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Subsidies: Why Do Farmers Need a Safety Net?

For those of us who live a life far removed from working the land, the idea of federal payments, or subsidies, granted to offset economic fluctuations in farming might seem like a prime example of wasteful government spending. After...

Protect Agricultural Exports

With the 2018 Farm Bill on the horizon, proposed budget cuts to programs supporting agricultural exports threaten the ability of U.S. farmers to remain competitive in the global market. Imagine leaving the field at the end of a long day...

Funding Agricultural Research for a Sustainable Food Supply

Wheat farmers in Washington breathe a small sigh of relief as Wheat prices come in at slightly above the record lows of the past two years—but not high enough. Many of our farmers are unable to break even financially...

Preserve NAFTA – Keep International Trade Flowing Freely to Protect Agricultural Exports

Preserving and improving the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is vital to holding the doors open to international trade with our North American neighbors. From apples to software, NAFTA provides innumerable benefits for our state’s industries, especially our...
Washington wheat in Asian noodles

Eastern Markets Love Washington Wheat for Its Quality in Favorite Dishes – But That...

Washington wheat is the preferred standard of quality for buyers in Asian countries – Think of all those delicious noodle dishes! But, without proper funding to promote agricultural exports and without the benefit of access to the TPP, our...

Carbon Tax Part V: Where Does the Carbon Tax Revenue Go?

So ... Where Do Our Tax Dollars Go? In just the first two years of enactment, the additional taxes we pay at the pump and to heat our homes will raise $766 million in carbon tax revenue. So, will it...

Carbon Tax Part IV: Hitting Farmers Hard

The proposed bill exempts most manufacturing and industrial use of gas from the tax burden. This leaves commercial and small businesses and agricultural producers bearing a disproportionate share of the burden. Unfortunately, our small businesses and agricultural producers are...

Carbon Tax Part II: A Bill Based Oversimplified Science

Debate surrounds Governor Inslee’s direct attribution of dwindling snowpack, ocean acidification and forest fires solely to carbon emissions and climate change. While opponents of the bill don’t discount the importance of environmental stewardship, they argue that the bill misrepresents...

Proposed Washington Carbon Tax is The Wrong Approach: 5-Part Series

Our state’s most vulnerable residents and our agricultural industry will take the hardest blows if Governor Inslee’s latest push for a Washington State carbon tax is adopted. Senate Bill 6230 passed the Senate Ways and Means Committee earlier this month,...

Carbon Tax Part III: Inequitable Taxing for Negligible Return

Even if environmental concerns could be directly and solely attributed to climate change caused by GHGs, this bill isn’t the answer to resolving them. Unfortunately, the positive returns produced by this bill would be virtually unmeasurable. Using a model...

Did you know?

Did You Know? Herbicides can aid soil conservation. The use of herbicides reduces the need for tilling, preventing soil erosion and water loss.

Did You Know? Yakima County has the most organic farms of any county in Washington?

Fact or Fiction?

Fiction: Organic farming means grown without pesticides.

Fact: The USDA approves a lengthy list of pesticides for organic farming. Take a look here.

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Revised Washington Pesticide Bill Establishes a “Safety Work Group”

Recently, a Washington pesticide bill quietly made its way through the state Legislature. The form of Senate Bill 6529 that passed in late January...

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