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 […]

AFBF Supports Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act

The American Farm Bureau Federation wants Congress to give federal land management agencies additional tools and resources to prevent and recover from catastrophic wildfires. AFBF and 13 state Farm Bureaus, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho, sent a letter Wednesday to Senate leadership supporting the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020. The Farm Bureaus […]

WFB: Pandemic Has Shown Broadband Inequity

Whether you live in downtown Seattle or on a North Central Washington cattle ranch, COVID-19 has impacted your day to day activity. Over the past six months, face to face meetings have come to an end, meaning we’re doing more virtual communication. But for much of Washington’s Ag community, especially those that live in some […]

Farm Bureau Distributing Face Masks to Washington Farm Workers

The Washington Farm Bureau is looking to help farmers comply with state coronavirus regulations. The Farm Bureau is distributing 500,000 washable cloth face masks to farm employees across the state to help protect against the spread of COVID-19. These masks are provided and delivered at no cost to the farmers who request them or the […]

WFB endorses Newhouse For Reelection

On Friday, the Washington Farm Bureau announced it was endorsing Representative Dan Newhouse’s reelection effort this fall. The Farm Bureau said it endorsed the third-generation Sunnyside area farmer and former director of the state Department of Agriculture because he understands firsthand the challenges before farmers and ranchers across Central Washington. “Congressman Newhouse has been a […]

Stuhlmiller: Governor’s Proclamation Has Led To Confusion, Mixed Messages

Last week, the Washington Farm Bureau filed a friend of the court with the Building Industry Association of Washington over the new rules, and powers, offered to the state Department of Labor and Industries under Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 20-57. The main sticking for the Farm Bureau, the confusion the Proclamation creates for the farm […]

WFB Joins BIAW Suit Over Ag Employer Rules

On Thursday, the Washington Farm Bureau filed an amicus brief in Thurston County Superior Court in support of Building Industry Association of Washington in the legal fight against Labor & Industries’ new coronavirus employer rules. The new rules, created under Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 20-57, allow L&I to fine employers $10,000 if they are in violation. Bre […]

Clayton: Local Labor Issues A Concern As Harvest Season Gets Underway

With cherries kicking off the 2020 harvest season across the Northwest, more and more farm laborers will descend on the area to ensure that produce gets to market in a timely fashion. As in most years, labor is a concern for growers across the region. And adding to that concern, is the impact the coronavirus […]

Farm Bureau: Inslee Proclamation Sets Farm Community Up For Failure

Farmers across Washington are under new coronavirus guidelines, via Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 20-57. Many in the Ag community are not happy with the new guidelines, or the way they were established. Bre Elsey, Director of Government Affairs with the Washington Farm Bureau said one of the biggest challenges will be wash station requirements, especially […]