooks organized meetings for the partners to work on the slogans, a different one for each site.
The signs are on private property, thanks to landowners Mike Emmel, John Mascall, Jack Southworth and the Morgrass Grazing Association. Future Farmers of America and 4-H youth erected two of the signs, and John Day welder Boyd Britton put up the other two. Britton and Nomad Sign Art of John Day designed the signs.
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