State legislative report 02/28: Session enters the home stretch

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist With less than two weeks to go until session adjourns on March 10, we are on the home stretch of this year’s 60-day session. Feb. 28 marked another cutoff deadline where all bills needed to be voted out of the opposite chamber’s fiscal committee to remain under consideration. House Releases Proposed Supplemental Capital Budget Last ... Read More »

Washington bill treads familiar path to buffers

From the Capital Press A Senate Democrat warned Thursday that a salmon recovery bill moving through the Legislature would repeat Gov. Jay Inslee’s mistake of not consulting with farmers before proposing riparian buffers. House Bill 1117 calls for Inslee and tribes to develop riparian buffer standards for Western Washington cities and counties. Sen. Jesse Salomon, D-Shoreline, said the same process ... Read More »

Crop progress report 02/22: Wet in the west, dry in the east

From NASS Statewide temperatures in Washington for the month of February were above normal. In Western Washington, early February was wet and cold. Late February transitioned to warmer temperatures throughout the district. In San Juan County, early blooming perennials and some fruit trees were budding out. Livestock was on stockpiled feed, while most pastures suffered from excess moisture. Most fall-planted ... Read More »

Washington lawmakers consider ‘net ecological gain’ requirement

From the Capital Press Washington lawmakers are considering delegating broad powers to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to write salmon-protection rules, requiring all publicly funded projects to have a “net ecological gain.” Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

State legislative update 02/21: Transportation revenue package moving quickly

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Friday marked the 40th day of the 2022 Legislative Session. On Feb. 15, the Legislature reached an important milestone—the deadline to pass bills out of their house of origin. This meant that House bills had to be voted out of the House and Senate bills had to be voted out of the Senate by that ... Read More »

ARC/PLC deadline quickly approaching

The ARC/PLC deadline is quickly approaching. Failure to make a valid election and enrollment for the 2022 program year by March 15, 2022, will result in ineligibility for the 2022 crop year payment. To complete election and enrollment, all signatures must be submitted by the March 15 deadline. Important Note: There was some confusion in a previous announcement that if ... Read More »

State legislative update 01/14: Democrats roll out transportation revenue package

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Friday marked the 34th day of this 60-day legislative session, and we have passed two key cut-off dates. The cut-off dates guide the session and help to whittle the thousands of bills that are introduced down to the few hundred pieces of legislation that may actually pass into law. Last week saw the passing of ... Read More »

Court hears farmers’ suit against Washington tax

From the Capital Press A lawyer for Washington farm groups disputed Friday that the state’s new capital gains tax will pinch only the very rich, telling a Central Washington judge that the pending tax already is influencing business decisions by farmers. Although the tax exempts income from selling livestock or farmland, it will tax capital gains from selling business partnerships ... Read More »

State legislative update 02/07: Buffer bill dies in policy committee

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Last Thursday was the first legislative deadline for the 2022 session. All bills had to be voted out of their policy committee by 5 p.m. to remain under consideration this year. Legislation not covered by the first deadline includes bills that been referred to fiscal committees and bills that are considered Necessary to Implement the ... Read More »

WAWG welcomes Benton County grower as new secretary/treasurer

The newest member of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) leadership team, Anthony Smith, isn’t actually new to either WAWG or the industry. Smith grew up on his family’s Benton County farm, which was settled by his grandfather in the early 1930s. The family grew dryland wheat and raised tree fruit and grapes. After graduating from Prosser High School, ... Read More »