Farm bureau upset over 25 fields claims

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It turns out the agricultural community isn’t totally on board with plans by 25 fields for Oregon. More than once, Carrie Cool, executive director of 25 fields for Oregon, has indicated support from the agricultural community for her plans to build soccer fields in the Keizer area for Oregon youth. In a recent article in the Keizertimes, Cool emphasized the support her group has from the agricultural community. “We were looking for agricultural stakeholders ties, but we didn’t realize to what extent we could really partner with them,” Cool said at the time. “We didn’t grasp what the agricultural community needed. This is big and really cool. We haven’t met a stakeholder yet that is negative on it. We have a positive impact on everyone we’ve met with.” Not so fast, according to the Marion County Farm Bureau. Jessica Carpenter from the MCFB said Cool’s comments misrepresent support from her bureau. “Our board has met with 25 fields, on more than one occasion, and suggested that alternate plans should be considered in an attempt to lessen the impact on the agricultural community,” Carpenter said. “The idea that Marion County Farm Bureau has been overwhelmingly supportive of the plans that 25 fields is proposing is inaccurate.” MCFB board member Greg Bennett has land bordering the proposed area for the fields. “Carrie is a very...

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