Conference aims to move farming forward

MARYSVILLE — Snohomish County hosts growers, breeders and agricultural businesses from throughout the state for its seventh annual Focus on Farming conference next month.

The event is scheduled Nov. 4 at the Tulalip Resort and Conference Center. It’s preceded Nov. 3 by the county’s second Land and Water Policy Summit and the statewide agriculture industry’s Future of Farming meeting at the same location.

“We are moving forward and will probably have our best conference yet this year,” said Linda Neunzig, county agriculture project coordinator.

Because there was no county funding for the event, other than staff time, sponsors are paying, Neunzig said. The two largest contributors are the Snohomish County Farm Bureau, which gave $10,000, and the Snohomish Conservation District, which provided $5,000.

The all-day Focus on Farming begins with an address by County Executive Aaron Reardon. Breakout sessions include: wine; the business of farming; livestock; nurseries and greenhouses; regulations and conservation; and managing crop rotations. The day concludes with a wine-and-cheese tasting with exclusively local products.

For more information, go to and search for “Focus on Farming.” To register for the main event, go to For conference questions, contact Linda Neunzig, the county’s agriculture project coordinator, at 425-388-7170 or

For information on the Land and Water Policy Summit, e-mail Ryan Hembree, agriculture coordinator, at or 425-330-4885. Contact the Washington state Department of Agriculture’s Mary Beth Lang at 360-902-1812 or e-mail for information on the Future of Farming event.

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