We have the opportunity to work with 14 agricultural groups and commissions, representing 7 commodity segments: Alfalfa and Hay, Vegetables, Mint, Turfgrass Seed, Oilseeds, Alfalfa Seed, Grapes
Far West Spearmint Administrative Committee: The Administrative Committee oversees the proper execution and administration of the Far West Spearmint Marketing Order. Our shared vision is to maintain orderly marketing conditions for U.S. spearmint oil which will result in our continued supremacy in the world market. All of our efforts are to constantly seek to establish and enhance partnerships with handlers, users, and spearmint and peppermint producers in all areas of the U.S.
Washington State Hay Growers Association: The purpose of the association is to promote the welfare of the hay industry in the state of Washington. WSHGAis composed of five chapters throughout the state of Washington and takes pride in being a grower/member focused organization. WSHGA hosts the Northwest Hay Expo annually in Kennewick, WA.
Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association: The PNVA represents vegetable growers from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. To the Association, the smallest specialty crop grower is as important as the largest corporate farm with thousands of acres. Each fulfills a specific need in the market place. The PNVA is dedicated to education research, production, promotion and representation relative to the Northwest vegetable industry and it's markets.
National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance: NAFA is a national organization representing alfalfa, hay, and alfalfa seed growers in addition to other industry interests and parties. NAFA's mission is to ensure the ability of all segments of the alfalfa and forage industry to compete effectively and profitably, domestically and abroad. The objective of NAFA is to be a forum for concensus building among the various stakeholders and to be an effective advocate on behalf of the alfalfa and forage industry.
Western Alfalfa Seed Growers Association: WASGA is a grower/member organization consisting of the western state chapters of alfalfa seed growers. The objectives of WASGA are to 1: Protect, stimulate, and aid in projects of interest to and for the benefit of alfalfa seed growers and 2: Provide for the correlation and dissemination of usefule and helpful information to alfalfa seed grower's associations and alfalfa seed growers in general.
Washington Mint Growers Association: Washington Mint Growers is a grower and industry member organization that was established to promote social and business relations, to promote the progress and development of the mint industry in the interests of sound agriculture, and to work to create a business climate in which the mint industry can profitably operate in the State of Washington. Through our work with WMGA we work as the administrators to help promote and protect the industry for all mint varieties including: peppermint and spearmint.
Washington Mint Commission: The WMC exists to enable producers of mint plants to help themselves develop improved production methods and/or programs for the control of disease, insects, and weeds associated with mint plant culture to provide for the dissemination of information to affected producers. The WMC is funded through assessments paid by Washington Mint Growers. AAM provides the WMC with administrative services.
Washington Alfalfa Seed Commission: The Washington Alfalfa Seed Commission board is charged with the purposes of: (1) maintaining existing markets and creating new or larger local, domestic and foreign markets; (2) increasing production efficiency; (3) ensuring a fair regulatory environment; and (3) increasing per capita consumption of alfalfa seed grown in Washington State. At AAM we work as administrators by collecting dues, organizing educational outreach opportunities, and managing all interests of the Commission.
Eastern Washington Ag Expo: The Eastern Washington Ag Expo is the premier agricultural show in Eastern Washington and has recently re-branded from the Pasco REAL Ag Show. The Eastern Washington Expo will be held January 5th and 6th, 2016 at the TRAC Center in Pasco, WA. Our theme this year is 'Come Grow With Us.' Our expo focuses on agriculture in Eastern Washington and Oregon. We hope you will come out and join us this year as we are making these changes to grow this show and the local and regional agriculture community. AAM is involved in the conference planning and conference management for the Ag Expo.
PNDSA Cropping Systems Conference: AAM is assisting PNDSA in hosting the Cropping Systems Conference January 12-14, 2016 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA. The Cropping Systems Conference focuses on the sustainable and profitable futures of growers in the PNW through improving farming practices through the use of various management techniques. Particular focus is paid to direct seeding in both dryland and irrigated operations. AAM is involved in the conference planning and conference management for PNDSA.
Washington Turfgrass Seed Commission: The Washington Turfgrass Seed Commission was established for the purposes of funding research in the production, processing, or distribution of turfgrass seed, collecting and disseminating information on turfgrass seed and turfgrass seed byproducts, including straw utilization projects. In accordance with the marketing order, the WTSC collects assessments from growers to pursue its purposes. AAM serves the WTSC as administrators of the Commission.
Washington Oilseeds Commission: The WOC's main function is to promote the general welfare of the state by: (1) supporting researching; (2) marketing and information activities related to canola, rapeseed and mustard produced in Washington State. The commission is funded by an assessment on Washington grown oilseeds including canola, rapeseed, or mustard. These oilseeds are then used for the production of oil, meal, planting seed, condiments, or other industrial or chemical uses. AAM works as administrators for the Washington Oilseeds Commission.
Washington State Grape Society: The mission of the Washington State Grape Society is to promote overall advancement of the grape industry in Washington State. Its duties include collecting and distributing valuable data and information to our members and stimulating the grape interest in the state. WSGS also serves our members by protecting their legislative interests. Members are growers and industry personnel who have an interest in and lend their assistance to promoting the organization's purpose. AAM fills the role of Executive Secretary for WSGS.
Columbia Basin Onion Research Committee: CBORC exists in order tofund, direct and coordinate research related to the enhancement, and productivity of onions grown in Washington and Oregon (excluding Malheur County and other counties or onion crop growers that are currently assessed for onion research funding under another program).