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.

More on Agriculture

House Passes Cantwell, Newhouse Measure Supporting Cherry Growers Hurt by Retaliatory Tariffs

Jun 3 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United States House of Representatives passed a provision pushed by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Congressman Dan Newhouse (WA-4) that will increase access to aid for cherry growers hurt by the unjustified retaliatory tariffs by China. The measure passed 354-58.

COLUMN: Caring for the Land and Serving People

Jun 3 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) motto is, “Caring for the land and serving people.” That is exactly what the students of USFS Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers do.

Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers Call on Governor Inslee to Veto Federal Dam Breaching Study

May 20 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following joint statement urging Washington Governor Jay Inslee to veto the $750,000 line item in the capital budget that would commission a state-funded study on breaching the federally-owned and operated Snake River dams in Central Washington:

COLUMN: Renewable Energy and Agriculture Reduce Carbon Footprint in Central Washington

May 6 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Last week, the House voted on legislation that would force the President to participate in the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce carbon emissions in the United States and the world. On the surface, this bill paints a pretty picture: reducing our carbon footprint. However, this federally-mandated top-down approach will not help advance that goal.

Newhouse Joins Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) as Co-Chair of Congressional Wine Caucus

May 3 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) announced that Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) will serve as the new co-chair for the Congressional Wine Caucus. As grape growers, both Reps. Newhouse and Thompson will lead the bicameral and bipartisan organization for the 116th Congress.

Newhouse Amendment Improving H-2A Program Included in FY 2019 House Agriculture Appropriations Bill

Jun 28 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee marked up the 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill.

Newhouse Statement on House Passage of Farm Bill

Jun 21 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the House of Representatives’ voted to pass H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, commonly referred to as “the Farm Bill.”