Longtime members depart grain group
Both say they plan on maintaining ties with grain industry
By MATTHEW WEAVER
Two veteran members will leave the Washington State Grain Commission in January.
Keith Bailey and commissioner Curtis Hennings will end runs of 10 years and nine years, respectively, with the commission on Dec. 31.
"I don't think anybody planned for it to be that long," Bailey said. "It's a good opportunity for someone else to get this kind of education and have this kind of input."
Bailey expects to continue to work with AgVentures NW LLC in Odessa, Wash., and maintain his involvement with the Wheat Marketing Center and the National Grain and Feed Association.
Hennings plans to continue farming in Ralston, Wash., and maintain his involvement in the Washington canola industry. Hennings served District IV, which includes Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties.
"I'm not disappearing," he said. "New blood's good for an organization."
Bailey believes the commission is on a good path and that efforts in the last few years, including consolidation, have been right on target.
"They need to keep looking toward the future," he said. "We have to make sure we keep pace with what's changing."
"Farming's going to change," Hennings agreed. "Everybody's concerned about crop insurance. This next farm bill, there's going to be a whole slew of new issues."
The new commissioners replacing Bailey and Hennings will be seated at the commission's meeting in mid-January.