Newhouse: CIAO Act Provides Clarity For Organic Producers

Earlier this Spring, Oregon’s Peter DeFazio and Washington’s Dan Newhouse joined Rodney Davis of Illinois, Ron Kind of Wisconsin, Jimmy Panetta of California and Chellie Pingree of Maine, introducing the Continuous Improvement and Accountability in Organics Standards Act, better known as the CIAO Act. Newhouse noted this bipartisan legislation will provide assistance to the industry, […]

Newhouse: Conservation Bill Supports Work Farmers Are Already Doing

Earlier this spring, Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse introduced House Resolution 2613, better known as the Conservation and Innovative Climate Partnership Act of 2021. The legislation will allocate funding for land-grant institutions to partner with local farmers to boost conservation innovative climate practices. Newhouse said farmers understand the importance of healthy land and taking care of […]

Newhouse: Legislation Focuses On Making Water Infrastructure Improvements Easier, More Affordable

Earlier this month, Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse, and California Representative John Garamendi introduced House Resolution 2979 which will amend the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014. Newhouse said the legislation will make public water projects eligible for low interest, long-term federal loans from the EPA. The chair of the House western Caucus pointed […]

Newhouse Advocates For Dams At Environmental Conference

Last week, Representative Dan Newhouse served as a keynote speaker at the Andrus Center for Public Policy’s 2021 Environmental Conference at Boise State University. The Conference, “Energy, Salmon, Agriculture and Community” focused on the survival of salmon, energy production and economic development across the Pacific Northwest. Other key note speakers included Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer, […]

Lawmakers Frustrated Over Communication Between Simpson, Brown Offices

Republican lawmakers from Washington and Oregon have expressed their frustration over conversations focused on a proposal to breach the four lower Snake River dams. Washington’s Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse as well as Cliff Bentz issued a joint statement Wednesday after learning that the office of Idaho Representative Mike Simpson has been communicating with […]

Supporters: Proposed Legislation Will Provide Certainty For Organic Growers

Late last week, a host of lawmakers including central Washington’s Dan Newhouse and western Oregon’s Peter DeFazio introduction legislation they say will improve the federal process for the oversight of organic standards. Supporters says the Continuous Improvement and Accountability in Organic Standards Act [the CIAO Act] will establish a new framework for advancing organic standards, […]

Newhouse Introduces Bill Focused Conservation

Last week, Representative Dan Newhouse, chairman of the Western Caucus, introduced the Conservation and Innovative Climate Partnership Act of 2021. Newhouse says H.R. 2613 will allocate funding for land-grant institutions to partner with local farmers to boost conservation and innovative climate practices. Newhouse noted farmers are already responsible stewards of the land, and this legislation […]

Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act Reintroduced

On Friday, Representative Dan Newhouse, chair of the Western Caucus, joined Missouri Republican Billy Long, as well as Democrats Jimmy Panetta and Mike Levin, both of California, to reintroduce the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act. Supporters of the legislation say it will help preserve Ag fairs across the country and offset the devastating financial losses they […]

Galen Encouraged That Senate Is Looking At Farm Workforce Modernization Act

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act recently passed recently by the House of Representatives would give dairy farmers much needed greater access to foreign labor. The National Milk Producers Federation’s Chris Galen said House passage of the bill provides momentum towards addressing dairy’s labor needs. “Last week, the House of Representatives took a very important step […]

Newhouse, Panetta Call On Feds To Rebuff China’s Claims Regarding Food Packaging & COVID

China is asking the World Health Organization to modify its opinion that coronavirus can transfer on food packaging. And that request is not sitting well with the agriculture community. Led by Washington’s Dan Newhouse and California’s Jimmy Panetta the request calls on the Administration to recommend that the WHO commission a group of investigators to […]