High Fertilizer Costs Expected To Continue Into the Spring

A dramatic rise in fertilizer prices weighs heavily on farmers and input suppliers as they prepare for the 2022. Prices for nitrogen-based fertilizers have skyrocketed to all-time highs in recent months. Fertilizer price increases are driven by nitrogen production challenges, tight global supplies, rising natural gas costs and steady demand. Representative Dan Newhouse, chair of […]

Newhouse Introduces Legislation To Protect Critical Workers

In an effort to protect workers from what he calls the Administration’s overreach, Dan Newhouse recently introduced the Exemption for Critical Workers Act. The Chair of the Western Caucus said HR 5978 would provide an exemption for federal workers in the supply chain identified as “critical” or “essential” from President Biden’s vaccine mandate. Newhouse said […]

Newhouse: Vaccine Mandate A Bad Idea For The Farm Economy

A federal appeals court recently pushed the pause button on efforts by the Biden Administration to mandate that all companies with 100 employees or more require the COVID-19 vaccination to maintain employment, but that does not mean the possibility of such a mandate has gone away. Representative Dan Newhouse, chair of the Western Caucus says […]

Newhouse: More Needs To Be Done To Keep Supply Chains Open, Trucks On The Road

The port bottleneck has not only hurt the farming community when it comes to shipping products out, but also when it comes to inputs arriving in the United States. Whether its implements parts, fertilizers, high tech gadgets or anything in between, farmers across the industry have reported short supply or difficulties it getting essential items […]

Washington State University Awarded $5 Million To Support Hop Research

Late last week, the USDA awarded Washington State University $4,853,908 to benefit the Pacific Northwest hop industry. The funds, which were part of the Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant program, will allow WSU to conduct research on enhancing supply chain sustainability and global competitiveness. “As one of the leading producers of specialty crops in the […]

Newhouse Urges USDA To Expedite Assistance For Farmers

Regardless of party, lawmakers from both Washington and Oregon continue to push on the USDA to expedite disaster assistance for farmers devastated by not only record heat this summer, but extreme drought as well. Representative Dan Newhouse and the entire Washington delegation, as well as members of the Oregon delegation, sent a letter to Ag […]

Newhouse Announces $2M in Rural Broadband Funding for Central Washington

Last week, central Washington Republican Dan Newhouse announced that the USDA has awarded grant funding for telemedicine and distance learning to Yakima County, Yakama Reservation, Adams County, and for teledentistry across Central Washington. The $1,990,193 in grant funding will increase access to education, training and health care resources that are otherwise limited or unavailable for […]

Newhouse: Administration Needs To Fill FSA Positions

The 2021 growing season has been challenging for producers in a number of ways, from the pandemic, to trade disruptions, to record heat, this year has been one for the record books in many ways. But, Dan Newhouse said some of the frustration farmers are facing right now does not need to happen. The Chair […]

Newhouse: Administration Threatening To Cripple Rural America, Family Farms

Over the weekend, Representative Dan Newhouse, Chair of the Western Caucus, delivered the Republican address. The Central Washington farmer used the time to focus on how the GOP believes the policies of President Biden and his party hurt rural America. Newhouse noted that Democrats are currently focused on “radically altering the country” via the $4.3 […]

Washington Republican Lawmakers Ask Vilsack To Hire FSA Leadership

In a letter sent to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, the Washington Congressional Republican delegation has asked that FSA state executive Directors be hired as soon as possible. The letter says a lack of state executives has led to a backlog, sometimes months long, at the FSA when it comes to disaster relief application, resulting in […]