Issue Position: Agriculture

Issue Position

By:  Joe Schmick
Date: Jan. 1, 2012
Location: Unknown

Agriculture is one of the most important industries to the 9th District and the state.
As a second generation farmer, I deal with the challenges on a daily basis. This past
session there were many attempts to burden the agricultural industry with additional
costs that could not be passed on. These included sales tax on fertilizer, sales tax on
crop protection products, Business and Occupation tax on gross receipts, trade in
allowance, and other hidden oil-based product taxes. We must protect the jobs that
agriculture brings to our region. I will work continually to keep the agricultural
industry healthy.