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DelBene Tours Bayview Business Park, Supports Value-Added Agriculture

Burlington – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) recently toured the Bayview Business Park at the Port of Skagit.

The tour, which included visits at Washington State University’s new Bread Lab, Gielow Pickles, and Skagit Valley Malting, took place Tuesday October 13.

Rep. DelBene spoke with local scientists, farmers, and brewers about her strong support of specialty crops, research, and job-creating investments that impact our local agriculture industry.

“It was great to see the diverse work being done right here in Skagit County. Innovation in bread, grains, pickles and beer are just a few of the areas that will provide opportunities for our farmers and businesses to be recognized across the United States and around the world,” DelBene said. “Agriculture plays a critical role in fueling the economy and sustaining jobs in Washington’s First Congressional District. The businesses at the Port of Skagit are leaders in the local innovation economy, and I look forward to visiting again soon and tracking their progress.”

CongresswomanDelBene represents Washington’s 1st Congressional District, which spans from northeast King County to the Canadian border, and includes parts of King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties.She is a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research.

“Many businesses at the port are leaders in innovation and research within the local agricultural industry. These businesses are creating partnerships to further advance the agriculture industry while at the same time helping to preserve and protect our local farmlands. We are excited to see support at the federal level for the work being done right here in the Skagit Valley,” said Port of Skagit Executive Director Patsy Martin. 

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