Agricultural Burning & Research Task Force

We lead the Agricultural Burning and Research Task Force that is made up of broad interest groups. The task force develops best practices for reducing air pollution from agricultural burning. They meet regularly to develop the practices by identifying and funding research projects. The group also determines the appropriate level for Ecology's agricultural burning air permit fees.

Task force members

The Agricultural Burning and Research Task Force is chaired by an Ecology representative and includes many different interest groups:

The task force was established by the Washington Clean Air Act with the goal of reducing air pollution from agricultural burning.

Representative Organization Seat
Dave Knight Ecology Chair
Scott Windsor Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency Local clean air agency
Mike Buckley Alfalfa Seed Growers Agricultural community
Jay Penner Washington Association of Wheat Growers Agricultural community
Dan McCarthy Okanogan Horticulture Association Agricultural community
Bill Johnston WSU Crop & Soil Science Universities or colleges
Karen Lewis WSU Tree Fruit Extension Universities or colleges
Scott Steinbacher Washington Department of Agriculture Agriculture agency
Chris Skidmore Whitman County Public Health Public health
Larry Cochran Washington Conservation Commission Conservation district

Meeting information

Read meeting summaries and find out details about the next Agricultural Burning and Research Task Force meeting.