Cooperative Development as an Economic Development Tool

Activity Description

Development pressure, loss of processing facilities, and diminished competitive advantages threaten mid-tier agriculture and agri-business throughout our state today. This is often occurring at a time when the infrastructure necessary to develop alternative product markets is not yet available. Through a panel discussion, we’ll examine how a diverse variety of regional Washington partners merged to create a grower-owned cooperative in Southwest Washington. Together, they successfully supported the ambitious development of a new market for regional grain growers.

Presenters: Mike Peroni, Project Manager, NABC

Stephen Bramwell, Director and agriculture extension agent, WSU Thurston County Extension

Dave Fenn, regional farmer

Randy Mueller, CEO, Port of Chehalis

Sponsor: Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC)