More than 275 members of the Washington State Hay Grower Association are attending the two-dayNorthwest Hay Expo at Kennewick’s Three Rivers Convention Center.
The hay growers, their families and vendors are meeting Wednesday and Thursday to cover topics important to the industry. Hay, the state’s fifth top commodity, was valued at $678.7 million in 2012. Most of the Columbia Basin’s alfalfa hay is grown for export.
On Wednesday, tackled topics include transitioning family farms, soybean hay production and new timothy hay varieties.
Thursday’s agenda features discussions on pests, the Affordable Care Act and exports. There is also a trade show ongoing during the event. Bud Hover, Washington State Department of Agriculture director and a Winthrop hay and cattle farmer, will give the keynote address during the noon lunch on Thursday. For more information, go to http://www.wa-hay.org/.