PROSSER, Wash. - Newly appointed Director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture Dan Newhouse has some words of advice to Washington farmers struggling in a tough economy.
Newhouse spoke at the Prosser Economic Development Associations annual meeting at the Princess Theatre Friday night. He talked about the challenges the agriculture industry is facing and what he's doing, as the new director, to take on those challenges. He said the worldwide recession is impacting local farmers, especially since many of the states agricultural products are exported overseas.
"Other countries economies are very important to what we can do as producers and the things that we can sell. We're working especially hard to open up and expand our traditional markets as well as open new ones for agricultural product," said Newhouse.
He also said there's a lot of uncertainty right now as petroleum prices continue to go up and down causing increased costs to farmers.