Washington House Bill 1395 (2022) - FIC

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Washington House Bill 1395 (2022)

AN ACT Relating to ensuring equity in farming; adding a new chapter to Title 15 RCW; and creating a new section.

This bill makes findings about the barriers facing historically underserved groups in agriculture. It directs the Department of Agriculture to ensure the inclusion of historically underrepresented farmers and ranchers in the development, implementation, and enforcement of food and agriculture laws, rules, regulations, policies, and programs. The department is also tasked with consulting with the Office of Equity, the Conservation Commission, historically underrepresented farmers and ranchers, organizations that represent historically underrepresented farmers and ranchers, farmworkers, labor advocates, and organizations that represent farmworkers, labor advocates, or both about: (1) opportunities for these groups; (2) disseminating information regarding opportunities provided by federal government agencies; (3) evaluating boards, committees, commissions, and advisory panels for inclusion of and outreach to historically underrepresented farmers and ranchers; and (4) considering ways to increase engagement in agricultural education and workforce development opportunities for youth in historically underrepresented groups.

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