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Legislative update 0305: Clean energy bill moves forward

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday was day 51 of the 2019 Legislative Session. This past Friday, March 1, was the fiscal committee cutoff, the deadline by which nonbudget bills had to be passed out of fiscal committees in order to remain alive. Now that the deadline has passed, most committees will not meet for the next week and a ... Read More »

Meet our new board members

Over the past few months, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) has welcomed several new board members. Here’s an introduction to some of them: Michele Kiesz, Adams County Most of the current WAWG board members are primarily dryland wheat growers. Michele Kiesz’s family farm in the Columbia Basin, however, is irrigated, but her husband, Randy, is a dryland wheat ... Read More »

Legislative update 0226: Transportation packages unveiled

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Last Friday was the first cut-off of the 2019 Legislative Session. Cut-off dates play a crucial role in the legislative process as any bills that have not made it out of a policy committee are considered “dead” and no longer eligible to move forward this year. Legislation not covered by Friday’s deadline include bills that ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0226: Winter storms wreak havoc on parts of Washington

From NASS Heavy, wet snow hit western Washington in early February. Lewis County had several outbuildings collapse, including a dairy barn and two empty poultry buildings. Calving started, however, many producers had trouble sourcing hay for their livestock. Producers were concerned about seed crops in Skagit and Island counties. Jefferson County had saturated ground and pastures leading to poor rangeland. ... Read More »

Editorial: Inslee’s proposed Snake River dam task force will be a waste of money

From the Tri-City Herald State legislators looking to trim the budget this session can save $750,000 straight off if they don’t fund a proposed Snake River dams task force. Such a group is not needed, and giving it the green light would be a shameful waste of money. We suggest our regional lawmakers keep an eye out for this unnecessary ... Read More »

Lawmakers propose carbon fee as part of $17 billion package

From the Capital Press Washington lawmakers have proposed a carbon fee as part of a transportation funding package, the third major attempt at limiting the atmosphere-warming gas through such a policy since 2018. If passed the measure would be the first of its kind in the nation, but similar proposals in the state have failed even as scientists have ratcheted ... Read More »

Legislative update 0219: First deadline approaches

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday marked the 37th day of the 2019 Legislative Session. Committees are still holding hearings on new bills and holding executive action where they pass bills out of policy and fiscal committees. Revised drafts and amendments to bills are constantly being released which require review and input before they are voted out of committee. Friday ... Read More »

Legislative update 0212: Lovelett appointed; pesticide bill gets public hearing

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Tuesday marked day 30 of the 2019 Legislative Session. We are more than a quarter through with the legislative session. It was a busy week last week, although the pace of bill introductions has slowed. Week 5 is off to a slower start, as all legislative committees were cancelled Monday, Feb. 11, due to heavy ... Read More »

Legislative update 0205: Pesticide bill passes out of committee

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Monday marked day 23 of the legislative session. So far, 1739 bills have been introduced. Committees have already begun passing bills out of committee to move them along in the process. The first legislative deadline is Feb. 22, 2019, when all bills must pass out of their respective policy committee to remain alive. Senate Labor ... Read More »

Sowers named canola association executive director

From the Capital Press Karen Sowers, who has been the interim executive director of the new Pacific Northwest Canola Association since its founding, is making the position permanent. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »