January/February 2010

Doerfler Farms: Tough Times with an Optimistic Look Towards the Future

by Julie Pederson

In the early 1970s, grass seed began to take hold as a predominant crop in the Willamette Valley.  At the forefront of this movement was Bob Doerfler, a farmer who had learned the grass seed business from his father and was eager to find a way to expand his small...(read more)


April/June 2013

Welcoming 2013-2014 ABC President: Amy Doerfler Phelan

Amy Doerfler Phelan is as ambitious as they come.  I witnessed this firsthand when I asked her for her top three goals and was given a whole handful of goals she hopes to accomplish in her years as president.  These include growing Adopt a Farmer, revitalizing road crop signs, partnering with other organizations in the Ag community, increasing ABC’s visibility...(read more)

Work Ethic Endemic to Agrarian Community

Students gain cash, life skills during seasonal employment

by Justin Much

Stayton Mail

Anyone who remembers earning 70 cents a crate picking strawberries, or 3 cents a pound for green beans, can appreciate this.

Or how about $2 an hour moving irrigation pipe; $2.25 with the bonus if you remained on the crew all summer, toting aluminum conduits through fields of mint...(read more)

Agri-Business of the Year Award

SEDCOR Fall 2014 Enterprise Magazine

Amy Doerfler received the 2014-SEDCOR Agribusiness of the Year Award on behalf of  Doerfler Farms.

Doerfler Farms is a large-scale farm near Sublimity that employs 45 full-time employees and an additional 60 during harvest.  They grew grass seed, wheat, and radish seed on 16,000 acres...(read more)


May/June 2012

Adopt a Farmer: Showing Students how Oregon is “Rooted.  Green.  Vital.”

by Misty Zakrzewski

With sunbursts breaking through the October rain showers, two busloads of students from Whitford Middle School arrived at Pearmine Farms in Gervais, excited for a  rare field trip opportunity. For many of the kids, it was their first time to ever step foot on a farm...(read more)

Providing Perspective: ODA Officials Find Tour of Seed Operations Educational

from Oregon Seed, Fall 2014

Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and elected officials were given a first-hand look at the grass seed industry May 22 at the Oregon Seed Council’s second annual education and outreach tour.

The five-hour trip included stops at Mountain View Seeds in Salem, Doerfler Farms in Aumsville and...(read more)


The seeds of change have come to Doerfler Farms, considered the largest producer of cool-season grass seed in the U.S. Reaping a bumper crop of benefits from an intermediate bulk container (IBC) from Weyerhaeuser’s SpaceKraft ( business, the Aumsville, OR, grower is now grazing in the grass.  1,000-lb corrugated totes as an alternative....(read more)

Yields: Spring 2005

When approaching Doerfler Farms, one is immediately struck by the sheer size and magnitude of this grass seed growing operation near Stayton, Ore.  More than 50 combines and swathers line the entrance to the farm along with a dozen semi-trucks used to transport and store seed.  Bob Doerfler, an industry icon, learned the grass seed business from his father.  He understood the importance of farm size early on and...(read more)

Ag Star Award by Jodi Kerr

Kent and Kevin Doerfler worked with their father, Bob, their whole lives, building Doerfler Farms to the large-scale seed farm it is today.  When Bob suddenly passed away from prostate cancer in October 2003, it was an emotional setback, but the business carried on strong as ever. The employees rose to the occasion, continuing their work, and filling in the gaps. Kent and Kevin called on their sister, Amy...(read more)

Capital Press: October 2003

SALEM—Bob Doerfler of Sublimity, Oregon’s largest grass seed grower, died suddenly Oct. 7 at Salem Hospital while awaiting prostrate surgery.  He was 66.

Known as a visionary and an industry icon who was not afraid to speak his mind, Doerfler is credited with showing grass seed growers that they can earn more money marketing seed themselves...(read more)