NATIONAL FARMERS UNION HAS A NEW VOICE....
NATIONAL FARMERS UNION HAS A NEW VOICE IN THE NORTHWEST AS WASHINGTON, IDAHO AND OREGON COME TOGETHER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Sept. 24, 2014)
Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590
WASHINGTON STATE (SEPT. 24, 2014) - Former Washington Farmers Union (WFU) President Kent Wright brought together a group of interested agriculture producers and consumers to create the Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU). The new regional organization will include the states: Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Each state had a previous singular state organization, but now they will all fall under the same name.
Kent Wright was elected as the inaugural president of the Northwest Farmers Union. “I am excited at the opportunity to be able to be a part of the voice of agriculture producers in the northwest,” said Wright. “The passion for agriculture is here in the northwest and being able to have all three states come together will provide us with a unique set of skills as well as a influential voice at the national level.”
Wright wasn’t the only official elected on Wednesday at the strategic planning session held at the Clark County Extension Office in Vancouver, WA. The board includes President Kent Wright, Vice President Rich Boyd, Secretary Tiffany Wright, Treasurer Brian Helsing, and Director at Large Peggy Wright. The group is looking to find more interested volunteers to sit on the board across the large region that it covers.
“National Farmers Union has had a presence in the Northwest as far back as 1907 when it started in Waitsburg, WA and we are looking forward to bringing out that rich heritage,” said Wright. “Being able to take this step forward goes to show that there are committed people here who are going to ensure that there will be an organization that will be able to voice concerns for family-farmers and ranchers in the northwest at a local level as well as a state and national level.”
2016 NWFU Convention Speaker Donn Teske (NFU VP)
Ma and I and 4 kids and 6 grandkids operate a fifth-generation beef cow/calf operation on the native Bluestem pastures on the east edge of the Flint Hills in Northeast Kansas at Wheaton, in Pottawatomie county. We crop a little between the rocks….
From 1973 until 1994 we farmed full time on the family farm. Much of that time involved in dairying.
I am in my fifteenth year as Kansas Farmers Union president and very much enjoy representing the organization. I am in my 3rd year as National Farmers Union Vice President. Previous to VP I served 3 years as NFU Treasurer.
Previous to my position as KFU president I worked for the Kansas Rural Center for five years and also for Kansas State University Ag Econ as a farm analyst for five years.
In the summer of 2010 I had the opportunity to work with the village of Keur Ali Gueye in Senegal Africa on their millet production. It was a life-changing experience for me.
I’m involved in a boatload of committees, both associated with Farmers Union and others, but all involve rural quality of life or history, my two passions.
2016 NWFU Convention Speaker Sarah Red-Laird (Bee Girl)
2016 NWFU Convention Speaker Mike Hagerman (WWCC)
Mike Hagerman comes to Walla Walla Community College as valley native, a graduate of Oregon State University, a military veteran --- having served 11 years as an Army aviator, and as a former agronomist for DuPont Pioneer.
Mike is the WWCC Precision Agriculture program coordinator and lead instructor. His primary charge
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