NEWS: Cathy Receives Farm Bureau Endorsement, Launches Coalition of Agriculture Leaders

  • Jul 05, 2018


July 5, 2018 CONTACT: Patrick Bell | 509-624-1199

SPOKANE, Wash. – Today, on the heels of Cathy welcoming US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to Eastern Washington for a successful visit, the Washington State Farm Bureau PAC announced their endorsement of Cathy’s reelection campaign. The Washington Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization, representing the interests of more than 47,000 member families.

To build on the endorsement, Cathy announced the formation of an agriculture coalition comprised of community farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness leaders. The coalition will meet regularly to help spread the word about Cathy’s efforts to lead on behalf of Eastern Washington agriculture as we continue to provide food security to the world.

Cathy’s record of results on issues important to the agriculture industry most recently includes: assistance with falling numbers; securing wins on agriculture research, crop insurance, and market access programs in the recently passed Farm Bill; Agriculture Research Service (ARS) funding; and the grain glitch fix in the tax law.

“There is no greater friend of agriculture in Eastern Washington than Cathy McMorris Rodgers,” said coalition co-chairs Bruce & Carol Nelson, wheat growers in Whitman County. “Cathy understands how vital agriculture is to our economy, and has a deep understanding of the issues facing family farmers. But most importantly, Cathy listens to our concerns, and then translates that into getting real results for Eastern Washington.”

Coalition co-chairs Fred & Vicki Fleming, fourth generation wheat growers in Lincoln County, commented: “Cathy has consistently delivered for Eastern Washington farmers, whether it be on much needed regulatory reforms that adversely affect our ability to operate, to advocating for our priorities in the farm bill. Cathy never quits until the job is done.”

“Growing up on the family farm, I’m proud of my deep roots in Eastern Washington agriculture,” Cathy said. “We need to be telling our own positive story of agriculture in the Inland Northwest. That’s why I am bringing together this group of agricultural leaders to help tell our positive story, cut through any misinformation that is circulating, and focus on how I can continue to get results for Eastern Washington agriculture.”

Below are the current members of the Agriculture Coalition:
Bruce & Carol Nelson, Co-Chairs
Perry Dozier
Tom Zwainz
Geoff Schulz
Dana Herron
Matt Hanson, Dye Seed
Jack Silzel
Vicki Ducharme
Georgie Leinweber, Bock Four Ranch
Randy Repp
Wes McCart, McCart Farms
Patrick Tucker
Hollis Jamison
Jim Paladin
Warren Neal
Fred & Vicki Fleming, Co-Chairs
Hal Johnson
Jim Ossman
Tom Kammerzell
Dave Lange
Jack Field, WA Feeders
Jason Echelbarger
Dick Ducharme
Ted Nealey
Robert Webb
Mitch Ingham
Chris Smith
Rusty Jamison
Michele Kiesz
Randy Suess

In the last seven months alone, Cathy has seen ten of her bills pass the House and five of them signed into law to get results for the people she represents. From bringing more doctors to Eastern Washington, to delivering results for veterans and military families, to supporting small businesses to providing more opportunities for people with disabilities, these bills make a positive difference in the lives of people in Eastern Washington.

A descendant of Oregon Trail pioneers, Cathy is the fifth generation of the McMorris family to call the Pacific Northwest home. She was the first in her family to graduate from college and worked for 13 years in the family orchard and fruit stand in Kettle Falls. She was the 200th woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and is the only woman to give birth three times while serving. Cathy and her husband, Brian, retired Navy carrier pilot, live in Spokane with their three children - Cole, Grace and Brynn.

For more information about Cathy McMorris Rodgers, visit www.cathyforcongress.com