Spokane ag council addresses business leaders
By Matthew Weaver
Council presents value of industry to build public support
Spokane agricultural leaders will show the greater Spokane business community the impact of their industry.
The AgriBusiness Council, part of Spokane's chamber of commerce, Greater Spokane Incorporated, presents "Good Morning Greater Spokane - Agribusiness: Food for Thought" beginning at 7 a.m. June 14 at the Spokane Club, located at 1002 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane.
Council chair Jay Allert said the annual presentation is designed to convey the impact of agriculture to business leaders in Spokane and the broader region.
"We have agribusinesses here in Spokane that have even global reach," he said. "It all happens right here. We want people to realize how significant it is."
Allert stressed the importance of educating the public in order to address policy that could increase costs.
"If we don't inform the public of the consequences, it can affect our business, and we can't let that happen," he said.
Allert said the council recently heard about the significance of expansion of irrigation for the Columbia Basin Development Project. The council is arranging a meeting with new Washington Department of Agriculture director Bud Hover.
"Last year, we had 150-200 people walking away saying, 'I had no idea,'" Allert said. "That's exactly what we want. I'm just as excited about our program this year."
Presenters this year include Tm Stachecki of Angus Meats; Craig Higashi of Spokane Produce and Mike Conway of Latah Creek Wine Cellars.
The meeting is open to members of Greater Spokane Incorporated, Allert said.