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Agribusiness jobs will be Thursday’s topic at meeting of Inland Northwest Partners

The fall meeting of Inland Northwest Partners, being held Thursday in Moscow, will pay full attention to how agribusiness provides numerous options for community job growth.

The event runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Moscow Best Western University Inn.

The day’s theme, according to a press release, will be finding ways “to establish and nurture ag-allied niche businesses at the community level, presenting model practices as well as innovative strategies that have proven successful in the region.”

Steve Van Ausdle, Walla Walla Community College president, will deliver the keynote address at noon, highlighting the success of the Southeastern Washington wine industry.

Other scheduled presenters include Celia Gould, director of Idaho’s Department of Agriculture, on “Tilling the Soil of Opportunity: Agri-Food, Agri-Tourism, Agri-Culture and Beyond”;  and Dr. Curtis Beus, associate professor, WSU Cooperative Extension in Port Angeles, Wash., on “Agri-Tourism: Harvesting New Tourists on the Farm.”

Registration is $30 for INP members and $50 otherwise.

For more information, go to or call 509.495.4064.

Inland Northwest Partners is a non-profit organization that facilitates knowledge sharing to build strong economies in communities throughout the two-state region. 

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