Agriculture update: Feb. 5, 2013

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Agriculture update: Feb. 5, 2013

Agriculture Update

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last week, Rep. Brian Blake and I interviewed with TVW to discuss agriculture issues. You can watch it by clicking on the image below:

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I'm pleased to report the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee passed the Yakima Basin Integrated Management Plan. I appreciate the governor joining to support this proposal. To accommodate that, I agreed to reintroduce the legislation as House Bill 1414. Next, it goes to the House Capital Budget Committee for consideration. Also, my legislation to create an agriculture and labor skills program passed the House Labor and Workforce Development Committee today.

Today, the committee held hearings on several proposals addressing wolf management in our state. My goal is to ensure the Department of Fish and Wildlife continues to follow its plan adopted in December 2011. I remain concerned about the current plan to that threats livestock and the livelihoods of Washington families.

Wednesday, we will hear bills addressing dairy products and the valuation of small farms property.

On Thursday, the committee will hold “water day,” discussing exempt wells, changes in water rights with irrigation technologies, efficiencies in processing water rights and more. We're also scheduled to take a vote extending Christmas tree licenses, reestablishing agriculture land in Western Washington and removing the lid on sales limits for cottage food operations.

In my last e-mail, I discussed the possible bovine tuberculosis in a dairy cow in our state. The state Department of Agriculture has tested 1,350 cows at the Grant County dairy from which this cow came, and 11 have responded to a preliminary screening test. We still won't know conclusively about the tuberculosis for weeks. However, a nearby dairy has tested negative, as well as the dairy in Snohomish County where the first cow was raised.

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Hearings and proposals in Olympia are moving quickly, so please feel free to call me with any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Sincerely,

Bruce Chandler

State Representative Bruce Chandler
15th Legislative District

E-mail: bruce.chandler@leg.wa.gov
Web site: houserepublicans.wa.gov/chandler

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