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Issues that Matter to Farmers and Foresters

We advocate for our members on a variety of issues. Click below to learn about some of these issues and their current status.

April 2024- U.S. Department of Labor Finalizes Farmworker Protection Rule 

https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/whd/whd20240426

November 2023- EPA Publishes Update on Vulnerable Species Pilot https://www.regulations.gov/document/EPA-HQ-OPP-2023-0327-0206

September 15, 2023- https://www.epa.gov/pesticides/epa-resolves-longstanding-litigation-protect-endangered-species-ensure-pesticides-feed

Rep. Dusty Johnson and Rep Jim Costa recently introduced the Agricultural Labeling Uniformity Act to protect farmers and our ability to produce the food we eat. Tell Congress to stand up for America’s farmers here: https://bit.ly/3rmNXmE

 

June 28, 2023- Updated heat protections for outdoor workers go into effect July 17, 2023 https://www.lni.wa.gov/news-events/article/23-13

June 19, 2023- https://www.capitalpress.com/ag_sectors/livestock/senators-from-pork-producing-states-hope-to-blunt-calif-prop-12/article_15f492ee-0ed0-11ee-a8b2-3f8610b493d4.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily-capital-press-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=read%20more

 

June 8, 2023- https://www.capitalpress.com/climate_changed/washingtons-carbon-fee-rises-trips-emergency-valve-to-hold-down-costs/article_c753bce6-056f-11ee-96b9-7b2d1efc1b28.html

May 25, 2023- The U.S. Supreme Court has adopted a stricter limit on which wetlands come under the law’s jurisdiction, a decision that will benefit farmers for generations.

https://www.capitalpress.com/ag_sectors/water/supreme-court-limits-federal-power-over-wetlands-boosts-property-rights/article_f8dcf939-9056-5b12-abcc-ed6882ec68ab.html

 

The WA Department of L & I has received a petition and is considering adding new wildfire smoke in the workplace rules. Public hearings for this rulemaking will take place in July 2023 at various places around Washington as well as virtually.

https://www.lni.wa.gov/safety-health/safety-rules/rulemaking-stakeholder-information/wildfire-smoke#meetings-and-timeline

 

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