Brett Blankenship is from Washtucna, Wash., where he farms soft white wheat in the rolling hills above the Palouse River.
Brett, once an aspiring pianist, has been raising wheat full-time since 1982, when he completed his studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., with a master’s degree in performance and literature.
Now, Brett and his brother, Dan, are partners in Blankenship Brothers Joint Venture on the outskirts of the famous Palouse region in southeast Washington.
Prior to becoming a NAWG officer, Blankenship served for several years on the NAWG Board, including as chairman of the NAWG Domestic and Trade Policy Committee as NAWG prepared for the 2012 Farm Bill legislation. Brett was previously president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers.
One of Brett’s priorities has been to build consensus among growers, and he is proud that the Pacific Northwest states have been able to enhance their working relationships and share a common annual conference. Brett would like to bring that experience forward and strengthen the NAWG coalition and political presence.
Brett lives on the family homestead with his wife, Leeann. When he’s not farming, he enjoys training horses and woodworking, and he also volunteers for the local emergency medical service.