Skagit Ag Summit explores issues, resources and stories for farmers


February 14, 2024

Ken Stern

FARMERS TELL THEIR TALES – The panel on economic viability for Skagit County farmers included Gracia Puerto Hernandez, translator, Nelida Martinez, Pure Nelida, Jason VanderKooy, Harmony Dairy, Michael Hughes, Hughes Farms and Daniel Valdez, Fuerza Labor, a farmworker employment company, from left.

At the eighth annual Skagit Ag Summit, on Friday, Feb. 9, about 75 people working or interested in agriculture spent the day learning and sharing critical developments in local agriculture topics at the event hosted by WSU Skagit County Extension.

During a panel discussion about economic viability, farmer Jason VanderKooy, co-owner of Harmony Dairy, answered a question about succession planning. It is one of the most difficult things in family farming, said VanderKooy. He recommended hiring experts to help the process. Finally, he said it was essential that everyone understands the plan.


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