Andrea Cox Hired as WAWG’s Conservation Coordinator

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) is pleased to announce Andrea Cox has been hired as the Conservation Coordinator. She will assist Washington small grain farmers in learning more about the additional NRCS funding opportunities provided through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

“I’m thrilled to be part of the WAWG team and have the opportunity to utilize my background and passion for agriculture in addition to my experience in conservation. I’m looking forward to collaborating with both our Eastern Washington producers and NRCS counterparts and serving as a liaison between the two to increase awareness and utilization of available programs,” Cox said.

Cox grew up on a dryland wheat and barley farm and spent her career in a variety of roles supporting agriculture –as a program technician at Farm Service Agency, WSU’s CAHNRS recruitment, as well as working with farmers in her past role as Operations Specialist at Northwest Farm Credit Services (now known as AgWest Farm Credit). She helps coach her children’s sports teams and serves on the Pasco and Kennewick ag education advisory committees. She and husband, Ben, and their three children live in Kennewick.

“We are so excited to have Andrea join our team. She comes with a wealth of ag experience and will be able to hit the ground running in this new role.  This is a position WAWG has looked forward to filling to provide grassroots education to our membership on NRCS conservation practices,” WAWG Executive Director Michelle Hennings explained. “I’m looking forward to introducing her to our wheat growers. These new conservation funds are in addition to NRCS’ farm bill funding and are targeted at climate-smart mitigation activities and other voluntary conservation activities that facilitate them.”