Ag Leaders from Across State Come to Lacey for Washington Policy Center Farm Hall Friday

Nov 16, 2017

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OLYMPIA– Agriculture will be on the agenda in Lacey this week, as Washington Policy Center (WPC) hosts its second of three Washington State Farm Halls. The event will take place Friday, November 17th at the Washington State Farm Bureau offices at 975 Carpenter Road in Lacey. It starts at 12:00pm and is free and open to the public.
“Washington’s farm families and food processors provide our state with a huge economic benefit and at the same time, provide us all with food security,” explained WPC Agriculture Policy Research Director Madilynne Clark. “These Farm Halls provide us with a terrific opportunity to make sure the policies we’re adopting keep Ag a top priority for years to come.”
The Lacey Farm Hall will feature more than a dozen panelists including lawmakers and industry experts. They include:

  • Senator John Braun
  • Representative Vincent Buys
  • Representative Luanne Van Werven
  • Representative Mike Chapman
  • Representative JT Wilcox
  • Jack Field, Washington State Cattle Feeders Association
  • Dan Wood, Washington State Dairy Federation
  • Matt Harris, Washington State Potato Commission
  • Jon Devaney, Washington State Tree Fruit Association
  • Lisa Bishop, Sookum Shellfish
  • Heather Hansen, Washington Friends of Farm & Forests
  • Henry Bierlink, Washington Red Raspberry Commission
  • Michelle Hennings, Wash. Assoc. of Wheat Growers
  • Tom Davis, Washington State Farm Bureau

Started in 2015 by Senators Sharon Brown and Judy Warnick, Washington State Farm Hall events have gained a reputation as the place to discuss and learn about major issues facing Washington’s agricultural community.  WPC is proud to assume the major sponsoring role this year.
Those interested in attending can still register online at or by calling (509) 954-2449. Similar Farm Hall events are being held in Pasco and Spokane (November 29th).
WPC is an independent, non-profit research and educational organization with a statewide staff of 20 and offices in the
Seattle, Olympia, Tri-Cities and Spokane.
Washington Policy Center focuses on seven key research areas: Agriculture, Education, Environment, Government Reform, Health Care, Small Business & Labor Reform and Transportation. Ideas from WPC’s research centers are regularly implemented by voters and the legislature and are in the media, on average, seven times a day in Washington state.

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