WSU ORGANIC FARM HOSTS FOOD SAFETY WORKSHOP 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(MAY. 23, 2017)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (MAY. 23, 2017) - Washington State University (WSU) held a Food Safety Assessment On-Farm Workshop today and among the local producers there to learn and ask questions were Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) members.

 

Peggy Wright a member of NWFU said, “I was really impressed with the amount of education that came out of this event and I now have a better understanding of what it takes for a producer to work within the guidelines of these programs.”

 

The Northwest Farmers Union is committed to reaching out to its’ area members about the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) in order to promote and further knowledge about what it entails. FSMA has shifted the focus of food safety towards preventive steps instead of responsive steps. NWFU plans to have additional members attending more events throughout the northwest in 2017.

 

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 FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

 

NWFU HOSTS STUDENT DRIVEN MEETING FOR WWCC AND BMCC STUDENTS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(MAY. 17, 2017)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (MAY. 17, 2017) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) Secretary Tiffany Wright hosted a gathering of college students to discuss issues pertinent to NWFU and the students’ priorities in agriculture. The meeting was attended by students from both Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) and Blue Mountain Community College, with WWCC already home to a collegiate chapter of NWFU. Both colleges are strong towards agriculture and are within an hour drive of one another.

 

Laken Berlin an agriculture student at BMCC was quoted as saying, “This is definitely an organization that a lot of Ag students at BMCC would be interested in.”

 

NWFU established a collegiate chapter at WWCC in 2016 and has had collegiate members attend various events, such as the College Conference on Cooperatives and National Farmers Union Women’s Conference, on their behalf in consecutive years. Issues affecting beginning farmers and ranchers today is a priority of NWFU and that is why they are committed to working with students to provide them with a united voice in addition to excellent educational opportunities.

 

NWFU President and WWCC alumni spoke about the event saying, “Having two quality agriculture community colleges so close to one another makes it an ideal place for NWFU to grow our collegiate members and gain a fresh understanding of the issues that our young and beginning farmers and ranchers are facing each year; plus its exceptional to get our experienced members with our youth so that both can benefit from one another.” 

 

Additional meetings will be held by NWFU throughout the year. If anyone wants to learn more about the organization or have a meeting held in your home town please contact us through the NWFU website www.nwfu.org

 

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 FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

 

NWFU SUPPORTS FAIR TRADE FOR NORTHWEST FARMERS AND RANCHERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(MAY. 1, 2017)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (MAY. 1, 2017) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU),an agriculture advocacy organization that falls under the umbrella of the National Farmers Union and makes up the states of Washington Idaho and Oregon is supportive of Fair Trade agreements for farmers and ranchers. Recent topics like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Country of Origin Labeling have brought about many questions to farm groups like the NWFU.

If NAFTA were to be renegotiated and/or replaced it would be beneficial to have a Fair Trade agreement that allows farmers and ranchers to receive prices at or above the minimum costs of production and a living wage. Farmers and ranchers should not be forced to compete against one another in a race to who can get there first in selling their products. In addition, good farming practices that give those in agriculture the ability to exercise their preferences on genetically modified contents, pesticides, labeling options and the right to sell local

should be allowed and promoted

Northwest producers often see products coming and going across the U.S./Canadian border that raise the questions of what the cost is of those products and how they are being labeled? In past years a farmer/rancher’s ability to label his or her products as produced and processed in the U.S. has been limited or taken away.  When Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) was removed it started a big question mark of where a person’s meat is coming from. NWFU supports the consumers’ right to know where their food comes from and a producer’s right to label it.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

NWFU MEMBERS ACCEPTS SECOND CONSECUTIVE AWARD AT NATIONAL CONVENTION

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(MAR. 7, 2017)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (MAR. 7, 2017) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) recognized the efforts of its’ members today at the 115th Anniversary Convention for their work in membership recruitment and outreach. Along with other state and regional organizations the Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) had a second consecutive year with a member receiving an award.

 

“The grassroots approach that is promoted by NFU is embodied here in the Northwest,” said NWFU President Kent Wright. “The work done by our members to reach out to their peers is worthy of recognition and I applaud NFU’s efforts to reward and recognize our members for their work.”

 

At the 115th Anniversary Convention of the National Farmers Union Tiffany Wright of Northwest Farmers Union was one of three members throughout the entire NFU organization to receive the Silver Star Award, which is the highest honor an individual Farmers Union organizer can receive. 

 

“Thanks to the dedication of members and divisions like those honored today, Farmers Union has been able to grow our robust grassroots network over the course of the last year,” National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson concluded. “NFU proudly represents nearly 200,000 family farm and ranch members across the nation, and will continue to be the strongest advocate for the well-being of all American family farmers and ranchers.”

 

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.

 

NWFU COLLEGIATE CHAPTER ATTENDS CONFERENCE AT CHS HEADQUARTERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(FEB. 23, 2017)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

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.

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

 

NWFU VOICES CONCERN OVER WA BEEF CHECK OFF; AGAIN

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(AUG. 24, 2016)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (AUG. 24, 2016) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) was involved in a discussion to raise the Washington State Beef Check Off recently in Sprague, Washington. Cattle producers from around the state as well as a contingent of NWFU members were present as well as Senator Judy Warnick and Representative Tom Dent. This is not the first time that NWFU members have spoke out against a rate hike in the Beef Check Off; whose dollars don’t seem to be finding their way to the rancher producers.

 

NWFU member Mark Ellis addressed the representation of cattle producers in Washington state, “There needs to be a good survey that shows a majority of cattle producers and their feelings and not just groups who say they represent cattleman to get a true feeling for what cattle producers are wanting with the Beef Check Off.”

 

Warnick and Dent have been present in a number of meetings where the Beef Check Off was discussed. Senator Warnick recently halted her bill SB 6638 after a strong opposition rose up to speak against her bill. Cattleman from around the state mobilized quickly to speak in Olympia as well as call their respective representatives and with word circulating of a hike again there are more phone calls being made.

 

Kent Wright NWFU president spoke about the Beef Check Off adding, “When you get out and talk with producers we have been hearing a lot of questions being asked about the Beef Check Off and we want to make sure that those questions are answered and accepted before we move forward with any kind of increase to the current program.” 

 

The Northwest Farmers Union is advocating for farming and ranching families throughout the states of Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Go to www.nwfu.org and contact Kent Wright to learn more about how to get involved with NWFU. This topic and many more will be discussed at the upcoming NWFU Convention on October 8th at Walla Walla, Washington.

 

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.

 

NWFU APPLAUDS THE HALT OF THE WA BEEF CHECK OFF INCREASE BILL

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(FEB. 19, 2016)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (FEB. 19, 2016) - The $1.50 Beef Checkoff - It’s The Law! That is the heading for the Washington State Beef Commission checkoff remittance form. There was a bill SB 6638 led by Senator Judy Warnick to raise the Beef Checkoff, but that has since been halted for the time being. Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) and President Kent Wright held member and public listening sessions about the proposition of raising the Beef Checkoff around the state prior to the bill being introduced; both in person and through phone and social media communications.

 

“There are organizational leaders out there who are saying their organizations are in support of an increase in the Beef Checkoff, but we are not one of them as our members do not agree with it,” states President Wright. “Washington Cattleman’s Association was in favor of the bill as were the large feeder and dairy groups, but in our talks with active ranchers there wasn’t the support there.”

 

SB 6638 introduced by Senator Warnick has been halted allegedly in order for industry groups to come together on what an acceptable bill might look like. Ranchers and industry organizational groups from around the state were in attendance to a comment time in the state’s capitol of Olympia. The hearing for SB 6638 appeared to have enough individuals speak in opposition to it to realize the bill might not have the support originally expected.

 

Wright adds, “The NWFU wants to see what the Beef Commission proposes to do with the increase in funds along with what they are currently doing with funds as the program appears to focus less on the family farmer and rancher than it does on the final meat products and we feel there needs to be more support and recognition for the family farms and ranches.”

 

In addition Mark Ellis of Moses Lake, an NWFU member, spoke at the comment period volunteering a number of rancher’s names from various counties around the state who openly opposed the rate hike. Sen. Brian Dansel jumped on this news quickly and added his own account of the wide producer uprising about the increase in fees and he continues to be a opponent of the bill. To express your opinion on the Beef Checkoff go to www.nwfu.org and contact Kent Wright to have your voice heard on the subject.

 

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.

 

NWFU COHOSTS SUCCESFUL INDUSTRIAL HEMP EDUCATION SESSION IN OREGON CAPITOL

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(FEB. 14, 2016)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

OREGON (FEB. 14, 2016) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) and President Kent Wright co-hosted an educational session on Industrial Hemp in the Oregon state capitol of Salem, OR. The event was designed as an informative session for parties who were interested in growing Industrial Hemp or those who wanted to know how the crop may affect them. The event was well attended with roughly fifty individuals in attendance.

 

Three Industrial Hemp farmers (Jerry Norton, Cliff Thomason, Seth Crawford) from the state of Oregon were on hand to answer questions as well as a lobbyist on Industrial Hemp in the state of Oregon Courtney Moran. Jerry Norton an Oregon Industrial Hemp farmer spoke about the future of Oregon and Industrial Hemp as, “All eyes are on Oregon right now for Industrial Hemp.” 

 

The Northwest Farmers Union is family farm and ranch organization that hosts a wide range of producers and consumers as its’ members. The organization works to put on educational events like the one on Industrial Hemp to educate consumers and producers alike about the affects of various crops. 

 

A number of interested parties were on hand from local students, to interested producers as well as Oregon Representative Carl Wilson who spoke at the event saying, “I think hemp is going to get us there.”

 

NWFU President Kent Wright spoke at the event briefly adding, “The Northwest Farmers Union is here to support the Industrial Hemp change.”

 

More information about upcoming events and educational seminar by the NWFU can be found at their website www.nwfu.org

 

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.

 

NWFU CO-HOSTS INDUSTRIAL HEMP EVENT 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(FEB. 10, 2016)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (FEB. 10, 2016) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) and President Kent Wright are co-hosting an educational seminar on the history and opportunities available with Industrial Hemp this Thursday February 11th in Salem, Oregon. The event will take place at the Willamette University Bearcat Cafe (Putnam University Center, 2nd floor) and will be from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Interested parties from around the area are welcome to come by and learn more about Industrial Hemp as well as NWFU.

 

“We are excited to work with OHIA and OIHFA to provide the public with an educational event that will have a number of experts present who can answer all their questions,” said Wright. “The NWFU is striving to offer as many educational opportunities as possible to its’ members and the public and we have had a lot of folks asking us to do more about Industrial Hemp, so we were fortunate to work with our co-hosts to put this event together.”

 

NWFU is co-hosting the Industrial Hemp event with Oregon Hemp Industries Association (OHIA) and Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association (OIHFA); both Oregon state Industrial Hemp organizations. Farmers have been growing Industrial Hemp in Oregon state and legislation is currently in place in regards to the crop.

 

“Industrial Hemp continues to be a hot topic among our members and we are continually working to provide them with knowledgable individuals who can speak about the advantages and disadvantages,” adds Wright. “We had Joy Beckerman speak at our convention this past October, 2015 about Industrial Hemp and it was a big hit, so we are looking to have another session on the topic at this years convention in Walla Walla, WA on October 8th & 9th.” 

 

Wright and the NWFU are working to support family farmers and ranchers in the Northwestern states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho through education, cooperation and legislation. Go to www.nwfu.org to learn more about how to become a member and the many opportunities that are available.

 

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.

 

NWFU EDUCATES IN OLYMPIA

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(JAN. 4, 2016)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (JAN. 4, 2016) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) presented to a number of offices on Monday in Olympia, WA to educate government officials. The organization was invited to speak on a number of topics ranging from Industrial Hemp to the raise in state Beef Checkoff. President Kent Wright as well as a number of leaders within the organization were present.

 

Wright pointed out, “It is a great opportunity to be able to give our producers side of the story and educate government agencies and legislators when it comes to items that greatly affect our livelihoods.” 

 

The NWFU is a grassroots organization that works throughout Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Supporting family farmers and ranchers the organization works in the state capitols when legislators are in session to weigh in on bills affecting its’ producers in agriculture.

 

“We are very excited about how the day went and some of the new opportunities arising from our meetings; including a potential Veterans farmer program in Washington state,” adds Wright.

 

The Northwest Farmers Union is an agriculture advocacy group that is taking on a variety of issues from Beef Checkoff and Industrial Hemp to assisting Beginning Farmers/Ranchers as well as aiding Veterans through Vet based Farmer/Rancher programs throughout the states of Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Go to www.nwfu.org to become a member and learn about the many wonderful programs they provide.

 

 

NWFU DOESN’T AGREE WITH WTO COOL RULING; VOLUNTARY COOL IS BEST OPTION MOVING FORWARD

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(DEC. 8, 2015)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (DEC. 8, 2015) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) and President Kent Wright announced that they did not agree with the finding by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that the U.S. Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law warrants retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico in the sum of $1.01 billion, and state that a voluntary COOl passage is the best option moving forward to thwart the WTO decision.

 

“The WTO process continues to undermine the ability for American consumers to know the origin of their food and the latest ruling on COOL highlights that work,” said Wright. “We will be speaking with our members of Congress and advising them that we still want COOL and that a voluntary COOL program is the best way moving forward to stay complicit with the WTO ruling and also having a strong option for labeling our food.”

 

The WTO ruled that Canada and Mexico had the ability to impose $1.01 billion in retaliatory tariffs against the United States. A potential option that has received a thumbs up from Canada, several multinational meatpackers and the U.S. Trade Representative is a voluntary COOL.

 

“The U.S. meat export is in a highly vulnerable state right now and Congress needs to act quickly in order to protect the American producer and consumer by passing voluntary COOL, which will help the U.S. to avoid the $1.01 billion in retaliatory tariffs approved by the WTO,” said Wright. “The COOL label is very important and we believe our producers and consumers have the right to know where our food comes from.”

 

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.

 

NWFU HOSTS WASHINGTON BEEF CHECKOFF TALKS AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR WASHINGTON RANCHERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(DEC. 4, 2015)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (DEC. 4, 2015) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) and President Kent Wright are hosting a roundtable discussion on the Beef Checkoff program in Washington state. The talks will revolve around the proposed increase to the checkoff. NWFU members and the public are encouraged to attend and express their opinions about the proposal.

 

Representative Tom Dent and Senator Judy Warnick are analyzing the idea of an increase in depth and have been searching for industry wide opinion to be able to act upon that in the upcoming session.  The desire is to have individuals involved in all forms of the beef industry to attend the meeting and voice their opinions. Shannon Neiberg, Ph.D and State Extension Specialist Livestock Economics, from Pullman, WA will be on hand to speak to the attendees.

 

“Come one and come all,” states Wright. “We want everyone to try to make it in person, but if your not able to come please give me a call or an email and we can discuss your opinion.”

 

The meeting is available to all whether or not you are NWFU member does not matter. The event is being held at the Moses Lake Fire Station building at 6:30pm and will last until 9:00pm on Wednesday December the 9th. The address for the station is 701 E 3rd Ave, Moses Lake, WA 98837 and for those with questions please contact Kent Wright via www.nwfu.org

 

NWFU HOLDS ANNUAL CONVENTION

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(NOV. 2, 2015)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (NOV. 2, 2015) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) and President Kent Wright hosted their annual convention in Airway Heights, WA at the Northern Quest Casino and Resort. The event was done in conjunction with the Cattle Producers of Washington (CPOW) and members of both organizations took advantage of the wealth of speakers and vendors on hand. The event lasted two days and consisted of 13 different speakers talking on a number of topics ranging from Washington Agriculture to Industrial Hemp and Cannabis.

 

“We had such a wealth of knowledgable speakers here that it really made the event worthwhile for the attendees,” said Wright. “I am very proud of our staff and how we were able to have this come together along with the support of CPOW and their members.”

 

Attendees from Washington, Idaho and Oregon were present with the majority of members being from the home state of Washington. The event took place over two days with a social and dinner with auction included. A number of elected officials were in attendance as well during the affair.

 

“We are providing something of value to our members and we hope to continue to do that with additional members coming forward and giving us their insights and assistance,” added Wright. 

 

The Northwest Farmers Union is an agriculture advocacy group that works under the National Farmers Union and operates in Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Wright summed up the event by saying, “I think a lot of collaboration and good work was done here and I look forward to our event next year, which will be held in Oregon.”

 

The 2016 dates and location have yet to be determined, but will be announced in coming months on the Northwest Farmers Union website www.nwfu.org.

 

 NWFU REACTS TO HOUSE’S VOTE TO REPEAL COOL AS “IMPATIENT;”CONFIDENT THE SENATE WILL LET PROCESS PROCEED 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(JUN. 12, 2015)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (JUN. 12, 2015) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) President Kent Wright reacted to the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives repealing Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL) as “Impatient” and remained confident that the U.S. Senate would allow the process to take its’ course. The voting was expected after a fly-in held in Washington D.C. this past month.

 

“According to survey consumers largely support the labeling law known as COOL, the House has chosen to ignore this fact and therefore showed a lack of support for family farmers and ranchers who depend on COOL,” said Wright. “The Senate still has an opportunity to work with those who support COOL and find an alternative to the situation at hand.”

 

Many groups have worked both for and against COOL in recent years and almost all were vocal on the House vote. A significant amount of responsibility will be placed on members of the Senate to come to terms with the situation.

 

“This is the not the first situation that has come to bear with members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and it won’t be the last, but for the House to not allow the situation to follow the process is very disappointing,” mentions Wright. In past disputes the WTO members have found ways to come to an agreement on an alternative that worked for all those involved reminded Wright. 

 

Wright added, “Family farmers and ranchers throughout the Northwest are very appreciative of the work done by all those who have supported our local family famers and ranchers as well as our consumers.” Appreciation and recognition was given to: Denny Heck, D-Washington; Adam Smith, D-Washington; David Reichert, R-Washington; Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon; Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon; Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon; and others for their strong support of consumers and family farmers and ranchers.

 

Northwest Farmers Union is advocating for the economic and social well-being, and quality of life of family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and consumers and their communities through education, cooperation and legislation.

NWFU PLEASED WITH HOUSE’S VOTE ON TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(JUN. 12, 2015)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (JUN. 12, 2015) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) President Kent Wright was pleased with the U.S. House of Representatives voting down Trade Promotion Authority (TPA); also known as fast track authority. The current administration has been looking for the ability to negotiate trade deals with limited input from Congress and that is what TPA would allow Wright noted. TPA gives the administration the ability to create a trade agreement with Congress only having the power to vote for or against the agreement with no amendments.

 

“Our system is great because we have these checks and balances in place and for Congress to forgo those would be and has proven to be detrimental to family farmers and ranchers in past trade agreements,” Wright pointed out.

 

The U.S. had a trade deficit of over $500 billion last year and is a country that has utilized a number of the ‘free trade’ agreements over the years. Trade in any sector is often analyzed based on each individual’s needs with the need for jobs and wages at the forefront of many priority lists.

 

Wright added, “Trade is a great thing and allows the U.S. to be a strong player, but each agreement needs to be evaluated as to what its’ affects may be on the American family farmers and ranchers; who also happen to be our many workers and consumers.”

 

Northwest Farmers Union is advocating for the economic and social well-being, and quality of life of family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and consumers and their communities through education, cooperation and legislation.

NWFU RETURNS FROM SPECIAL SPRING FLY-IN ON COOL IN NATIONS CAPITAL

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(MAY 25, 2015)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (OCT. 3, 2014) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) members spent three days, with their peers from around the country, advocating for Country-of-Origin Labeling through congressional meetings in Washington D.C. this past week. While there were three members from NWFU there was a total of sixty Farmers Union members in addition to other COOL supporting organizations and their memberships.

 

NWFU president Kent Wright said, “National Farmers Union (NFU) president Roger Johnson told me how beneficial it would be for us to have representation at the fly-in for COOL and I feel that it really payed off for Northwest producers in terms of recognition and having our voices heard.”

 

Many groups have been working with the World Trade Organization as well as members of Congress to create an acceptable version of COOL that would feasible and beneficial for producers and consumers alike. Farmers Union members had an easy and distinct message while on “the hill”.

 

“Our message was simply to wait and let the WTO arbitration process take place without any unnecessary actions taking place until a conclusion is reached,” states Wright. 

 

The arbitration process is thought to take 60 days once all the necessary filings are in after which a conclusion will be made as to the validity of the claims presented in regards to COOL. The Northwest Farmers Union and its’ members will monitor the situation closely and work to be involved in any meetings on the topic in the future. 

 

The Northwest Farmers Union is a farmer advocacy group that provides a platform for individuals to voice their opinions as well as gain education and support for their agriculture endeavors. Please go to www.northwestfarmersunion.com to see how you can become involved.

 

NWFU DELEGATES SPEAK AT 2015 NATIONAL FARMERS UNION CONVENTION IN WICHITA, KS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(MAR. 17, 2015)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (MAR. 17, 2015) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) had a delegation of two members attend the National Farmers Union (NFU) annual convention in Wichita, KS, to vote on the organization’s policy and vision for the future of agriculture.

 

“Starting at the local level all the way to events like our national convention you can see our members voting on policy and expressing their wishes in a grassroots manner,” said NWFU President Kent Wright. “I’m very proud of how our delegation expressed the desires of our members at the policy convention.”

 

NFU starts a a policy-setting process in January by a NFU Policy Committee, which is comprised of members from throughout the members states, nominated by their state presidents. In addition members of the policy committee meet with governmental leaders in the White House, U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as key Capitol Hill staff to ensure that the policy book is concurrent with current legislation and political issues.

 

“We are very honored and excited at the ability to influence and voice our concerns in regards to the NFU policy manual,” mentions delegate Tiffany Wright. “I was intrigued by the process at which our policy manual was created and thought that the event ran smoothly and succinct; with good discussion and information debated and expressed.” 

 

In addition to speaking as delegates at the convention both President Kent Wright and delegate Tiffany Wright were asked to speak to various groups of people including President Wright addressing the current Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) class as well as a break out session named “Finding Farming”. 

 

Wright added, “Being a young producer and a graduate of the Beginning Farmer Institute I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to the BFI again as I did last year; as well as being able to have a larger platform to speak during a break out session.” 

 

Northwest Farmers Union is a member of the National Farmers Union and a burgeoning chapter within the organization. Monthly events are held in locations throughout Washington, Idaho and Oregon and can be found on www.northwestfarmersunion.com. Sponsors and leadership positions are available and interested parties are encouraged to contact NWFU.

 

NWFU LEADS FREEZE BRANDING PRESENTATION AT LOCAL FARM IN CLARK COUNTY

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(FEB. 13, 2015)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (FEB. 12, 2015) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) and President Kent Wright hosted an informative freeze branding session and Q & A for local producers at Windy Ridge farm in Washougal, WA. The event cited safe animal handling practices and various industry approved options for freeze branding as well as an in depth look at Angus cattle genetics and conformation. 

 

“Today was a huge success with a good group of cattle and people alike” said Wright. “Everyone had great questions and the cattle cooperated, so we were able to get a lot accomplished today.”

 

The Northwest Farmers Union is an agriculture advocacy group that is committed to educating its’ members and the public about safe and sustainable agriculture practices as well as pertinent agriculture issues today. The group branded, poured and weighed approximately 20 head of Angus beef cows and heifers throughout the afternoon with various duties being shared by various participants. 

 

Vice President Rich Boyd had this to say about the event, “Being a local farmer in the Vancouver area I’m happy to see locals getting additional education and resources here in Clark County and beyond. We are working to empower our farmers and ranchers so they can improve themselves and the products they produce; thus carrying over to our northwest consumers.”

 

Additional educational events will be held throughout the year by the Northwest Farmers Union. The next event coming up is a legislative day in Olympia, WA on February 18 to meet legislators and their staff. To learn more about the Northwest Farmers Union go to www.northwestfarmersunion.com and contact any staff member for inquiries as to holding an informational session at your farm or ranch.

 

NWFU MEMBERS TAKE TO OLYMPIA 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(JAN. 27, 2015)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (JAN. 27, 2015) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) had strong representation in recent weeks by both President Kent Wright and a bevy of members including Joy Beckerman and Lee Englehardt. NWFU was taking to the hill to testify on a number of bills that are up as well as working to strengthen bonds with legislative staff.

 

“We are strong in leaders within the Northwest Farmers Union,” said Wright. “Many of our members hold leadership positions within other organizations and therefore have a strong understanding of what it takes to create relationships and share our legislative priorities.” 

 

The Northwest Farmers Union has taken on an invigorated approach to their region’s legislative work since forming under the leadership of President Wright. Proof lies in the flood of members attending legislative events in their respective states and many testifying on a number of important bills for the region’s agriculture producers.

 

“A great thing about our organization is that we are growing and with that growth comes a variety of members with a variety of strengths and knowledge. We are ready and willing to take on the issues of agriculture producers in the northwest,” states Wright.

 

The Northwest Farmers Union is an agriculture advocacy group that is taking on a variety of issues from Beef Checkoff and COOL to GMOs and Industrial Hemp throughout the states of Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Go to www.northwestfarmersunion.com to learn how to get involved.


NORTHWEST FARMERS UNION HAS TWO ATTENDING NFU WOMEN’S CONFERENCE IN 2015

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(DEC. 31, 2014)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (DEC. 31, 2014) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) is sending two of its’ women members (Tiffany Wright and Kamela Helsing) to the NFU Women’s Conference in Clearwater, Florida. The event is set to provide participants with the tools and information to aide women in confidently managing their business risks on the farm or ranch as well as improving upon their rural leadership skills.

 

“This is an exciting step for our young women members to have the opportunity to network and learn with other women from around the world,” stated NFU President Kent Wright. “I think folks in the Northwest are going to really gain from these young ladies going to this event as they will come back more knowledgeable and with a stronger set of tools at their disposal to not only help their farms and ranches, but to educate others as well.” 

 

The adult women’s education event is centered around a multi-faceted educational opportunity catered to female situations. Finances, leadership, production, marketing, estate planning and even fitness time is squeezed into the five day event. A wide range of speakers will be attending the event as well as local farm tours will round out the time in the Florida sun.

 

When Tiffany Wright was asked about her involvement in attending the event on behalf of the Northwest Farmers Union she was all smiles. “I hope to take away a stronger sense of leadership as a woman in agriculture and gain a better understanding of what the marketplace has for women today. Being a wife, a mother and woman in agriculture I find that every moment throughout the day is precious and I am excited to see how other women are able to cope with the rigors of everyday life and hopefully take away some insightful tips,” Tiffany said.

 

Upon returning from the event the ladies plan to keep traveling throughout the northwest educating others on what they learned during their time in Florida. While their locations aren’t all set up yet they do have a tentative start date of February 21 in Vancouver, WA at the Clark County Extension office. If you are interested in having Tiffany and Kamela come to see you and share their experience please contact them by going to www.northwestfarmersunion.com

 
NORTHWEST FARMERS UNION HOSTS FIRST ANNUAL CONVENTION
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(DEC. 13, 2014)
 
Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

 

WASHINGTON STATE (DEC. 13, 2014) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) hosted their first annual convention as a tristate regional membership organization. Members and interested parties converged on the WSU Clark County Extension Office in Vancouver, WA for the event from as far away as Montana. 

 

“For the first year we were very pleased and happy that we were able to get a lot accomplished at today’s meeting; even with a small crowd,” said President Kent Wright. “We are looking for bigger and better things from this group for next year. Time and good people make for a strong organization and we have seen NWFU grow a lot in the short time that it has been in existence.”

 

The event played host to talks by the current NWFU board, a keynote speaker, and discussion and Q & A from the public to NWFU board members. A number of parties had a reaction when President Wright informed the group that they had increased by more than twenty percent since the day of inception in late September. The group has already tackled a number of hot button issues including the oil trains and oil terminals in the northwest as well as the national Beef Checkoff. 

 

Wright smiled when asked about what the organization can do for interested parties, “I think that a unified voice is something that we are helping to provide folks in the northwest and in addition to that we offer a number of great programs for folks to take advantage of. We are striving to be more than just another Ag organization, but instead be an avenue for people to voice their opinions and strengthen their agriculture enterprises.”

 

The organization offers a number of continuing education programs and covers cost for various opportunities. A wide range of opportunities for interested parties are available from women’s conferences, youth camps, cooperative education and general Ag workshops.

 

“We have big plans for 2015 and I hope that folks will make it a priority to reach out to us with their thoughts and comments as to how we can help them in the new year,” said Wright. “I am confident in the group around me here today that we are going to be able to provide assistance to producers and consumers alike in 2015 and beyond.”

 

NWFU PRESIDENT WRIGHT HOSTS TALKS ON BEEF CHECKOFF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(DEC. 4, 2014)

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590
kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (OCT. 3, 2014) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) and President Kent Wright hosted an informational discussion on the proposed new beef checkoff program that USDA Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack is promoting throughout the U.S. The meeting was attended by a strong contingent from the Cow Producers of Washington group as well as additional cattle producers from around Washington state.

“Getting to have so many cattle producers from my native Washington in one room was great,” said Wright. “We wanted to get a feeling for what folks who are actually affected by this potential program thought about it and we have a better understanding now.”

Many groups have been involved in the current checkoff and the secretary has created a comment period for people and organizations to comment on the program. Wright and the Northwest Farmers Union are a regional organization under the National Farmers Union, which has been very vocal on the issue.

“As a cattle producer and someone who is a part of cattle organizations it is very important that we have a good representation here in the northwest so that way our voices are heard,” mentions Wright.

Wright is advocating for groups and individuals to come together to talk about the important issues throughout the northwest and create a unified voice. Wright finishes by saying, “I am here as a resource to be available to producers and consumers in the northwest, but I need folks to come to our meetings and contact us when they have an issue that we can help with.”

The current comment period is scheduled to end on the 10th of December and comments can be posted online or by mail.

 

 

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

 kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

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.”

 

NWFU PRESIDENT WRIGHT ELECTED TO U.S. CATTLEMAN’S BOARD

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   (OCT. 3, 2014)

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (OCT. 3, 2014) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) President Kent Wright was nominated for a seat on the United States Cattleman’s Association (USCA) Board of Directors on October 3rd in Bismarck, North Dakota. Wright was nominated for the position of USCA Region 1 representative, which covers Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii.

 

“Having the opportunity to be around as many great cattle producers as there are in U.S. Cattleman’s is something that I am very excited about,” said Wright. “I look forward to meeting and talking with producers in my region and seeing what I can do to help them; as well as learn from them.”

 

Wright noted that U.S Cattleman’s has seen a similar line of thinking with National Farmers Union (national branch over NWFU) on many issues at the national level in Washington D.C. 

Both organizations have a strong presence in the nation’s capitol and strive to see the needs and concerns of farmers and ranchers met from all over the country.

 

“I have had the pleasure of working with a number of folks from US Cattleman’s in the past, like Jess Peterson and Leo McDonald, and can only hope to continue to learn from them moving forward,” said Wright. “Ranching is in my blood and being able to utilize my background in the industry to educate and help others is a rewarding experience.”

 

NWFU PRESIDENT BRINGS EXPERTISE IN AGRICULTURE, MEETS WITH

OFFICIALS AT OIL TRAIN STRATEGY MEETING IN OLYMPIA, WA

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   (Nov. 21, 2014)

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (NOV. 21, 2014) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) President Kent Wright sat in on a strategy discussion meeting on November 15th. Wright sat in on the meeting as leader in the northwest agriculture industry as well as a farmer/rancher who could speak to the affects of the oil trains in the northwest.

 

“I am excited to be able to discuss and promote a strategy that will be helpful for agriculture producers in the northwest,” said Wright. “We have seen recent issues regarding oil trains and the issues that they were causing for farmers and ranchers in the midwest and we want to try and prevent those kinds of problems in the northwest before they get here.”

 

Wright noted that National Farmers Union (national branch over NWFU) has taken a big step towards maintaining accountability and continued support of the railroads and the agriculture producers. Through NFU and other state organizations the effects of the oil train cars in the midwest has seen an increase in productivity and accessibility for agriculture products.

 

“The fact that informed officials were asking for our presence and opinion at a meeting like this goes to show the respect and understanding that folks in the northwest have for agriculture,” said Wright. “The success of agriculture producers in the northwest would not be possible without the consumers right here in the northwest.”

 

The meeting was a follow up to the statewide summit meetings that were held on the topic this past summer. Many individuals and organizations came out to speak on the topic and had a good deal of controversy over the topic. More publications and meetings are expected to be held on the topic as the oil boom continues its’ way westward.

 

“The ability to have a safe and vibrant northwest setting for northwest agriculture producers is a priority for NWFU, said Wright. “I am happy to be able to be a part of creating a safer northwest by being present at these kinds of discussions.” 


 
 

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