Central Washington Encouraged To “Know The Dam Facts”

Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s Snake River Dams stakeholder consultant team will hold its third of three public information workshops in the Tri-Cities Monday.  The event will allow those from the Columbia Basin and surrounding area to get a first glimpse of the report, focused on the economic impact to region if the four lower Snake […]

Washington Policy Center: Farmers Do Pay Taxes

Washington state Senator John McCoy raised the ire of many in the farm industry last year when he claimed that farmers don’t pay taxes, but is that true?   A Recent Study conducted by the Washington Policy Center found that statement to be false, noting that farmers and ranchers pay a variety of taxes, including […]

Remote Testimony Important Resource For Rural Washington, Says Mercier

After years of experimentation and a pilot program, the Washington senate now allows remote testimony on key pieces of legislation.  Remote testimony allows constituents to coordinate with a local community college to offer feedback on proposed legislation, rather than making the trip to Olympia, which can be challenging during the winter months.  Jason Mercier with […]

WPC: People Want to Keep Dams, Help Salmon

The Washington Policy Center recently conducted a poll to see what people know about the Snake River dams, and their willingness to remove those dams.  WPC conducted its poll November 18th through the 21st, asking Washingtonians what they know about the Snake River dams and their interest in helping migrating salmon.  According to the Center’s […]

Lewison: Trade Uncertainty Has NW Producers “Concerned”

Earlier this week, President Trump acknowledged he’s in no rush to finalize a trade deal with China.  He added the best thing may be to hold off until after the November elections.  That announcement did not sit well with the farming community, and the non-farming community.  In fact, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1% […]

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. […]

Washington Policy Center Yakima Farm Hall Taking Place Monday Afternoon

The Washington Policy Center will host the first of three Central Washington Farm Halls Monday afternoon.  WPC says the Yakima Farm Hall will be an opportunity to get an up close look at the farming industry through the eyes of 4th generation hop farmers, Jeff and Jason Perrault.  Not only will participants be able to […]

Lewison: It’s Important To Look To The Future

Pam Lewison with the Washington Policy Center said it important that the Ag community remain active while looking to the future.  Lewison, said trade is one of, if not the biggest issues facing farmers today, and they cannot allow others to decide their future.   “With the breakdowns with the talks with China, budget forecasts […]