Stacy Kniveton
Pasco, WA

Candidate Profile:
Education: Washington State University, BS Agribusiness
Years of Farming: 30
Affiliations: Washington State Potato Commission;Big Bend Electric Coop Trustee
Misc. Information: Farmer, Sales Manager at Tri State Seed

 Candidate Statement:
I am a 3rd generation irrigated farmer from Eltopia, WA.  I married Olivia Grassl who is a 3rd generation dryland farmers daughter from Connell, WA.  Olivia, myself and our children Adrian 11 and Emmett 9 live on a dryland farm near her parents.  I am involved with the dryland farm as well as my families irrigated farm.  I am currently the Sales Manager at Tri State Seed in Connell, WA.

Why do you want to serve on the board of the Washington Grain Commission?
As a member of the agriculture community I feel it is extremely important to be engaged in grower organizations.  I have experience as a commissioner with the Washington State Potato Commission.  Being involved in a wheat farm and with my transition to Sales Manager at Tri State Seed I feel I could be an asset to the Washington Grain Commission.

What experience and strengths would you bring to the Washington Grain Commission?
I have been active with the Washington State Potato Commission serving as chairman from July 2017 to June 2018.  When the Tri State Seed opportunity presented itself, I feel It would be better to immerse myself in the grain community.  Being a member to the Potato Commission I realize the importance of an engaged commission with a presence in both Olympia and Washington DC.  I feel our commissions are an extremely important voice for our industries and with my commission experience I would be an asset to the grain industry.

Of the challenges the small grains industry may face, what would you focus your attention on?
I realize there are marketing issues to pursue however, I think early on I would focus on governmental affairs.  I have been to Olympia and DC many times with the Potato Commission and feel these interactions to educate and support our government leaders is an extremely important area to focus on.

What else would you like the growers and landlords of your district to know about you as a candidate?
Even though I have spent a great deal of time in the potato industry I have always had some involvement with grain crops throughout my career.  I have grown seed wheat many times on my own and my former employers irrigated farms.