FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(MAR. 17, 2015)
Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590
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.