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.”