The Times - Serving Waitsburg, Dayton and the Touchet Valley

By Michele Smith
the Times 

No one ever said farming is easy

Local farmer discusses today's challenges


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Levi Laib, John Laib and Steve Carlson take a break from harvest on Aug. 21, 2017 to watch the total solar eclipse.

DAYTON-John Laib is a third-generation Columbia County farmer. He and his wife Carolyn farm the 2,500 original acres on his grandfather, Albert Laib's, home place, and they lease and farm an additional 2,500 acres, growing mainly dry land wheat and alfalfa. They also raise cattle.

Laib said the challenges facing farmers today are many, but the biggest frustration for him is that the state legislature is setting policies without understanding how rural communities in eastern Washington live.

"It's a big struggle," Laib said. "There's lots of regulations that come down that people don't reali...

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