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Department of Agriculture

  Average Annual FTEs Near General Fund State Other Funds Total Funds
  (Dollars in Thousands)
Current Budget 891.3 37,732 180,799 218,531
2019-21 Maintenance Level 891.3 37,771 181,013 218,784
Difference from 2017-19 0.0 39 214 253
% Change from 2017-19 0.0% 0.10% 0.12% 0.12%

2019-21 Policy Other Changes

Gypsy Moth Eradication 2.3 176 518 694
Soil Health Initiative 0.50 200 0 200
Shellfish IPM Research 0.0 0 650 650
Greenhouse Emission Limits 0.10 0 84 84
2019-21 Policy Other Changes Total 2.9 376 1,252 1,628

2019-21 Policy Comp Changes

PERS & TRS Plan 1 Benefit Increase 0.0 3 17 20
2019-21 Policy Comp Changes Total 0.0 3 17 20

2019-21 Policy Central Services Changes

Archives/Records Management 0.0 1 0 1
Attorney General 0.0 4 18 22
DES Central Services 0.0 6 8 14
OFM Central Services 0.0 93 122 215
Central Services OFM 0.0 0 2 2
2019-21 Policy Central Services Changes Total 0.0 104 150 254
Total Policy Changes 2.9 483 1,419 1,902
2019-21 Policy Level 894.2 38,254 182,432 220,686
Difference from 2017-19 2.9 522 1,633 2,155
% Change from 2017-19 0.33% 1.4% 0.90% 0.99%

Policy Changes

DES Central Services

Adjustments are made to reflect each agency’s anticipated share of charges from the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) for campus rent, utilities, parking, and contracts; capital project surcharges; financing cost recovery; public and historic facilities; real estate services; risk management services; personnel service rates; the Perry Street child care center; small agency services; and the department’s enterprise applications. (Agricultural Local Account - Non-Appropriated, General Fund - Federal, General Fund - State, other funds)

OFM Central Services

Adjustments are made to reflect each agency’s anticipated share of charges from the Office of Financial Management (OFM) for statewide financial applications, One Washington, and other OFM central services. (Agricultural Local Account - Non-Appropriated, General Fund - Federal, General Fund - State, other funds)

Gypsy Moth Eradication

Moth trapping efforts in the summer of 2019 identified three types of non-native gypsy moths in Washington state: Asian, European, and Hokkaido moths. This is the first occurrence of Hokkaido gypsy moths in North America. The department will conduct eradication treatments in the spring of 2020 and follow-up monitoring to ensure these harmful pests do not reproduce. Gypsy moths are very damaging to trees and negatively impact the timber industry and the state's trust lands. If trees are destroyed, this can negatively harm water quality and salmon habitat. State funds will be used to secure federal grants to help pay for the cost of treatment and monitoring. (General Fund - Federal, General Fund - State)

Soil Health Initiative

Improving the health of agricultural soils can increase crop yield, improve food nutrients, enhance carbon sequestration and improve water quality. The department will coordinate with Washington State University on developing best management practices for improving soil health across the diverse agricultural systems in Washington. A baseline of soil health will be developed statewide and research will be conducted with a focus on dryland agriculture in eastern Washington. Additional funding assistance will be pursued from federal grants and other sources. (General Fund - State)

Shellfish IPM Research

The department will conduct research to assist with the development of an integrated pest management (IPM) plan to address burrowing shrimp in oyster beds in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor. When implementing this funding, the department must consult with the departments of Ecology and Natural Resources and the Willapa-Grays Harbor working group. (General Fund - State, Model Toxics Control Operating Acct - State)

Greenhouse Emission Limits

Contingent on passage of executive request legislation, the department will develop a strategy to reduce agency greenhouse gas emissions and participate in a work group to align Washington state emission targets with the latest scientific guidance. (General Fund - State, Model Toxics Control Operating Acct - State)

PERS & TRS Plan 1 Benefit Increase

For eligible Public Employees' and Teachers' Retirement Systems Plan 1 members, this item provides an increase of 1.5 percent, up to a maximum of $22 per month. (Agricultural Local Account - Non-Appropriated, Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Acct - Non-Appropriated, General Fund - State, other funds)

Archives/Records Management

Adjustments are made to reflect each agency’s anticipated share of state archiving and state records center costs from the Secretary of State’s Office. (General Fund - State)

Attorney General

Adjustments are made to reflect each agency's anticipated share of legal service charges from the Attorney General’s Office. (Agricultural Local Account - Non-Appropriated, Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Acct - Non-Appropriated, General Fund - State, other funds)

Central Services OFM

Adjustments are made to reflect each agency's anticipated share of charges from the Office of Financial Management (OFM) for statewide financial applications, One Washington, and other OFM central services. (Motor Vehicle Account - State)