Corporate farms ARE family farms

We often hear of “corporate farms.” What many people don’t know is that the majority of family farms are held as corporations! The reasons for doing this are many – consolidating ownership, diversifying liability, and decreasing the farmer’s personal tax burden.

In this short video from the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, Washington farmer Brad Isaak describe why his family farm is a corporation, and the important impact his family farm makes on his family, his community, and our country.

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Thought of the Week

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The road to success is often unpaved.

 

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Thought of the Week

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Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
And hopefully STEAK!

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Thought of the Week

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AMERICAN LAMB

10,000 miles fresher than imported!

-The Shepherd magazine, Sept. 2015

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Thought of the Week

The grass is always greener
on the other side of the fence.
That’s because that guy had the good sense
to weed and feed his pasture.

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Thought of the Week

The hardest part of learning to ride is the ground.

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Thought of the Week

Trust your fellow man,
but tie up your horse.

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WAFLA By Air

We’d like to highlight a new seasonal worker program, instituted by the state of Washington.  This program is called the Washington Farm Labor Association, or simply “WAFLA.”  They are doing a test run, and as they work out details and kinks in their program, we hope that this type of temporary worker program will be able to be used in different states across our union, for agriculture, but also in other industries – construction, hotel, restaurant, etc.

These 18 workers are a test run. Wafla is planning to use air transportation for large groups – up to 100 per day, beginning in May.

Inbound H-2A Workers at the Durango, Mexico Airport

These guys are ready to work, legally, in the USA

Air transportation is much safer than buses, and workers prefer it. It is a lot harder to arrange, but costs are comparable to buses, and it cuts travel time from five days to two. Growers in the Pacific Northwest are facing a severe labor shortage, and the only way to deal with it is through the federal legal worker program called H-2A. One of the obstacles is transportation – it’s a long way from orchards and fields in the Pacific Northwest for the workers in central and southern parts of Mexico.

This group are farm workers were recruited in the state of Durango, Mexico, and they are headed for a grower in Idaho’s Treasure Valley.

The group is flying from Durango to Tijuana, where they will have consulate appointments and receive visas. Once they finish the consulate process, they will take a charter bus to the U.S. border, where they will present the visas that were issued at the U.S Consulate in Tijuana. They have a 15 mile bus ride to San Diego airport, where they will board a commercial flight from San Diego to Seattle, connecting to Boise, and another short charter bus from the airport to a farm in the Treasure Valley, about 30 miles away.

This is another example of Wafla making the legal worker program better work for employers and workers in the Pacific Northwest!

We will watch and wait to see how this program works, in hopes that it is successful and grows.  Way to go, Washington!

 

 

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Thought of the Week

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Careful is the naked man climbing a barbed wire fence.  Of course if you’re a naked man climbing a barbed wire fence, it’s a little late for caution!

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Hard to Believe

In a recent L.A.Times opinion editorial, two University of California Irvine professors stated that “food production requires unfathomable volumes of water,” and they concluded that California needs less agriculture.

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The California Aquaduct

What is really “unfathomable” according to Westlands Water District, near Fresno, is that since October, 2016, more than 25 million acre-feet of California’s water has been sent to the ocean while only 2.5 million acre-feet has been pumped for use by agriculture, and for communities south of the Sacramento Delta.

The professors neglected to mention (or don’t know) that California’s agricultural industry developed and utilizes the most advanced and sophisticated water conservation measures in the world.

Next time, do your homework, professors.

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The Hoyt Report, Inc, March 10, 2017

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