FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(FEB. 23, 2017)
Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590
WASHINGTON STATE (FEB. 23, 2017) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is quickly approaching its’ 115th year as a leader in cooperatives and education and it furthered its’ work in those endeavors by sending 100 students from 20 colleges and universities in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the annual College Conference on Cooperatives (CCOC). The Northwest Farmers Union collegiate chapter out of Walla Walla Community College sent four members to attend the event. The members were Cody McCleary, Brandy Thurston, Zack Thorn, Chris Loomis a strong group of collegiate farm members of the Northwest Farmers Union.
The three day conference was held at the CHS headquarters in Minnesota and highlighted the strong work of traditional and value-added agricultural cooperatives, housing and worker-owned co-ops, and consumer cooperatives. A wide range of speakers and events during the conference held members attention throughout. Participants visited many local cooperatives, from Riverton Housing Co-op, REI and the Mill City Museiu, which was once the world’s largest flour mill.
“We are proud to have sent members to learn about cooperatives in consecutive years now and that has helped our imagination grow for agriculture in the northwest.” Northwest Farmers Union President Kent Wright concluded. “Providing a cooperative option for our producers and consumers still works well in today’s market place much as it did a hundred years ago.”
Northwest Farmers Union is working to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.
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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