Save Family Farming Inslee Sends Mixed Messages In Nooksack

Western Washington farmers say the Inslee Administration continues to drag its feet when it comes to a water solution in Whatcom County. Dillon Honcoop with Save Family Farming said rather than solve the water management issues and address salmon populations, the Governor and state Department of Ecology continue to push a legal process that he […]

WFB, WAFLA Sue State Over Emergency COVID Rules

Earlier this month, the Washington Farm Bureau and WAFLA filed suit against the state of Washington for continually using emergency regulations during the coronavirus pandemic, rather than going through the legal rule making process. John Stuhlmiller, Farm Bureau CEO said by continually using emergency rules, farmers had to address provisions that were not fair or […]

Ag Leaders Want Farmworkers To Have COVID-19 Vaccine Priority

Last week, a variety of leaders from across the Washington Ag community sent a letter to Governor Jay Inslee, asking that farm and factory food workers move closer to the front of the COVID-19 vaccine line. Saying those workers perform jobs that cannot be done remotely or delayed, leaders from the Washington Farm Bureau, Potato […]

Study: 30% Of Washington Households Have Experienced Food Insecurity During Pandemic

Since Governor Jay Inslee implemented his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order in March, 30% of all Washington households have experienced food insecurity, and of those households, 59% had children living in the home. That according to the first Washington State Food Security Survey. It’s estimated that 1.6 million Washingtonians were food insecure in April, that […]

Kretz: More Needs To Be Done To Prevent Massive Wildfires Before They Start

During October’s Washington Policy Center Virtual Farm Hall, members of the Ag community gathered to discuss some of the key issues facing the farming community now and into the future. And one of those topics was wildfires. Wildfires have caused a great amount of damage to the Washington Ag community in recent years, whether it […]

Inslee OKs Agritourism Activities

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has released new guidance that will permit agritourism activities this fall for counties in a modified Phase One. The five counties currently under a modified Phase One, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin and Yakima, will be able to offer corn mazes, hay wagons, fire pits and more, similar to counties that are […]

NCW Officials Trying To Track Down Apples Distributed By Inslee

North Central Washington investigators are asking for your helping as they try to track down apples brought to the Bridgeport area by Governor Jay Inslee over the weekend. During his Saturday trip to witness the devastation from area wildfires, the Governor brought apples from western Washington. Will Carpenter Director of the Chelan-Douglas Horticultural Pest and […]

Warnick: Inslee Should Have Followed The Law

Many in the Washington Ag community are not happy with Governor Jay Inslee after he brought apples that contained apple maggot larvae from Thurston County to North Central Washington. While she appreciates the gesture by the Governor, Moses Lake Senator Judy Warnick said the quarantined areas established across the state are not to be taken […]

Warnick: Inslee Overstepped In Agritourism Proclamation

In late August, Governor Jay Inslee issued a coronavirus proclamation specific to the agritourism industry across Washington. And within hours the farm community cried foul. Many took issue with the fact that not only would this proclamation shutdown many farms just as the agritourism season starts to ramp up, but also pointed out that similar […]

WFB Joins BIAW Suit Over Ag Employer Rules

On Thursday, the Washington Farm Bureau filed an amicus brief in Thurston County Superior Court in support of Building Industry Association of Washington in the legal fight against Labor & Industries’ new coronavirus employer rules. The new rules, created under Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 20-57, allow L&I to fine employers $10,000 if they are in violation. Bre […]