I am proud to represent one of the most diverse agricultural regions in the world. From apples to cherries, potatoes to asparagus, and beef to wheat - our region is known for producing a wide variety of top-quality agricultural products that are enjoyed by consumers worldwide.
However, agriculture is one of the most volatile industries to work in. Regardless of the crop, I recognize it is a never-ending task to stay ahead of evolving pests, diseases, and even the unpredictable weather. This is why agricultural research plays a critical role in ensuring our growers have the tools they need to continue to provide high-quality products and remain competitive in the global marketplace.