On Feb. 7, an exciting coalition of climate organizations, small farmers, and large farm organizations came together to testify in support of a revised version of the Sustainable Farms and Fields bill (SB 5947) in front of the House Rural Development, Agriculture, and Natural Resources committee. (Photo: A diverse panel advocating for SB 5947: the Farm Bureau, the Dairy Commission, CarbonWA, and the Nature Conservancy)
A partial list of the SB 5947 supporters:
|The Nature Conservancy||Tilth Alliance||Washington State Dairy Federation|
|Carbon Washington||Washington Young Farmer Coalition||Washington State Farm Bureau|
|Washington Farmer Veterans Coalition||Washington Association of Wheat Growers||Washington Cattleman’s Association|
|Taylor Shellfish||Wilcox Farms||And 115 farms and organizations who joined the letter of support|
In 2019, SB 5947 did not advance out of the House Rural Development, Agriculture, and Natural Resources committee in part due to concerns from several agricultural stakeholders. Throughout the summer and fall of 2019 Carbon Washington worked with partners to reach out to the farming community to improve the bill and build support for its passage in 2020.
Today, those outreach efforts paid off. At the Feb. 7 public hearing, 81 stakeholders supported the bill, while 0 opposed the bill.