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Goodding: Solidarity was evident in Seaside after death
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Goodding as a tenacious inves-
tigator and consummate pro-
fessional who was active in the
city’s youth sports scene and
earned respect by showing it.
Goodding’s boss said he was
“the best of what anybody’s
looking for” in an officer. His
high school hoops coach said
it’s easy to see how he went
from standout student-athlete
to lauded officer.
Goodding’s philosophy was
simple, according to his father:
Bad people have gotten off the
right path, but there’s good in
“And I’m going to find it.”
Perfect role
Goodding, a Portland State
University and Sherwood High
School graduate, started his
police career as a reserve officer
in McMinnville then was hired
in Seaside shortly after in 2003.
“That department absorbed
him,” his father said.
Goodding served as a patrol
officer and detective before
becoming a sergeant in 2007
— a role he was perfect for,
said Seaside Police Sgt. Rich
Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian
Member of the ceremonial honor guard salute in front of
Sgt. Jason Goodding’s casket during the presentation of
the flag at the memorial service.
Nofield, named to his cur-
rent position this summer, said
he also applied for the job but
knew Goodding was the best
He recalled Goodding was
concerned that his interview
with the chief took 15 minutes
and Nofield’s six times that.
But Nofield said he spent his
interview telling the chief how
great his colleague was.
“If you have a passion, he
would talk to you about it, tell
you how you can go achieve
it, help you try to achieve it,
and then the next day he’s like,
‘How we doing on this?’” Nof-
ield said in February.
co-workers and the commu-
nity. He had two children with
the woman he met as an eighth-
grader, and they lived next to
the county Sheriff Tom Bergin
at the dead end of a gravel road.
He was an avid Oregon
Ducks fan, liked to work out
and played on an adult law-en-
forcement football team.
His passion for athletics was
longstanding: He captained
his high school basketball and
football teams, leading the lat-
ter to the state championship
game during his senior season.
Dean Goodding said his son
was named the school’s male
athlete of the year as a senior.
A former coach, who con-
siders Goodding a friend, called
him a quintessential leader who
picked others up and had a
trademark smile.
The coach, Roger Schenk,
said he didn’t know how many
lives Goodding had touched
until he was gone.
His guess as to why Good-
ding’s story resonated so
widely? People know a Jason
Goodding in their own towns.
Nonprofit helps
family, others
Schenk was among those
who organized a nonprofit —
called the Bowmen Family
Foundation, for Sherwood’s
mascot — after Goodding’s
death. Schenk said the organi-
zation is in memory of Good-
ding and Marine Capt. Aaron J.
Contreras, who was killed in a
2003 helicopter crash in Iraq.
Schenk said the organiza-
tion has raised about $80,000,
which it has put toward a range
of causes. Among them: setting
up a trust fund for Goodding’s
girls, helping remodel their
house and contributing to three
Sherwood families in need of
It has also set up schol-
arships for Sherwood stu-
dents interested in being first
responders and nurses — Amy
Goodding, Jason’s widow, is a
registered nurse. Seaside Police
Chief Dave Ham said a former
officer and current Portland
fireman also helped spearhead
a memorial scholarship effort
in Seaside.
Tributes and recognition
have rolled in since his killing.
Goodding was posthumously
awarded the state’s Medal of
Ultimate Sacrifice.
His death prompted an out-
pouring of love and respect in
Seaside and elsewhere, said
Ham, who was Goodding’s
close friend. The solidarity was
evident in Seaside after Good-
ding’s killing: A pair of memo-
rials cropped up, and hundreds
attended a vigil and his pub-
lic service. People lined shut-
down streets during a poignant
processional leading to the
‘I’ll never forget that’
Dean Goodding said a Sea-
side golf course wanted to do
something right away. So only
a week after the public service,
the course hosted a tourna-
ment in his son’s name. Any-
one could play.
Dean was in the refresh-
ments cart, cruising the
course, when he came upon a
foursome that was whacking
the ball, obviously unfamil-
iar with the sport. One of them
hailed him down.
The man had heard Dean
was the slain sergeant’s father.
And he had a story to tell.
The man threw his arms
around Dean and thanked
him for raising Goodding.
They had gotten to know one
another, Dean recalled the
man saying, because Good-
ding had arrested him more
than once.
He was sentenced to prison
at some point. But Good-
ding tracked him down after
his release. The sergeant also
found the man a job.
It was an encounter that
spoke to his son’s influence.
“Where do you put that in
life?” the elder Goodding asks.
“I’ll never forget that.”
Everton Bailey Jr. and Rob-
bie DiMesio of The Oregonian
contributed to this report.
GMOs: ‘We’re only one GMO ban away from not being viewed as reliable’
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European farmers are
expected to annually harvest
2.2 million metric tons of soy-
beans in 2016 and 2017, up
from 1.8 million metric tons in
2014 and 2015, USDA said.
Even if they succeed, how-
ever, that production will still
be dwarfed by the 32 million
metric tons of soybeans the
continent imports annually, the
report said.
Much of those imports
come from the U.S. and other
countries where a majority of
commodity crops are geneti-
cally engineered.
Meanwhile, the prospect of
developing genetically engi-
neered crops suitable for grow-
ing in Europe has ground to a
halt, the USDA found.
“Repeated vandalism of
test plots by activists, together
with the uncertainty and delays
of the EU approval process,
makes genetic engineering an
unattractive investment,” the
report said.
Reliable market
While the European Union
is a reliable market for U.S.
soybeans and corn byproducts,
such as distillers dried grains
from ethanol production, the
situation is precarious, said
Mary Boote, executive direc-
tor of the Global Farmer Net-
work, a pro-trade and pro-GE
“It’s a mixed bag,” she
said. “We’re only one GMO
ban away from not being
viewed as reliable.”
In 2017, for example,
Poland is scheduled to prohibit
the import of livestock feed
produced from biotech crops,
according to the USDA.
In the past, though, the
ban has been twice delayed
because of opposition from the
country’s livestock industry.
Such potential disruptions
create a great deal of uncer-
tainty, since they’re politically
motivated, said Boote. “That’s
a tenuous position to be in
from a marketing angle.”
For biotech critics, the
higher price commanded by
conventional crops in Europe
could inspire more farmers to
diversify away from geneti-
cally engineered varieties.
“Usually, with the non-GE
isfied, and if not, why?” Guri-
an-Sherman said.
Draw a distinction
U.S. Department of Agriculture
European farmers are eager to feed GMO crops to their
livestock, which could be a plus for American farmers.
market, there’s somewhat of
a price premium,” said Doug
Gurian-Sherman, director of
sustainable agriculture for the
Center for Food Safety, a non-
profit critical of biotechnology.
It’s unclear whether these
premiums are enough to over-
come the labor-saving eco-
nomic advantages of crops that
have been genetically engi-
neered to withstand herbicides
and repel insects, he said.
“Is that demand being sat-
appear to draw a distinction
between biotech crops used
for human food — which must
be labeled and are generally
resisted by consumers — and
livestock feed, which consum-
ers have grudgingly accepted,
he said.
Livestock is essentially
viewed as a “filter” for bio-
tech crops, so it’s unlikely
Europe’s reliance on biotech
feed will translate to grow-
ing acceptance of genetically
engineered food crops, Guri-
an-Sherman said.
“It’s an interesting conun-
drum,” he said.
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