Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Sunnyside lawmaker named protector of ag interests
OLYMPIA - The Washington State Farm Bureau has named Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) an "Outstanding Protector of Agriculture."
At the Farm Bureau's recent board of directors meeting, Honeyford was recognized for his voting record and outstanding actions to help strengthen family farms.
"I am honored to have received this type of recognition from a group that represents so many people in my district," said Honeyford. "From complex water issues to fuel fees, one of my top goals as a legislator is to keep in mind how best to assist our state's farmers.
"Family farms need legislators to help and support them so they can prosper and grow - especially during difficult economic times like we're facing right now."
Honeyford supported recent unemployment-insurance reforms as well as worker's compensation reforms, issues, say Farm Bureau officials, which are vital to the success of farmers in Washington.
He has also been a long-term supporter of other key agricultural issues, including improving access to water for crops and daily use.
Before the 2011 session began, the Department of Ecology proposed increasing fees, which it claimed would help recover the costs of water management. Honeyford opposed Ecology's proposal, and was able to tie Ecology's performance on water management to funding in the state operating budget.