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April 2015 -- Dairy Ambassador Marissa Apperson gives milk to all who attended the Beef Day at the Legislature.

April 2015 — Dairy Ambassador Marissa Apperson gives milk to all who attended the Beef Day at the Legislature BBQ.

Lewis Cty Ambassador 2015 posed


2014 Dairy State Progressive Dairyman

2014 Dairy Statistics, Progressive Dairyman

2014 Dairy State Progressive Dairyman

2013 Dairy Statistics, Progressive Dairyman



Below is the current bill tracking for the 2015 legislative session:


2015.02.23 Bill Tracking

2015.03.03 Bill Tracking



Milk Matters December 2014



New Washington State Dairy Ambassadors Selected

  Everett, Wash. – Janis Dejager from Everson, representing Whatcom County, is the 2014-2015 Washington State Dairy Ambassador.  Janis was one of six contestants at the 59th Annual Washington State Dairy Ambassador Coronation at the Grand Ballroom of the Holiday Inn in Everett.


Marissa Apperson from Rochester and Marcy Bartelheimer from Snohomish were selected as Alternate Ambassadors.


Department of Revenue SIMPLIFIES Tax Exemption Documentation

 Yes, it’s TRUE!

 While the notices mailed this month (June 2014) were a little confusing, the effect is to actually simplify the documentation for the Sales Tax Exemption for Livestock Nutrient Management Equipment and Sales & Use Tax Exemption for Farm Machinery and Equipment

In both cases, you may now use one form (Farmers’ Certificate for Wholesale Purchases and Sales Tax Exemptions) to self-certify your exemption.

The links to forms are below.

This is a good thing, as it means you no longer need to wait for a response from the state Department of Revenue before utilizing the exemptions.

You simply fill out the form and present it to a seller of the equipment.

Previously, you needed to apply to the Department of Revenue for a certificate of exemption, wait for their response, and then present the certificate to the seller.  Those certificates expired June 12, and the new self-certification form takes their place.

This simplification of the process is the result of SB 6333, passed by the Legislation in 2014.

This change is only for the Livestock Nutrient Management Equipment and Farm Machinery & Equipment.

The retail sales tax exemption for Anaerobic Digesters still requires an application for aCertificate of Exemption.  The link to that form can be found below.

If you have any questions on this, please call me (Dan Wood) at 360-482-3485 at the Dairy Federation office. Or, call my cell number at 360-870-6018.

Another option is to call directly to Kurt Sand at Washington State Department of Revenue.  He told me he would be glad to take calls from producers and can be reached at 360-705-6659.

Dan Wood

Director of govt. Affairs

Washington State Dairy Federation

PO Box 1768

Elma, WA 98541

360-482-3485 (office)

360-870-6018 (cell)


It’s OK to call any time.  Late, Early, Weekends are OK!




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