For information about this event will be posted in the coming weeks. Please check back.
June is “Dairy Month” and also the traditional month for the Washington State Dairy Ambassador Contest. This program provides a tremendous professional and educational opportunity for young women in Washington State. The young women chosen to serve as Washington’s Ambassadors for Milk receive a generous college scholarship, internships, and extensive communications training.
“It will soon be time to say good bye and thank you to our 2016- 2017 State Dairy Ambassador Alicia Smaciarz (Raymond) and State Alternates Jana Plagerman (Lynden) and Tiana Peterson (Graham). They have done a fantastic job representing the Dairy Farmers of Washington this past year and I’m sure they will continue to be lifelong advocates of our industry. We wish them well as they move on to the next chapter in their lives….” commented Tammi Schoenbachler, State Ambassador Advisor.
Please join us for the 2017 Washington State Dairy Ambassador Coronation Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd, Arlington, WA 98223. Doors open at 5:00 pm, with the program beginning at 5:30 pm. This year dinner will not be provided; instead there will be light Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served during a short intermission. Tickets purchased by June 16th will be adults $20, students $10, and under 6 years free. Tickets purchased after June 16th or at the door will be adults $25, students $15, under 6 still free. We are hoping these changes will make it easier for families, farmers and students to attend. For ticket information, please contact Gloria Edwards by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.273.7313.
Last week marked the end of the 1st Special Session of 2017, and Gov. Jay Inslee called the Legislature back into session for a second 30-day term. The Regular Session adjourned on April 23. These special sessions come as no surprise, as over the past several years the divided Legislature has typically needed special sessions to resolve its business.
Legislators have not come to agreement yet on an education plan to meet the Supreme Court’s McCleary mandate, whether to increase taxes, or the 2017-19 operating and capital budgets. However, they reached bipartisan agreement on a biennial transportation budget during the Regular Session. The end of the state’s fiscal year is June 30, so legislators will face increased pressure to reach a budget agreement by then.
During the past month, the governor has taken action on bills passed during the regular session. A full list of the governor’s actions can be found here.
Below is a list of issues that we worked on or were following during the legislative session, as well as updates on where those issues stand now. Some of the unresolved issues may again surface as the Legislature gets closer to a final go-home budget deal, presumably in late June.
Legislators are still considering a proposal to fund two agricultural science buildings on the WSU Pullman campus. The House Capital Budget provides $38.1 million for the first stage of the Global Animal Health Phase II project — the new home of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL). However, no funding was provided for the new Plant Sciences Building in the House budget. The Senate version of the Capital Budget provides $52 million for Plant Sciences and $23 million for Global Animal Health building. Both buildings are essential to Washington agriculture, and we support the funding of both projects.