States Without Borders

States Without Borders

States Without Borders

I’m Lacy Gray with Washington Ag Today.

It’s time once again for the annual Tri-State Grain Growers Convention and Michelle Hennings, Executive Director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, says that the event entitled “States Without Borders” is being held at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, and will provide attendees with an abundance of Farm Bill information.

HENNINGS: We have Barry Flinchbaugh who will be discussing Farm Bill. We have Brandon Willis, the Administrator of RMA-USDA coming to discuss Farm Bill issues and give the crowd some information on Farm Bill that could be useful to their decision making process.

There will be numerous breakout sessions going on throughout the three day event, November 12 through the 15.

HENNINGS: We have “Building Barley Markets in the Pacific Northwest”. We talk about climate change, “OSHA Qualifications for Small Farm Status”, and then we also hit “Precision Technology”. We bring in a panel of professionals and we do a real-life farm transition story and talk about the way that you should talk with your CPA, your financial advisor, your attorney, and how that works all together.

Another big issue within the Pacific Northwest will also be covered.

HENNINGS: Transportation and capacity issues - so we’re going to bring in a panel with Rob Rich, Gregory Guthrie from BNSF, Heather Stebbings with PNWA, and Terry Whiteside to talk about “Is Capacity Being Tested? and Impacts on the Rail and River System”.

This year’s event will also include tour options of Full Sail Brewery and the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, along with a wine tasting, and the Washington, Oregon and Idaho individual state banquets. For registration information visit

That’s Washington Ag Today.

I’m Lacy Gray on the Ag Information Network.

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