SPOKANE — Mike Carstensen and Kevin Klein are the newest board members representing wheat and barley farmers on the Washington Grain Commission.
Carstensen farms 10 miles north of Almira. He takes the position left vacant by Mike Eagle of Almira and represents wheat farmers in Spokane, Lincoln, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties.
He’s been farming since 1985, raising dryland wheat, primarily soft white and some club wheat.
Carstensen said he joined the 11-member commission to support farmers.
“I think that markets are very important, I think our research is very important,” he said.
Klein, of Edwall, represents barley farmers in Lincoln, Spokane, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Adams, Grant, Douglas, Okanogan, Chelan and Kittitas counties. He replaces Eddie Johnson of Wilbur.
He’s been farming on his own since 1997, and was part of the family farm growing up. He raises soft white wheat and some barley. He previously went through the leadership levels for the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, serving as president in 2016.
Klein said he joined the board because he saw a need for barley representation.
The commission held its board meeting Jan. 4 in Spokane.