We all want what is best for our workers, but the state’s changing wage and hour laws could bring significant unintended consequences that would ultimately harm our workers, our communities, and the State of Washington as a whole. We compete at the national and global level with our products and cannot simply pass on increased costs to consumers. And our farms already have some of the nation’s highest labor costs, thanks in part to our high minimum wage and to the nature of the crops we grow. That is why avoiding a sweeping overtime backpay standard, and considering exemptions for seasonal and harvest hours is critical to the future of the state’s agricultural sector. In order to maintain its health and viability, Washington’s farm community needs policy decision that reflect the reality farmers and farmworkers face.