Don Jenkins

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Puget Sound tribe’s proposal alarms farmers

- North Puget Sound tribe that led What's Upstream alarms farmers with proposal to redefine its territory

Mexican trip reassures WSDA director about trade ties

- Trip to Mexico reassures Washington Agriculture Director Derek Sandison that trade relation is on an even keel

NAFTA talks could be good for ag, Inslee says

- Gov. Jay Inslee says he talks potatoes with Mexican president.

Evergreen state first to certify ‘organic’ pot

- Washington Department of Agriculture to certify organic marijuana

Inslee nixes rural rail development bill

- Gov. Inslee vetos bill to open more land in rural Eastern Washington to rail-dependent industries

What’s Upstream followed EPA’s counsel on lobbying

- What's Upstream deliberately didn't advocate for specific legislation, in keeping with legal counsel from EPA

Washington Ecology moves to increase air-monitoring fees

- Washington Ecology to raise air-quality fees

Farm Bureau, allies drop suit against minimum wage

- Washington Farm Bureau and others drop effort to overturn minimum wage, paid sick leave law

WSDA to revamp Eastern Washington herbicide rules

- Washington State Department of Agriculture plans to revamp rules for spraying certain pesticides in Eastern Washington.

Washington CAFO law attacked from all sides

- Washington dairies and environmental groups combined have presented 19 legal challenges to Department of Ecology's new manure-containment rules

Washington court to decide piece-rate pay issue

- Washington Supreme Court to answer piece-rate pay question

Washington bill seeks to head off unlicensed hemp

- Bill may give WSDA power to fine unlicensed hemp growers

Trump scores high on regs, cabinet picks, but trade, labor worries remain

- President Donald Trump's first 100 days gives agriculture reasons to cheer and fret

Washington judge nixes Farm Bureau suit against pay initiative

- Washington judge tosses out lawsuit brought by Farm Bureau against new minimum wage and paid sick leave law

Washington fairs nervously watch budget talks

- Washington fairs are waiting to see whether they will be in new state budget; it could be a matter of survival for some

Dairy groups deplore animal cruelty case

- Whatcom County dairy farmer charged with first-degree animal cruelty

Wash. Ecology holds coal company responsible for carbon in Asia

- Washington Department of Ecology holds U.S. coal company responsible for greenhouse gases released in Asia

Senator: Beef checkoff bill not dead yet in Olympia

- Washington Senate Agriculture Committee chairwoman hasn't given up on bill to increase the fee that funds the Washington Beef Commission

Washington raspberry growers eye trade practices

- Washington Red Raspberry Commission hires law firm to probe practices of foreign competitors

Senator criticizes EPA watchdog after it clears What’s Upstream

- EPA watchdog finds nothing wrong with What's Upstream

Inslee stays out of rural well issue; special session at hand

- With the regular session in its final days, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he has not studied a Senate proposal to reopen rural Washington to well drilling, disappointing the lawmaker who introduced the measure

Rail bill aided by Washington Farm Bureau passes

- Washington lawmakers pass bill to allow industrial development near short-line railroads in Eastern Washington and one Western Washington county

WA lawmakers OK new way to deter wolves

- Washington lawmakers thrust state Department of Agriculture into campaign to prevent conflicts between wolves and cattle

Farm Bureau leader looks forward to Perdue confirmation

- American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall looks forward to fellow Georgian Sonny Perdue's confirmation

WA lawmakers pass bill to give farmers heads-up

- Washington Legislature sends bill to governor requiring DNR to give farmers more notice before terminating leases

Washington’s hemp plan suddenly hazy

- Washington Department of Agriculture finalizes hemp rules as lawmakers pass blll that could undercut them

Farm Bureau to feds: Don’t bring griz to North Cascades

- Washington Farm Bureau recommends federal agencies drop plans to import grizzly bears

WSDA reports increase in cropland acreage

- Acres of cropland growing in Washington, according to state Department of Agriculture

Agritourism bill makes trip through Washington Legislature

- A bill to shield Washington agritourism from lawsuits wins backing from Senate and House and even acceptance from trial lawyers

Washington lawmakers seek to shield wolf-plagued ranchers from threats

- Washington lawmakers embrace withholding names of ranchers who help state wildlife managers probe and stop wolf depredations

Inslee: Rural well issue shouldn’t distract lawmakers

- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee lists legislative priorities; the list doens't include reopening rural Washington to new wells

Washington hemp rules near finish line

- Washington may start issuing licenses to grow and process hemp as soon as May 15

Washington lawmakers rollback veggie oil shipping rules

- Senate joins House is drawing line between canola and crude oils

Ecology shift clears path for Washington feedlot dust bill

- Washington Ecology relaxes opposition to feedlot bill

Washington AG: What’s Upstream didn’t need to report lobbying

- Save Family Farming rethinks complaint against What's Upstream

Washington wolf group charts quicker path to lethal control

- Washington charts shorter path to shooting wolves

Washington GOP lawmaker slices beef checkoff hike

- Washington beef checkoof redo

WSU wolf researcher defends remarks as school probes how he made them

- WSU wolf researcher defends press release as administrators distance school from remarks

House Democrats offer options to Senate’s Hirst bill

- Washington House committee hears Hirst bill; two other proposals lurk

WSU professor backs curbing lethal removal

- WSU wolf scientist Robert Wielgus has a recommendation