AFBF Presidency & Water Quality

AFBF Presidency & Water Quality

AFBF Presidency & Water Quality. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

You may have heard that long-time Farm Bureau president, Bob Stallman will not be seeking another term. That has left a bit of a void for many but Oregon Farm Bureau president, Barry Bushue wants to fill that void. Bushue is one of four hopefuls that will be at this years annual meeting in Orlando come January. Having a leadership figure from the northwest would help to being focus to the region. Bushue believe that Farm Bureau has the clout to keep agriculture on a straight path. Our best to Barry in this year’s election.

We have been getting some moisture here in the Pacific Northwest and that has a lot of people thinking the drought might be over. That is yet to be seen but during a recent Farm Hall meeting it was not so much quantity but quality of water that the president of the Washington Cattleman’s Association, Jack Field discussed.

FIELD: I think virtually all of the organizations that are here and many that are not have been working with the Department of Ecology and their Agricultural Non-Point Water Quality work group. That’s a group that the Director had pulled together to try to get the environmental groups, the agricultural groups and tribal interest together talking about ways we can improve water quality and try to stay out of the courts and keep our Washington plan and delegated authority compliant with EPA.

He says that the Department of Ecology has released a draft, draft CAFO permit that Field says needs some work.

That’s today’s Northwest Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.

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