WFB on Cap & Trade Fees and 2023 Census of Agriculture Out Soon
**The Washington Farm Bureau estimates farmers have paid at least $153 million and likely far more this year in cap-and-trade fees, even though lawmakers intended to exempt agriculture from the tax on fossil fuels.
Bre Elsey, Director of Governmental Affairs, says as the
legislature prepares to reassess its cap and invest program, the Farm Bureau urges the state to correct this injustice and provide restitution for the damages caused by the state's failure to honor its own laws.
**The USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service will begin mailing the 2023 Census of Aquaculture forms starting December 18.
The agency will mail the forms to all producers who indicated in their 2022 Census that they produce and sell aquaculture products.
The deadline to respond will be January 15, 2024.
The Census of Aquaculture will provide comprehensive data at the state and national levels.
**USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis Taylor will lead an agribusiness trade mission to Seoul, South Korea, in March.
Taylor says the agency is inviting U.S. exporters who wish to participate in this trade mission to submit their applications.
She says, North Asian markets are a source of stability for America’s exports and an opportunity for market share expansion due to its heavy reliance on food imports.