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Skagit Ag Summit

February 8 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Event Focus: Water, Labor, Economic Viability, Innovation, Pain Points, and Leadership

9 am Registration

9:15 am Introduction/Opening remarks: Don McMoran, WSU Skagit County Extension.

9:30 am Action Team 1: Water

Moderator: Don McMoran
Objective: To educate the Skagit agricultural community on irrigation water costs, availability and alternatives
Steve Hoglund– Anacortes City Water
Dan Haller– Aspect Consulting
Jacque Klug– King County Brightwater facility 

10:45 am Break

11 am Action Team 2: Labor

Moderator: Bill Blake
Objective: Highlight the need for farmers and farm workers to come together.
Dan Fazio– wafla
Sarah Wixson- Stokes Lawrence Velikanje Moore & Shore

Farmer that uses labor certification

12 pm Lunch

12:30 pm Lunch with Leadership

Moderator: Don McMoran
Objective: The continued viability of Skagit agriculture.
Skagit County Government: Ron Wesen, Ken Dahlstedt and Lisa Janicki
City Government: Anacortes, Burlington, Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley 

1:15 pm Action Team 3: Economic Viability
Moderator: Diane Smith
Objective: The continued economic viability of Skagit agriculture.
John Sternlicht, Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County
Stacie Pratschner, Senior Planner, Skagit County

2pm Innovation
Moderator: David Bauermeister
Objective: To educate the Skagit agricultural community on innovation that is occurring in Skagit County.
– Innovation Partnership Zone (IPZ) Partners

2:30 pm Break

2:50 pm Pain Points

3:10 pm Leadership
Commercial Agriculture:

3:40 pm Research: New Soils team at WSU NWREC
Deirdre Griffin and Gabe La Hue (confirmed)

3:50 pm Synthesizing Discussion: Reframing the Top Priorities from each session.

3:55 pm Closing and Evaluation


1 WSDA Re-certification Course Credit will be requested


February 8
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Don McMoran
360-428-4270, ext. 225
Washington State University