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2019 Senate Bill 5947: Establishing the sustainable farms and fields grant program
Introduced by Sen. John McCoy (Tulalip) (D) on February 18, 2019
Referred to the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee on February 18, 2019
Substitute offered in the Senate on February 21, 2019
Requires the Department of Agriculture (WSDA) to develop a sustainable farms and fields grant program.
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on February 22, 2019
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 5, 2019
Received in the House on March 8, 2019
Referred to the House Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee on March 8, 2019
Received in the Senate on January 13, 2020
This bill would establish a grant program intended to help agriculture reduce its carbon output. Subject to funding, the Washington State Department of Agriculture would be required to develop a sustainable farms and fields grant program that would allow more producers to enroll in conservation programs, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel use, and to help reduce the overall carbon footprint of the state. Sustainable farms and fields grants could be applied towards down payments on equipment or other types of loans; blended use of fossil-fuel based pesticides and fertilizers and non-fossil-fuel based pesticides and fertilizers; or costs associated with installation of carbon farming practices or agroforestry practices .
Received in the House on January 16, 2020
Referred to the House Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee on January 16, 2020
Received in the Senate on March 10, 2020
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on April 3, 2020

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