HOUSE BILL 1984





                        57th Legislature

            2001 Second Special Legislative Session


Passed by the House June 4, 2001

  Yeas 88   Nays 0




Speaker of the House of Representatives




Speaker of the House of Representatives





Passed by the Senate June 7, 2001

  Yeas 41   Nays 0



We, Timothy A. Martin and Cynthia Zehnder, Co-Chief Clerks of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 1984  as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                          Chief Clerk




                          Chief Clerk

President of the Senate




Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.               




Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington

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                          HOUSE BILL 1984



           Passed Legislature - 2001 2nd Special Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Representatives Quall, Morris, Barlean, Cooper, Ericksen, Dunshee, Linville, Hatfield, Ruderman, Poulsen, Conway, Lovick and Kagi


Read first time 02/12/2001.  Referred to Committee on Agriculture & Ecology.

Creating the small farm direct marketing assistance program.

    AN ACT Relating to marketing of agricultural products; adding new sections to chapter 15.64 RCW; creating a new section; and providing expiration dates.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  The legislature finds that:

    (1) Many consumers in this state appreciate and seek out the opportunity to purchase local farm products.

    (2) Consumers and small-scale farmers would both benefit from increased opportunities to market farm products locally.  Direct marketing provides farmers with the opportunity to realize an increased share of consumers' food dollars and provides consumers with a greater opportunity to support local agriculture and understand farm operations, farm culture, and the role farms play in meeting our food needs.

    (3) The state would greatly benefit from a focused effort to increase the economic viability and profitability of small farms through increasing their ability to market their products directly to consumers.

    (4) Direct marketing opportunities are often not feasible for farmers to undertake because of market barriers and the difficulty of obtaining information related to marketing.

    (5) A direct marketing assistance program for small farmers could provide the needed information, technical assistance, and barrier clearing work that is a key to increasing direct marketing of farm products.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 15.64 RCW to read as follows:

    (1) The small farm direct marketing assistance program is created.

    (2) The director shall employ a small farm direct marketing assistant.

    (3) The small farm direct marketing assistance program shall assist small farms in their direct marketing efforts.  In carrying out this duty the program shall:

    (a) Assist small farms in complying with federal, state, and local rules and regulations as they apply to direct marketing of agricultural products;

    (b) Assist in developing infrastructure to increase direct marketing opportunities for small farms;

    (c) Provide information on direct marketing opportunities for small farms;

    (d) Promote localized food production systems;

    (e) Increase access to information for farmers wishing to sell farm products directly to consumers;

    (f) Identify and help reduce market barriers facing small farms in direct marketing;

    (g) Assist in developing and submitting proposals to grant programs to assist small farm direct marketing efforts; and

    (h) Perform other functions that will assist small farms in directly marketing their products.

    (4) This section expires July 1, 2007.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.  A new section is added to chapter 15.64 RCW to read as follows:

    (1) The director shall, by December 1, 2006, issue a report on the accomplishments of the small farm direct marketing assistance program.  The report must be submitted to the committees of the senate and the house of representatives that have jurisdiction over agricultural issues.  The report must be made available to the public.

    (2) This section expires July 1, 2007.


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