McMorris Secures Funding for Agriculture Projects in Eastern Washington

(Washington, D.C.)  Congresswoman Cathy McMorris (WA-05) today voted in support H.R. 2744 the Agriculture Appropriations Bill, which will now be sent to the President to be signed into law. Based on combined efforts of the House and the Senate, the bill includes funding for key agriculture projects in Eastern Washington. The highlights of the projects include:

  • Agriculture Research Service Facility – $3,625,000
  • Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) – $500,000
  • Walla Walla Watershed Alliance – $500,000
  • Asparagus Technology and Production – $248,000
  • Perennial Wheat – $141,000
  • Potato Research – $1,497,000

"The agriculture industry is vital to Eastern Washington¡¦s economy and culture,¨ said McMorris. "Our farmers are facing some tough economic times and I want to make sure they have the support and resources they need to succeed. This funding will help boost the industry and allow for new projects and innovations. Securing funds for the Agriculture Research Service facility at Washington State University has been my top priority and provides a great opportunity for research scientists to work together within the academic community.¨

The bill provides for a total of $17.1 billion in overall funding. It provides funding for projects in three main areas: human health and safety; fulfilling commitments to important food and nutrition programs; and supporting farmers, rancher and rural America.

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