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.”