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Agriculture Committee


Thurston County Agriculture Committee

The Thurston County Board of Commissioners established an Agriculture Advisory Committee in 1978 to advise the Thurston County Commissioners and Planning Commission on public decisions and/or emerging issues that would significantly affect agriculture. Additional functions are to review local, state, or federal programs identified by staff that could affect Thurston County agriculture; to conduct a regular review or evaluation of County efforts to protect and support agriculture; to consider and recommend new initiatives; and to work closely with WSU Thurston County Extension and other groups to help them support agriculture.

Committee Membership

The Committee is composed of eleven members serving two-year terms. Four members are to be non-farmer members to represent rural residents who may be affected by County efforts to protect farmland. Seven members are to be farmer-members representing a variety of the agriculture commodities produced in Thurston County and geographic areas of the County. Members may appoint alternates to serve during an absence. Ex-Officio members are appointed by the Board of Commissioners. Current ex-officio members are staff from the WSU Thurston County Extension offices serving Thurston County, and the Thurston Conservation District. Ex-officio members participate as other appointed members in discussions and may designate alternates to serve during an absence.

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are third Thursday of each month, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm with the exception of August and December. Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the Chair. Regular meetings may be canceled by the Chair. See below for past meeting minutes and materials.

Draft Working Lands Strategic Plan

The goal of the Working Lands Strategic Plan is to help ensure the economic viability of farm and forest lands so property owners are more likely to stay in business rather than convert their land to urban uses. Thurston County and its residents will benefit from a healthy agricultural economy, the protection of irreplaceable growing soils, and the continuity of the rural character that makes the region such a desirable place to live. This plan is the result of many years of dedicated work by the Thurston County Agricultural Advisory Committee and contributions from the county’s working lands community. It contains ideas, suggestions and recommendations presented by stakeholders at a focus group meeting, a public meeting, and at Agricultural Committee meetings. The strategies presented in this plan are based, in large part, on their input.

Past Meeting Minutes and Materials
  2023 2022 2021
    January 20, 2022 January 21
    February 17, 2022 February 18
    March 17, 2022 March 8, 2021
    April 21, 2022 April 15
    May 19, 2022 May 13th Special Meeting
    June 16, 2022 June 17, 2021
    July 21, 2022 July 15, 2021
    September 15, 2022 September 16, 2021
    October 20, 2022 October 21
    November 17 November 18
    December 15, 2022  
2020 2019 2018 2017
January 30 January 31 January 25 January 26
February 27

February 27 February 22 February 23
  March 28 March 29 March 30
  April 25 April 26 April 27
May 21 May 30 May 31 May 28
June 18

Attachment 1
Attachment 2
June 27 June 28 June 29

Attachment A

Attachment B
July 16 July 25 July 26  
August 20      
September 17   September 27  
October 15   October 25 October 26

Richard's Statement
December 17      
  December 12   December 7
2016 2015 2014 2013
January 28 January 29 January 30 January 28
February 25 February 26 February 27 February 28
  March 26 March 27 March 28

Letter from Commissioners to WSDA re: Honeybee decline

March 28 Response from WSDA
April 28 April 30 April 24 April 25
May 26 May 28 May 29  
June 30 June 25    
July 28     July 25
August 25 August 27 August 28 August 22
September 29 September 24 September 25 September 26
October 27 October 29   October 24
  December 10   December 5
April 26      
May 24      
June 28      
July 26      
August 23

Letter to Commissioners re: Honeybee decline
September 27      
October 25      
November 29      

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