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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 255,730,000
Net change from current biennium 32,611,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 14.6% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
102,306,110 69,660,110 General Fund - Federal 30,520,771 32,646,000 33,651,000
193,000 General Fund - Private/Local 88,677 193,000 193,000
39,979,000 752,000 General Fund - State 35,035,805 39,227,000 73,556,000
2,533,000 Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account - State 2,547,289 2,533,000 2,667,000
(2,548,000) State Building Construction Account - State 2,548,000 144,000
10,000,000 10,000,000 Disaster Response Account - State
1,359,000 Motor Vehicle Account - State 1,303,000 1,359,000 1,334,000
State Toxics Control Account - State 5,697,407
73,000 Water Quality Permit Account - State 49,502 73,000 73,000
320,000 320,000 NE WA Wolf-Livestock Management - State
6,631,000 Model Toxics Control Operating Acct - State 6,631,000 7,345,000
1,270,000 Dedicated Marijuana Acct - State 1,270,000 1,238,000
1,036,000 1,036,000 Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 1,041,000
165,700,110 79,220,110 Total Appropriated Funds 76,283,452 86,480,000 120,201,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Non-Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Balance Non-Apropriated Funds 2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
Industrial Insurance Premium Refund - Nonappropriated 504,265
(63,485,000) Agricultural Local Account - Nonappropriated 56,925,965 63,485,000 63,951,000
(25,564,000) Grain Inspection Revolving Acct - Nonappropriated 30,294,405 25,564,000 24,850,000
(4,104,000) Fair Account - Nonappropriated 3,962,191 4,104,000 3,504,000
(432,000) NE WA Wolf-Livestock Management - Nonappropriated 227,108 432,000 752,000
(206,000) Hemp Regulatory Account - Nonappropriated 206,000 412,000
(42,820,000) Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Acct - Nonappropriated 37,380,799 42,820,000 42,032,000
Rural Rehabilitation Account - Nonappropriated 116,500
(28,000) Livestock Nutrient Management Acct - Nonappropriated 33,259 28,000 28,000
(136,639,000) Total Non-Appropriated Funds 129,444,492 136,639,000 135,529,000

Capital Budget: Summary

  Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   Actual Estimated Proposed
2,548,000 2,548,000 State Building Construction Account - State 2,027,160
Public Facility Const Loan Revolv - State
2,548,000 2,548,000 Total Appropriated Funds 2,027,160

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 104,430,706 121,171,950 93,568,412 128,593,000 126,993,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
18,197,524 9.7% 9,128,917 4.4% 40,845,638 19.0%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2018-19 Actual 2019-20 Estimated 2020-21 Estimated 2021-22 Proposed 2022-23 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 849.2 825.3 817.6 915.9 908.9