COLUMN: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Hears Out Central Washington Farmers

I was delighted and honored that the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, accepted my invitation to travel to Central Washington last week to hear questions and concerns from farmers and ranchers.

COLUMN: Secure Border and Address DACA to Make Progress on Immigration

If you tried, it would be difficult to meet anyone who does not have strong feelings about our nation’s broken immigration system. It is an issue that drives an emotional debate regarding the future of our country.

In a recent interview, Chris Cabrera, a border patrol agent with the National Border Patrol Council referred to the situation at the Southern border, saying:

Op-Ed: Some in Congress want to keep immigration crisis alive for short-term gain

Our broken immigration system has been coined a “third rail” of politics because both sides tend to politicize it instead of compromising on a solution. I believe Congress must act with a realistic view to address border security and reform our broken immigration process.

COLUMN: Farm Bill Helps Ag in Uncertain Time

I can share from firsthand experience that farmers typically have a lot to worry about in the best of times. I recently traveled across Central Washington to hear from farmers and ranchers from each county express their concerns.