Agriculture

Murder hornets beware! Honeyford bill to extend the life of the Invasive Species Council clears House in unanimous vote If they had boots, murder hornets, apple maggots and African clawed frogs would be shaking in them at today’s news from the state Legislature. In a unanimous vote, the House of Representatives approved Sen.... Read More...
Duo of Honeyford-sponsored bills signed by governor Sunnyside Sen. Sen. Jim Honeyford’s work to support Washington’s agricultural community and improve access to water was endorsed by Gov. Jay Inslee today, during two bill-signing ceremonies in Olympia. The two measures, sponsored by Honeyford, each allow state agencies to better serve rural Washington. “I have always tried to look... Read More...
Honeyford produce-safety bill passes Senate By a vote of 47-0, the Senate passed a measure by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, that would permit the state Department of Agriculture to cooperate in the implementation of the federal Produce Safety Rule. Senate Bill 6319 would allow the agency to conduct compliance-verification activities, enforce regulatory compliance, and accept... Read More...
Industrial hemp crops grown in Washington? There was in interesting hearing last week in the Senate ag committee dealing with industrial hemp and the possibility of making it a new crop in Washington. While it’s currently outlawed due to its close relation to marijuana, now that the people have legalized recreational marijuana the conversation about making... Read More...
Protecting water quality along with agruculture Agriculture is a $49 billion component of the economy of Washington state. In recent years, more and more environmental overstepping has inhibited the ability of agriculture to grow as an industry. There is now a concern that the state’s non-point water quality regulations can impair the agricultural sector’s economic viability... Read More...
Honeyford bill would spare honeybee industry from sting of B&O tax The Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development Committee today considered a bill aimed at putting more buzz into the state’s honeybee industry. Senate Bill 6402, sponsored by Sunnyside Sen. Jim Honeyford, would exempt honeybee products and services from the state’s onerous business and occupation tax by defining them as... Read More...
Two weeks down, six to go The Legislature has now completed the first two weeks of the 2014 session and we’re well underway debating bill proposals and negotiating with our colleagues. Since this is a short (60-day) session, the timeframe to accomplish what we need to do is reduced and everything seems to be getting done... Read More...