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Episode 185: Maximizing Farm & Family

7.7.20 In another context 46 year old Steve Henning may be middle age, but in Eastern Washington where 58 is the average age of wheat farmers,  he’s still part of the  younger generation. In episode 185 entitled: Maximizing Farm & Family, Henning who farms near Thornton, Wash., discusses whether his age gives him an advantage over older farmers, his short-term career as a car salesman, how COVID-19 has affected his family, and why he believes maximizing his farm’s current acreage is superior to taking on more land. Subscribe to Wheat All About It! on iTunes or other podcast apps for Android phones like Stitcher and Pocket Casts. The podcast is also available at the Washington Grain Commission website at wagrains.org and on the WGC Facebook page. 

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Bonus: An episode from the archive!

From March 30,  2017, revisit episode 23  as Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the WGC, visits with foodies, farmers and seedsman Fred Fleming, as they  talk about Shepherd’s Grain, a flour company that originated in Eastern Washington and touts soil, farm and farmer sustainable in addition to traceability. 

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Episode 5: The Trifecta

“The Trifecta”, includes Glen Squire, CEO of the Washington Grain Commission, testifying why Eastern Washington wheat growers support Snake River dams, the Whitman County Rural Library District director, Kristi Kirkpatrick, describing a website of historic photos and Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the WGC, relating his journey from city boy to a champion of wheat farmers.

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Episode 4: The Charlie Plumb Story

“The Charlie Plumb Story” includes excerpts from Charlie Plumb’s emotional presentation during the Tri State Wheat Convention. A Vietnam-era prisoner of war, Plumb spoke about the resiliency of the human spirit. 

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Episode 3: The Brasher Report

“The Brasher Report”, is devoted to Phillip Brasher talking about how a Trump Administration may impact agriculture. Brasher is a senior editor of AgriPulse.

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Episode 2: The Oracle Speaks

“The Oracle Speaks”, Vince Peterson, vice president of overseas operations for U.S. Wheat Associates, provides insight about the world wheat market and when wheat farmers might expect a market bump.

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Episode 1: Inauguration

“Inauguration of Wheat All About It!,” Chandler Goule, CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers, talks about his background and wheat growers’ farm bill strategy. Kara Kaelber, director of Wheat Week, discusses her WGC-funded program; Seattle resident Janet Walthrew talks about being a landlord, and U.S. Wheat Associates’ executive Steve Wirsching provides an update about the river closure.

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