Agriculture Concerned About Biden’s 30X30 Proposal

The American Farm Bureau Federation is one of many ag groups calling on the Biden Administration to act responsibly when it comes to conservation. Biden’s goal to conserve at least 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030, commonly known as “30X30,” is raising many questions. April Clayton with the Washington Farm Bureau said while […]

WFB, WAFLA Sue State Over Emergency COVID Rules

Earlier this month, the Washington Farm Bureau and WAFLA filed suit against the state of Washington for continually using emergency regulations during the coronavirus pandemic, rather than going through the legal rule making process. John Stuhlmiller, Farm Bureau CEO said by continually using emergency rules, farmers had to address provisions that were not fair or […]

Ag Leaders Want Farmworkers To Have COVID-19 Vaccine Priority

Last week, a variety of leaders from across the Washington Ag community sent a letter to Governor Jay Inslee, asking that farm and factory food workers move closer to the front of the COVID-19 vaccine line. Saying those workers perform jobs that cannot be done remotely or delayed, leaders from the Washington Farm Bureau, Potato […]

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. […]

Davis: Removal Of Gray Wolf Based On Science

In late October the federal government announced it was removing gray wolves from the Endangered Species List, making many in the Ag community very happy, especially the livestock industries. While the announcement was welcomed news, many in farm country understand the battle is far from over. The Washington Farm Bureau’s Tom Davis said the removal […]

Interior Delists Gray Wolf

On Thursday, the Department of the Interior announced it has removed the gray wolf from the endangered species list, signaling a successful recovery under the Endangered Species Act. The gray wolf spent more than four decades on the endangered species list, and federal officials say the population is now thriving in the lower 48 states. […]

Elsey: Pandemic May Lead To Better Connectivity For Rural Washington

It’s been hard for many in the farming community to find positives about 2020. But Bre Elsey with the Washington Farm Bureau said the pandemic and subsequent shutdown has demonstrated to many in Olympia the broadband inequities that exist for rural communities across the Evergreen State. And she acknowledge while it’s difficult now, she is […]

AFBF: Active Management Of Federal Lands Needed

The American Farm Bureau Federation as well as 13 state Farm Bureaus, which included Washington, Oregon and Idaho, penned a letter last week, urging lawmakers to support the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020. AFBF Public Policy Director Ryan Yates says the legislation would provide managers of federal wildlands more resources. “The Emergency […]

West Coast Grape Growers Asking Congress For Help

On Tuesday the wine industry asked Congress for help to rebound from this months’ devastating wildfires. The Washington, Oregon and California farm bureaus, the Washington Winegrowers Association, the Oregon Wine Board, the Oregon Winegrowers Association, California Association of Grape Growers, California Wine Institute, Oregon Wine Board, Winegrape Growers of America, and Wine America asked Congress […]