“An Industry Worth Fighting For” by Derrick Josi – Tillamook County Pioneer

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome new Pioneer contributor Jim Heffernan. He will contribute book reviews (the first is below – by a local author we all know – “An Industry Worth Fighting For” by Derrick Josi), commentary and editorials. Jim is a passionate political analyst and reader with a lot to say on many topics. We’re really excited to share his perspectives… and his “I’ve been thinking” ideas. Here’s a little bit of Jim’s journey: My name is Jim Heffernan. I was born in Denver, Colorado. dropped out of high school at age 17 and joined the Air Force. I moved to Tillamook in 1979 at the age of 33 with my wife and two sons. My sons were in grades 6 and 9 when we moved here. We had vacationed on the Oregon Coast in 1974 and 1976 and we all wanted to move here.
Tillamook was just the place on the coast where I was able to find a job in 1979. It was fortunate that the job I got was that of a maintenance mechanic at Tillamook Cheese. I worked there for 30 years and retired in 2009. Few factory mechanics were able to work during this period without a break in employment.
Since then I have been heavily involved in the repairs to this old farmhouse, reading and following the policy. I was raised in a Democratic home and I remain a staunch Democrat. I am aware that some of our broken society’s crime scene fingerprints come from Democrats.

By Jim Heffernan

I heard about this book at “Y” and was very intrigued. I spent 30 years of my life as a maintenance mechanic (engineer) at the cheese factory, involved in everything that happens to the milk as it changes from milk to cheese / whey / butter / ice cream. I was a bit in the dark about what happened before the milk came to us. I was sure there were farmers and cows involved, but a bit hazy beyond that.
This book is written in a very accessible style and I found it very easy to read and very informative.
When I volunteered to write this book review for the Pioneer and I kinda felt like my thunder was stolen. The snippet below is what Amazon had to say about the book and I don’t think I can say it better than them. Seems a little odd to me, agree with Amazon.

A storm sweeps across the placid Oregon skies. Not a weather event, but rather an attack aimed at destroying the livelihoods of dairy farmers across America. On target is Derrick Josi, a fourth-generation dairy farmer who has taken a stand against lies, deception and personal attacks by self-proclaimed social media activists. This book offers readers a glimpse behind the curtain of a working dairy farm. True to his charm and wit, Derrick does not shy away from sensitive subjects. Rather, he presents reality in harsh but sensitive terms … a balance as delicate as the lives for which he is responsible. It’s not just the story of a dairy farmer; it is the story of an industry worth fighting for.

I think anyone in Tillamook County will find this interesting, even if they just walk past the farms. Josi has taken farming to another level and offers a special, personal tour of his life and its importance to our food system.
“An Industry Worth Fighting For” by Derrick Josi – 279 pages published October 15, 2021
(available at the library, Amazon – free if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited; Tillamook Chamber, local bookstores)

You can read more about Derrick’s social media campaign to educate and inform about the dairy industry at www.tdfhonestfarming.com

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