SOAR Act Pt 2

SOAR Act Pt 2

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with today’s Fruit Grower Report. Organic production continues to grow, thanks to both demand and the grower’s good intentions.

U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse believes that’s a good thing and one of the reasons he introduced the SOAR Act, Strengthening Organic Agricultural Research, that he says will increase funding for USDA organic research …

NEWHOUSE … “This is going to help our Central Washington farmers continue to innovate and help them provide organic products to the rest of the world. And, as you said, it’s a growing segment of the alternatives, the options that our farmers have to augment their bottom line.”

And some of that research, Newhouse says comes from WSU …

NEWHOUSE … “Washington State University, if I could brag on them just a little bit, is one of the premier research institutions in the country, they truly are, in good ole’ Pullman, Washington. I think that people sometimes forget that. They’re in our own backyard but rank right up there with some of the big institutions around the country.”

And, Newhouse says they’ll undoubtedly continue to help …

NEWHOUSE … “So, that’s pretty exciting and this kind of effort will help them maintain that position and continue to provide good service and good research results for our producers, not just in Washington, but all over.”

The SOAR Act will also reauthorize initiatives and increase funding through the Farm Bill.

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