AEM: Next President Should Focus on Infrastructure

A recent survey by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers shows the industry wants the next President to prioritize infrastructure investment. Regardless of who the next President is and which party controls the House or Senate, AEM says the outcome of the 2020 elections will have a significant impact on the equipment industry and the economy. […]

ID, WA projects part of USDA’s Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Funds

Earlier this week, the USDA announced an $891 million investment in rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in 43 states, including Washington and Idaho. Funding 220 projects, the investment will help improve rural water infrastructure for 787,000 residents. The projects are being funded through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. Projects in […]

Little: Transportation Infrastructure Vital For Idaho Ag Moving Forward

The focus of all lawmakers, nationwide, since March has been on the coronavirus pandemic. But some are starting to look at life after COVID-19, and how to shuffle priorities moving forward. Idaho Governor Brad Little said the biggest issue he wants addressed is returning certainty to schools, ensuring students don’t have gaps in their learning. […]

NFU Fly-In Moves On-Line

The National Farmers Union is hosting their annual fall legislative fly-in this week, but thanks to the pandemic, the event has moved on-line. NFU President Rob Larew said farmers are facing a long list of challenges in 2020. “Between low commodity prices, corporate control of the food industry, chronic overproduction, global trade disputes, underfunded infrastructure, […]

WFB: Pandemic Has Shown Broadband Inequity

Whether you live in downtown Seattle or on a North Central Washington cattle ranch, COVID-19 has impacted your day to day activity. Over the past six months, face to face meetings have come to an end, meaning we’re doing more virtual communication. But for much of Washington’s Ag community, especially those that live in some […]

Water Resources Development Act Heads to House Floor

Legislation regarding U.S. investments in locks and dams and other inland waterways investments passed out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee last week. The Water Resources Development Act of 2020 authorizes construction on 34 pending water infrastructure projects. It also gives the go-ahead on 35 separate feasibility studies on other projects. A DTN report […]

Rural Infrastructure Advancement Act Introduced in the Senate

Last week, Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi introduced Senate Bill 3842, called the Rural Infrastructure Advancement Act. Wicker authored legislation that would establish a Rural Assistance Pilot Program to help rural communities and localities better utilize and leverage existing Department of Transportation funding and financing opportunities. “Rural states often face challenges when trying to find […]

AFBF Stress Importance Of Infrastructure Improvements

It’s a message that’s consistent across the farming and rural community, the infrastructure in America is in desperate need of upgrades and improvements.  The American Farm Bureau is hopeful that Congress will get to work on legislation that would authorize spending on those needed improvements.   “Infrastructure as a whole is extremely important for agriculture,” […]

Infrastructure, Ag Labor On Newhouse’s Post Impeachment List

Now that the Impeachment Trial is over in Washington D.C., lawmakers can focus on the day to day tasks that make the country run, and Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse is hopeful Ag issues will move to center stage.  Newhouse said one of his top priorities is working with colleagues in the Senate to get the […]