By Senators Becker, Hewitt, Brown, Ranker, Benton, Warnick, Dammeier, Nelson, Roach, and Fraser
WHEREAS, Families across Washington depend on the safe and nutritious dairy products provided by the dairy farmers of Washington state; and
WHEREAS, There are approximately 437 family dairy farms in Washington state with approximately 273,000 dairy cows; and
WHEREAS, Washington state ranks ninth in total milk production in the United States, producing 6,584 million pounds annually; and
WHEREAS, Washington ranks sixth in milk production per cow at 24,117 pounds of milk per year; and
WHEREAS, Milk is the second highest dollar-valued agricultural commodity produced in Washington, valued at 1.28 billion dollars; and
WHEREAS, Dairy farming has an annual economic impact of 5.2 billion dollars; and
WHEREAS, There are over 6,184 on-farm dairy jobs in 39 counties across Washington, and over 18,066 jobs in the dairy industry in total; and
WHEREAS, The Washington State Dairy ambassadors for 2015-2016 are Ambassador Nicole Buell of Marysville and alternate ambassadors Lydia Johnson of Ethel and Amanda Howe of Lynden; and
WHEREAS, Dairy Day at the Legislature is January 27, 2016, when legislators will visit with the dairy producers of the state and enjoy ice cream handed out by the Washington State Dairy Federation, Washington State Dairy Women, and the state and county dairy ambassadors;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate acknowledge and honor the women and men whose work on dairy farms throughout Washington has contributed much to the strength and vitality of our economy, the character of our communities, and the general well-being of our citizens; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to Washington State Dairy Ambassador Nicole Buell, alternate ambassadors Lydia Johnson and Amanda Howe, and the Washington State Dairy Federation.
I, Hunter G. Goodman, Secretary of the Senate,
do hereby certify that this is a true and
correct copy of Senate Resolution 8694,
adopted by the Senate
January 27, 2016
Secretary of the Senate