The food and agriculture industry is important to the state of Washington and an even more vital part of our district. The $51 billion industry employs over 160,000 Washington residents and provides much of the country with important agricultural products. This makes farming a huge piece of our state’s private sector and thus, as a legislator as well as a farmer, it is important for me to assist the nearly 40,000 Washington Farmers, growers, and ranchers to prosper and remain competitive.
My colleague Senator Jim Honeyford regularly issues a publication called the Ag Alert! to ensure that our agricultural community is kept informed about relevant government proposals and actions. This periodical is also a great way to stay informed about other news in this great industry. I encourage you to visit the Ag Alert! for updated information about the agricultural industry in Washington.