By Abby Beissinger, WSU Mount Vernon

western-Washington-agricultureMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Past, present and future perspectives on western Washington agriculture will be highlighted at a free, public panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Sakuma Auditorium at Washington State University’s Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center, 16650 State Route 536.

Panelists will be: Ellen Gray, Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network; John Wraspir, Washington State Department of Agriculture; Anne Schwartz, Blue Heron Farm; and Julia Riske, Washington State Department of Agriculture.

This is the sixth year that WSU Mount Vernon graduate students have organized an opportunity for growers, researchers and the wider community to consider the big picture for food and farming in the region.

“The panel discussion will be a great opportunity to hear about how agriculture has changed and developed over the years in the region, ask questions and learn about potential solutions to the constraints facing farming in western Washington,” said Colin Curwen-McAdams, Ph.D. student in plant breeding.

“Training graduate students is an increasingly important part of the mission of WSU and the Mount Vernon Research Center,” said Chad Kruger, research center director. “This event is organized by the students based on what they feel is a priority learning opportunity.”

Spanish language simultaneous translation of the seminar may be provided. Get more information from organizer Abby Beissinger, WSU master’s student in plant pathology, at or 630-430-4154.


Chad Kruger, WSU Mount Vernon Research Center director, 360-416-5222,
Abby Beissinger, WSU Mount Vernon graduate student, 630-430-4154,