(FEB. 23, 2017)


Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590


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.

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