As we welcome in a New Year, we saw goodbye to the 115th Congress in Washington D.C. What was the impact this Congress had on the Agriculture community? Representative Dan Newhouse said a few months ago, he would have been pessimistic, but with the recent passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, he feel lawmakers ended the year on a high note for Ag.
“We really made tremendous strides in trade, with the new USMCA with the progress with Japan, with the European Union, with a new trade agreement with Korea. I think we have tremendous positive things we can point to on improving the trade situation.”
Newhouse acknowledge the big trade question, China, remains heading into 2019.
He was also quick to note that additional challenges remain for farmers.
“I am frustrated that we haven’t been able to move more on immigration issues, particularly in improving the Ag labor situation. We’ve taken some small steps there, but as it relates to Ag labor we definitely need to do more.”
Newhouse said overall the current Congress did well for farmers, but challenge remain and need to be addressed.
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