Squires: It Is Not Clear If Dams Are Responsible For Salmon Runs

Nearly 50 potentially impacted organizations recently penned a letter to Idaho Representative Mike Simpson opposing his proposal to breach the four Snake River dams. Washington Grain Commission CEO Glen Squires said there are better ways to handle issues with salmon recovery, particularly since roughly 90-95% of the fish safely make it through the dam. “The main […]

House Passes Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Late last week, the House passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act by a 247-174 vote. The legislation, sponsored by Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse and California’s Zoe Lofgren gives farmworkers in the United States without legal documents a way to gain legal status, as well as reforms the H-2A program and establishes a mandatory, nationwide E-verify […]

Simpson: Farmers Will Be OK If Dams Are Breached

Removing the four lower Snake River dams in eastern Washington has been a controversial topic for the Northwest farming community for over a generation. Supporters of removing the dams say it will help the environment and specifically salmon runs as they return upstream to spawn. Meanwhile, many in the Ag community say breaching the dams […]

Newhouse Reacts To Simpson’s Dam Proposal

Last month, Idaho representative Mike Simpson unveiled a $34 billion plan to remove the four lower Snake River dams in eastern Washington. Many in the farming community say Simpson’s Energy & Salmon Concept will ruin farming since the dams allow for barge traffic between Lewiston and the Pacific. Dan Newhouse, Chair of the Western Congressional […]

IFBF Opposes Any Plan To Remove Snake River Dams

The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation is making it known that it strongly opposes Idaho Representative Mike Simpson’s proposal to remove the four lower Snake River dams. Simpson’s plan would create a $33 billion “Columbia Basin Fund” in an effort to transition economies and sectors negatively impacted by breaching the dams. Idaho Farm Bureau’s Sean Ellis […]

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 […]

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 […]

Newhouse Costa Call For Water Infrastructure In COVID-19 Stimulus

On Tuesday, Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse and Central California’s Jim Costa penned a letter to congressional leadership urging the inclusion of critical water infrastructure in the upcoming COVID-19 stimulus package. The bipartisan letter was signed by 24 members of Congress. The letter outlines the importance of Bureau of Reclamation water infrastructure projects in addressing water […]

Northwest Lawmakers Ask For Modernization of NEPA

Last week over 100 House members wrote a letter supporting the modernization of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The letter, spearheaded by Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse and House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, encourages environmental leadership while eliminating the “negative effects of permitting delays for critical infrastructure projects” across the country. “We constantly hear about […]

Newhouse: Senators Are Expressing Interest In Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Members of the Ag Community and the House of Representatives will hold a press conference Wednesday, asking the Senate to address the Ag Labor Shortage.  And one of the pieces of legislation that looks to address the Ag Labor Crisis is the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act.   Author Dan Newhouse said while there hasn’t […]