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 […]

Inslee Happy With Efforts To Keep Ag Workers Safe

Washington Governor Jay Inslee stopped in Yakima Tuesday to talk with local business and government leaders about efforts to fight COVID-19, despite the high coronavirus case count in the county. Inslee said he’s happy with efforts made to keep farm worker safe. He specifically pointed out employee distancing, mandating masks as well as the cohort […]

Farm Bureau: Inslee Proclamation Sets Farm Community Up For Failure

Farmers across Washington are under new coronavirus guidelines, via Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 20-57. Many in the Ag community are not happy with the new guidelines, or the way they were established. Bre Elsey, Director of Government Affairs with the Washington Farm Bureau said one of the biggest challenges will be wash station requirements, especially […]

Inslee Offers Proclamation Clarification

On Tuesday, Governor Jay Inslee offered clarification on his farm worker protection requirements via Proclamation 20-57. Those points including clarification on an isolation plan for farm worker housing, which the Governor said may refer in whole or in part to the regional isolation center nearest the housing site.  Tuesday’s announcement added workers are free to […]

Inslee Rolls Out Proclamation Aimed At Protecting Farm Workers

Starting June 4th, the Ag industry be required to have new protections in place to help stave off the spread of COVID-19 among farm workers. Those protections were announced in Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 20-57, released last week. “The requirements the Governor is announcing today build on the work we’ve been doing for the past […]