Jacie was inspired by the presentation of funds to Kim with Pullman Child Welfare, and spoke of the need to help here and internationally in generally.
 
She and her husband Wayne have been farming for 34 years as business partners.  They have family members who are also helping.  They farm “Gum Junction” which is 7 miles from Union Town, Moscow, and Genesee.  They started doing farm tours in the 1990s, and did so for about 11 years.  For so many generations, many people have been moved further and further away from farming and have lacked the understanding of what farming can do.
 
Instead of giving a PowerPoint presentation, Jacie proceeded to give us materials for a fun learning activity.  This gave us the opportunity to understand how much of agriculture is luck based on weather, among other things.  She believes that this year agriculture would be impacted by “Falling Numbers.”  Whenever they take a load of seed into an elevator, they take count and look for any evidence of sprout.  Recently the “Falling Numbers” test evaluates it differently.  Because of cold evenings and warm days when plants were flowering, shortages occurred.  If you look at the cash price of crops, it has dropped. 
 
Jacie is also on the board of the Uniontown Co-op Association.  80% of US crops are exported.  They raised seed for the Palouse farmers and Pacific Northwest Farmer’s Cooperative.  Currently, there is an oversupply of wheat, but there are still a lot of people going hungry.  In agriculture, she said we respect our communities, and need our communities to listen to us.  On their own farm, they grow 20 different crops. 
 
Mick surfaced a question about whether seed has been the source of issues.  Previously land grant universities and others have helped with ensuring quality and development of seed, but there is no funding right now, which means they are at the “beck-and-call” of for-profit companies instead.