Many representatives from CPoW headed to Olympia in late January to talk with legislators about issues affecting our industry. Below is a list of position statements that our members shared with Washington’s Representatives and Senators:
PREDATORS MUST BE MANAGED:
No citizen should be forced to allow predators of any kind to kill or maim his flocks, herds, pets, small animals, and in some cases—his family or loved ones.
Since the state or federal government claim ownership or management of these predators, they should be responsible for removing any predator that violates this basic principal.
If these governing bodies are unable or unwilling to perform this requirement, then it becomes the obligation of the county sheriff to perform this task.
If the sheriff is unwilling or unable to accomplish this obligation, then it becomes the right and the duty of the affected citizens to accomplish this very necessary mission.
NO ON BEEF CHECKOFF INCREASE
Cattle Producers of Washington will NOT support a bill that increases the Beef Checkoff fee by an additional dollar per head until the entire industry is participating and abiding by the current regulations and our checkoff dollars are used to promote a Washington born, raised and slaughtered product. Allowing certain segments of cattle owners to avoid paying the checkoff, including dairy segments, is unacceptable.
A majority of Washington producers that pay the Beef Checkoff fee do not support this increase. We demand the proposed increased fee be made voluntary, or put to a vote by those who pay the fee.
NO ON BRAND DEPARTMENT INCREASE
CPoW does not support an increase to the state brand department fees. Other alternatives, including changing from a fee-for-service system or becoming a required all-brand state, need to be considered before passing on increases to Washington’s declining number of ranchers. The number of ranchers in Washington State has declined 52 percent since 1984 but the brand department fee-for-service system still charges ranchers in the same way, passing on a growing administrative burden on fewer producers.
SITE-BASED, SOURCE SPECIFIC SCIENCE FROM DOE
The RCW that allows the Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) to determine when water quality is impaired should be modified to require site-based, source-specific testing overseen by a third party.