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EOC 2017


CWU Business Economic Outlook Conference 2017


Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities in Washington State’s Hay and Potato Industries
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8am to 2pm
601 E. University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926, Sue Lombard Dining Room

Featured Speakers: 
Derek Sandison, Director, WA State Dept. of Ag.
Matt Harris, Asst. Exec. Director, WA State Potato Commission
John Toaspern, Chief Marketing Officer, Potatoes USA
John Szczepanski, Director, US Forage Export Council, NHA.
John Creighton, Seattle Port Commissioner



The Sam I. Kobata & Sons Foundation


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CWU students and CB faculty register below at no charge!


Session I:

8:00am Registration

8:40am  Welcome. By Dr. Jim Gaudino, CWU President.

8:50am “An Overview to Growth in WA Agriculture.” 
Derek Sandison, Washington State Director of Agriculture.

9:20am “Global Demand for US Potatoes & Products.”
John Toaspern, Chief Marketing Officer, Potatoes USA.

10:05am“Opportunities for Growth in WA's Potato Industry” 
Matthew Harris, Assistant Executive Director, WA State Potato Commission.

10:35am BREAK


Session II:

10:50am “U.S. forage exports, including current and emerging markets, trends and challenges.”
John Szczepanski, Director, US Forage Export Council, National Hay Association.

11:35am Panel Discussion. “Management discuss the growth opportunities in WA's forage industry”
Blaine Calaway, Vice President of Business Development, Calaway Trading.
Bob Haberman, Partner & Owner, No. 9 Hay Trading (LLC).​


Session III: 

12:10 LUNCH

12:30pm Keynote  “The Port's role in economic growth..”
John Creighton, Seattle Port Commissioner.

1:20pm Closing Remarks, Program Concludes

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