The Washington State Legislature created the Food Policy Forum at the Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) through a budget proviso in 2016. To avoid duplication of effort, the SCC coordinates with The Office of Farmland Preservation and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA).
The SCC executive director, in consultation with the director of WSDA, appoints members of the forum. Once appointed, forum members draft potential challenges and solutions and compile this information into a final report of recommended next steps by October 31, 2017.
The budget proviso does not identify topics to be addressed by the Forum. At the first meeting on February 10, 2017, Forum participants began identifying potential topics (see “Topics addressed by Food Policy Forum“). This discussion will continue at the next meeting.