Dent Recognized Nationally For Work To Help Farmers, Ranchers, Pesticide Industry

In September, CropLife America recognized Moses Lake Representative Tom Dent with its State Leadership Award for his “support of farmers, ranchers and the pesticide industry” The Central Washington Republican said the national honor was humbling and completely caught him off guard. “She explained the award to me and then we hung up and I gave […]

Dent: “Stay Home” Has Had A Deep Impact On Ag That Could Be Felt For Years

For nearly ten weeks, the state of Washington was under Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” order, which had a deep impact on the state’s economy; including the state’s farm economy. But the question is how long will that negative impact be felt? Moses Lake Republican Tom Dent said the coronavirus pandemic decimated the […]

Dent: Now Is the Time To Prepare For the 2021 Session

Dent said it starts now, getting to know your state representatives and senators, regardless of political affiliation. And be active during the spring and summer months.   “Be willing to attend different farm tours, and get some folks out there, and meet the legislators we’ll bring over there from the west side.  Build those relationships […]

Dent: Farming Community Must Do More To Tell Their Story

For many producers across Washington, the 2020 legislative session was challenging. But regardless of commodity, one of the bright spots came late in the session with the passage of House Resolution 4653, honoring the state’s Ag industry. Resolution author Tom Dent says as it always has, the farming community is vital to Washington, its economy […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dent: PASCO Looks To Help Washington Pesticide Applicators

In 2018, the Washington legislature passed Senate Bill 6529, which would have required a four-day notice before pesticides could be applied on Washington farmland.  That legislation did not sit well with farmers and farm lawmakers, and in response, Moses Lake Representative Tom Dent worked across the aisle to create a task force that would take […]

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. […]

RFPA Legislation Continues To Move Forward

Representative Tom Dent says his legislation creating Rangeland Fire Protection Associations continues to move forward in Olympia.  The Moses Lake Republican said hearings on H.B. 1188 were held Wednesday morning.  Dent said while a few details still need to be worked out he says most firefighters across the state support the legislation.   “The Department […]