Rob Sharkey

Illinois farmer Rob Sharkey spoke to FFA members at the Spokane Ag Show.

Rob Sharkey helps farmers tell their stories.

“I’m just a farmer out there trying to help other people get their message and their stories out there,” he said.

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Field Reporter, Spokane

I have been covering wheat and other topics for Capital Press since 2008. Recent stories include emus, radicchio, aphids, Q&As with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, National Association of Wheat Growers president Nicole Berg of Paterson, Wash., and national FFA president Cole Baerlocher, of Colfax, Wash; and a look at umami, or savoriness, the fifth basic taste sensation. If you have a news tip, please contact me at 509-688-9923 or

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