House legislators voted unanimously Wednesday on a measure to help provide short-term financial disaster relief to farmers and ranchers in Washington state.
Under the bill, the Washington State Conservation Commission would be tasked with developing and implementing the program to provide funds for farmers and ranchers who can furnish documentation of “lost agricultural income or activity.”
Rep. Chris Corry, R-Yakima, expressed his support to members of the House.
“This is timely given some of the damage we’ve seen but I think it also is a commitment to any future issues that may come up that we want to respond to,” said Corry.
The Conservation Commission’s first task would be to survey those damages and economic losses in Whatcom County.
The last day of the legislative session is March 10.