Hard-working pickups jammed the parking lot at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds for a recent meeting last month. By 7 p.m., the Sisters Building filled wall to wall with farmers, and ranchers, and the people who support them, with another ring of people standing around the sides of the room.

"I felt very supported," says JoHanna Symons of Symons Beef Company, who organized the event. "People really want something to change."