Federation President Ed Zurcher cites efforts to defend and improve public understanding of dairy farming

(GRAND MOUND, Wash.)  Board members of Save Family Farming and its affiliates in Whatcom County, Skagit County and Eastern Washington were called to the stage during the state’s annual dairy conference. Washington State Dairy Federation president, dairy farmer Ed Zurcher, presented Lynden dairy farmer Larry Stap, president of Save Family Farming, the “Most Valuable Partner” award.

Prior to the presentation, the dairy federation’s Executive Director, Dan Wood, explained to the 200 members of the dairy community at the conference the value of the partnership with Save Family Farming.

“Together we are able to accomplish far more than either could alone,” Wood explained. The partnership in working with the EPA to recognize the serious problems with the Yakima nitrate report was one example Wood provided. “Progress is being made and we believe more progress is to come,” he noted.

The presentation followed a keynote speech by Save Family Farming’s Executive Director Gerald Baron who addressed the topic “Fighting Forward” explaining why becoming “pro-agtivists” was essential to make Washington state a safer place for dairy farmers and to help ensure the future of family farmers in Washington.