Schrier Introduces Bill To Reduce Methane Emissions In Cow Burps

Last month, Washington congresswoman Kim Schrier introduced the Research to Reduce Agricultural Methane Act. She noted this bill will fund the study of innovative ways to reduce methane emissions in livestock, including through feed additives such as seaweed. She said the goal of this legislation is to determine if this research can be a win […]

Farmers Market Conference Looks To Help Managers Overcome 2020 Challenges

The Washington state Farmers Market Conference gets underway this week. Colleen Donovan, Executive Director of the WSFMA said the theme of this year’s on-line event is “Adapt, Overcome, Thrive”. She noted for 2021, its important farmers markets across the state are proactive, rather than reactive and learn from last year. Donovan added farmers markets did […]

Schrier Returns To Ag Biotech, Hort Subcommittee

On Tuesday, Congresswoman Kim Schrier announced she has once again been named to the House Ag Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research. Schrier served on this Subcommittee during the 116th Congress. “The Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research Subcommittee is an important Subcommittee to our district and Washington state, with jurisdiction over policies relating to tree fruit growers and […]

Schrier Returns To House Ag Committee

On Tuesday, Congresswoman Kim Schrier announced she will again serve on the House Agriculture Committee. This Committee is in addition to her appointment to the Energy and Commerce Committee. “As the only Member from the Northwest on the House Agriculture Committee, I am honored to continue to be a voice for our farmers and growers […]

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 […]

Schrier Proposes Study To Reduce Emissions From Cow Burps

Washington Congresswoman Dr. Kim Schrier had has introduced legislation that looks to reduce methane emissions produced by livestock. She said the Research to Reduce Agricultural Methane Act will provide funds to study innovative methods to reduce methane emissions in livestock, including through feed additives such as seaweed. Citing the EPA’s 2018 Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas […]

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 […]

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 […]