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Central Washington farmers and producers grow the highest quality hay, wheat and more than 300 specialty crops such as potatoes, cherries, hops, apples, mint and wine grapes. Blessed with the conditions to produce such a diverse range of crops, Washington shares its natural abundance with the world, playing the role of “international supermarket.” In 2014, Washington State exported $8.9 billion in agricultural products, creating jobs and supporting economic growth. In fact, Washington fruit and hay producers export one-third of their harvests to international customers.   

As a third-generation farmer, I understand the importance of agriculture for families, jobs, and trade in Central Washington. I support opening international markets and reducing trade barriers as crucial steps to expand export opportunities that build our area’s economic future. I also believe we must increase water storage capacity and end the “death tax,” which disproportionately harms farmers, their families, and future generations.  I am committed to advocating for policies that promote agricultural abundance and the economic opportunity it brings to Central Washington families.

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Nov 19 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, over 300 agriculture groups sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in support of H.R.

COLUMN: A Real, Meaningful Solution for America's Farms

Nov 4 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

When I talk to farmers in Central Washington and across the country, having access to a stable and legal workforce is often their number one concern. Each year, it becomes harder to hire domestic workers, and farm owners have become increasingly dependent on the H-2A agricultural guestworker program to grow and harvest their goods for market.

Bipartisan House Members Introduce Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Oct 30 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), Dan Newhouse (R-WA-04), Collin Peterson (D-MN-07), Mike Simpson (R-ID-02), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01), and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) introduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act to provide a compromise solution for American agriculture.

COLUMN: Strengthening Our Water Supply Infrastructure

Oct 14 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

As a farmer, former state Director of Agriculture, and now a Congressman representing one of the most flourishing agricultural regions in America, I fully understand how important it is that we reinvest in the water infrastructure our farms and communities were built upon – much of which is over a century old at this point.

Newhouse Introduces Bill to Maintain & Repair Water Supply Infrastructure Across the West

Oct 10 Press Release

PROSSER, WA – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) announced the introduction of the Water Supply Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Utilization Act. This legislation would help local water operators and managers maintain and repair critical Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) water supply infrastructure. 

Newhouse Calls on USTR to Elevate Washington Apple Access in India

Sep 18 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, calling on him to elevate Washington apple access in India by reducing tariff rates for U.S. apple growers.

Newhouse Urges Japan Access for U.S. Potatoes

Sep 12 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) sent a letter to United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging the consideration of open market access for U.S.

COLUMN: Hardworking Farmers Deserve a Strong Trade Agreement

Aug 19 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

A story out of Ritzville recently gained national attention: Larry Yockey is a fourth-generation wheat farmer, and for nearly fifty years, he hasn’t missed a harvest.  Sadly, Larry was recently diagnosed with stage four cancer, allowing him to only spend a short amount of time in the fields.

Pingree, Newhouse Introduce Bipartisan House Bill to Standardize Food Date Labels, Cut Food Waste

Aug 1 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced the bipartisan Food Date Labeling Act, a bill designed to end consumer confusion around food date labeling and ensure Americans do not throw out perfectly good food.

Cantwell, Newhouse Welcome Relief for Washington Cherry Growers

Jul 25 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the details of a $16 billion package aimed at supporting American agriculture producers affected by unjustified retaliatory tariffs by China.