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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 »

First stripe rust report for 2019 calls for normal levels

From Dr. Xianming Chen Field survey in November 2018  On Nov. 16, 2018, our crew was checking winter wheat fields in Whitman, Lincoln, Adams, Grant and Douglas counties in Eastern Washington and found two leaves with stripe rust in only one field in Grant County near the border with Lincoln County. Wheat plants in that field were at Feekes 4. The ... Read More »

Inslee, Democrats and the environment

Crosscut considers the fact that Democrats have a solid majority in both houses of the statehouse for the first time in years and a long list of environmental priorities. Will they and Gov. Inslee be successful in passing environmental legislation? Read the article here. Read More »

USDA to reopen FSA offices for additional services during government shutdown

From USDA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on Jan. 22 that all Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices nationwide will soon reopen to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the lapse in federal funding.  Certain FSA offices have been providing limited services for existing loans and tax documents since Jan. 17, and will continue to do so through ... Read More »

Legislative report 01/22: Bills so far focusing on energy proposals

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The Washington Legislature convened its 105-day session on Monday, January 14thin what we expect to be a busy year.  Democrats control the agenda in Olympia after significantly increasing their margins in the November election.  Democrats control the Senate 28-21 and in the House by 57-41.  There are many new faces in Olympia as twenty-eight new ... Read More »

WSDA updates use-restricted herbicides in certain counties

The Washington Department of Agriculture recently updated its rules relating to use-restricted herbicides in certain counties.  The purpose of this change was to update references and make the rule easier to understand. Complete information is available on the agency web site at: https://agr.wa.gov/LawsRules/Rulemaking/PM/UseRestrictedHerbicides.aspx Read More »