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Mar 23, 2017
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Posted by: kentw1
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Category: News
NWFU MEMBERS TESTIFY IN OLYMPIA ON THE BEEF CHECKOFF

NWFU MEMBERS TESTIFY IN OLYMPIA ON THE BEEF CHECKOFF

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(MAR. 17, 2017)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (MAR. 17, 2017) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) represents farmers and ranchers throughout Washington, Idaho and Oregon. When issues important to their members arise NWFU members take action. A need arose today centered around the Washington state beef checkoff and NWFU members drove to Olympia to testify in opposition to proposed legislation.

 

NWFU President Kent Wright spoke out saying, “We have held numerous producer meetings where cattle producers from our membership and those not involved in NWFU were present and an overwhelming majority spoke out against raising the beef checkoff.”

 

NWFU has been very vocal on the beef checkoff proposals in Washington state and have involved many state officials including Representative Tom Dent and Senator Judy Warnick; who have both been very vocal on the issue as well. NWFU policy in regards to the beef checkoff as well as other issues pertinent to its’ members can be found at their website www.nwfu.org

 

Northwest Farmers Union member Mark Ellis an area producer and businessman from Moses Lake, Washington was one who testified in Olympia and added, “We need to address the shortfall of where the funds are coming from because we have the largest slaughter numbers in the Northwest, but the smallest cow-calf numbers and that doesn’t seem right.”

 

According to a status and outlook annual report put out by the Washington State University School of Economic Sciences in 2016 the inventory of beef cattle versus those that are fed and/or slaughtered in Washington state is quite drastic. It would seem that the state checkoff should be well funded if it is collecting checkoff dollars on all cattle coming across and into Washington state. It has been a long standing question mark for ranchers and ag producers, who watch cattle shipping trucks and trailers coming from Canada to be processed at one of Washington’s various processing facilities, on whether or not all the cattle coming across the borders are being accounted for and paying the checkoff dollars as well.

 

About NFU

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.

Look for us online at NWFU.org and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

2016 NWFU Convention Speaker Donn Teske (NFU VP)

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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)

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Sarah Red-Laird is the founder and Executive Director of the Bee Girl organization, with a mission to inspire and empower communities to conserve bees and their habitat. Her love of bees and their honey began in Southern Oregon, on a little farm at the end of a country road. There resided two hives of honey bees near her aunt's cabin. She was fascinated with the colonies, the beekeeper, and the honeycomb they produced. After high school, she traveled throughout the West. Her adventurous spirit landed her jobs on fishing boats, helicopters, sea kayaks, ski mountains, fire engines, and even a gold rush era saloon. She finally brought her affinity for beekeeping to fruition at the University of Montana, Missoula. She chose honey bees and Colony Collapse Disorder as her Davidson Honors College research thesis, and her relationship with the bees picked up right where it left off. Sarah is also the US Ambassador of the International Bee Research Association's (IBRA) BEEWORLD project, the Kids and Bees Director for the American Beekeeping Federation, a New York Bee Sanctuary Advisory Board Member, a mentor in the Oregon State Master Beekeepers Program, Apiary Manager for Southern Oregon University's Center for Sustainability, and the Oregon Outreach Coordinator for the Bee Friendly Farming Initiative. When she is not tirelessly working with bees, beekeepers, kids, farmers, land managers, and policy makers, Sarah heads for the hills with a camera, large backpack, fishing rod, bike or snowboard, and her best friend, Sophie the Yellow Lab.

2016 NWFU Convention Speaker Mike Hagerman (WWCC)

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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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