Jackson County AG Panel Named

MEDFORD, Ore. — A blue-ribbon panel has been named by the Jackson County Commissioners. The panel will help planners deal with issues that arise when cities expand their urban growth boundaries.

Wednesday morning, Jackson County Commissioners named an 11 member committee to become the county’s “Agricultural Task Force”. The committee reaches across business, government and professional lines, and will serve for just six months.

“The purpose of the Agriculture Task Force is to develop a program to assess the impacts of the agricultural economy of Jackson County arising from a loss of agricultural land and/or the ability to irrigate agricultural land, which may result from Urban Growth Boundary Amendments,” explained County Administrator Danny Jordan

Among those named are former Jackson County Commissioner C.W. Smith, State Forester Dan Thorpe and Central Point City Manager Tom Humphrey. Others include Central Point cattle rancher Larry Martin; orchardist Mike Naumes; Greg Holmes of Thousand Friends of Oregon; and Bryan Baumgartner of Talent Irrigation District.