Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sen. Ranker's (SJI ARC originated) farm internship bill passed WA Senate 46-0

Dear Everyone,

Kevin Ranker just sponsored a bill which will help farmers on the island and throughout the state by changing inappropriate Labor and Industry restrictions for farm interns--this will be HUGELY helpful for farmers, and the local economies they're a part of. It looked at one point like it might not happen.
Kevin got it passed unanimously 46-0. It's WA SB 6349. Click on the link to read more.

Simply another politician? This is a working man!

Kevin Ranker HeadshotEasy things you can do:

Write or call Kevin Ranker and thank him & his Senate colleagues! Our county's lucky to have Kevin pulling for us. Without this bill, WA farmers would face almost insurmountable obstacles passing farming skills on to a new generation of willing young farmers.winter veggies photo credit Becky Bolt

By Phone:

Olympia Office: (360) 786-7678
Anacortes Office: (360) 899-5638

By E-mail:


2. Now the bill goes to the House for consideration. Can you contact our state representative Jeff Morris: http://housedemocrats.wa.gov/members/morris/ or whoever your WA state rep is in your district, and tell them this needs to pass?

Pritha Our local farmers provide us with food security, contribute to our local economy, and build the health of our island soil, water, and people.

WE understand the bill originated in our county's hard-working Agricultural Resources Committee (ARC). 6349 will help the local family farms that are such an important part of our economy (another reason why it is so important that our county ARC is funded).
Can you really make a difference? Many worked hard to make this happen for WA communities, including Jim Sesby, who gave compelling testimony at the Senate Hearings in Olympia. Matt Marinkovich also wrote a great letter in support of this bill.

People speaking up really makes a difference!
You can make a difference!

Photos courtesy of Becky Bolt, Heritage Farm, and Washington State

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