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Governor Gregoire Visits C.B.C. Campus For Tour

PASCO, Wash. - Governor Christine Gregoire visited Columbia Basin College to speak discuss her Working Lands Initiative which is designed to make Washington farmland and forests as profitable as possible.

On Monday afternoon the Governor took a tour of the research farm at the campus, learned about changes that were made to the agricultural program and had a discussion with staff and students about her plans to continue the agricultural success of the state of Washington.

The purpose of her visit was to discuss the importance that higher education plays in continuing the agricultural business in Washington.

C.B.C. President Lee Thornton and Agriculture Research Dean Tim Woodward took her on the tour.

She told a room of about 75 people that agriculture is the largest employer in the state. Gregoire said that agricultural is, "contributing significantly to our economy.  Exports are literally around the world, so if we want to continue that competition we need to invest in research right here in this community."

Gregoire said she wants students to be competitive in the agricultural workforce, be on the cutting edge of technology and stressed the importance of putting money in agriculture research.

She flew in at around 3:30 and left at around 5 o'clock Monday.