Gov. Kotek and First Lady Aimee Wilson visited communities in Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes counties on stops 24, 25, and 26 of the One Oregon Listening Tour

Medford, OR – According to the statement, Wednesday reportedly began with a tour of Macy Farms in Culver. Jefferson County produces 55% of the world’s carrot seed.

Macy Farms is a multi-generational family farm specializing in carrot seed, potato seeds, and mint.

They were joined by the manager of the North Unit Irrigation District to discuss water issues in the basin.

The First Couple then had a working lunch with Jefferson County leaders at Madras Public House, before heading to a briefing at the Madras Campus of Central Oregon Community College to learn about their expansion plans to address the area’s health care and early childhood workforce needs.

In Crook County, the Governor and First Lady attended a roundtable discussion at BestCare, the largest behavioral health provider serving Central Oregon.

The topics discussed included serving individuals with serious mental illness who are experiencing homelessness, the substance use crisis fueled by fentanyl, and the lack of services for youth with mental health or addiction challenges.

They wrapped up their first day with dinner at the ranch home of House Republican Leader Vikki Breese Iverson.

On Thursday, they started bright and early at Debbie Sue’s Cafe in Prineville for a working breakfast with city and county leaders to discuss the Prineville Renewable Energy Project.

They then moved on to Deschutes County, starting with a Latino Community Engagement meeting at Redmond City Hall followed by lunch with city and county leaders in at Diego’s Spirited Kitchen.

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