Schmick: Ag Community Can’t Remain On Sidelines In Dams Debate

In late February, the federal government released its draft EIS saying that removing the four lower Snake River dams would be detrimental to the region, and those dams should remain. However, supporters of the dams are quick to point out that the fight is not over. With last month’s draft, comes an open comment period […]

Senate Bill Banning Chlorpyrifos In Washington Moves To House

Earlier this week, the Washington Senate passed legislation that would ban chlorpyrifos by January 1st, 2022.  Senate Bill 6518 passed primarily along party lines.  Bill author Senator Christine Rolfes said the legislation will reduce prenatal exposure and reduce harm to children.   Now the legislation moves to the House.   Representative Joe Schmick says SB […]

Truth In Labeling Legislation Clears House Ag Committee

By a 12-2 vote Wednesday, the Washington House Ag Committee voted to approve HB 2696 to the floor for a full vote.  According to legislation author Tom Dent, the bill addresses meat and poultry misbranding.  Dent said he’s not opposed to alternative proteins in the marketplace, but he wants consumers to know what they are […]

Schmick Floats Legislation To Retain Rural EMT Crews

It’s a struggle many rural portions of Washington face; manning their volunteer EMT staff to ensure when an emergency happens help is on the way.  Colfax representative Joe Schmick has proposed legislation he thinks will make serving as an EMT more attractive.  House Bill 2450, which he said he patterned after a similar bill in […]

Schmick Encouraging Farmers To Stand Up For Snake River Dams

The window to make comments on a study looking at the economic impact of removing the four lower Snake River Dams will close soon.  Throughout this month, the Lower Snake River Stakeholders presented the findings of their study during workshops in Clarkston, Vancouver and the Tri-Cities.  State Representative Joe Schmick attended the Clarkson event, and […]

Schmick “Do No Harm Vital” For Olympia Lawmakers

With another legislative session around the corner in Olympia, many in the farming community are prepared for legislation attacking their industry.  Colfax Representative Joe Schmick said the Ag industry was targeted during the 2019 session in a variety of ways, and he’s concerned the same anti-farming sentiment will return in the short legislative session.  He […]