Warnick: Ag Overtime Hurt Workers, Needs Improvements

While some claim the legislation righted a wrong, many in Washington’s Ag community say the recently approved overtime legislation does little more than hurt farmers and farmworkers. Senate Bill 5172 stair steps over time requirements for the farming community, where overtime pay will be expected past 40 hours a week starting in 2024. Moses Lake […]

Warnick’s Bill Aimed At Boosting Meat Production Clears State Senate

Legislation aimed at increasing meat processing and packing in Washington unanimously cleared the state Senate Tuesday. Senate Bill 5045, sponsored by Judy Warnick would make small and medium sized meat producers statewide eligible for support from a newly created Processing and Marketing Assistance Program. Warnick said the bill would also require the state Department of […]

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 […]

Honeyford: Ag Industry Should Have Been Part Of Agritourism Discussions

While the Washington economy continues to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, many in the farming sector feel they were unfairly targeted by Governor Jay Inslee. Late last week, the governor’s office issued rules that many say essentially shut down the agritourism industry. And what frustrated many in farm country was that very similar activities were […]

Warnick’s Food Policy Forum Legislation Clears Washington’s Senate

On Thursday, the Washington senate approved legislation supporter says will help ensure the state’s food supply is safe.  Judy Warnick’s Senate Bill 6091 formalizes the Washington Food Policy Forum, a public-private partnership, as well as outlines the goals of the Forum, including support for small farms, increasing availability of food grown in the state, and […]

Warnick: More Must Be Done To Help Young Farmers Purchase Land

State Senator Judy Warnick said she has some concerns when it comes to the future of the agriculture industry in Washington.  She said she’s concerned many family farms will go under because of tedious and unneeded regulation from Olympia, which drives her during the legislative session and when lawmakers are out of session as well. […]

Warnick: We Need To Protect Active Farmland

Judy Warnick says she’s see a disturbing trend across her senate district.  The Moses Lake Republican said she has seen several solar farms crop up on active farm land across Kittitas County.  And while installing solar panels may not take the land out of farm production technically, she noted it makes it challenge to move […]

Well Attended Farm Hall Fosters Policy Conversation

Nearly 100 people gathered in Pasco Thursday for the 2019 Tri-Cities Farm Hall, hosted by the Washington Policy Center.  Pam Lewison, Agriculture Research Director at WPC, applauded the audience participation, adding the forum allowed those who cannot travel to Olympia during the legislative session an opportunity to get engaged.   “And it gives them an […]

2019 Washington Policy Center Farm Hall Takes Place Thursday In The Tri-Cities

Thursday, the Washington Policy Center will hold their annual Farm Hall in the Tri-Cities.  This year’s event will take place at the Northwest Farm Credit Services branch on St. Thomas in Pasco.  Pam Lewison with the WPC said these Farm Halls allow the agriculture community to discuss policy and potential legislation in an informal setting. […]