District 5 Candidates

Brian CochraneBrian F. Cochrane
Kahlotus, WA

Candidate Profile:
Education: US Air Force Academy; MS USC
Years of Farming: 12
Affiliations: Lifetime member WAWG

Candidate Statement:
With over 100 years and 4 generations of dry land wheat and barley farming I embrace the mission of the Washington Grain Commission of increasing knowledge/education, marketing, and research. My name is Brian Cochrane; I am excited to be a part of the conversation through the voice of the Washington Grain Commission.

Why do you want to serve on the board of the Washington Grain Commission?
Actively over the past 11 years I have contributed insight and understanding to annual WSU research review by providing and emphasizing grower inputs to the Grain Commission. After serving my country for 26 years I am focused on serving my community. I returned to my hometown, family farm and my roots which is that of giving back to the community.

What experience and strengths would you bring to the Washington Grain Commission?
My strengths and experience include experience and commitment to the community. I am actively serving as the county commissioner’s representative on the county Mosquito Board and a supervisor on the county Conservation District. One of the responsibilities of the Conservation District is the over sight of Wheat Week education program. As an U.S. Air Force rated officer my air battle management responsibilities spanned Korean, Panama, Bosnia, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan air/ground conflicts and counter drug operations.

Of the challenges the small grains industry may face, what would you focus your attention on?
The current economic state of commodities; through understanding of challenges posed by the fluid current environment of tariffs and markets unique to PNW grain production. I would focus my attention on consciences stewardship of funds coming from check off fees that producers entrust to the Grain Commission.

What else would you like the growers and landlords of your district to know about you as a candidate?
I have a global perspective through my education, military service, and doing the hard work of farming. I am passionate about research and attend continuing WSU sponsored education. I am an appointed USDA Air Quality Task Force member giving oversight to the Administration’s regulatory matters concerning agriculture air quality.
 

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.