Farm to Free Market Dinner in Tri-Cities
Join Washington Policy Center for Farm to Free Market in Tri-Cities – our second annual Agriculture Policy Dinner! Co-presented by the Washington State Farm Bureau, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, the Washington Tree Fruit Association, and others, this event will bring together hundreds from the Agriculture community throughout Washington state to learn about WPC’s Initiative on Agriculture.
Register today – ticket prices increase on January 5, 2018.
The 2018 dinner will feature Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest ranking woman in the United States Congress, who is the chair of the House Republican Conference. Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers also serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee. She played a key role in the 2014 Farm Bill, which advanced critical research priorities for Eastern Washington farmers and researchers at Washington State University.
Hon. Maurice McTigue, is a former cabinet minister and member of the New Zealand parliament. A former farmer himself, he served at a time when the country chose to eliminate government subsidies for farmers. The decision to embrace dramatic change was personal for McTigue and others in government. About 40 percent of the members of parliament were farmers. “I’ve got bruises and bumps still to show from it,” says McTigue. He later became New Zealand’s ambassador to Canada.
McTigue currently serves as the Vice President for Outreach at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and tells a fascinating story of the “New Zealand miracle,” which dramatically reformed the country’s government and economy by implementing market-driven, pro-growth policies.