It’s been a while, thanks to the pandemic and the slow march out of state mandated restrictions, but the Chelan/Douglas County Farm Bureau will hold their Annual meeting and Dinner Monday October 3rd.  The event will take place at the Wenatchee Convention Center, starting at 5 p.m.


CDCFB President April Clayton said a host of issues and topics vital for the local farming community will be discussed during the dinner.  And at the top of that list is Ag labor.


“The lack of and also overtime, that’s really going to hurt Washington farmers going into harvest.  Inflation is definitely on the top of everyone’s mind, as you know, farmers are price takers, they’re not price makers, so with inflation going up, we’re really are going to be waiting to see what those returns are.  We’re already dealing with short margins of return.”


Clayton added the CDCFB is extremely excited to be back in person, and this year they’ve opened the dinner to the non-farming community as well.


“To come talk with the farmers in your community, we’re very excited to be getting together.  That’s why we’re going to go for a big banquet, we’ll have a lot of politicians at one site so you can have a chance to visit with them before the election, and visit with your farmers and find out what’s most important to them.  This COVID, not being able to get together has definitely been a hardship and we’re looking forward to getting back together again.”


Keynote speaker this year will be Brandy Kruse from the Undivided.  Clayton pointed out several Washington lawmakers will be in attendance including Congressional representative Dan Newhouse, a video message from Kim Schrier video, as well as state lawmakers Brad Hawkins, Shelly Short, Joel Kretz, Jacquelin Maycumber and many others.


Admission is $10 for members, $20 for non-members. Visit the CDCFB Facebook Page to learn more or to register.


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