Capital Press | Spokane Ag Expo http://www.capitalpress.com Capital Press Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:43:39 -0400 en http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/staticimage/images/rss-logo.jpg Capital Press | Spokane Ag Expo http://www.capitalpress.com Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum at a glance http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/spokane-ag-expo-and-pacific-northwest-farm-forum-at-a-glance http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/spokane-ag-expo-and-pacific-northwest-farm-forum-at-a-glance#Comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:49:40 -0400 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018180129929 Adults: $12 adult ticket price includes the Spokane Ag Expo trade show, Pacific Northwest Farm Forum main sessions, speakers, seminars and free parking at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in the main front lot on the West 700 block of Boone Avenue.

Youth (12–18 years): $8 each, and children under 12 are free.

The Ag Expo/Farm Forum Pass is good for all three days of the show.

Tickets can be purchased at the Convention Center Complex in the Exhibit Hall’s ticket offices at both entrances throughout the week of the show.

Discount tickets for $8 are available at all North 40 Outfitters in Washington and Idaho through show week.

The Ag Expo’s Beer & Wine Garden is an additional fee for drinks that can be purchased upon entering the garden.

The Spokane Ag Expo & Pacific Northwest Farm Forum are located under one roof in the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

Spokane Ag Expo Tradeshow: Convention Center Exhibit Halls.

Farm Forum Tuesday Main Session: Convention Center Lower Level Ballroom. This year’s featured events are meteorologist Art Douglas with his 2018 weather forecast and the Excellence in Agricultural awards.

Agricultural Economic Forecast; Convention Center Lower Level Ballroom. Featured speaker is Mike Krueger, president of the Money Farm.

Farm Forum Seminars: Convention Center Meeting Rooms — Upper Level Rooms 401 A, B & C, & 402 A & B.

Pesticide Recertification Classes: Convention Center Meeting Room 401B (Upper Level).

FFA Program: Convention Center Lower Level Ballroom.

Career Fair: Convention Center Lower Level Meeting Rooms 302 A & B.

Beer & Wine Garden: Convention Center Lower Level Room 301.

Free parking with shuttle bus service is available at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena Main Front Lot on the W. 700 block of Boone Avenue.

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Ag Expo: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Farm Forum Main Session: 9–11 a.m. Featuring Art Douglas and his 2018 Weather Forecast and the Excellence in Agricultural Award persentations.

Farm Forum Seminars: Noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m.

Spokane Ag Expo Beer & Wine Garden: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Spokane Ag Expo Tradeshow: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Farm Forum Main Session: 9-10:30 a.m. Featuring Mike Krueger, president of the Money Farm and his Agriculture Economic Forecast.

Farm Forum Seminars: 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m.

Spokane Ag Expo Beer & Wine Garden: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 8

Spokane Ag Expo Tradeshow: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Farm Bill Listening Session: 9 a.m.

Farm Forum Seminars: 10:30 a.m.-noon.

FFA Program: 9-11 a.m.

Career Fair: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Spokane Ag Expo Beer & Wine Garden: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Motivational speaker returns to talk to FFA members http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/motivational-speaker-returns-to-talk-to-ffa-members http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/motivational-speaker-returns-to-talk-to-ffa-members#Comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:37:26 -0400 Matw Weaver http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018180129935 You can’t keep Amberley Snyder down.

In 2010 she was in a truck accident that left her without the use of her legs. She was back to riding horses in 18 months.

Today Snyder is a rodeo rider and motivational speaker. She competes in barrel racing and breakaway roping.

Snyder, who lives in Utah, was slated to speak to FFA students last year during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum, but snowy weather canceled most of the schools whose students were scheduled to attend. She wound up speaking to fewer students than anticipated.

“They were so great,” Snyder told the Capital Press. “I was glad a few made it through the storm!”

Later last year, she had an accident while competing in rodeo, breaking her femur when her horse fell during a barrel run. She is now back to competing.

She has also graduated with a master’s degree in school counseling and plans to expand her speaking engagements and expects to continue to participate in rodeos.

“We all have our passions in life,” Snyder said. “Mine is rodeo. No matter what life throws me I want to be on my horses doing what I love. I am truly grateful I still get to compete.”

Snyder said she hopes her audiences leave “with a sense of strength” to overcome the challenges they face.

“We all have our obstacles to face and I believe we all are capable of moving forward no matter what those are,” she said.

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Popular weatherman keeps an eye on sunspots http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/popular-weatherman-keeps-an-eye-on-sunspots http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/popular-weatherman-keeps-an-eye-on-sunspots#Comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:34:37 -0400 Matw Weaver http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018180129937 Farmers who attend Art Douglas’ weather forecast at the Spokane Ag Expo usually get more than just a glimpse of the coming weather picture.

They also get to know more about the impacts of sunspots.

Sunspots are explosions in the interior of the sun, creating excess energy that heads across the solar system and toward earth, said Douglas, a professor emeritus at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and a popular speaker at the Spokane Ag Expo for 30 years,

Gravitational forces within the sun go through an 11-year sunspot cycle of convection, redistributing energy. Douglas said the cycle is “plunging” into a sunspot minimum.

“It would be a method by which Mother Nature will try to counteract the influence of increased CO2 and how CO2 has been warming the planet,” Douglas said. CO2 is carbon dioxide, a so-called greenhouse gas that traps heat from the sun.

A sudden, strong sunspot eruption would send more energy toward the earth, causing the stratosphere to heat up and form a ridge over Greenland, forcing a polar jetstream across the U.S. That usually means strong cold outbreaks and cold winters when that happens, Douglas said.

“It’s something we’re always on guard for the next two to four years,” he said.

The year 2017 was “up and down” for development of La Niña and El Niño, Douglas said. El Niño and La Niña are the warm and cool phases of the recurring climate across the tropical Pacific Ocean. El Niño favors warm and dry conditions in the Pacific Northwest; La Niña favors cool, wet conditions.

Last year started with a La Niña, but a weak El Niño formed from April through August, before returning to a moderate La Niña.

U.S. and European weather models indicate the La Niña will peak in January and be gone by June. Normally La Niñas last one or more years.

A water pool at the International Dateline is likely the warmest or second-warmest since the 1950s, Douglas said. A high-pressure ridge in the Central Pacific will send a jetstream across the Gulf of Alaska and skim the Canadian border from Washington state to the Great Lakes. That pattern is favorable for more precipitation in the Pacific Northwest.

“There will be periods when the jets will plunge farther south and arctic air will be able to get down into the Pacific Northwest,” Douglas said.

He called for normal to above-normal precipitation through April and peaking in March. Precipitation will be normal or below normal by May.

Douglas also predicted below-normal temperatures in mid- to late winter and early spring.

In the long term, the West Coast is entering a warm phase associated with a drier Pacific Northwest, Douglas predicted.

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Excellence in Ag award recognizes achievements http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/excellence-in-ag-award-recognizes-achievements http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/excellence-in-ag-award-recognizes-achievements#Comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:40:20 -0400 Matw Weaver http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018180129933 The 2018 Excellence in Agriculture awards will be presented Tuesday during this year’s Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

The main goal of the award is to recognize achievements in the industry, create awareness of hard work and celebrate innovation, said Tim Cobb, chairman of the selection committee.

The committee considers four criteria: innovation, economic or environmental stewardship, positive impact and industry awareness and outreach.

The selection committee typically receives 12 or more nominations each year. The committee sends applications to nominees and narrows the number to three winners, Cobb said.

Last year’s winners were:

• Luke Moore of Garfield, Wash., in the individual youth category.

• Kara Kaelber, education director at the Franklin County Conservation District and coordinator of the Wheat Week program, which explains wheat farming to fourth- and fifth-grade students.

• Retired farmer Randy Suess, who received the Legacy Award for his lifetime commitment to agriculture.

Kaelber said the award showed her the industry supports her program, now in its 11th year.

“I think the ag industry is a thankless industry,” she said. “I don’t think our producers and the people behind the producers ever get the recognition that they deserve. We’re feeding the world and yet most of the time they get criticism.”

As a part of the program, students send farmers postcards, she said.

“Every now and then, they need to hear ‘Thank you,’ ‘You’re doing a good job,’ ‘We appreciate you,’ and ‘What you do is a good thing,’” Kaelber said.

Suess said the award was a “complete shock” and a “great honor.”

“I always felt that what I did really wasn’t that extraordinary,” he said. “It seems like you’ve got to do something to help your industry out. I’m really kind of disappointed that more people don’t. If everybody would spend 10 minutes volunteering time, I think we’d be able to accomplish a lot of great things.”

Many future leaders are hard at work right now.

“I am continually amazed at the talented people I come across in this industry,” Cobb said. “We are seeing opportunities for younger producers to get a change at working full-time in ag and look forward to fostering an environment where good people are encouraged and empowered to do great things.”

Online

http://bit.ly/2llqrlh

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McMorris Rodgers offers farm bill listening session http://www.capitalpress.com/20180125/mcmorris-rodgers-offers-farm-bill-listening-session http://www.capitalpress.com/20180125/mcmorris-rodgers-offers-farm-bill-listening-session#Comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:19:26 -0400 Matw Weaver http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018180129942 U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., will sponsor a listening session about the farm bill 9 a.m. Thursday during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

“We’re thrilled to have her at the show for this listening session, to discuss with our attendees with regards to the Farm Bill,” said Myrna O’ Leary, director of the Expo.

The current farm bill is slated to expire at the end of September.

O’Leary anticipates the farm bill will be on a lot of growers’ minds.

“I would be surprised if it’s not,” she said.

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Career Fair offers opportunities for students http://www.capitalpress.com/20180125/career-fair-offers-opportunities-for-students http://www.capitalpress.com/20180125/career-fair-offers-opportunities-for-students#Comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:40:50 -0400 Matw Weaver http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018180129932 SPOKANE — Thursday’s Career Fair offers students a chance to see the many opportunities that are available and start thinking about their future.

Andy Winnett with the John Deere Tech program, responding on behalf of Pape Machinery, said the two companies work together to train new technicians for the Pape group. The program offers a two-year associate’s degree and provides extensive training on John Deere equipment.

Winnett said he’s looking for future technicians who are past the interest stage and have decided that they want to work on the equipment.

He recommends students at the career fair ask such questions as the education they need, how much it costs, what options are available to afford school and whether they will be able to get a job after graduating.

It’ll be the first time at the Career Fair for Jim Miller, director of sales and marketing at CHS in Lewiston, Idaho.

Miller said he’s looking for students with an agricultural background and planning to further their education in college or at a trade school.

“We’re looking for students who are articulate, can introduce themselves and have an elevator speech — a 30-second introduction on what their background is, what they’re excited about, what their future plans are,” he said. “We’re also looking for someone who can articulate how they can fit into our company.”

Miller recommended students do research on the companies that will be attending the Career Fair. They should bring their resume and be willing to follow up with a “Thank-you” phone call or email.

“I put a lot of that initiative on the student,” he said. “The ones that make those connections afterward really rise to the top in our minds.”

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Market expert looks into future of wheat prices http://www.capitalpress.com/20180125/market-expert-looks-into-future-of-wheat-prices http://www.capitalpress.com/20180125/market-expert-looks-into-future-of-wheat-prices#Comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:44:55 -0400 Matw Weaver http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018180129930 Record world crop production in the last five years has masked the fact that demand is high as well, a market analyst says.

“I’m of the opinion we don’t need significant crop disasters to bring prices back to a better, higher level,” said Mike Krueger, founder of the marketing advisory firm the Money Farm in Fargo, N.D. “If we even took production, yields per acre worldwide back down to more normal levels, I think we’d see markets get interesting very quickly. That just hasn’t happened yet.”

Krueger will speak Wednesday during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

Krueger expects total wheat acres in the U.S. and Canada to decline again in 2018.

Crop issues arose in Argentina, Australia, the U.S. and Canada, but Russia produced another record crop, pressing wheat prices lower, Krueger said.

Krueger believes export demand for U.S. wheat needs to pick up, reflecting smaller crops in competing countries.

Soybean and corn planting in Brazil and Argentina could experience weather problems. If that happens during the winter, prices could increase for those crops, Krueger said.

“Even though there’s a lot of wheat on earth, there’s not a lot of good-quality hard wheats,” he said.

“Wheat’s going to continue to separate itself by class, but it’ll be a relatively slow winter unless we see exports pick up or some issues develop elsewhere.”

Krueger started with Cargill in 1974. He left in 1982 to start his company.

This year will be Krueger’s first time at the expo. He’s met many farmers in the Pacific Northwest.

“I appreciate their honesty and hard work,” he said. “I always like talking about the differences in farming practices and crop marketing ideas from different regions.”

Online

http://www.themoneyfarm.com/

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Youth art shows ag from their perspective http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/youth-art-shows-ag-from-their-perspective http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/youth-art-shows-ag-from-their-perspective#Comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 10:33:31 -0400 Matw Weaver http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018180129925 SPOKANE — The Kids Creative Corner returns to the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum again this year.

Area youths have been asked to create an ag-related project for the show.

According to the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum, the project could be made from Legos, or a diorama, drawing or painting, recycled art, clay or other materials.

“It gives the kids a chance from age 1 to high school to shine and show what they do,” said Expo director Myrna O’Leary.

Kurtis Klein, 14, and Kaylee Klein, 12, of Edwall, Wash., both entered last year. Kurtis entered two farm dioramas, one depicting a grain elevator and one a hillside harvest. Kaylee entered a horse diorama. Both hoped to show what farm life looks like.

“We like to share with others our love of agriculture and arts and crafts,” Kaylee and Kurtis said in an email. “It is fun to see what other kids created. It’s a fun way to get kids excited about agriculture.”

Josie Beck, 9, of Fairfield, Wash., submitted a picture of a barn and silo made of different grains and beans.

“I decided on that so I could show the different types of grains harvested and thought it would be neat to color them to make the picture,” Beck said in an email.

She hoped to show what is harvested throughout the world, she said.

Beck said she got “a lot of excited reactions” from people for her entry.

“I think (the program) is an important thing to have so that kids can show off their creative art work that is based off of what they they are growing up around,” she said.

Exhibits must be related to agriculture.

Entries must be a size that can be hand-carried, and are to be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 5 and picked up from noon to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8. All remaining entries will be disposed of after 2:30 p.m.

The age categories are 7 years old and under, 8 years old through 12 years old and 13 years old through 18 years old. Participants that are 18 must be in high school at the time of submission.

All entries will be on display at the 2018 show.

Entries receive a free ticket to the expo, and two more tickets to give to family, friends or otherwise.

Prizes include “Best of Show,” “Most Creative” and “Show Director’s Choice.” Each winner in the three categories receives $25 and a ribbon.

Winners will be chosen and announced on the first day of the show, at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 6 at the exhibit in the Spokane Convention Center.

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Photographers show world of ag http://www.capitalpress.com/20180125/photographers-show-world-of-ag http://www.capitalpress.com/20180125/photographers-show-world-of-ag#Comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:23:33 -0400 Matw Weaver http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018180129941 Farming under the stars. Potatoes arranged in the shape of a foot. A young girl holding a chicken.

The entries in this year’s Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum’s annual photo contest ranged far and wide.

Photographers are asked to submit photos depicting agriculture in the Inland Northwest. Entries are judged by their theme, composition and creativity.

“I especially enjoyed seeing more people in this year’s set of images,” said Rajah Bose, Spokane photographer, co-founder of Factory Town and a judge in the contest. “Showing the people of our community helps tell the story we are trying to share with the world. The places and the animals are a large part of that, but often we forget ourselves, so I was happy to see people finding themselves in those moments.”

In the adult category, Jim Heywood of Chattaroy received first place for “Sunflowers Under a Smoky Dawn.”

“A lasting memory this year was the fires that ravaged the summer,” Bose said. “No image captured this better than the sunflowers under the red blazing sun — a giant red beach ball in the sky. It was surreal, so much that I would have doubted it was real if I hadn’t seen that same scene all over the state myself during those long days.”

Second place went to Sharon Lindsay of Spokane for “Harvest Night-Light,” which also received Greater Spokane Incorporated’s Choice award. Third place went to Anna Leitz of Spokane for “Bedtime.”

The Director’s Choice award went to Ray Baker of Spokane for “Wired Determination.”

Greater Spokane Incorporated’s Choice awards also went to Lindsay for “It’s All About Maintenance,” Cathy Sescilla of Rathdrum, Idaho, for “Do You ‘Love’ Me?” and Heywood for “Yes, Both Were Used in 1920s Farming?”

In the children’s category, Layel Duame of Otis Orchards, Wash., received first place for “Amariah with Little Red, My Chicken Love.”

“We loved the sly smile,” Bose said. “Her ginger mess of hair against the red of the bird gives this portrait a sense of realism and reminded us of the endless days of childhood.”

Second place went to Alexis Martin Gilchrist of Lamont, Wash, for “Ladder to Heaven.”

Third place went to Asher Duame of Otis Orchards, Wash., for “Taking a Break.”

Zane Swanger of Medical Lake, Wash,, received Director’s Choice for “Grain Towers at Night.”

Greater Spokane Incorporated’s Choice went to Asher Duame for “Clark, Can I Help You?”

Honorable mention went to Nathan Sescilla of Rathdrum for “Together for Ever,” Michael Tochinskiy of Colville, Wash., for “That Sky,” Maria Schutt of Colville for “Flawless Features” and Mya Lynch of Sprague for “Harvest.”

All entries are on display in the Spokane Convention Center Exhibit Hall during the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

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After 30 years, Expo director nears retirement http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/after-30-years-expo-director-nears-retirement http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/after-30-years-expo-director-nears-retirement#Comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:42:44 -0400 Matw Weaver http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018180129931 SPOKANE — Myrna O’Leary, the longtime director of the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum, will retire in March, ending a 30-year run.

She reflected on her pending retirement on a recent morning, after sending out exhibitor manuals and judging the annual photo contest for the last time.

“It’s that four-letter word, ‘last,’ that’s kind of like a knife,” she said.

O’Leary joined the Expo in August 1988 and plans to retire March 30.

“It’s just time,” she said. She plans to take some time off, perhaps to travel or spend time in her yard, and spend more time with family.

When she first joined the show, someone told her he didn’t expect it to last another five years.

“Not on my watch,” O’Leary thought. “I think the show is important to this region, because agriculture’s important to this region. ... I just thought it was important to keep that in the limelight, and I think the show does that.”

It takes work to keep the show running smoothly.

“Being the oldest of nine kids, organization comes to me kind of naturally,” she said. “I just know that what needs to be done, needs to be done. I’m very detail-oriented, probably sometimes to a fault.”

About 100 volunteers help with the Expo, including members of Greater Spokane Incorporated’s AgriBusiness Council, GSI staff and Visit Spokane. O’Leary has been known to “volunteer” her family members as well, she said with a chuckle.

The challenge each year is to bring something new to the show, she said.

“We try every year to bring what’s cutting edge or what is the top focus for the farmers, to bring them more information,” she said. “Every year, there’s new, whiz-bang things.”

Many of the new things introduced at the show, such as unmanned aerial vehicles or social media, go on to become part of everyday farm life.

O’Leary said she depends on members of the Expo and Farm Forum board and committees, many of whom are active in agriculture, to determine what will draw a crowd.

“It’s a team effort,” she said.

“Myrna has a gift for working with both the volunteers and exhibitors to make them feel special,” said Diahne Gill, program manager for the Farm Forum, who has worked alongside O’Leary more than 20 years. “She goes far above and beyond to accommodate exhibitor needs.”

Gill said O’Leary has meant a lot to all the people she’s worked with and will be missed.

“Myrna has focused her professional life on this for an extended time — her entire career — getting to know the nuts and bolts of the show,” said Todd Mielke, chief executive officer of GSI. “I think she has made a lasting impression producing one of the biggest shows in the Northwest.”

O’Leary said her favorite thing is all the friends she’s made at the show.

“Some exhibitors don’t exhibit every year, and then they call back and we end up talking for a half-hour about what we’ve both been up to before we ever talk about exhibiting,” she said. “That I’m going to miss.”

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First aid instructor returns to Expo http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/first-aid-instructor-returns-to-expo http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/first-aid-instructor-returns-to-expo#Comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:38:37 -0400 Matw Weaver http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018180129934 Mark Lidbeck returns to this year’s Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum to teach first aid.

He occasionally hears from people that the lessons have been helpful on the farm.

“Everybody can benefit from knowing some of these things,” he said. “Ideally, if something happens in their life, then it pays off, maybe saves somebody.”

His presentation is 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Washington state law requires farmers and ranchers to make sure first aid-trained personnel are available to provide quick and effective care, and that appropriate medical supplies are readily available, according to the Department of Labor and Industries safety standards for agriculture.

One person has to be certified on every job site, Lidbeck said.

“If they’re out working by themselves in the field, that’s them, baby,” he said with a chuckle.

Lidbeck grew up on a beef and dairy farm in Bellingham. He was active in agriculture and a state officer in FFA.

“I’m an old farm boy myself,” he said. “So this is near and dear to my heart.”

Lidbeck became certified as an instructor 40 years ago for the company he worked with at the time. That led to forming his own business.

Lidbeck tries to tailor his presentation to farmers’ needs.

“Farmers are really a unique opportunity,” he said. “They’re always involved in equipment, sometimes they’re away from their home site, sometimes alone. It all applies.”

Lidbeck also covers cardiopulmonary resuscitation and what to do if someone is choking.

Contact Lidbeck at mark1146@comcast.net.

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2018 Pacific Northwest Farm Forum Amberley Snyder Bronze Sponsors http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/2018-pacific-northwest-farm-forum-amberley-snyder-bronze-sponsors http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/2018-pacific-northwest-farm-forum-amberley-snyder-bronze-sponsors#Comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:35:49 -0400 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018180129936 Longtime volunteer keeps machinery moving http://www.capitalpress.com/20180125/longtime-volunteer-keeps-machinery-moving http://www.capitalpress.com/20180125/longtime-volunteer-keeps-machinery-moving#Comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:25:37 -0400 Matw Weaver http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018180129940 SPOKANE — There’s a little bit of a trick to getting all of that equipment moved in and out of the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum, Brad Hoyt says.

He ought to know.

Hoyt, a wealth advisor with Hoyt Lewis and Associates, a financial planning firm, began volunteering with the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum in 1982. He’s returned every year since.

“Because I kept going back, they more or less put me in charge of moving in and out,” he said. “I tend to be organized and don’t mind giving directions to people.”

In the fall, Hoyt and manager Myrna O’Leary work to determine which machinery companies are bringing to display at the expo and where it will fit.

“It’s just a matter of making sure we understand what they’re bringing and try to get them coordinate when they’re going to bring it.”

Hoyt starts at “the nose” of the building and works to what he jokingly calls “the back of the boat,” from one end to the other.

“There’s always somebody who has a bigger piece of equipment that takes longer to set up than another,” he said.

“Some people have to be on the carpet, so they need to get in before you get past them. We have to have plastic down.”

The equipment is moved into the building from a staging area, because some large equipment can’t be moved on the weekend, Hoyt said. The lot is full on Sunday morning, but city traffic is fairly light on Division, the main street.

Over the years, Hoyt developed a plan for moving the equipment out, as well.

“It lets everybody get out reasonably quickly,” he said.

Hoyt grew up on a 400-acre farm near Post Falls, Idaho.

After graduating from high school, Hoyt went to work building houses for Boise Cascade, where his dad was a builder. He studied business administration at Eastern Washington University.

After a few years, Hoyt returned to the Spokane area as a dealer for Boise Cascade.

Hoyt became interested in financial management. His father was disabled at the time, so Hoyt was taking care of the farm and finances.

“I decided I wanted to do something different that would help people,” he said. “I enjoyed helping people make money, enjoyed helping people with money.”

The agriculture background helps when a farmer comes into the business to talk about crops, land or equipment, Hoyt said.

Hoyt enjoys helping the Expo run smoothly.

“I think most of the exhibitors appreciate what we do to help them move in without a lot of headaches, as much as possible,” he said.

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Who’s who at the Spokane Ag Expo http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/whos-who-at-the-spokane-ag-expo http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/whos-who-at-the-spokane-ag-expo#Comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:28:00 -0400 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018180129939 • 195 Industries

• 360-Apparel

• ABC Hydraulics

• Adams County Economic Development

• Adams Grain Bins

• Adams Tractor of Spokane

• Ag Enterprise Supply

• Ag Spray Equipment

• Agco Corporation

• AgDirect

• AGPRO Marketing & Mfg. Inc.

• AgraSyst

• Ag-West Distributing

• Airguard Inc.

• A-L Compressed Gases Inc.

• Allsport Polaris Honda Yamaha

• Alpine—the Starter Fertilizer Company

• Anderson Northwest

• Applied Industrial Technologies

• Arrow Construction Supply

• ATI Solutions

• Atom Jet Industries

• Augies Ag Sales

• Barber Engineering Company

• Barnes Welding Inc.

• Barr-Tech LLC

• Bassett Ag

• Bath Fitter

• Bath Planet

• Battery Systems

• Bayer Crop Science

• BearCom

• Best Western Wheatland Inn

• Booker Auction Company

• Bourgault Tillage Tools

• Bratney Companies

• Brown Bearing Company Inc.

• Burlingame Machinery Consignments

• Busch Distributors Inc.

• C5 Manufacturing Inc.

• Capital Press

• CapstanAG

• Carpenter, McGuire & DeWulf, P.S.

• CASE IH

• Central Lube Northwest

• CHS

• CHS—Energy

• Class 8 Trucks

• CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

• Cobalt Truck Equipment

• Coleman Oil Company

• Columbia Bank

• Columbia Grain Inc.

• Columbia Hearing Centers

• Columbia River Carbonates

• Congresswoman Cathy McMorris

Rodgers

• Connell Oil Inc.

• Copper State Bolt & Nut

• Cordex North America

• Crop Production Services

• CropX

• Cummins Sales & Service

• Cutco Cutlery

• D & J Farm Supply

• Day Wireless Systems

• Diversified Crop Insurance Services

• DSI Recycling Systems Inc.

• Dutch Industries

• Eastern Washington Noxious Weed

Boards

• EconoHeat Inc.

• Edward Jones Investments

• Eljay Oil Inc.

• Ellis Equipment

• Embroidery Wholesale

• Enterprise Truck Rental

• Evergreen Implement

• Exapta Solutions

• Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance

• Farmland Tractor Supply

• Fastenal Co.

• Fastline

• FEI Inc.

• Flexxifinger QD Industries Inc.

• Floating Door LLC

• Fluid Applied Roofing LLC

• Fluid Design Products Inc.

• FMI Sales

• G & R Ag Products

• General Implement Distributors

• Gibby Media Group

• Global Equipment

• Global Harvest Foods/Mills Intl.

• Grange Insurance Group

• Great Plains Mfg. Inc.

• Greenacres Gypsum & Lime Company

• Greenway Seeds

• G-Tech Flitz/Flitz Intl.

• Haight Crop Insurance

• Harman Agency LLC

• Harold Ag & Mobile Products

• Harvest Solutions

• Haybuster/Duratech Industries

• Hefty Seed Company

• Hillco Technologies Inc.

• Hinrichs Trading Company

• Hortau

• Hosty of Spokane

• HUB International Insurance

• Hydrotex Lubrications

• INB

• Industrial Communications

• Inland Empire Utility Coordinating

Council

• Inland Pacific Hose & Fittings Inc.

• Intelligent Agricultural Solutions

• J.E. Love Company

• JD Skiles

• Jim Wilhite’s Bale Wagon LLC

• JK Boots

• Jones Truck & Implement

• Junior Livestock Show of Spokane

• K 3 Herzog Distributors LLC

• K102 Country

• Kaman Fluid Power

• Kaput Products

• Kile Machine & Mfg. Inc.

• Kimball Midwest

• L & H Seeds

• LaFarge Canada Inc.

• Landoll Corporation

• LDJ Mfg. Inc. DBA: Thunder Creek

Equipment

• Legacy Steel Buildings

• Les Schwab Tire Centers

• Lexar Homes

• Life Flight Network

• LiquiTube Marketing International

• Long Construction Inc.

• Longhorn Barbecue

• McKay Seed Company

• MK Consulting WW, White Wheat

Report

• Morgan Enterprises

• Morse Steel Service

• Morton Buildings Inc.

• Moss Adams LLC

• Mountain High Truck and Equipment

• Mountain View Metal Works

• MPP Tools

• NACHURS

• NAPA Auto Parts

• National Weather Service

• Nicks Handmade Boots

• Norlift JCB

• North 40 Outfitters

• North Pine Ag Equipment Inc.

• North Spokane Farm Museum

• Northstar Clean Concepts

• Northwest Farm Credit Services

• Northwest Farmland Management

• Northwest Filter Cleaning

• Northwest Fuel Systems

• Northwest Gypsum LLC

• Northwest Harvest

• Odessa Trading Company

• O’Reilly Auto Parts

• Oxarc Inc.

• Pacific Building Systems

• Pacific Northwest Direct Seed

Association

• Pacific Northwest Farmers Coop (Co-

Ag)

• Pacific Petroleum & Supply

• Palouse Pulse LLC

• Palouse Welding & Machine Inc.

• Pape Machinery

• Pape Material Handling

• Pioneer West

• Pohl Spring Works Inc.

• PrimeLending

• Quality Steel Buildings Inc.

• Quality Water Northwest

• R & H Machine Inc.

• R & M Steel Company

• Rainier Seeds Inc.

• RCO International Inc.

• REDI Driver Inc.

• Renewal by Andersen

• Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

• RiverBank

• Rural Ministry Resources

• Ruseler’s Custom Creations

• S & W Seed Company

• Scales N.W.

• Scales Unlimited

• Scentsy Wickless Candles

• Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants

• Schlagel Mfg.

• Shulte Industries LTD

• Sears Home Improvement Products Inc.

• Seeds Inc./Plants Of The Wild

• Skone Irrigation & Supply LLC

• Smith Packaging

• Solid Structures LLC

• Soucy International

• Spectrum Crop Development

Corp./Progene LLC

• Spokane Community College, Environmental Science Department

• Spokane Conservation District

• Spokane House of Hose

• Spokane Seed Company

• Spray Center Electronics Inc.

• Sprayflex/Ag Trucks

• Spring Canyon Alpacas

• St. John Hardware & Implement

• Star Rentals Inc.

• Steel Structures America Inc.

• Steinbauer Performance-Taber Diesel Services

• Stor-Loc

• Summers Mfg. Co.

• Superior Steel Products Inc.

• Syngenta

• Systems West LLC

• T & S Sales

• Tankmax Inc.

• The Concrete Doctor

• The Exchange Newspaper

• The McGregor Company

• The SAGE Center

• Tire Rama

• TNT Truck Parts

• Touchmark on South Hill

• Tractor House/AuctionTime.com

• Tuff Shed

• Two Rivers Terminal

• University of Idaho College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

• USDA NRCS

• USDA, NASS (Natl. Ag Statistics Service)

• Vaagen Brothers Lumber

• Vermeer Manufacturing

• Visit Spokane

• Vitazyme

• Viterra

• Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

• Washington State Patrol-Commercial Vehicle Division

• Washington State Department of Natural Resources

• Walla Walla Community College

• Washington Ag Forestry Leadership Foundation

• Washington Assistive Technology Act Program

• Washington Association of Wheat

Growers

• Washington Cattleman’s Association

• Washington Policy Center

• Washington State University CAHNRS

• Washington Trust Bank

• WaterFurnace

• West Coast Seed Mill Supply Co.

• West Star Biodiesel-University of Idaho Biodiesel Education

• Western Farm Ranch & Dairy

• Western Reclamation Inc.

• Western Trailer Sales Co.

• Wheatland Bank

• Wheeler Industries

• White’s Boots Inc.

• Whitley Fuel LLC

• Wilbur-Ellis Co.

• Wilco Distributors Inc.

• WSDA

• WSU Spokane County Extension

• Xpain Solutions

• Ziegler Lumber (Ziggy’s)

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Beer, wine garden added for first time http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/beer-wine-garden-added-for-first-time http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Spokane/20180125/beer-wine-garden-added-for-first-time#Comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:17:25 -0400 Matw Weaver http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2018180129943 The Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum is adding a beer and wine garden this year.

Several attendees have requested such festivities in previous years, said Expo director Myrna O’Leary.

It was in the works last year, but the idea came up too close to the event to be coordinated, she said.

The beer and wine garden will be in one designated room at the end of the Centennial ballrooms at the Spokane Convention Center. Attendees will not be able to take beverages onto the floor of the Expo, O’Leary said.

Sponsors for the beer and wine garden are the McGregor Co., Spokane law firm Winston & Cashatt and DowDupont Inc.

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