Chandler bill to assist pear industry passes House unanimously

A measure that would give pear farmers the ability to get full value for their crops unanimously passed the state House of Representatives today.

House Bill 2524, sponsored by Rep. Bruce Chandler, would add pears to the definition of “agriculture products” under the state Agricultural Marketing and Fair Practices Act.

“Adding pears to the agriculture products definition would allow pear prices to be negotiated between growers and processors. This is a similar practice used for other ag products,” said Chandler, R-Granger. “Most pear producers in Washington are smaller producers, and the number of processors in the state have decreased, fundamentally changing the competition to get fruit processed. This legislation would give farmers the ability to get full value for their crops.”

The bill would require agricultural product handlers to meet with a mutually agreed upon third-party mediator to resolve price disputes. Producers would also be responsible for paying any fees associated with a third-party mediation.

The bill now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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