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Department of Agriculture

RCW 43.23

The Department of Agriculture carries out a broad spectrum of activities that benefit the producers, distributors and consumers of food and agricultural products. The department protects public health and safety through its regulation of food producers, processors and distributors, and its regulation of pesticide and fertilizer use. The department seeks to protect the state's natural resources, its agricultural industry and the public through surveillance, control, and/or eradication of selected plant pests and diseases and animal diseases in Washington state. The department works to facilitate the orderly movement of agricultural products in domestic and international markets by providing timely and accurate official inspection and certification of grain, fruits, vegetables, nursery stock, seeds, livestock and other agricultural commodities. The department combats hunger and improves health among low-income individuals and families by supporting nutritious food distribution, food banks and tribal food voucher programs. The department assists with the development of agricultural markets and to guarantee marketplace equity for businesses and consumers.

Agency Mission

Through service, regulation and advocacy, the Washington State Department of Agriculture supports the viability and vitality of agriculture while protecting consumers, public health and the environment.
Request 217,120,000
Net change from current biennium 15,812,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 7.9% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
32,134,000 General Fund - Basic Account - Federal 25,392,403 32,134,000 32,134,000
193,000 General Fund - Basic Account - Private/Local 114,990 193,000 193,000
34,653,000 300,000 General Fund - Basic Account - State 33,353,989 34,353,000 37,526,000
2,563,000 Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account - State 2,896,000 2,563,000 2,533,000
1,303,000 Motor Vehicle Account - State 1,238,013 1,303,000 1,362,000
6,066,000 State Toxics Control Account - State 5,762,616 6,066,000 5,831,000
73,000 Water Quality Permit Account - State 67,597 73,000 73,000
Dedicated Marijuana Acct - State 1,270,000
1,041,000 Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 1,041,000 1,036,000
78,026,000 300,000 Total Appropriated Funds 68,825,609 77,726,000 81,958,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Non-Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Balance Non-Apropriated Funds 2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
Industrial Insurance Premium Refund - Nonappropriated 268,228 13,000
(58,795,000) Agricultural Local Account - Nonappropriated 53,558,653 58,795,000 62,583,000
(23,163,000) Grain Inspection Revolving Acct - Nonappropriated 25,835,885 23,163,000 25,561,000
(4,140,000) Fair Account - Nonappropriated 4,008,739 4,140,000 4,104,000
(37,457,000) Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Acct - Nonappropriated 34,889,589 37,457,000 42,873,000
Rural Rehabilitation Account - Nonappropriated 35,000
(27,000) Livestock Nutrient Management Acct - Nonappropriated 27,217 27,000 28,000
(123,582,000) Total Non-Appropriated Funds 118,623,311 123,582,000 135,162,000

Capital Budget: Summary

  Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   Actual Estimated Proposed
2,600,000 State Building Construction Account - State 2,000,000 2,600,000 2,500,000
Public Facility Const Loan Revolv - State 249,000
2,600,000 Total Appropriated Funds 2,249,000 2,600,000 2,500,000

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 95,938,011 101,180,738 38,661,248 108,292,000 108,828,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
26,469,343 16.4% (47,571,934) (25.4%) 77,278,014 55.3%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2016-17 Actual 2017-18 Estimated 2018-19 Estimated 2019-20 Proposed 2020-21 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 835.5 857.0 889.2 891.4 884.7