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Agriculture

Services for farmers in King County, Washington

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Sustainable agriculture in King County, Washington

King County Agriculture Commission

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The Agriculture Commission gives farmers the opportunity to take an active role in land use decisions and in the development and evaluation of policies, regulations and incentives that can affect commercial agriculture in King County.

We are now accepting applications (rich text format) for five open positions on the Agriculture Commission. .

Mission Statement: The King County Agriculture Commission , working with citizens, agricultural producers and public officials shall actively influence regional policy to preserve and enhance agricultural land; support and promote a viable agricultural community; and educate the public about the benefits of local agricultural products.

The Commission consists of 15 members, all appointed by the County Executive. Eight of the commissioners must be producers engaged in the business of producing an agricultural commodity for market in commercial quantities. All members serve three-year terms.

The Agriculture Commission represents the diversity of the agricultural economy, various agricultural operations and the regions of King County. The commission includes producers of agricultural commodities as well as persons with demonstrated knowledge, experience and interest in such support activities as agricultural real estate, food and feed processing, wholesale and retail marketing, produce buying, direct marketing, supply and finance.

Activities

Commissioners meet once a month to discuss issues and make recommendations on issues brought before them by neighbors, landowners, private sector organizations, and staff from the County, Washington State University Extension Service, the County Agriculture Program, and other federal and state agencies. They hold subcommittee meetings and conduct field trips that are open to all interested people. In addition, they are happy to speak about King County agriculture to groups that request them.

FARMS Report - Future of Agriculture Realizing Meaningful Solutions
Report describes the findings of a study that determining what measures King County and other agencies should take to ensure the continued success of local agriculture.

For questions about the King County Agriculture Commission, please contact Patrice Barrentine. This program is made possible with the generous support of the King Conservation District (external link).