WA State Farm News

WA farmers block federal drones and Agenda 21

by Mikael Thalen
Examiner.com

Posted Nov. 17, 2012

The Washington State Farm Bureau just convened its 93rd annual convention.

Started in 1920, The WSFB is a voluntary, grassroots advocacy organization representing the social and economic interests of local farm and ranch families.

Every year the WSFB’s volunteer leaders from across the state get together to discuss issues and adopt new policy. The WSFB is unique in that its members, delegates from each of the 25 county Farm Bureaus, adopt the policies, ranging from land use to fiscal issues.

This year’s convention was especially exciting due to the passage of new policy, set to put a barrier against the overreach of the federal government and even foreign ones. Continue reading

Farm Bureau challenges county’s new Critical Areas Ordinance

Posted 10/30/2012

by Steve Brown
Capital Press

The state and county Farm Bureaus have appealed the updated Critical Areas Ordinance filed by the Thurston County Commission, claiming it doesn’t abide by the state’s rules.

John Stuhlmiller, director of government relations at the Washington Farm Bureau, said the state’s Voluntary Stewardship Program includes the commitment “to make no changes as it relates to agriculture.” Continue reading

WSFB PAC Announces 2012 General Election Endorsements

Posted 10/3/2012

 

This week the Washington State Farm Bureau Political Action Committee Board of Trustees

announced our members’ choices for political office in the 2012 General Election.

 

The announcement caps off months of grassroots involvement by members in their county

Farm Bureaus and local Candidate Evaluation Committees.

 

The endorsements are listed below. A PDF of this endorsement list can be found

on the WFB website www.wsfb.com .

 

  Continue reading

County Farm Bureau challenges agritourism ordinance

By STEVE BROWN
Capital Press

Posted 6/11/2012

LACEY, Wash. — Thurston County Farm Bureau officers say their input was not considered when the county commission formulated an ordinance intended to lower barriers to agritourism.

Raul de Leon, president of the county Farm Bureau, said he and other board members attended the meetings where the changes were discussed. The commission’s effort was well-intentioned, he said, but the result impairs rather than supports agriculture.

“On the surface, it appeared we were being received,” he said. “(The commissioners) copied a California plan verbatim, and on the surface it’s a good concept, but it’s not based on country life. … The requirements don’t reflect reality.”

The new ordinance, which changed the permitting process in the southern one-third of the county, “appears to be a good thing,” de Leon said, “but if you’re not a farmer, you don’t know how it works.”

For example, the ordinance requires that farmers earn all their income from farming, but many farmers have second jobs. Continue reading

Washington Farm Bureau Urges Avoiding Tax Increases in Budget

March 7, 2012
LACEY, WA-The Washington Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general agricultural organization, has repeated its call for a state budget that does not rely on tax increases.

“We commend those members of the Senate who had the courage to stand up for what they believe in and who are supporting a financially responsible bipartisan budget,” said Washington Farm Bureau President Mike LaPlant. “On behalf of farmers and ranchers across the state and our 41,000 Washington Farm Bureau member families, we thank them for their action and their courage.”

Farm Bureau believes that developing a balanced budget based on the key priorities of government is essential to ensuring a sound economy. In tough economic times, farm families review their budgets and prioritize their spending. With state government facing tough budget decisions, the Legislature should do the same thing: start by prioritizing the functions of state government, and budget according to those priorities.

“We simply must go back to basics,” continued LaPlant. “The time is now for state government to re-evaluate what services it should, or can afford, to provide. We urge the Legislature to complete the business of the people soon, with a balanced budget and without implementing new taxes, regulations or fees.”

A true, balanced budget will create a positive economic climate by reducing spending and better prioritizing existing revenue. Washington cannot afford to risk creating economic uncertainty to the agricultural sector with passage of an unbalanced budget. The state’s $40 billion food and agriculture industry employs 160,000 people and contributes 12 percent to the state’s economy.

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Washington Farm Bureau is a 41,000-member advocacy organization representing family farmers and ranchers across the state. For more information about the Washington Farm Bureau go to www.wsfb.com or call 1.800.331.3276

Ecology to hold public meetings on proposed Fish Consumption Rates


The Department of Ecology is seeking to increase water quality standards through changing existing recommended fish consumption rates. While the fish consumption rate would be advisory, it will likely be used by the department to “update” its regulatory standards (i.e. , increase existing water quality regulations).

Ecology will hold public workshops on the possible changes to the state’s fish consumption rates in May in Ellensburg, Tacoma and Spokane Valley.  The workshops will focus on fish consumption rates and how they connect with the department’s sediment cleanup decisions.

Workshop Schedule:

  • May 7th – Ellensburg: Central Washington University from 8:30 to Noon
  • May 8th – Tacoma: University of Washington’s Tacoma Campus from 8:30 to Noon
  • May 15th – Spokane Valley: CenterPlace Regional Event Center from 1 to 4:30 pm.

You can find more information on these meetings including directions on Ecology’s website at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/toxics/fish.html.

Washington Farm Bureau Urges Avoiding Tax Increases in Budget

LACEY, WA– March 7, 2012 – The Washington Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general agricultural organization, has repeated its call for a state budget that does not rely on tax increases.

“We commend those members of the Senate who had the courage to stand up for what they believe in and who are supporting a financially responsible bipartisan budget,” said Washington Farm Bureau President Mike LaPlant. “On behalf of farmers and ranchers across the state and our 41,000 Washington Farm Bureau member families, we thank them for their action and their courage.” Continue reading