Farmers Market Minute: Fun For Olympia Families

Olympia Farmers Market Manager Brett Warwick said for those that have never been to the market on Capitol Way, they’re missing out on all of the great things the south Sound area has to offer; all in one easy stop. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or […]

Elsey: New Carbon Proposal Claims To Benefit Ag, But Will Hurt Farmers

The Washington farm community is already preparing to fight several pieces of low carbon legislation expected during the 2021 session. The Washington Farm Bureau’s Bre Elsey says roughly 75% of the proposals expected this session are bills from the past that failed to gain needed support in Olympia. However, she noted one new idea, sponsored […]

Elsey: Farmers Will Want To Watch A Host Of Issues During 2021 Session

The farming community is encouraged to prepare now for the 2021 Washington legislative session which gets underway next month. Bre Elsey, Director of Government Relations for the Washington Farm Bureau, said there are several issues that should be of concern for the farming community; outside of the fact that the session will be conducted remotely. […]

WFB: November’s Election Pivotal For Washington Ag

With less than 16 weeks before the 2020 general election, many across the country are focused on the Presidential election between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. But, farmers are being reminded there will be a lot more on the November ballot than just the selection of a Commander in Chief. Robyn Meenach […]

Rural Lawmakers Call On Inslee To Reopen Washington

Earlier this week, House Republicans called on Governor Jay Inslee to reopen Washington. Saying farmers are falling further behind every day, the lawmakers said in a letter that it is time to relax the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order and restart the rural economy. The letter adds with restaurants closed, and school out for the […]

Truck Drivers Rally Against Low Carbon Fuel Standards Proposal

More than 160 log trucks invaded the state Capitol Campus in Olympia Monday.  Drivers and those that work in Natural Resources were in town, protesting House Bill 1110, which would create a new low carbon fuel standard.  The proposal could add up to 63 cents per gallon to diesel. “This proposed legislation is really not […]

Schoesler: Funds To Study Removal Of Snake Rivers Dams Can Be Better Used

On Friday, the Federal government released its draft Environmental Impact Study, looking at the four lower Snake River dams. That draft found removing the dams would not be a good idea, creating economic and environmental problems for the region. Washington State Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler said Friday’s released affirms what many already knew. “We […]

Farm Internship Legislation Clears Washington Senate

It’s a challenge for farms, big and small across the country, and across the Northwest; finding adequate, qualified workers.  Now one Washington lawmaker is trying to help producers find the next generation of farmers.  Washington state Ron Muzzall sponsored a bill to revive a program to expose young workers to the agricultural industry.   “This […]

Dent: We Need To Hold The Line On Low Carbon Initiatives

Lawmakers in Olympia continue to discuss the idea of low carbon legislation.  One of those proposals in the House looks at increasing the state gasoline tax by 57 cents a gallon, while increasing the tax on diesel sold in Washington by 63 cents per gallon.  Moses Lake Representative Tom Dent is very critical of the […]

Hennings: Dams, Carbon, DNR Key Issues In Olympia

It’s been a very busy couple weeks for the leadership of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers.  In late January, they took a trip back to Washington D.C. to meet with congressional leaders to discuss issues important to local growers.  And then after that, Wheat Growers leadership traveled to western Washington for Olympia days.   […]