Newhouse, Others Call On USDA To Provide Farmers With COVID-19 Funding

Last week, Representatives Dan Newhouse, Jimmy Panetta, Jim Costa and others led 70 colleagues writing a bipartisan letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and the USDA, calling on him to spend specific funding to protect Ag workers. The letter calls on Perdue to make at least $1.5 billion of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 available […]

McMorris Rodgers, Schrier Express Concerns About Food Box Program

On Friday, Washington Congresswomen Kim Schrier and Cathy McMorris Rodgers led the state delegation in sending a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, expressing concerns with the continuation of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. At issue, the recent authorization of $500 million to keep the program running for a 4th round. The delegation said they appreciate […]

Federal Agencies Sign EIS, Keeping Snake River Dams

Earlier this week, several federal agencies signs the Environmental Impact Statement regarding management of the Columbia and Snake River systems. The draft EIS, which was released earlier this year, said removing the Snake River dams would destabilize the power grid and increase greenhouse emissions. The risk of a regional power shortages, the report said, would […]

Digital Ag Summit Explores Potential Impact of Technology On Ag

Washington State University will discuss the challenges and possibilities that the digital revolution will bring to global food, fuel and fiber production during the school’s first Digital Agriculture Summit, taking place virtually October 6th and 7th. Hosted by scientists at WSU’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture as well as the  College of Agricultural, Human, […]

Newhouse, Thompson Ask For Relief For Wine Industry

On Friday, Dan Newhouse and Mike Thompson, co-chairs of the Congressional Wine Caucus sent a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue seeking COVID-19 relief for wine grape growers. The bipartisan letter, signed by 41 members of Congress, is in response to the fact that wine grapes were not included in the list of commodities eligible […]

House Asks Perdue To Help Wheat Growers

It’s not just senators asking Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to help wheat farmers harmed by the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, 26 House members, from both parties, sent a letter to USDA head Sonny Perdue, asking that he utilize CARERS Act funding to help growers facing substantial losses because of COVID-19. “Wheat farmers have experienced significant […]

Final EIS Calls For Snake River Dams To Remain

On Friday, the federal government released it’s Final Environmental Impact Statement regarding the four lower Snake River dams. In the report, the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and BPA called for spilling more water over the dams at strategic times to help fish migrate faster. The three agencies said they looked at balancing […]

Perdue Scheduled To Make Inland Northwest Stop Thursday

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue will visit the Northwest over the next couple of days. On Thursday, the Secretary will participate in a Farmers to Families Food Box event with Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Liberty Lake. After the Thursday afternoon tour and food box demonstration, Perdue will travel to north Idaho, where he will participate […]

McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse Ask For Protection For Wheat Growers

On Friday, Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse sent a letter to the FSA asking for protection for wheat growers under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP. The letter asks that three classes of wheat, Soft White, Hard Red Winter and Soft Red Winter, be covered under the program. In Friday’s letter, the […]

Newhouse Costa Call For Water Infrastructure In COVID-19 Stimulus

On Tuesday, Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse and Central California’s Jim Costa penned a letter to congressional leadership urging the inclusion of critical water infrastructure in the upcoming COVID-19 stimulus package. The bipartisan letter was signed by 24 members of Congress. The letter outlines the importance of Bureau of Reclamation water infrastructure projects in addressing water […]