JAMES R. PRATT, Richland
Thanks to the Herald for the month-long series on Washington agriculture. We are fortunate to live in one of the most agriculturally diverse and productive regions in the world. Insights from several reporters showed us the human, economic and scientific issues affecting agriculture in the mid-Columbia. Irrigated agriculture has made the desert bloom and created a vibrant economy. We need to be sure that we manage the quality and quantity of water for future generations.
We owe a lot to farm families, farm hands and food processors for keeping our food system safe and productive. From apples to potatoes and wine grapes to wheat, Washington agriculture is perhaps the state's greatest enduring success. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act and the creation of the land-grant colleges. Research at Washington State University and the WSU extension network are behind much of the advancement of Washington agriculture.