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New Wins for Organic Agriculture and Climate-Smart Practices

The CORA Governing Council is grateful for your support of the Coalition for Organic & Regenerative Agriculture (CORA) during the state legislative session in Olympia. Your support is instrumental in our mission to advance organic agriculture in Washington State.

Organic Ag Bill Makes Progress 

In this session, CORA asked legislators to introduce legislation to promote organic agriculture. SB 6278 would direct WSDA to: 

  • create an Organic and Regenerative Agriculture Task Force 
  • work with the task force to develop an Organic Agriculture Action Plan that identifies barriers and opportunities for expanding organic agriculture in Washington 
  • create an Organic Inspection Credit to reduce certification costs 

While SB 6278 died in the House, your support helped it pass the Senate unanimously. The 900-plus supporters who signed in favor of the bill in the Senate and over 500 signers in the House are a testament to the strength of our coalition.  

We express our deepest gratitude to Senator Marko Liias (D-Everett), the bill’s prime sponsor, and Senator Ron Muzzall (R-Whidbey) for helping Sen. Liias shepherd the bill through the Senate. We also want to thank Rep. Melanie Morgan (D-Tacoma) and Rep. Mike Chapman (D-Sequim) for bringing SB 6278 forward in the House.

Two New Wins

While SB 6278 may not have passed, we did have two wins this session. 

  • Lowering the Cost of Organic Certification: CORA helped secure $400,000 in WSDA’s 2025 budget to reduce the financial burden on farmers of organic certification and inspection fees. Special thanks go to Senator Rebecca Saldaña (D-South Seattle) for sponsoring this request. 
  • New Funds for Climate Smart Practices on Small Farms: With CORA’s support, the Governor and the legislature included $5 million in WSDA’s budget for the next five years for grants for agricultural carbon and sequestration projects on small farms. Producers with less than $3.5 million in revenue will be eligible. This amounts to a $25 million investment. Spending is contingent on the survival of the Climate Commitment Act, which will be before the voters in November.  

Looking ahead to next year’s legislative session, CORA will harness this momentum to continue making progress on our legislative agenda. The bipartisan support we garnered in the Senate fills us with hope, and we learned valuable lessons that will strengthen our future advocacy efforts in the House. 

Your unwavering dedication to CORA’s legislative initiatives and enthusiastic support for SB 6278 are deeply appreciated.

Stay Involved

We’ll need your continued support as we move forward with our legislative agenda! You can stay involved with CORA by:

  • Signing up for Advocacy Alerts: Add your name and email to our advocacy mailing list and we will send you an email whenever there’s a new opportunity for you to take action.
  • Becoming a CORA Member: Any individual, business, or organization who supports and endorses the mission, vision, and goals of CORA may become a member. As a member, you’ll provide input on CORA’s priorities, engage in advocacy work, nominate leadership, attend meetings and more.
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