Agriculture

A bill for the bee industry This week I introduced a new bill aimed at helping our state’s bee industry, which has been growing thanks to certain tax preferences that are now set to expire. Senate Bill 6402, would revise the definition of “agricultural product,” for the purposes of extending the state’s business and occupation tax credit... Read More...
Honeyford receives Water Statesman Award for contributions to water issues After addressing the Washington State Water Resources Association at its annual conference in Spokane last Friday morning, Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, was presented with the group’s Water Statesman Award. The association, comprising irrigation-district representatives from across Washington, confers the honor only when members believe it is deserved. “I was completely... Read More...
Honeyford named 2013 Legislator of the Year by Washington State Farm Bureau Amid a chorus of applause Wednesday, Sen. Jim Honeyford accepted the Washington State Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year award for an unprecedented third time. The Sunnyside Republican received the award previously in 2003 and again in 2007. “It’s always an honor to receive an award, but I’m particularly humbled... Read More...
Honeyford-sponsored public health, land and water bills pass Senate Over the past several days in the Washington State Senate, Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, saw three of his bills approved and sent to the House of Representatives. The first to pass on Friday was Senate Bill 5324, which would encourage municipalities to use state Department of Ecology design guidelines when... Read More...
Honeyford named top Republican on Senate ag committee Sen. Jim Honeyford began the 2013 legislative session Monday by accepting the role of ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development Committee. Under the new Majority Coalition committee structure, some committees are chaired by Democrats, some by Republicans and some are co-chaired. “The Majority Coalition Caucus... Read More...