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State legislative report 2/15: House Republicans release proposed budget

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday marked day 36 of the 2021 Legislative Session. Yesterday was the first legislative deadline when all policy bills must be voted out of their respective policy committees to remain under consideration for the year. Legislation not covered by this deadline includes bills that have been voted out of policy committee, bills in fiscal committees ... Read More »

Washington farm groups seek changes to capital gains tax bill

From the Capital Press Farm groups are lobbying to amend a capital gains tax proposal, hoping to head off a tax hit for cattlemen and retired farmers. As proposed by Gov. Jay Inslee and introduced by Democrats in the Legislature, active farmers and ranchers who sell their land would be exempted from the tax on gains from the one-time sale ... Read More »

Simpson’s salmon recovery, dam breaching plan a ‘nonstarter,’ ag reps say

From the Capital Press U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson says his plan to end all salmon litigation and remove four Snake River dams would offer agriculture unprecedented legal protection, but industry stakeholders say it’s a non-starter. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

State legislative report for the week of Feb. 1: Public hearing held on low carbon fuel standard

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Friday marked day 27 of the 2021 Legislative Session, and thus far, 974 bills have been introduced. A week remains until the first legislative deadline, Feb. 15, 2021, when all policy bills must be voted out of their respective policy committees to remain under consideration for the year. Bills that do not meet this deadline will ... Read More »

Congressman plans to breach dams

Lower Snake River Dams targeted again, increasing carbon with end to navigation and removing clean power  From the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and the Washington Grain Commission A southern Idaho Congressman who has more than a dozen dams within his state without fish passage has floated a plan to breach the four lower Snake River dams, dams that contain some ... Read More »

Washington Democrats push for ‘net ecological gain’

From the Capital Press Washington House Democrats are advancing a bill requiring public works projects to benefit salmon and have a “net ecological gain,” a vague standard the Farm Bureau warns could spread to private land. House Bill 1117 doesn’t define net ecological gain, besides requiring road, sewer and other projects to aid salmon recovery. Fish and Wildlife, other state ... Read More »

State legislative report for the week of Jan. 25: WAWG leaders testify for DNR, overtime bills

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Friday marked day 19 of the 2021 Legislative Session. While there has been a sharp decline of new bills being introduced, committees are busy hearing, amending and voting out bills. The first deadline is fast approaching which is Feb. 15, when all bills must be voted out of their policy committee or they are dead ... Read More »

WAWG past president testifies in support of SB 5172

This week, Nicole Berg, a farmer from Benton County, a past president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and vice president of the National Association of Wheat Growers, testified in support of SB 5172, a bill concerning the retroactivity of overtime claims in exceptional cases. More than 150 people were signed up to testify. Here is Berg’s testimony, which ... Read More »

Crop progress report 01/2021: Crops doing fine

From NASS The statewide temperatures in Washington for the month of January were above normal to slightly below normal throughout the state. In western Washington, crops were doing fine. In Jefferson County, heavy flooding from rain continued in some lower agricultural valleys. In San Juan County, livestock were on retained feed. Some farms were pruning berries and kiwifruit vines. In ... Read More »