Agriculturalist of the Year

Skinner builds on family legacy in Jordan Valley

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Posted: Sunday, January 5, 2014 12:00 am

JORDAN VALLEY — Generations of history cultivated in Jordan Valley. That’s the kind of rich heritage the Skinner family has built since they settled in the area in the 1860s. It’s also the reason Bob Skinner is this year’s honoree as the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce’s Agriculturist of the Year.

Skinner started life at Holy Rosary in Ontario in May 1950. During his 62-and-a-half years, he has come to be regarded as something of a legend in Eastern Oregon farming and ranching. Part of the admiration stems from the fact that when he finds something good, he sticks with it. His commitment to his wife of 40 years, Karen, attests to that. That legacy of loyalty also passed down to his kids as well, all of whom have remained in the agriculture business in Jordan Valley. He lives and ranches on Skinner Road just west of town.

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