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YF&R members attend the Fusion conference in Pittsburg, Penn. Picture from L to R: Megan Miller, Laura Lakowski, Jake Devaney, Kelsey Evans, Matt LaShaw, Stacey Righter, Lady Porterfield, Rosella Mosby

The 2017 AFBF Fusion conference was held February 10th -13th in Pittsburgh, Penn. Seven of our Washington Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Ranchers attended the event hosted by the AFBF Womens, YF&R and Promotions & Education committees.

They started Friday with State Chair training and a fun welcome reception. Saturday and Sunday were the key networking days and included various break-out sessions focused on advocacy, leadership, business, rural development/entrepreneurship and technology. Dynamic speakers added inspirational and comedic humor to the information filled days.

Our members, along with Oregons Young Farmers and Ranchers, were graciously treated out to Dinner one evening with Bob Baker of Farm Bureau Bank. It was a great, fun filled evening, thank you Bob and FB Bank! The two commitees really built a strong connection that evening and are looking to work together more in the future to strengthen both states’ YF&R programs.

Finally Monday brought tours and trainings.Vice-Chair Matt LaShaw attended the Flight 93 memorial and said that made the whole trip for him. Others visited farm stands, wineries and other local Ag related locations. Chair Stacey Righter attended one of the trainings offered instead of a tour and was excited to bring back what she learned. The whole weekend wrapped up that evening at the grand finale event at Heinz Field with a fun filled evening of dinner, dancing and games.


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Pictured from L to R: Kristen Hinton, Stacey Righter, Matt LaShaw, Kelsie Knight

Congratulations to Washington State University student, Megan Miller, for winning the state Collegiate Discussion Meet competition held in Yakima at the Washington Farm Bureau Annual meeting in November 2015. The winner receives an expense paid trip to the national conference and an embroidered coat. Megan will represent WA at the National competition on Feb. 12-15, 2016 in Kansas City, MO. Good luck and skill Megan!DSC_0383Miller

WFB president, Mike LaPLant (left) and past YF&R president, Nicole Janson (right) present Megan Miller (center) with her YF&R Discussion Meet award.

Amy Cable
Amy Cable


Name:  Amy Cable

City, town:  Mount Vernon

County Farm bureau:  Skagit

Operation or occupation:  Agricultural teacher at Mt. Vernon High School

About me:  I am a born and raised Skagit county farm girl.  I grew up on a fourth generation family farm that grows potatoes, wheat, grass seed and other vegetables.  My husband and I raise chickens and operate a small CSA farm in Sedro-Woolley.  In the meantime I teach Agricultural Education at Mt. Vernon High School and run our FFA program.


Name:  Stacey Righter

City, town:  Ridgefield, WA

County Farm bureau:  Clark/Cowlitz

Operation or occupation:  Dobbins Farms where we are farmers

About me: I am the proud mom of two children. My husband and I farm roughly 150 acres of hay, berry and produce crops.


Stacey Righter
Stacey Righter
Sara Howard
Sara Howard


Name:  Sarah Howard

City, town:  Eatonville, WA

County Farm bureau:  King/Pierce

Operation or occupation:  Cattle, sheep and wholesale nursery

About me:  I grew up in Eatonville on my parents ranch, went to college (University of Idaho), got a degree (Animal Science), got married (Josh) and have 2 children (Annika and Jakob), and now we’re all back in Eatonville again.  We have Hereford cattle, Corriedale sheep, and a native plant nursery.


Name:  Summer Steenbarger

City, town:  Woodland, WA

County Farm bureau: Clark Cowlitz

Operation or occupation:  Preserving the Harvest

About me:  I’m a full time farmer, wife and mama of 4 fantastic kids. Our family raises pastured meats, eggs, vegetables, teas blends, and offer wild eats. We preserve foods for off season months and host homesteading and business workshops frequently. We organize and host a weekly cooperative delivery of local and fresh foods to our customer base of over 2000 families.

Summer Steenbarger
Summer Steenbarger


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Sydney Anderson



Name:  Sydney Anderson

City, town:  Othello

County Farm bureau:  Adams

Operation or occupation: Goose Ridge Winery and Vineyards

About me:  I grew up in Tri-Cities, WA where my family farms.  I graduated from Washington State University in May of 2012 with a BS in Agriculture Technology and Production Management.

Name:  Matt LaShaw

City, town:  Valleyford

County Farm bureau:  Spokane

Operation or occupation:  Farmer

About me: I was born and raised on a 1500 acre farm where we grow cattle and dryland grains southeast of Spokane.

Matt LaShaw
Matt LaShaw

Name:  Brandy Fay (photo not available)

City, town:  Chehalis

County Farm bureau:  Lewis

Operation or occupation:  Vetrinarian

About me:  not available


Pete Appel
Pete Appel


Name:  Pete Appel

City, town:  Endicott

County Farm bureau:  Whitman

Operation or occupation:  Farmer

About me:  not available

Name:  Bridget & Paul Coon

City, town:  Benge

County Farm bureau:  Adams

Operation or occupation: Ranchers and Bridget also works for the WA Beef Commission

About me:  We operate the Bar U Ranch with Paul’s parents and aunt and uncle.  The Bar U is a cow-calf and hay operation that has been in the Coon family for four generations.  Bridget comes from King County, where her parents continue to run a small farm and feedlot. She is a Political Science graduate of WSU and holds a Masters in Public Relations from The George Washington University. Bridget works for the Washington State Beef Commission where she manages digital communications. Paul and Bridget welcomed their son Edgar in 2012, and expect a little girl this summer

Bridget Coon
Bridget Coon


Nicole Jansen
Nicole Jansen


Name:  Nicole Jansen

City, town:  Pasco

County Farm bureau:  Franklin

Operation or occupation:  DuPont Pioneer

About me:  I’m originally from Yolo County in Northern California, I relocated to Eastern Washington 6 years ago.  I graduated from Cal State Chico with a Bachelor degree in Ag Business with a minor in Plant Science.  I have been a proud member of the DuPont Pioneer team for 9 years.  I currently manage the seed product line for 11 western states.  My YF&R experience started in California where I served as County Chairman.  I have greatly enjoyed helping to build up the Franklin County YF&R group where I am currently serving as Chairman.

Name:  Kelsie Knight

City, town: Nespelem

County Farm bureau:  Okanogan

Operation or occupation: Cow/Calf Operater

About me:  My husband Cameron and I have been married a little over two years.  He is a linemen at Nespelem Valley Electric.  We have a small cow/calf operation that we are working on building.  I am a 5th generation cattle rancher and help with my parents and grandparents cow/calf operations.

Kelsie Knight
Kelsie Knight


Natasha Jungers
Natasha Jungers


NameNatasha Jungers

City, town: 

County Farm bureau:  Franklin

Operation or occupation:

About me:  

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