Washington Farm Bureau Applauds Senate Republicans’ “Cultivate Washington” Looking Toward the 2024 Legislative Session
In a bold move to safeguard Washington’s agricultural industry, Senate Republicans have unveiled the “Cultivate Washington” pro-agriculture agenda for the upcoming 2024 legislative session. As Washington Farm Bureau (WFB) prepares to continue their steadfast advocacy on behalf of farmers and ranchers, this statement from one of the Senate’s caucuses is a welcomed declaration of priorities.
“Cultivate Washington” was spearheaded by Sen. Ron Muzzall, Sen. Judy Warnick, Sen. Perry Dozier, and Sen. Shelly Short. Each of these leaders have long been an ally of the state’s agricultural community. The “Cultivate Washington” agenda addresses pressing concerns, including but not limited to overregulation, the closure of farms, issues surrounding water rights, and other challenges that jeopardize the integrity of the state’s food supply. The agenda takes aim to address illegal fees stemming from the failed implementation of the Climate Commitment Act as well as highlighting agriculture’s continued struggle to remain viable in the face of staggering wage rate increases.
Bridget Coon, WFB’s Vice President of Legislative Affairs, praised “Cultivate Washington” stating it, “represents a comprehensive and strategic approach to fortifying Washington’s agricultural industry. We appreciate that these Senators care about these issues as much as we do. We look forward to offering the full support of Washington’s farm and ranch communities as they seek to foster a legislative environment that empowers farmers, sustains rural communities, and secures the future of Washington agriculture.”
The 2024 legislative session begins January 8th and “Cultivate Washington” is a positive step forward as the state prepares to convene in Olympia.