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NWFU News!

May 1, 2017
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Posted by: kentw1
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Category: News
NWFU SUPPORTS FAIR TRADE FOR NORTHWEST FARMERS AND RANCHERS

NWFU SUPPORTS FAIR TRADE FOR NORTHWEST FARMERS AND RANCHERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(MAY. 1, 2017)

 

Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590

kent@wrightwayangus.com

 

WASHINGTON STATE (MAY. 1, 2017) - Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU),an agriculture advocacy organization that falls under the umbrella of the National Farmers Union and makes up the states of Washington Idaho and Oregon is supportive of Fair Trade agreements for farmers and ranchers. Recent topics like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Country of Origin Labeling have brought about many questions to farm groups like the NWFU.

If NAFTA were to be renegotiated and/or replaced it would be beneficial to have a Fair Trade agreement that allows farmers and ranchers to receive prices at or above the minimum costs of production and a living wage. Farmers and ranchers should not be forced to compete against one another in a race to who can get there first in selling their products. In addition, good farming practices that give those in agriculture the ability to exercise their preferences on genetically modified contents, pesticides, labeling options and the right to sell local

should be allowed and promoted

Northwest producers often see products coming and going across the U.S./Canadian border that raise the questions of what the cost is of those products and how they are being labeled? In past years a farmer/rancher’s ability to label his or her products as produced and processed in the U.S. has been limited or taken away.  When Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) was removed it started a big question mark of where a person’s meat is coming from. NWFU supports the consumers’ right to know where their food comes from and a producer’s right to label it.

 

About NFU

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.

Look for us online at NWFU.org and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

2016 NWFU Convention Speaker Donn Teske (NFU VP)

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Ma and I and 4 kids and 6 grandkids operate a fifth-generation beef cow/calf operation on the native Bluestem pastures on the east edge of the Flint Hills in Northeast Kansas at Wheaton, in Pottawatomie county. We crop a little between the rocks….

From 1973 until 1994 we farmed full time on the family farm. Much of that time involved in dairying.

 I am in my fifteenth year as Kansas Farmers Union president and very much enjoy representing the organization. I am in my 3rd year as National Farmers Union Vice President. Previous to VP I served 3 years as NFU Treasurer.

Previous to my position as KFU president I worked for the Kansas Rural Center for five years and also for Kansas State University Ag Econ as a farm analyst for five years.

In the summer of 2010 I had the opportunity to work with the village of Keur Ali Gueye in Senegal Africa on their millet production. It was a life-changing experience for me.

I’m involved in a boatload of committees, both associated with Farmers Union and others, but all involve rural quality of life or history, my two passions.

2016 NWFU Convention Speaker Sarah Red-Laird (Bee Girl)

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Sarah Red-Laird is the founder and Executive Director of the Bee Girl organization, with a mission to inspire and empower communities to conserve bees and their habitat. Her love of bees and their honey began in Southern Oregon, on a little farm at the end of a country road. There resided two hives of honey bees near her aunt's cabin. She was fascinated with the colonies, the beekeeper, and the honeycomb they produced. After high school, she traveled throughout the West. Her adventurous spirit landed her jobs on fishing boats, helicopters, sea kayaks, ski mountains, fire engines, and even a gold rush era saloon. She finally brought her affinity for beekeeping to fruition at the University of Montana, Missoula. She chose honey bees and Colony Collapse Disorder as her Davidson Honors College research thesis, and her relationship with the bees picked up right where it left off. Sarah is also the US Ambassador of the International Bee Research Association's (IBRA) BEEWORLD project, the Kids and Bees Director for the American Beekeeping Federation, a New York Bee Sanctuary Advisory Board Member, a mentor in the Oregon State Master Beekeepers Program, Apiary Manager for Southern Oregon University's Center for Sustainability, and the Oregon Outreach Coordinator for the Bee Friendly Farming Initiative. When she is not tirelessly working with bees, beekeepers, kids, farmers, land managers, and policy makers, Sarah heads for the hills with a camera, large backpack, fishing rod, bike or snowboard, and her best friend, Sophie the Yellow Lab.

2016 NWFU Convention Speaker Mike Hagerman (WWCC)

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Mike Hagerman comes to Walla Walla Community College as valley native, a graduate of Oregon State University, a military veteran --- having served 11 years as an Army aviator, and as a former agronomist for DuPont Pioneer.

Mike is the WWCC Precision Agriculture program coordinator and lead instructor. His primary charge

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Notes

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118 NE 92nd Avenue
Vancouver, WA   98664

Phone:  (509) 435-3590
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