2013 State Legislative Summary
A summary of issues The Network tracked during the 2013 legislature.
THANKS SO MUCH ADVOCATES! WITH YOUR HELP WE ACCOMPLISHED SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT STEPS TOWARD STRENGTHENING OUR LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS!
This legislative session WSFFN, our fabulous Good Food Coalition Partners and our tireless grassroots advocates helped strengthen our local food system by:
Restoring $250K for WSDA's Farm to School & Small Farm Direct Marketing Programs
Passing legislation allowing wine and beer sampling at all farmers markets
$65 Million funding for WA Wildlife & Recreation Program which includes numerous farmland preservation projects across the state. Project List.
$208K to fund a farming dropout prevention pilot for youth administered by OSPI
Still unresolved is the expansion of the 2010 Small Farm Internship program in Skagit and San Juan Counties to 12 additional counties including King, Whatcom, Kitsap, Pierce, Jeffereson, Spokane, Yakima, Chelan, Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln and Thurston. The legislation did not pss but the funding was included in the budget causing confusion. Resolution pending.
WSFFN advocated for several bills and budget requests this session,
from GMO labeling to restoring WSDA's Farm to School & Small Farm
Programs. WSFFN's 2013 Legislative Summary
For more information on each of these bills you can visit the state legislative website and click on the bill finder, type in the number and wonderful information will be made available ...ie copies of the bill, sponsors, status etc.
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