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August 27, 2014
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1119 Meade Ave. 786-7787
613 7th Street
Prosser, WA 99350
509-786-1711
I am proud to represent one of the most diverse agricultural regions in the world. From apples to cherries, potatoes to asparagus, and beef to wheat - our region is known for producing a wide variety of top-quality agricultural products that are enjoyed by consumers worldwide.
However, agriculture is one of the most volatile industries to work in. Regardless of the crop, I recognize it is a never-ending task to stay ahead of evolving pests, diseases, and even the unpredictable weather. This is why agricultural research plays a critical role in ensuring our growers have the tools they need to continue to provide high-quality products and remain competitive in the global marketplace.

Every day, birds flying near a certain spot on the California-Nevada border are incinerated in midair.  They're called "streamers" for the puff of smoke that appears as they ignite and plummet to the ground. Federal wildlife investigators estimate there's one "streamer" every two minutes.
What's causing this?
The birds are falling victim to a massive solar energy installation in California's Mojave Desert.  Launched last year, the $2.2 billion facility is the world's largest plant to employ power towers.  It sits on 4,000 acres of public land that is home to the threatened desert tortoise.
Proposed reductions at Joint Base Lewis-McChord would have "grievous effects"

Gov. Jay Inslee today told U.S. Army officials he opposes personnel cuts at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), saying the loss of 16,000 permanent soldiers and Army civilian employees would have "grievous effects" on Washington's economy. Inslee said the cuts would also "place at risk" the "enduring partnerships" that are resulting in strong successes related habitat restoration, research and conservation.
The U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC) is conducting aSupplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment(SPEA) to determine the impacts of possible reductions at Army installations around the country, including JBLM. The USAEC's evaluation assumes a reduction of 14,459 permanent soldiers and 1,541 Army civilian employees. Gov. Inslee sent aletter to USAEC officialschallenging the SPEA draft Finding of No Significant Impact.
Request denied by FEMA

Washington, D.C.   The federal delegation representing impacted areas in Washington state sent a letter to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), expressing their disappointment in the denial of Gov. Inslee's request for individual assistance for families impacted by wildfiresin Okanogan County and public assistance in Chelan County. The letter requests that FEMA provide the Washington State Emergency Management Division assistance in appealing the decision and asks FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate to reconsider the decision to deny housing support, disaster crisis counseling, and disaster unemployment in Okanogan County and public assistance in Chelan County.