Agriculture

Think It Cannot Happen to You? To Whatcom County? To Middle America USA?

Via Richard Fox, from JoAnn Walker, a personal story of a property owner who’s lost most of the value of her land to the Swinomish decision.  Very impassioned and very true.  Am wondering how many elected representatives will show up at our July 7th Town Hall in Concrete. Gary —–Original Message—– From: Richard Fox Sent: Friday, July 01, 2016 9:08 AM To: Subject: FW: Good day – this topic NEEDS to be brought up!!! You All, I received this from JoAnn Walker yesterday and ask her if I could forward it on to you. She said yes, and gave us permission to forward it on to our contacts, also. JoAnn and Steve have supported our lawsuit from the beginning and has sent this letter to our Representatives, Governor, and Dori Munson hoping to get a reply from them. It was too long for the paper. Richard —–Original Message—– From: Joann Walker Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2016 9:39 AM To: Richard Fox Subject: Good day – this topic NEEDS to be brought up!!! Good day – this topic NEEDS to be brought up!!! You can connect me at XXX-XXX-XXXX If you any questions My move to Skagit Valley… I’ve been visiting the Skagit Valley since 2002. First …

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Good News for Owners of Puddles, Ditches and Plows

The Supreme Court does not always offer unanimous decisions, but here is one that supporters of property rights will like in the case titled United States v. the Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc.   Today they ruled that landowners may challenge  the Army Corps of Engineers, a federal agency,  when they attempt to improperly regulate land with regulations designed to protect water. To give a little background, in the past the Army Corps of Engineers could write a “determination”  that your property could be regulated because it impacts water.  But a “determination”  was not considered as a “final agency action.”   As a result property owners who received a “determination” that a landscape feature was a “water of the United States” from the Army Corp of Engineers had two options,  continue what they were doing and face civil fines up to $37,500 a day, or attempt to comply.  The compliance process would take several years and require tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars to apply for a permit, only to have the permit ultimately denied.   Only after a permit was denied could they seek remedy in the courts. Now property owners will have the right to challenge the …

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Saturday Morning Live for May 28, 2016

Host Kris Halterman first talks to Tom Westergreen about the upcoming, 2016 Whatcom Woods Tour. Next up is Gerald Baron, speaking about the organization, Save Family Farming and their work to educate the public about the reality of farms, family farms, and the bad science and lies that threaten local farming. Gerald Baron will update the listeners about how the What’s Up Stream political media campaign was illegal, and what’s being done to prevent this from happening in the future.

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Saturday Morning Live for May 21, 2016

Host Kris Halterman discusses the proposed changes to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan update of 2016, with the Petree’s of Public Policy Perspectives, LLC.   

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Army Corp of Engineers Side with Tribes over Expansion for Growth and Economic Opportunity of Dry Bulk Exports at Gateway Pacific Terminal

If you are disappointed and concerned about the Army Corp of Engineers decision to deny a permit for the Gateway Pacific Terminal, you are not alone. The Federal Government with the aid of the Army Corp of Engineers have set up a precedents that must be challenged in the courts. Not to do so, will forever negatively affect Washington jobs, farms, families, businesses and our future. It has unlawfully abused the Commerce Clause by denying landlocked states to ability to export their goods to other nations. Their decision to deny the permit, prior to the completion and outcome of the environmental impact statement, shows a federal government which has lost sight of their reason for existence. ~ Lorraine Newman The Montana Farm Bureau sounds-off on the foolish actions of the Army Corp of Engineers.   May 11, 2016 Farm Bureau dismayed about Army Corps decision on shipping terminal The Montana Farm Bureau is expressing its dismay regarding the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers denying a permit for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal. The Gateway Pacific Terminal, the proposed dry bulk export facility located at Cherry Point in northwest Washington, would have served as a multi-commodity transload station from trains to vessels heading …

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Fish vs the Pacific Northwest

This post was written prior to learning of the Army Corp of Engineers decision to deny consideration of the permit for the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point. Coming from an agricultural background I have been watching with interest the “What’s Upstream” story. If your only source of news is the McClatchy Group or TV news from Seattle you may have missed it. But most savvy people interested in real news now have other sources, like the KGMI morning news of which Liberty Road is a volunteer part. So imagine my surprise when a recent Bellingham Herald story on the closure of salmon fishing had two things in common with one of our reports: (1) the NW Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) and (2) shutting down economic drivers in our state. In a nutshell: The NW Indian Fisheries Commission has been spreading a false scenario across our state about purported damage from agriculture on their fisheries. In the state of Washington the agricultural industry represents $51 Billion of our economy and employs more than Microsoft and Boeing combined. As far as I can tell from the NWIFC sponsored campaign they would like to see the agriculture industry eliminated from our state. …

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Saturday Morning Live for May 7, 2016

Hosts Kris Halterman and Lorraine Newman discuss the new Agricultural Research arm of the Washington Policy Center, with Chris Cargill, of WPC’s Eastern Washington Office. The discussion revolves on the results of this study, a report of the Future of Farming, and a focus on food security. State must ensure Ag is priority & considered equally with other key industries when setting policy  

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 30, 2016

It’s property tax time for everyone. High on that list is every property owner’s 1st Half Property Taxes due April 30th, 2016. Hosts Kris Halterman continue the discussion with Whatcom County’s Assessor, Keith Willnauer. As your property taxes go up, learn how they’re being shifted and fewer people are paying the tax bill. What is a tax shift and how has it caused (and continues to cause) your property tax bill to rise?

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Whatcom County Blows the Whistle on the EPA’s Illegal Funding for Lobbyist’s Lies

A few weeks ago, local radio host Dillon Honcoop, assisted in posing the question, Why does our local Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA) have billboard advertising on them that falsely accuses farmers and farming, for polluting the land? By exposing the actions of the WTA, local people and a local farming organization, Save Family Farming, dug deeper into the issue and discovered that our tax dollars were being granted to an organization named What’s Upstream. The actions of the EPA, the lies spread by the non-profit organizations who comprise What’s Upstream, who falsely claim that farmers and farming have not been regulated enough and are currently polluting our waters, has caught the attention of numerous federal congressional representatives. The Federal Government frowns upon any agency, like the EPA, to grant tax payer dollars that will then be used for political lobbying purposes. The What’s Upstream propaganda not only lied about farmers and farmers, but asked people to pressure their federal congress people to support farm killing legislation. The EPA has publicly announced that they should not have granted funds for this purpose.. The Environmental Protection Agency today reversed course and said EPA funds should not have been used to finance What’s Upstream, a media …

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 16, 2016

Host Kris Halterman is discusses the proposed addition of Aquatic Lands, as a new element to Chapter 8, Resource Lands, to the 2016 update to the, Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan. Also included in today’s discussion is the public declaration of disenfranchisement towards residents of Whatcom County by Whatcom County Councilperson, Ken Mann, on his public Facebook page.             

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