6.18.19 Many farmers will test other professions before returning to the farm. Ben Barstow never had a farm to return to, but working on his grandfather place south of Colfax while growing up, whetted his appetite for an agrarian life. As a result, he pursued an undergraduate and masters degree in plant protection and worked for farmers. He was in his 30s when his wife’s father retired and he took over the family’s farming operation. In episode 130 entitled: Small but Strong: Ben Barstow’s Love Affair With Farming, one of the newest members of the Washington Grain Commission talks about the strength of the organization, barley’s future potential, the 1960-era D5 Caterpillar tractor he plants with, and much more! Subscribe to Wheat All About It! on iTunes or other podcast apps like Stitcher, Pocket Cast, Overcast, Audio Player, Player FM and others, or listen at the Washington Grain Commission website: wagrains.org.