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  • February 25, 2013 Posted on Current Issues,News, Comments Off

    GMO-Free Legislation in San Juan County

    San Juan County residents passed Initiative 2012-4, concerning a prohibition on the growth of genetically modified organisms. The initiative makes it illegal to  "propagate, cultivate, raise or grow plants, animals and other organisms which have been genetically modified" in San Juan County. The ARC is preparing to help provide public education and outreach to San Juan County residents.  

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  • September 12, 2012 Posted on Current Issues, Comments Off

    Agricultural Current Use Taxation

    The San Juan County Assessor is currently auditing lands that are enrolled in the State Current Use taxation program. State statutes and administrative codes guide implementation of the program:  RCW 84.34  and WAC 458.30. As you may be aware, over the last year a number of landowners in San Juan County have contacted the San Juan County Agricultural Resources Committee (ARC) with questions regarding the implementation of the Current Use Farm and Agriculture (CUFA) program by the ...

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  • June 18, 2012 Posted on Current Issues, Comments Off

    Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO)

    Click here to get the latest information on the first two draft sections of the County's Critical Areas Ordinance. Feedback from the agricultural community is encouraged now. For more information, or to provide comments or information, contact Shireene Hale, CD&P, 360.370.7569 or shireeneh@co.san-juan.wa.us.

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  • June 18, 2012 Posted on Current Issues, Comments Off

    Farmers Make Ag Priorities Clear

    Read ARC's 2006 Farm Producer Survey.

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  • June 18, 2012 Posted on Current Issues, Comments Off

    FARMLAND PRESERVATION: ARC No Net Loss Resolution

    The ARC endorses a policy of "No Net Loss" agricultural land policy in Resolution 2006-01. In it, the ARC proposes that "...no Agricultural Resources Land should be redesignated unless effective, equivalent mitigation -- that assures no net loss in total Agricultural Resource Land -- is required as a condition of any such redesignation," and recommends the San Juan County Code be amended to include similar language. For more information on the resolution, click on this link or go to ARC Minutes June and September 2006.

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  • June 18, 2012 Posted on Current Issues, Comments Off

    ARC Stands Up for Farmers

    Member voices her support for Islands agriculture and the work of the ARC. This letter was published in the San Juan Journal, The Sounder and on-line: ARC Stands Up for Farmers I want to spread the word about the good work that the Agricultural Resources Committees (ARC) is taking on. This relatively new group was created by the former County Commission to protect and encourage island agriculture, both by advising local government and through its own initiatives. ARC members are now rolling up their sleeves and getting to work. People may wonder why ...

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  • June 18, 2012 Posted on Current Issues, Comments Off

    Dog Ordinance 19-2006

    With recommendations from the ARC, the County Council amended Chapter 6.08 of the San Juan County Code regarding the Regulation of Dogs and Other Animals. The new code increases the penalty on dog owners whose animal, while at large, has chased, bitten or injured another animal. Click here for the amended code, which includes a new schedule of compensation amounts.

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