Wyden, Others, Call For Better Pay For Firefighters

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling on Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to establish a special pay rate for federal wildland firefighters. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said such a move would help avert critical staffing shortages ahead of the 2022 fire season. Lawmakers sent a letter this week, saying years […]

Risch, Simpson, Schrader Ask USDA To Hold Mexico Accountable

Last week several Northwest lawmakers called on the USDA to press its counterparts in Mexico for that country to honor and expedite the U.S.-Mexico trade deal. That deal restores U.S. fresh potato exports to all of Mexico, rather that just locations near the border with the United States. Idaho senator Jim Risch, Maine senator Angus […]

McMorris Rodgers, Risch Question Federal Agencies Looking At Snake River Dam Removal

On Tuesday, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Idaho senator Jim Risch sent a series of letters to ten federal agencies involved in looking at plans to breach the Lower Snake River dams. The agencies, which include NOAA Fisheries, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, USDA, Department of Transportation and others, are participating the […]

Kamiah Lumber Company Honored By Senator Jim Risch

On Wednesday Idaho Senator Jim Risch announced that Jacobs Lumber of Kamiah was selected as the Idaho Small Business of the Month for January. Jacobs Lumber Company will be recognized for its contribution to the central Idaho community in the Congressional Record of the U.S. Senate. Founded by Keith Jacobs, Jacobs Lumber Company is a […]

Newhouse Introduces Tree Spiking Mitigation Act In U.S. House

Last week, Central Washington representative Dan Newhouse, announced that he was introducing the Tree Spiking Mitigation Act. The chair of the Congressional Western Caucus says the act, which is a companion bill to legislation recently introduced in the Senate, came about because of the Administration’s nominee to head the Bureau of Land Management, Tracy Stone-Manning. […]

Risch Speaks Out Against BLM Director Nominee

On Thursday, Idaho Senator Jim Risch spoke out against the Biden Administration’s nominee to head the Bureau of Land Management, Tracy Stone-Manning. Risch said before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that a good agency, such as BLM and the people that work there deserve better than the President’s nominee. Risch pointed to […]

Mexico Supreme Court Overturns Ban On Fresh U.S. Potatoes

Earlier this week, the Mexican Supreme Court overturned a 2017 lower court decision that prevented fresh U.S. potatoes from entering the country. Wednesday’s unanimous ruling, marks the end of a decade-long legal process that began when Mexico’s potato industry sued its government to prevent competition from imports. Since it first allowed for the importation of […]

Idaho Delegation Calls for States To Manage Yellowstone Grizzlies

Idaho’s congressional delegation, senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo as well as representatives Mike Simpson and Russ Fulcher, recently joined their peers from Montana and Wyoming calling on Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to return the Yellowstone grizzly bear population to state management. The call cites a recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study saying the […]

Naerebout: DAIRY PRIDE Act Good For Consumers, Idaho Producers

Last week, several lawmakers, including Idaho’s Jim Risch and Mike Simpson, reintroduced the DAIRY PRIDE Act, which would require the FDA to crack down on the use of dairy terms by non-dairy products. Rick Naerebout, CEO of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association said survey after survey has shown consumers are legitimately confused, and they don’t recognize […]

Lawmakers Call On FDA To Stop The Use Of Dairy Terms On Non-Dairy Products

On Thursday, Idaho senator Jim Risch, Wisconsin senator Tammy Baldwin along with Idaho Representative Mike Simpson and Vermont’s Peter Welch introduced the Defending Against Imitations and Replacements of Yogurt, Milk, and Cheese to Promote Regular Intake of Dairy Everyday Act; better known as the DAIRY PRIDE Act of 2021. The legislation would require non-dairy products made […]