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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Western Representatives Call For Reauthorization Of WHIP+

On Tuesday, Washington Representative Dan Newhouse, Oregon’s Peter DeFazio, joined California reps Mike Thompson, Barbara Lee and Jimmy Panetta to reintroduce the WHIP+ Reauthorization Act. This bipartisan bill introduced by Members from West Coast states hit hard by wildfires this summer and fall. The proposal reactivates the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) for 2020 […]

Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act Introduced in Congress

The Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act was introduced in Congress late last week to help preserve agricultural fairs across the country. The legislation from Democrat Jimmy Panetta of California and Republican Billy Long of Missouri is also designed to help fairs recover from large financial losses they’ve suffered because of COVID-19. A large number of fairs […]

Newhouse, Panetta Look To Help Ag Community With COVID-19 Costs

As discussions of a new pandemic relief package continue, farmers could be in line for funding to help offset efforts to keep essential workers safe. During last week’s House Ag Appropriations Bill discussions, Central Washington representative Dan Newhouse as well as California’s Jimmy Penetta put forward an amendment that would make money available for safety […]

Newhouse Calling For Help For Specialty Crop Producers

As the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus, Dan Newhouse and others are calling on the USDA to help specialty crop producers. Newhouse was joined by fellow Republican Fred Upton of Michigan, as well as Democrats Jimmy Panetta of California and Henry Cuellar of Texas, writing a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue calling […]